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Doctor says he is happy to work for University Hospital

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Dr. Ian Herskowitz was happy to turn over certain parts of his practice to University Hospital in 2009.

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John Paulos meets with Dr. Ian Herskowitz, for a checkup. Herskowitz, a medical endocrinologist, turned over parts of his practice when in 2009 he signed a five-year contract to be employed by University Hospital.  Emily Rose Bennett/Staff
Emily Rose Bennett/Staff
John Paulos meets with Dr. Ian Herskowitz, for a checkup. Herskowitz, a medical endocrinologist, turned over parts of his practice when in 2009 he signed a five-year contract to be employed by University Hospital.

“From my perspective it has been very positive because I don’t have to worry about the financial aspects of the practice and the overhead issues,” he said. “The hospital basically manages the billing aspect and the management of our staff here in the office.”

The medical endocrinologist signed a five-year contract to be employed by University and said he has benefited from an upgraded computer system and new electronic medical records, which will be required in the future – and are not cheap.

“It’s very expensive and a lot of private practice groups can’t afford it,” Herskowitz said.

Being part of a larger organization has also helped with new equipment and recruiting physicians to the practice, which had struggled to attract endocrinologists, he said. A new one has already joined and another is coming in the summer, in part because the hospital can offer certain benefits a private practice cannot, Herskowitz said. The contract also helps.

“The hospital does guarantee the income to an extent and then they help with building up your practice,” Herskowitz said.

University has also helped bring in a physician assistant to help coordinate the various aspects of care for diabetics, he said.

“Diabetes is probably the most complicated aspect of my specialty and getting proper care for diabetic patients is really very critical,” Herskowitz said.

Without having to essentially run a business, “I have more time to see patients and not worry about other economic aspects of the practice,” he said.

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Riverman1 01/07/12 - 09:23 am
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It's taken decades to get

It's taken decades to get control of University Hospital away from the physician groups that are among the highest paid in the nation. The physicians should work for the hospital. Now it's time to start giving the profits the hospital actually makes to the county instead of to the wealthy groups who incorporate inept family members to continue their monopoly practices.

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What4 01/07/12 - 05:32 pm
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Great for University and the

Great for University and the physicians--not so great for the patients thrown into the UH burocricy for every little test, x-ray and procedure normally performed in a physician's office. As a patient in one of these owned practices I have been most dissapointed. For example, It is a nightmare when your insurance requires you to go elsewhere for all labs and other tests because they will not pay the exorbitant UH charges for these tests. At other practices these simple tests are performed in the office and included in your office visit co-pay. Avoid this system if possible.

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