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This article forms part of a series of articles relating to you and your practice and business. The previous articles were on The Business Edge of your Practiceand Preparing your Business for Sale In this article we will be looking at the responsibilities of the practice owner when they find themselves in the position of Employer. Many times we find that a thriving practice grows to such a level that the services cannot be provided by one therapist, and that the administration of the practice requires the dedicated attention of an administrator / receptionist. The practice owner should consider how

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Business value

Following on Part 1 in this series of articles, entitled “The structure of your business“, we will be looking at the concept of “Preparing your Business for Sale”. This is a concept I came across in a business course, where it was suggested that from day 1 of running a business, one should look at the structures of the business in the light of selling your business. Now this might seem like a strange concept, as your mind is on the new challenge that has presented itself in starting your practice. But think about how you would like to have

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Strategy

To make a clear distinction between the concept of owning or running a practice, and establishing and growing a business, one needs to develop the acuity of separating the caring therapist role from clear business principles and investment opportunities which present themselves. In the next few articles, I will be presenting a series looking at the various aspects of developing the business edge of your practice. The business structure of your practice Due to the fact that we as Healthcare Providers need to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as our regulatory body in order

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June 27, 2012 @ 11:40 am
posted by Deon
self adhesive electrode

I am often asked where the best positions are to place self-adhesive electrodes, for patients using FES or TES, or even those using an APS or TENS machine for pain. In this article, I would like to give you some pointers as to where to place the electrodes when wanting to stimulate the muscles to contract. General rule of thumb for electrode placements You will notice that there are 2 electrode leads connecting your stimulation device to the electrodes. They are typically red and black, with the red being the anode / positive lead, and the black being the cathode

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Basic Conditions of Employment and your Medical Practice Deon and I recently attended a Basic Labour Relations Workshop which focused on integrating the Basic Conditions of Employment into your company structures. We would like to share with you a few interesting and important issues that we find most commonly affect the medical practitioner in their practice. This article follows on a previous one in the series, written by Elja regarding Policies and Procedures.   Threshold   Before discussing the threshold, did you know that any Employee that has been with your Practice for 6 months and longer are considered to

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March 28, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
posted by Deon
NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

We have all heard about the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan for South Africa. Following the release of the Green Paper on National Health by the Department of Health in August 2011, it would be worth while to take stock of the progress made so far, what challenges are still faced, and in what direction we are moving in going forwards. Financing the NHI The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has been actively engaging with the public across many platforms, including radio, the press, conferences and more.Submissions made by the public in response to the Green Paper are being

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January 9, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
posted by Deon
Medical information

With all the latest debate and concern around the Protection of State Information Bill, it is not surprising that a fair amount of uncertainty has arisen around the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Manual. The act was promulgated in 2000 to bring into effect the constitutional right of access to any information held by the state and any information that is held by private bodies (this includes sole practitioners) which is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. Section 9 of the act does however recognise that access to information can be limited. These limitations are

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November 8, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
posted by Deon

Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) must be paid in full. This was the ruling handed down this morning by the Gauteng High Court after the Board of Health Care Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) and the South African Municipal Workers Union National Medical Scheme approached the court asking for a declaratory order on the interpretation of the words “pay in full” as in appears in Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act. BHF sought to convince the court that “pay in full” should be interpreted as meaning “pay in full” according to the rules of the medical scheme and not “pay

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MedChronicle: HPCSA Suspends Acting Registrar: http://www.medicalchronicle.co.za/hpcsa-suspends-acting-registrar/

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two-way-interaction

In a development that could have huge implications for quadriplegics, paraplegics and those with prosthetic limbs, researchers from Duke University and the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed technology that has allowed monkeys to control a virtual arm and touch and feel virtual objects using only their brain activity. The researchers say it is the first-ever demonstration of a two-way interaction between a primate brain and a virtual body and could lead to robotic exoskeletons that not only that allows paralyzed patients to walk again, but to also feel the ground beneath them. Read more…

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