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Feb 17

Four Tips for Strengthening Cyber Security

Law firms of all sizes have sensitive information that make them vulnerable to data breaches. This article outlines four strategies for preventing — or, at worst, minimizing the damage of — a cyber attack. These are encryption, employee training, cyber liability insurance coverage and recovery planning.

Feb 14

Use Management Letters to Improve your Business

Audited financial statements typically come with a surprise bonus that business owners might not be aware of: the management letter. This article describes what is required to be reported in the management letter, how a company can use it and the types of comments a CPA may voluntarily opt to report to demonstrate his or her commitment to the client’s success.

Feb 10

Harnessing Best Practices in Claim Denial Management

Claim denials are a huge financial drain on physician practices. If nothing is done to reverse a denial, the revenue that it represents is lost to the practice. Attempts to manage and resolve the denial can cost an average of $25 to $30 per claim, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In this blog, we take a look at some best practices you can employ to help manage claims denied by payers.

Feb 02

Beyond Benchmarks: Alternative Methods of Measuring Your Portfolio’s Results

This article looks at several ways to measure investment portfolio performance. The traditional method is to compare results with those of a relevant market index. However, some investors may be better off considering risk-adjusted results or even follow a goals-based approach.

Jan 31

A Prix Fixe Serving of Best Restaurant Management Practices

Restaurant Week just arrived to showcase more than 300 Chicago area restaurants. Prix fixe menus of $22, $33 and $44 are offered for breakfast lunch and dinner. In honor of the festivities, our latest Restaurant Group blog is here to serve up a prix fixe menu of best restaurant management practices. Rather than an appetizer, main course and dessert, we will discuss regulations, finances and taxes.

Jan 24

Building and Maintaining a Memorable Law Firm Brand

Law firms that invest in creating memorable brands enjoy many benefits, including increased awareness in the marketplace and among their peers. This increased awareness often results in business development opportunities, enhanced recruiting visibility and stronger client relationships. This article explains how a law firm can use its brand to differentiate itself from its competitors and discusses ways to avoid failing to integrate a firm’s brand across the organization.

Jan 19

Ask the Advisor: Is Defeasance Right for Me?

As the real estate market has improved in many parts of the United States, and interest rates are poised to climb in the near future, many property owners are considering pursuing defeasance to exit their loans. Many, however, do not really understand what is involved. This article provides input on how defeasance works and when it is best to use it.

Jan 17

Always Be Closing: Internal Marketing and Tracking

Internal marketing can help retain patients and increase patient referrals. This brief article explains four tracking methods — including recording how new patients heard about the practice and coding marketing materials — that can help medical or dental practices evaluate their return on investment (ROI).

Jan 16

How Transparent is Your Not-For-Profit Organization?

In today’s society everybody wants to know where exactly their money is going. It is not enough anymore to simply solicit donations to “help your cause.” More and more donors want to see the end result of their donation, and this could also be a factor as to whether they donate to your organization again or not. This blog focuses on how you can make the use of your fundraising dollars more transparent to donors.

Jan 10

How to Shift Income to Family Members and Save Money

This article discusses a strategy on how individuals who own their own business can reduce their income while helping their children get a head start on saving for retirement. A Sidebar discusses the problem of capital gains trapped in non-grantor trusts and possible solutions for liberating them.

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