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The Physician’s Pandemic Survival Guide

Many of you are scared. You are wondering how you are going to survive this pandemic. Your patient visits have dwindled or are nonexistent. New employee regulations have started, and many of you are facing unprecedented cash flow crunches. It is a scary time for both private practitioners and large groups. Here are some tips […]

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Protocol Building 101

Many physicians want to develop protocols but find it too daunting of a task. The quickest way to start to build protocols is to get your staff involved. Your staff is your most valuable asset as you begin writing protocols. Protocol sessions should begin by telling everyone it is essential that they contribute. You need […]

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Do Your Patients Come Back? Part 2

A missed appointment is a missed opportunity for both the patient and the medical practice. Many times, patients fail to understand the importance of why they need to return for an appointment, and therefore do not make it a priority. In fact, many of them end up canceling or not showing up for their appointment.

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Do Your Patients Come Back? Part 1

I am a data nut. I analyze data. I can tell a physician where they are losing money within 10 minutes of looking at their procedure reports. I can tell them where they are failing to provide comprehensive care. The number one reason for lost revenue across all specialties: Patients not returning. The main reasons […]

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Are You Suggesting or Prescribing?

Have you ever used these phrases? I would recommend… We can either treat it this way or treat it that way. It is your decision. It is my recommendation to… I would encourage you to consider…. Would you like me to prescribe…? Here are all your options… What would you like to do? If you […]

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6 Ways to Practice Smarter

In my previous blog, I discussed knowing your numbers to maintain a robust bottom line. Here are other practice management tips that can dramatically increase your bottom line. You must see patients. I am all for vacations and time off to recharge, but I find that some doctors take too many days off or reduce […]

A Medical Practice is a Business

You want to be a physician and only a physician.  You want to see your patients and go home at the end of the day.  The last thing you want to do is deal with the business aspect of your practice. This is not why you went to medical school, and frankly, you don’t have […]

Can You Dispense Surgical Dressings/Wound Care Supplies To A Nursing Home Patient?

If you can’t dispense surgical dressings/wound care supplies to your inpatients, can you dispense supplies to your nursing home patients? Yes, you can! Dispensing wound care products to your nursing home patients allows you to control the wound care supplies your patients are receiving.  It is also great for an additional revenue source.  Dispensing wound […]

Top 5 Practice Management Pearls

As a medical consultant and practice manager, I am often asked, “What are your top management pearls?” Without further ado, here are my top 5: Always collect insurance information over the phone from a patient.   Always call and check benefits for standard procedures or DME that will be dispensed.  Know a patient’s deductible/ co-insurance and […]

Valuing Your Time as a Physician: Part 2

This is one of the top 10 questions I receive as a medical consultant, and my answer is always the same: Are you doing things that you are not required to do as a physician? Do you ever find yourself saying: Crap! I forgot to do that. I am running late. I will do that […]