Is a post-pandemic recession headed our way?


As I wrote in these pages in July of 20201, the aesthetic business would flourish during the pandemic. Unfortunately, whatever goes up, must come down. We’re experiencing the highest inflation in the last 40 years due a combination of pandemic-era Federal financial stimuli, increased demand for goods and services and supply chain issues. To combat inflation, […]

Automating Weight Management Programs for Better Customer Service

Recently, Dr. Jonathan Kaplan posted a video on TikTok weighing in on whether a celebrity lost weight by diet, exercise and/or the use of the groundbreaking weight loss medication, semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic (approved for type 2 diabetes in 2017) and Wegovy (approved for obesity in 2021) . It was a topic that […]

Convening Provider rule delayed

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FAQS ABOUT CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 IMPLEMENTATION – GOOD FAITH ESTIMATES (GFES) FOR UNINSURED (OR SELF-PAY) INDIVIDUALS – PART 3 December 2, 2022 Set out below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of Section 112 of Title I (the No Surprises Act (NSA)) of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and implementing […]

We have the data! Converting Machine Readable Files to Human Readable Files!

The Trump era Transparency in Coverage (TiC) rule released in 2020 focused on insurance companies and require that insurers make machine readable files (MRFs) of negotiated in-network rates and out-of-network allowables publicly available on their websites by July 1st, 2022. Going one step further, by January 1st, 2023, plans must make cost-sharing information available for […]

Integrate a Wellness Lounge into your Existing Practice

With the multitude of information available on the internet, patients are increasingly taking their health into their own hands. Why not encourage patients to come into your practice by giving them the tools and guidance to do just that?   Mind the Gap At Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery (PHPS), we first noticed a gap in […]

Update on Breast Implants


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new safety communication about squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas in the capsule around breast implants.   BIA-SCC and BIA-ALCL Breast implant associated squamous cell carcinoma and breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma are very rare. In fact, the incidence of these disease processes is […]

The Current State of Social Media, According to Dr. Miami

In social media’s heyday, few doctors showed up consistently on the now popular platforms. But all of that has changed, and medical practices of every kind are now dialed into at least one form of social media, making it a primary marketing tactic. One of the first board-certified plastic surgeons to find success on social […]

Final Rule on Qualifying Payment Amount (QPA) for out-of-network services “downcoded” to in-network rates

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Fact Sheet U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration August 19, 2022 REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO SURPRISE BILLING: FINAL RULES On August 19, 2022, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) released final rules titled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing: Final Rules.” These rules finalize provisions related to […]

Does Your Practice Need a Podcast?


There’s a lot that goes into running a successful practice. A strong marketing strategy is just one element. One crucial building block of a well-rounded marketing program is the podcast. For medical practices, a value-packed podcast is a perfect forum for educating patients, keeping them current on new research and trends, and revealing the human […]