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I discuss everything you always wanted and absolutely need to know about start, running and growing a private medical practice. I'll also talk about how to leverage your private practice by adding additional providers, satellite offices and ancillary services. And, vertically integrating other medical businesses like adding an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, physical therapy and more. I will be sharing my 30+ years of experience as a physician and entrepreneur. After being an employed physician, I started and managed my own private medical practice with 11 providers. I added multiple medical businesses: in-house laboratory services, ambulatory surgery center, physical therapy, imaging center, anesthesia practice management company. I developed joint ventures between physicians and hospitals as well as between physicians and complimentary providers. In addition, I have extensive experience in developing and leasing real estate pertaining to medical services. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and I'll keep you up to date on everything about starting, running and growing your practice and more.https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com/podcast-optin-email-newsletter-1

The Private Medical Practice Academy Sandra Weitz MD

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

I discuss everything you always wanted and absolutely need to know about start, running and growing a private medical practice. I'll also talk about how to leverage your private practice by adding additional providers, satellite offices and ancillary services. And, vertically integrating other medical businesses like adding an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, physical therapy and more. I will be sharing my 30+ years of experience as a physician and entrepreneur. After being an employed physician, I started and managed my own private medical practice with 11 providers. I added multiple medical businesses: in-house laboratory services, ambulatory surgery center, physical therapy, imaging center, anesthesia practice management company. I developed joint ventures between physicians and hospitals as well as between physicians and complimentary providers. In addition, I have extensive experience in developing and leasing real estate pertaining to medical services. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and I'll keep you up to date on everything about starting, running and growing your practice and more.https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com/podcast-optin-email-newsletter-1

    Understanding Employer's Responsibilities For Employee taxes

    Understanding Employer's Responsibilities For Employee taxes

    Understanding your obligations surrounding employee taxes is crucial for operating a successful business, whether you're an employer or an aspiring entrepreneur. 

    In this episode, we explore the four primary types of employee taxes: 
    • Federal and State income tax
    Withheld by employerEmployer responsible for submitting• FICA
    Funds Social Security and MedicareEmployer responsibility is 7.65%• FUTA
    Federal unemployment taxPaid by employer to fund state unemployment programs• State Unemployment tax
    Based on employer payrollAnd number of unemployment claims
    As an employer, you're no stranger to the deductions made from your employees' paychecks. Being on the opposite side of the table, though, offers a whole different viewpoint on employee taxes. 

    Given the difficulty and significance of correctly filing employee taxes, it is understandable that doing so might take a lot of time and effort. There are several choices that can help make life easier and guarantee compliance. The process can be streamlined by using payroll software, outsourcing human resources and payroll to HR companies or CPAs, or hiring a qualified practice manager. Always remember that it is strongly advised to visit a tax specialist or have someone educated about tax issues.

    Remember, mastering employee taxes is a crucial aspect of running a successful business, ensuring compliance, and fostering a healthy employer-employee relationship. Join us on this insightful episode as we equip you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to navigate the intricate realm of employee taxes. 


    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 9 min
    Stark and Anti-Kickback Primer

    Stark and Anti-Kickback Primer

    The Stark Law prohibits physicians from referring patients to entities in which they have a financial interest to prevent financial incentives from driving medical decision-making. The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits the exchange of anything of value in exchange for referrals for services. 

    Examples of Stark Law violations:
    A cardiologist refers patients to a diagnostic testing facility in which he has a financial interest. A physician is found to be billing Medicare for services provided by an unlicensed midlevel. Other Exceptions to the Stark Law
     "In-office ancillary services" allows physicians to refer patients for certain designated health services provided in the same building where the physician's medical practice is located if the service is furnished under the direct supervision of the referring physician or another provider in the same group practice and that the arrangement complies with fair market value (FMV). Healthcare providers to give non-monetary compensation to physicians and their families up to the annual limit. FMV compensation allows providers to enter into financial relationships with other providers if does not take into account the volume or value of referrals.Academic medical centers that meet certain criteria may provide compensation to physicians who are engaged in teaching or research activities.Rural providers  may be able to enter into certain financial relationships that would otherwise be prohibited under the Stark Law provided certain criteria are met. Safe harbor provisions that provide exceptions to the Anti-Kickback Statute :
    Investments in entities that provide healthcare services if held for one year, and is not be tied to the volume or value of referrals. Office space or equipment rented between providers if the rental amount is consistent with FMV and is for a period of at least one year.Personal services and management contracts between healthcare providers if the compensation paid is at FMV and  not be tied to the volume or value of referrals.The key takeaways—you can’t do things that are tied to volume or referrals and any financial arrangement has to be at FMV. 

    I strongly urge you to discuss Stark and AntiKickback with your healthcare attorney so that you know what is required to be in compliance.

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    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 12 min
    Business Insurances You're Probably Not Thinking About

    Business Insurances You're Probably Not Thinking About

    Insurance is one of those things you never want to need or use. But, unfortunately, when life happens having insurance can save you. Some types are pretty obvious but there are some you probably haven’t thought yet. That doesn’t mean you don’t need them. In this episode, I'll tell you the types of insurance your practice needs to mitigate its risks.


    Medical malpractice insurance protects healthcare providers from claims of negligence and medical errors. You want to have a separate policy protecting your practice--not just the individual provider.

    General liability insurance covers your business from claims of property damage or bodily injury that may arise from accidents on your premises.

    Cyber liability insurance provides coverage for data breaches and other cyber threats that could compromise your patients' confidential information.

    Workers' compensation insurance is required by law in most states and provides coverage for your employees in case they are injured on the job.

    Business interruption insurance  can provide financial protection if your business is forced to temporarily close due to an unexpected event such as a natural disaster or a pandemic.

    Employment practices liability insurance can protect your business from claims of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination brought by employees.

    Business overhead expense disability insurance can cover operating expenses such as rent, utilities, and employee salaries, even if the owner or key employee becomes disabled and unable to work. Find an insurance professional who can bundle all of the business-related insurances. They can help you assess your needs (the amount of coverage, deductible, etc.) and bundling will give you the lowest cost.  

    While hopefully you will never need to make a claim against any of  your insurance policies, the cost of having the insurance is trivial compared to what it will cost to deal with any of these events without insurance.
    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 12 min
    Understanding Your Exit Strategy Options with Eric Miller

    Understanding Your Exit Strategy Options with Eric Miller

    Owning a private medical practice is a journey. Initially, you're focused on how to get the practice up and running. The next phase is how to best run the practice. Over time, you transition to how to grow and leverage the practice. And, at some point, you will want to leave the practice that you started. 

    Having a roadmap definitely makes the journey easier. That's where having a business plan helps. One of the key considerations, from the start, needs to be "what does my exit look like."  Now I totally understand that this may be difficult to envision but many of your decisions will depend on where you want to head. 

    You wouldn't get in the car without knowing where you are going. 

    In today's episode, I speak with Eric Miller of Econologic Financial Advisors about the five most common options for exiting a private practice. 
    Die with your boots on Just close your doors and turn off the lightsBring on partner physicians and selling them shares of the practiceSell the practice to private equity or other corporate entitySell the practice to a hospital systemIt's exceedingly unlikely that you want to die while still owning/running your practice. If you simply turn off the lights then you don't get any sale price for having built this successful business. And, for most of us, it's unlikely that one or more of your children will join you. 

    Realistically, that leaves the last 3 options. Given that, how do you maximize your practice's EBITDA so that you get the biggest return on your investment? Because your practice is an investment. 

    There is no "right" answer for what your exit strategy should be. You need to educate yourself and understand the pros and cons of each option.  Set yourself up from the start to have multiple options by having a well-defined operating agreement that spells out buy-in/buy-out, drag along rights, decision making, partnership and more. Understand what's need to sell your practice to others including partner physicians, physicians (not already in your practice) or corporate entity.


    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 39 min
    More Patients, More Revenue with Zed Williamson

    More Patients, More Revenue with Zed Williamson

    More patients equals more money. Right? Not necessarily.

    If you want to grow your practice, you're probably thinking how do I get more patients. But is that really the right question to ask?

    In today's episode, I had the pleasure of having Zed Williamson from TrackableMed back with me to address what you should be asking. For starters, increasing your practice's volume and revenue does not happen by chance. Here are some of the questions we address:
    What type of patient do I want to bring into my practice?Better insurance/payerNeed a specific procedureHave a certain diagnosisWhere do I find the patients that I want?Why do they want to see me? And how do I communicate that?Hint-it's not about you. It's about themAre there obstacles in your practice that limit your growth?SchedulingSpaceStaffingZed also shared how to determine the cost of acquisition of a new patient. You can reach out to Zed for his calculator at zed@trackablemed.com

    Last,  we discussed the invaluable task of writing out the step-by-step process that a new patient would go through so that you can identify any roadblocks that limit  your practice's growth. 

    Zed Williamson founded TrackableMed in 2011, a patient demand acceleration platform rooted in neuroscience. Zed grew frustrated by the lack of accountability in the advertising industry and started TrackableMed to focus on results. TrackableMed  helps private practices create patient demand for their therapies.
    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 43 min
    Mistakes Help You Grow Your Practice

    Mistakes Help You Grow Your Practice

    You've probably heard me say that medicine is a business.  It takes work to run a successful business.   There are good days and bad days.  And, no matter how hard you try, like all business owners, you'll make mistakes. That's the truth.

    But with mistakes comes experience. The key  to running a successful private medical practice, or any business for that matter, is to learn from missteps. Ideally you learn how to grow from other people's mistakes rather than have to make them yourself.

    Today I chat with Dr. Christine Meyer of Christine Meyer and Associates about her journey from being an employed physician to starting her own practice and ultimately growing it to the 19 providers she has today.  While I want you to hear that it is really possible to have a phenomenally successful practice, the real goal of this episode is to talk about the mistakes she and I have both made along the way.

    Dr. Meyer and I discuss everything from hiring providers, to figuring out space requirements to managing staff, how and what to delegate and more. You'll hear about the common pitfalls that many practice owners experience and how to avoid them.

    One of the most important takeaways from my conversation with Dr. Meyer is, no matter what stage you are at in starting, running or growing your private practice, you need to be actively involved in the management and learn from every experience.

    More about Dr. Meyer:
    Dr. Meyer was born and raised in New Jersey to first-generation Egyptian parents. She received her Bachelor’s  from Rutgers University and MD from Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now Drexel University). Dr. Meyer  completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and is board certified in Internal Medicine.

    She met her husband, Dr. Christopher Meyer, on the first day of medical school.  In 2004, the Meyers realized their life-long dream to have a medical practice together. Christine Meyer, MD & Associates, and Healthy Steps Pediatrics are considered the premier primary-care practices in Chester County.

    Her most recent passion has been the launch and growth of her podcast, Tell Me More: Better Conversations in Healthcare, 
    Want to hear more tips on how to start, run and grow your practice and related medical businesses, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.thepracticebuildingmd.com

    Join my FB group, The Private Medical Practice Academy.

    Enroll in How To Start Your Own Practice and get the step-by-step process for opening your practice.

    Join The Private Medical Practice Academy Membership for live group coaching, expert guest speakers and everything you need to know to start, grow and leverage your private practice. The course, How To Start Your Own Practice is included in the membership, as a bonus.

    Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts"I love Sandy Weitz and The Private Medical Practice Academy Podcast." -- If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people -- just like you -- move toward the practice they want . Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

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So valuable!

Dr. Sandra Weitz and her guests provide practical advice that is so valuable in helping medical practice owners. They cover so many topics from social media to HIPAA to hiring practices. Don’t think about it - subscribe now.

Rachel Rubin ,

So helpful

Sandy’s podcast has been so helpful with the nitty gritty details of starting my private practice. She is detail oriented, so experienced and gives you the tools to thrive. I recommend this podcast and her consulting services to everyone.

Rachel Rubin MD
Urologist

URWorthTheLove ,

Choc full of information

So many questions I’ve had but never knew where to get the answers!

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