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March 13, 2019
by Simon Hughes

The top 10 highest physician salaries by specialty

Specialists continue to draw bigger paychecks than primary care physicians, with orthopedic salaries at the top of the list, according to a new survey. Orthopedic doctors had the highest salary among 25 types of physicians, according to a MedPage Today salary survey. The online survey received more than 20,000 responses, including 7,753 with salary information used in […]

January 2, 2019
by Simon Hughes

Data-driven marketing: using data analytics to make smart decisions

Data is the new currency, and it’s disrupting virtually every industry. As people become more connected through technology and social media, more data points are available for collection. In fact, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every 24 hours. That’s 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data, to be precise! Over 90% of data that exists has been generated […]

June 28, 2018
by Simon Hughes

A fond farewell to Jeanne Chamberlin as she begins her next adventure – retirement

She’s one of the smartest people I have ever met. I would even argue that she might be an even bigger champion of the independent physician than I am. Jeanne Chamberlin accidentally walked into my professional life at a dry cleaners in Chapel Hill … still the best errand I’ve run to date. Jeanne joined […]

June 27, 2018
by Simon Hughes

Lessons I learned from 35 years in healthcare

When I graduated from Duke with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, one of my professors advised me that the best way to ensure a challenging and rewarding career was to work in a policy area that was always changing. It appears I chose well, as it’s hard to think of another industry that changes […]

April 3, 2018
by Simon Hughes

To empower an underserved population, the pharmacy meets Patients at the Barbershop

Access to wellness is far from equal, varying based on where you live, what you earn, and the color of your skin. One population that modern healthcare has been failing is black men, who have an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks. Roughly half of Americans with high […]

January 26, 2018
by Simon Hughes

A much-deserved retirement for Cameron M. Cox, Jr.

January 1, 2018, was a bittersweet day – a sad day for me professionally but a fantastically happy day personally. This date marked the official retirement of my father and a great mentor, Cameron Cox, Jr. As a kid, I remember my dad leaving the house before sunrise. Cam Jr. has always been an incredibly […]

November 15, 2017
by Simon Hughes

MSOC sponsors Durham Rescue Mission in remembrance of Emily Bearden

Today we remember our dear friend and coworker, Emily Bearden, as we give back to the Durham Rescue Mission. Emily was a former employee at MSOC Health, and it’s the 10th anniversary since she passed in 2007. MSOC sponsored both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Durham Rescue Mission. November 15 was her birthday, […]

May 30, 2017
by Simon Hughes

11 Ways Small Practices Can Comply with MACRA

CMS has deemed 2017 a transitional year for MACRA compliance, allowing a “Pick Your Pace” program that includes testing and partial participation options. This flexibility will likely disappear completely in 2018 though, and anything less than full participation may result in practices receiving up to a four percent negative payment adjustment on 2020’s Medicare Part […]

October 17, 2016
by Simon Hughes

Micro-hospitals could prove financial boon and salvation to healthcare systems

So-called “micro-hospitals”–acute care facilities with six to 10 beds–could actually prove to be big moneymakers for healthcare systems. The Indianapolis Business Journal has reported that such hospitals can allow healthcare systems to bypass site neutrality rules that prohibit billing at inpatient rates if a facility is located more than 250 feet from an acute care […]

August 17, 2016
by Simon Hughes

MSOC offers healthcare practice management webinars to move you toward compliance

The MIPS program combines parts of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Modifier (VM or Value-Based Payment Modifier), and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program into one single program. In the near future, providers will be measured on quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement, and meaningful use of certified EHR technology. How this is all going to work […]