Learn How To Create A Budget For Your Medical Practice

In medicine, the mention of the word profit is often viewed or interpreted as a dirty word. It is as if the word does not belong in the lexicon when health care is addressed.   I argue (in the context of the private medical practice setting) that profitability is a medical practice's responsibility for one simple reason. If the medical practice (also known as a business) doesn’t deliver profits, health care providers are unable to provide for … [Read more...]

Can Your Medical Practice Afford To Drop An Insurance Carrier?

I received a letter from the University of Chicago Medical Center explaining that effective Jan 2016; they will no longer accept BCBS. The announcement took me by surprise. Not because the hospital was dropping an insurance plan- but because they were dropping a major plan, BCBS. BCBS has a significant market share in Chicago; which translates to a lot of patients having BCBS as their insurance carrier. I can only imagine why the hospital … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About What Happened In Vegas

My friends from the Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) put on another great practice management conference in Las Vegas last January. The content was excellent, thanks to the fabulous faculty PMI brought in. The topics varied from customer service principles to fundamental changes happening in the health insurance industry and how those changes are - or soon will be - affecting doctors' financial bottom line. Below are a few highlights … [Read more...]

Let's Talk About What Happened In Vegas

My friends from the Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) put on another great practice management conference in Las Vegas last January. The content was excellent, thanks to the fabulous faculty PMI brought in. The topics varied from customer service principles to fundamental changes happening in the health insurance industry and how those changes are - or soon will be - affecting doctors' financial bottom line. Below are a few highlights and … [Read more...]

Are You Following These 10-Steps Before Terminating A Physician- Patient Relationship?

This post was originally published on the Verden Group's Blog. Written by Sumita Saxena, Senior Consultant, The Verden Group It unfortunately can happen to anyone: You go above and beyond to provide your patients excellent care with uncompromising accessibility, and yet something somewhere goes wrong and the relationship quickly deteriorates. After trying your best to mend the problem it becomes clear – the relationship has broken down … [Read more...]

#23 Step by Step Guide To Setting Prices For Your Medical Practice [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

At the end of last year, Chip and I talked about New Years resolutions. I shared a few things I had on my list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2014 and Chip provided several suggestions we could do as a practice. One of Chip's resolutions for practices, was to adjust our pricing. I wrote his suggestion down. The truth is, I haven't looked at our pricing in a couple of years. So I knew it was time. The thing is, I wasn't sure if I was … [Read more...]

#20 Key Performance Indicators Smart Practice Managers Measure [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

For today's AwesomeCast, I invited my friend Paul Vanchiere from the Pediatric Management Institute. Apparently, Chip had more important things to do... Pfff. Family. So he was MIA for this recording. If you don't know about the Pediatric Management Institute, make a note to visit. Paul and his team are doing some really cool things to help pediatric practices manage their business better. Paul knows a few things about key performance … [Read more...]

#12 How Do You Know When To Hire Your Next Physician? [Pediatric Practice Management MediaCast]

Recently, Chip and I saw a question posted on the SOAPM listserve that addressed this notion of when is it the right time to bring on a physician. We thought it was a great discussion topic so we decided to dedicate an entire episode surrounding some of things one ought to consider when bringing on a new doc. To give you a heads up, below you'll find part of the email that was submitted to the listserve. I recently interviewed a potential MD … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How Else To Put This, But My Ebook Is Kind of a Big Deal

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know about my e-book, 101 Ways to Transform Your Practice. If you haven’t picked it up (it is free by the way) I wanted to give you a little nudge to do so. Not everything in the ebook is going to work in your practice. But at the very least, I think the ebook will spark ideas that you would have not had otherwise. If you are still not convinced, then let me share this little something … [Read more...]

I Don't Know How Else To Put This, But My Ebook Is Kind of a Big Deal

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know about my e-book, 101 Ways to Transform Your Practice. If you haven’t picked it up (it is free by the way) I wanted to give you a little nudge to do so. Not everything in the ebook is going to work in your practice. But at the very least, I think the ebook will spark ideas that you would have not had otherwise. If you are still not convinced, then let me share this little something that … [Read more...]