Friday, June 22, 2018


Thank Goodness for a Good TPA

Michael I. Gorelick, APR
Accredited Pension Representative

Have you ever used these words?  If you have, you know the value that a good TPA brings to your practice.

I received a call from a CPA friend a few months ago.  He was telling me about a medical practice that had 5 Doctors and 20 employees.  Each Doctor had set up their own SEP IRA or 401(k) or Profit Sharing Plan, many years ago.  They merged their individual practices into one group, but the employees were never included in any of the doctor’s plans and a plan was never established for the employees. No one had asked the question, “What should we do for our employees or Do we have to do anything for our employees”?  

They wanted to do things right but no one was giving them advice. Finally, their CPA advised them to get a TPA involved. Thank goodness they called me before the government stepped in.

I explained the government’s rules that require employers to cover their employees if the owners have plans for themselves.  They quickly figured out that they had a liability and what was at stake and proceeded to add a new 401(K)/ Profit Sharing Plan for their employees.  Additionally, each Doctor was able to keep their own plan in-tact and some of the doctors were able to increase their savings. 

It is not unusual for employers to overlook the myriad of governmental rules if their advisors do not bring issues or the rules to their attention. Most 401k/profit sharing record-keepers do not see it as their job to probe into how employers run their businesses’. This means either running afoul of the rules or missing out on law changes that can benefit them.

If you haven’t reviewed the operational and design aspects of your retirement plan, you may be violating rules or missing out on increased contributions for yourself or reductions in the overall cost to cover your employees. 

Benefit Equity is a premier local Third Party Administrator who has proudly participated in the Business Partnership program with the OCMA for the past 6 years.  Contact us for a no-cost plan review today!

Michael Gorelick, Accredited Pension Representative (APR)
Benefit Equity, Inc
(714) 480-1364 x220

10 things you could buy with the money your practice is leaving on the table.


Patient bills. Sitting in your AR.  Dollars left on the table.

It’s one of the top problems we hear about from our members at OCMA, and one that we can help you fix through our Business Partner Universal Financial Systems.

Most docs are leaving $150,000 on average on the table PER YEAR…what could you do with your extra cash?  Well, we took it upon ourselves to find out!

1.       A Jet Pack - $100,000

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This is Orange County, you can get some real use from a water jet pack!  Wouldn’t the 10-year-old version of you be furious to know you have the ability to purchase a jet pack and haven’t yet flown through the sky?


2.      Duffy Boats - $52,000/each


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You and 36 of your friends could be out on the water brunching and cruising every weekend!  Call UFS now and get out there this summer! 


3.        The Permits, Guides, and Gear for THREE Everest Climbs ($40-80,000/person)

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Even if Everest isn’t on your bucket list, imagine what bucket list items your savings could help you cross off!


4.           A litter of California’s most expensive dogs ($50,000/each)


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French bulldogs are some of the most expensive dogs on the planet, especially when they come from a top breeder – why not ensure you get the best?


5.      Team up with another doc and you could control the Bellagio Fountains ($250,000)

By Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada (Bellagio Fountain - Las Vegas, CA - USA - 02) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

If it’s money you were leaving on the table, why not do something fun with it?  You’ve been living without it for years!  Seriously, stop leaving money on the table and reach out to our trusted partner UFS today!


6.      Tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals ($50,000/each)


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NBA Finals Game 7 tickets have gone for up to $90,000/ticket.  With the money your practice leaves on the table, you could be sitting court-side every year…


7.      Live at the Versace Mansion for 2 Months ($1600/night)

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OC can get taxing, why not take a break living in luxury at one of the most infamous mansions in South Beach?  What’s $100k for two months of high fashion luxury?!

8.      Hire an up and coming celeb for a party ($100K)

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Sorry, an act like Elton John will set you back millions, but if your son of daughter wants to hire a new artist like Fetty Wap (ask them who he is), your $100K savings from hiring UFS could come in handy…


9.      You could eat nearly 30 pounds of European White Truffles ($3600/pound)

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You’ll never have to go out to dinner again if you can freshly shave white truffle on every meal!  Once you start, you won’t be able to stop…and you won’t have to with that new $100K truffle budget…


10.      And for the practical folks, a one-bedroom Condo in Sacramento ($104,000)

OCMA encourages our members to be vocal about the rights of physicians and patients, with your very own condo in Sacramento you can be in on the action at your home away from home in Sac Town!

Ready to get started?  Call UFS today!

OCMA members receive a complimentary Insurance & Patient Collection Performance Analysis ($300 value), as well as bundled pricing for billing and collection services. 

Contact: George Christidis, 310-502-3580,





Survey: How would the AB 3087 price fixing proposal affect your practice?

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) last week announced a radical physician rate setting proposal (AB 3087) that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs, create state-sanctioned rationing of health care for all Californians and force physicians out of state or into early retirement.

The California Medical Association is asking physicians to answer a few questions about how AB 3087 will impact their practices. The survey is anonymous and the results will help in our legislative efforts to fight this dangerous and irresponsible legislation.

Take the survey now at:

And, if you are among California's physicians that will be forced into early retirement or out of state if AB 3087 passes, we want to tell your story. Drop us a line at

Long-time OCMA Member Nick Anas, M.D. Has Passed Away

In Memoriam

Nick G. Anas, M.D.

June 14, 1950 - April 3, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nick G. Anas, M.D., long-time member of OCMA.  Dr. Anas passed away peacefully on April 3, 2018.

To read the entire tribute, please click here.  

Dr. Bennet Omalu Supports S.B. 1303 to require physician-conducted autopsies

Senate Bill 1303 (authored by Dr. Richard Pan & Senator Cathleen Galgiani), says Dr. Bennet Omalu, is about moving our state forward, applying best practices & protecting the public trust. Hear more from Dr. Omalu on this important legislation to create an independent medical examiner's office at

California Medical Association Applauds CDI and DMHC Probe into Aetna’s Practice of Denying Medically Necessary Care

This week, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced an investigation into Aetna Inc.’s coverage denials that appear to put profits before patients. The investigations were launched, in part, after a former Aetna medical director admitted he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny health care. Denying coverage without a physician ever reviewing medical records is a potential violation of law.

“California physicians are increasingly concerned with the growing trend of for-profit insurance companies adopting policies that restrict access to care while their profits soar,” said California Medical Association (CMA) President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. “We applaud the CDI and DMHC for investigating whether health insurers are using their market power to unjustly and illegally deny medically necessary care recommended by the treating physician. The burden of proof should rest with insurers to prove – with an expert medical and thorough review – why treatment should be stopped, not on treating physicians or patients.”

What’s more, nearly 60 percent of the total Independent Medical Reviews (IMR) filed against Aetna with DMHC in 2016 were overturned or reversed. This follows a growing trend of the regulator denying or reversing health plan decisions by almost 20 percent over the last three years (51 percent in 2014 to 69 percent in 2016).

“The growth of IMR reversals is troubling and suggests that for-profit insurance companies are inappropriately denying care without evaluating the specific clinical issues,” said Dr. Mazer. “For-profit insurance companies should not be allowed to set aside the decision of a treating physician without demonstrating that the treatment in question conflicts with scientific evidence, professional standards or expert opinion.”

CDI Commissioner Dave Jones has asked Californians who believe they may have been adversely impacted by Aetna’s decisions to contact the agency:

Winter 2018 OC In+Care Newsletter

In+Care Newsletter Issue 11 Winter 2018 for providers serving people living with HIV in Orange County:

InCare Newsletter Issue 11 Winter 2018.pdf


Paul Lubinsky, M.D. - 2018 Orange County Physician of Excellence

OCMA is proud to recognize our incredible members who are leaders in medicine here in Orange County.  This year, we want to spend time honoring our 2018 Physicians of Excellence and sharing more information on what makes them so excellent.  


Name: Paul Lubinsky, M.D.

Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care

What is the most rewarding thing about practicing medicine?

Helping Kids set the course for the rest of their lives. Children are resilient and tend not to dwell on the past, it is a privilege to care for them.

Why did you choose to practice in Orange County?
From the first day I started my American Medical career as a CHOC intern I could not think of any institution I would rather work at. I have been at CHOC for 34 years and we provide care to whomever needs it.

What’s a great experience you had through your OCMA Membership?

The advocacy work that OCMA is involved in provides a voice for the physicians, that helps to direct and ensure their patients care. As a Pediatric provider we have enhanced Pediatric Board representation and established a Pediatric workgroup to specifically focus attention on Children’s needs 

Do you have a word of advice for today’s students and residents?

If I had it to do over I would choose a career in medicine, and once again Pediatric Critical Care. There are tough days but we can make a positive difference in every patients life story and I cannot think of a more fulfilling career.

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OCMA is Moving!

As of February 1, 2018, OCMA’s new address will be:

5000 Campus Drive
Newport Beach CA  92660

Our phone number will remain the same:  (949) 398-8100

The week of January 29 is a transition week, so please be patient if the staff does not respond to calls or E-mails as quickly as usual.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location.  

Connie Bartlett, D.O. - 2018 Orange County Physician of Excellence

OCMA is proud to recognize our incredible members who are leaders in medicine here in Orange County.  This year, we want to spend time honoring our 2018 Physicians of Excellence and sharing more information on what makes them so excellent.  

Name:  Connie Bartlett, DO

Specialty:  Pediatrics
What is the most rewarding thing about practicing medicine?  The relationships I’ve been able to build with my patients and their families is extremely rewarding – it’s the best thing about practicing medicine for me. As a pediatrician, I’m able to take a special part in “raising" the children who have seen me since birth – watching their development and seeing them transition into adulthood is the best gift.
Why did you choose to practice in Orange County?
Besides the great weather, I chose Orange County because it’s home for me and my family, which always comes first for me. It’s also a great benefit to be surrounded by reputable academic institutions and hospitals. I feel blessed to be part of a health system and medical group that takes such great care of me and my patients. 
What’s a great experience you had through your OCMA Membership?  I really appreciate the various advocacy efforts from OCMA – championing important issues for our medical community. I also really enjoy the various lectures and workshops available to help me keep up with clinical decision-making and practice management. 
Do you have a message for the rest of your POE honoree colleagues? I am humbled and honored to be selected. I hope we can spread the word for next year and recruit more of our colleagues to participate in this great tradition. Congratulations to all.  
Do you have a word of advice for today’s students and residents?  It is a gift and a privilege for us to be in the healing profession.  I encourage all students and residents to study hard the science of medicine, but not to forget to learn the art of medicine as well.  It's the compassion, empathy and connection to others that will bring joy to our days and comfort to our patients. 

Follow Dr. Bartlett on Social Media!
Twitter: @stjoehealth

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