Upbeat, authoritative, and practical.

THE PRIVATE PRACTICE SURVIVAL GUIDE

A JOURNEY TO UNLOCK YOUR FREEDOM TO SUCCESS

This instructional debut aims to provide an entrepreneurial jolt to those who own private health care practices.

Private practice consultant and business coach Seigel knows from experience that clinicians typically focus more on their clients than they do on running a business. That’s why “the #1 question clinicians don’t like to answer,” he says, is “How much money do you want to make?” In this comprehensive handbook, the author gently guides private practice owners through business basics, including goal-setting, making business plans, using measurement criteria for success, marketing, managing personnel, and more. All the while, Seigel addresses specific concerns, making no assumptions about how much business knowledge readers may have. The author effectively highlights common misperceptions and blunders, employing the proven technique of combining tips with illustrative real-life anecdotes. Some of the book’s most valuable advice is about insurance plans. He explains such concepts as copayment, co-insurance, contracted charges, and benefits verification in uncomplicated terms; his tips regarding “in-network” services are particularly helpful. So, too, is his inclusion of a key metric regarding private health care insurance, which he goes on to explain in detail: “60 percent of your funding should be cash flow positive in 30 days or less from the date of service.” The book’s coverage of legal and regulatory compliance, including labor laws and employment regulations, sometimes dives deeply into the weeds, but it’s just these kinds of details that can trip up private practitioners if they pay them little heed. The closing chapter summarizes the book’s content and offers bullet-pointed steps in essential areas, including contracting, operations, marketing, business development, and clinical setup. This primerlike approach should prove instructive for private practitioners who are just starting out, but the author’s counsel may also assist experienced practitioners in fine-tuning their practice’s business side. Indeed, some of the book’s more general advice could easily be applicable to client-centered consulting practices in fields other than health care.

Upbeat, authoritative, and practical.

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-64339-937-9

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Rebel Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

ECONOMIC DIGNITY

Noted number cruncher Sperling delivers an economist’s rejoinder to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Former director of the National Economic Council in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the author has long taken a view of the dismal science that takes economic justice fully into account. Alongside all the metrics and estimates and reckonings of GDP, inflation, and the supply curve, he holds the great goal of economic policy to be the advancement of human dignity, a concept intangible enough to chase the econometricians away. Growth, the sacred mantra of most economic policy, “should never be considered an appropriate ultimate end goal” for it, he counsels. Though 4% is the magic number for annual growth to be considered healthy, it is healthy only if everyone is getting the benefits and not just the ultrawealthy who are making away with the spoils today. Defining dignity, admits Sperling, can be a kind of “I know it when I see it” problem, but it does not exist where people are a paycheck away from homelessness; the fact, however, that people widely share a view of indignity suggests the “intuitive universality” of its opposite. That said, the author identifies three qualifications, one of them the “ability to meaningfully participate in the economy with respect, not domination and humiliation.” Though these latter terms are also essentially unquantifiable, Sperling holds that this respect—lack of abuse, in another phrasing—can be obtained through a tight labor market and monetary and fiscal policy that pushes for full employment. In other words, where management needs to come looking for workers, workers are likely to be better treated than when the opposite holds. In still other words, writes the author, dignity is in part a function of “ ‘take this job and shove it’ power,” which is a power worth fighting for.

A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-7987-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Penguin Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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