Beyond the Exam Room

Beyond the Exam Room

Physicians at all stages of their practice must understand the basics of business and finance in order to maintain their financial viability in order to provide service to their patients. BeyondtheExamRoom™ is a 12 module online course with interactive features that teach the basics of personal and practice finance and assist physicians in making sound financial decisions.

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Target Audience
This course is designed for Physicians transitioning into or between practices, physicians wishing to acquire more knowledge about personal and practice financial planning.

Designation Statement
The University of Louisville Continuing Medical Education office designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Louisville and Masina Practice Management, LTD. The University of Louisville is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians.

Instructions & Registration
The course takes approximately 12.0 hours. During the course you will watch and listen to interactive video presentations.

You will have to register and create a user profile before you are able to view the videos and post-test material. Once the materials have been reviewed, you will take a brief post-activity quiz followed by course evaluations, after which you will be able to generate your CME/CE certificate.

Principle Faculty
Bonnie Mason, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor of GME
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
UTMB, Galveston, TX

Hardware & Software Requirements
High speed internet connection
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or higher
Course content compatible with Mac OS

Commercial Support
No commercial support was used or received to fund this online course.

Course Director and Coordinator
Bonnie Mason, MD has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Planning Committee Members
Karen Hughes Miller, PhD, and John L. Roberts, MD have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Bonnie Mason, MD and Jeffery Mandume Kerina, MD have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

CME & PD Staff and Advisory Board
The CME & PD staff and Advisory Board have nothing to disclose with the exception of Dr. Douglas Coldwell: Sirtex, Inc. (Speaker) and DFine, Inc. (Consultant).

Original Release & Termination Dates
Medium or combination of media used: Online enduring material activity
Method of Physician Participation: Online video presentations
Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 12.0 hours
Course Originally Released On: 2/1/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/1/2015
Course Termination Date: 2/1/2017

Special Services
If you need special accommodations due to a disability, or for an alternative form of course materials, please contact Kathryn O’Brien at Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof.

Provider Contact Information
If you need technical support or have questions about the course, please e-mail us at

Privacy Policy
The University of Louisville's Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development office respects your privacy. Personal information collected from participants of our medical educational activities will not, unless required by law, be shared with any third party. The primary reason we collect your personal information is for accountability and documentation of your continuing education activities in compliance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) regulations. We do not distribute unsolicited e-mails, nor, unless required by law, do we share the names of our subscribers with any third party.

The course material is copyrighted by BeyondtheExamRoom™. The University of Louisville has obtained permission to use the content in this educational activity.

BTER Modules

Module 1: Professional Life Cycle & Practice Options
Learning Objectives
Demonstrate a general knowledge of current practice statistics and factors influencing practice choices.
Obtain a solid understanding of, Academic/University-based practice, Hospital-based practice, Multi-Specialty Practice, Single Specialty Group, and Solo Practice.
Identify alternative career options: Government, NIH, CDC, Local Health Departments, Private Industry, Pharmaceutical/Biomedical as consultant, and Medical Legal Consulting.

Module 2: Economic Fundamentals of Healthcare
Learning Objectives
Build a basic knowledge and understanding of the US Healthcare system.
Explain key operations required to make a medical practice work as a business.
Integrate practical business tips for physicians into ones own career path and plan.

Module 3: Contracts
Learning Objectives
Characterize a basic contracts sections and terminology.
Demonstrate a basic and systematic approach to analyzing contracts.
Identify major areas of caution regarding contracts.

Module 4: Insurance
Learning Objectives
Define a basic understanding of insurance concepts, terms, and tools.
Identify, define and recommend different types of personal and business insurance.
Identify and define the payer-provider interaction and the multiplicity of issues associated within.

Module 5: Starting a Practice
Learning Objectives
Develop a solid understanding of the criteria involved in deciding whether to start or join a practice.
Describe the factors necessary in identifying and assembling a quality advisory team.
Obtain an understanding of the core activities and steps involved in starting a practice and where to obtain accurate information.
Examine the general aspects of a business plan for a medical practice.

Module 6: Joining a Practice
Learning Objectives
Identify what information should or should not be requested from the practice; different methods for obtaining information.
Calculate pertinent accounting metrics and to know how to weight them in evaluating a practice.
Learn how to apply the information you've gathered to help you arrive at an optimal decision.

Module 7: Generating Revenue
Learning Objectives
Identify the various revenue generating options for medical practices.
Identify the sources of ancillary practice revenue and how to evaluate each potential revenue source.
Demonstrate an ability to read and interpret basic financial reports.

Module 8: Maintaining a Practice
Learning Objectives
Interpret basic financial reports and their applications.
Evaluate and monitor the cash flow reporting system pertaining to your practice.

Module 9: Advanced Concepts
Learning Objectives
Negotiate best employment contracts.
Identify key areas in contracts and leases.
Secure Protection for family, practice and self.
Assemble and manage practice team.

Module 10 : Physician Leadership - Under Construction

Module 11: Evolving Trends in Healthcare
Learning Objectives
Examine physician trends in the current healthcare climate.
Identify how healthcare reform changes will affect physician and hospital interactions.
Identify the basis for and types of physician-hospital alignment and integration models.

Module 12: Personal Finance
Learning Objectives
Identify your FICO score and understand its components.
Identify basic tenants of personal finance.
Identify the importance of sound personal financial strategies.
Demonstrate how personal finances directly affect business finances.

Prices & Registration

CLICK HERETo Purchase the 11 Module Set with 11.0 CME Credit Hours - $997         

CLICK HERETo Purchase Individual Modules with 1.0 CME Credit Hours - $100 each