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...]

Extra, Extra – Now Offering Coaching Services

People always ask me if I do practice management consulting.There was a time when I did. But for the past two or so years, I’ve responded by saying no. I enjoy consulting and love to do it, but I had to stop because of the time commitment. Recently, I was talking with a loyal reader of PediatricInc about this very topic and she suggested I do remote coaching. My friend, who owns her practice, explained that she doesn't necessarily need a … [Read more...]

Time Management Lesson That Has Helped Me Increase My Productivity

Last year, I put myself at a crossroad. I'm sure you've been at the same crossroads before. It is where things to do, the things I want to do, and things I had to do intersected with this little nuance we all agreed to call time (or lack thereof). Like many, I would find ways to be more efficient and find ways to get better at time management. But this strategy was not working out. I was still overworked and felt unproductive as if I was in a … [Read more...]

10 Time Management Axioms For The Dedicated Medical Practice Manager

At the end of last year I went to a leadership conference. Among the session, there was one on time management. This, of course is an area that many of us struggle with. Show of hands, how many of you have uttered these words? there just isn't enough time in the day. That is what I thought! I've had to think a lot about time management in recent years due to life circumstances. Life has gotten more hectic with a growing practice, and growing … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Unreasonable Patients in Your Medical Practice

A while back, I was working the front desk when a dad of one of our patients came up to me and said he didn't want to sign the credit card on file authorization. I politely insisted he needed to fill out the auth form. He cut me off with loud: "WHY? Who came up with this stupid idea?" Awkwardly I uttered, "Ummm, me." Now, both of us felt awkward. Silence... So the parent broke the silence and in a less aggressive manner he asked why we … [Read more...]

#14 Dr. Natasha Burgert Joins Us To Talk About Social Media [Pediatric Practice Management Awesome-Cast]

Wow, we scored big this week and somehow convinced Natasha Burgert - queen of pediatric social media - to speak to us. Her real-life stories are great. Don't believe us? Watch/listen and see her Twitter effort or check out her blog. A special shout out to an awesome vaccine-related charity that Dr. Burgert supports: Shot @ Life! As always, you can get the AwesomeCast in different formats: iTunes Google+ PPMM Community … [Read more...]

How to Prepare For ICD-10 The Right Way

If you've done any reading about ICD-10, you know that this transition will be a monumental task. Fundamentally speaking, ICD-10 is a paradigm shift. It is designed to completely transform medical documentation. And since documentation is a lot of what doctors do, inevitably these changes will impact our day-to-day practice. In a recent AMA publication, the authors concluded that the two biggest challenges with implementing ICD-10 will be … [Read more...]

Easy, Easy Way to Implement A Survey Tool in Your Medical Practice

I've been thinking about implementing a more streamlined survey tool. But this is one of those things that you know is important, but not necessarily a priority. That is, nothing is going to fall apart if you don't send a survey to a patient. Today, this comment (see below) came across on my screen from the SOAPM listserve that caught my eye. I emailed Dr. Adams and asked him if I could post this on PediatricInc. He agreed. Dr. Adams … [Read more...]

Leaving a Hospital Job to Start a Solo Practice

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook is a pediatrician that started her practice after completing a two year contract with the local hospital. These days, you don’t hear about too many docs leaving hospital jobs to open up solo practices, so I wanted to learn amount what many consider to be a rare, dying breed of doctors. I reached out to Dr. Freisleben-Cook and asked her if I could ask some questions regarding her experience as a solo rural doc. She … [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...]