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...]

11 Straightforward And Practical Tips To Improve Your Practice’s Bottom Line

You do not have to be a marine captain to know that there are countless potential dangers navigating waters. With a little imagination you know there are many risks. Some hidden, like currents, while others are painfully apparent (i.e. howling winds, waves and torrential storms).   We know there isn’t anything the captain can do to eliminate weather conditions or enforce her will on ocean currents. However, we can all agree the captain … [Read more...]

11 Simple and Practice Tips To Improve Your Practice’s Bottom Line

You don’t need to be a marine captain to know that there are countless potential dangers navigating waters. With a little imagination you know there are many risks. Some hidden, like currents, while others are painfully apparent (i.e. howling winds, waves and torrential storms). We know there isn’t anything the captain can do to eliminate weather conditions or enforce her will on ocean currents. But we can all agree the captain has control … [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...]

What Do Patient Lab Reports Have To Do With A Medical Practice's Financial Statements?

An important aspect of managing a business is learning how to read financial statements. It's no secret, however, that most doctors don't have formal business training. So reading financial statements to some is like reading in a language you don't speak. But that is not an excuse for physicians that own or have a stake in their medical practices not to learn fundamental business principals such as reading financial statements. Learning how to … [Read more...]

What Do Patient Lab Reports Have To Do With A Medical Practice’s Financial Statements?

An important aspect of managing a business is learning how to read financial statements. It's no secret, however, that most doctors don't have formal business training. So reading financial statements to some is like reading in a language you don't speak. But that is not an excuse for physicians that own or have a stake in their medical practices not to learn fundamental business principals such as reading financial statements. Learning … [Read more...]

Want To Be An Awesome Practice Manager? Learn How To Calculate This Key Performance Indicator

Revenue per encounter is an excellent barometer of your practice's financial health. There are many things that influence the revenue per encounter and consequently allow you to see the impact of things such as: Are your claims being processed timely? Are your claims being paid properly? Are you being paid fairly? Is your payor mix excellent, fair or poor? Are you following proper CPT coding guidelines? To determine your practice's … [Read more...]

What Does Taking Patient Vital Signs Have To Do With A Medial Practice’s Financial Health?

I don't know about you, but when I first started managing our practice, it took me a while to understand what part of the business I needed to measure. In other words, what were the best performance indicators I needed to keep tabs on to ensure the practice was doing well. Of course things like cash flow and account receivables were obvious to me due to by background.  But it was apparent that the medical business world is different than, let's … [Read more...]

What Does Taking Patient Vital Signs Have To Do With A Medial Practice's Financial Health?

I don't know about you, but when I first started managing our practice, it took me a while to understand what part of the business I needed to measure. In other words, what were the best performance indicators I needed to keep tabs on to ensure the practice was doing well. Of course things like cash flow and account receivables were obvious to me due to by background.  But it was apparent that the medical business world is different than, let's … [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...]