#17 What Every Medical Practice Needs to Know about Web Design [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

For today's Pediatric Awesome-Cast Chip and I sit down with Alan Houser of Squareflair. Alan is a web designer. He and I worked together on Salud Pediatrics' website. I really enjoyed working with Alan. I've also enjoyed talking with him. We've had some interesting conversations ranging from web design (of course), to managing a small business, to how our wive's use the iPad. So I thought, why don't we bring Alan on the AwesomeCast so we … [Read more...]

#16 Going From An Old EMR To A New EMR: Featuring Dr. Seth Kaplan [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

Meaningful Use and ARRA have brought a huge interest in practices adoption Electronic Medical Records for the very first time. But there is also large number of practices that are in the process of going through the process of switching to their second EMR. In fact, our practice is one of those practices ready to make the transition. Chip and I thought it would be good idea to talk to somebody that has gone through the transition and learn … [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...]

#13 What Will You Do With All That Money? [Pediatric Practice Management Awesome-Cast]

For this episode of our pediatric awesome-cast, Chip and I discuss a series of little items that have piled up over the last few weeks. We discuss pediatric practice management seminars, the avoidance of autoposting and eligibility checking, the compensation model survey, and some important considerations for those expecting the ACA-Medicaid-Payment-Adjustment boost this year. In fact, the 'gold' of this episode is probably in the middle, … [Read more...]

#9 Marketing Your Pediatric Practice [Practice Management VideoCast]

Marketing is a topic that most private practices are interested in. Who doesn't want to get the word out about their practice and draw more patients, right? When we think about marketing, however, we often focus on the tactics. In other words, we think about whether an ad in the paper or a post-card or social media is better than mailing a letter to daycares in the area announcing the new doc that joined the practice.  But marketing is much … [Read more...]

#7 Key Metrics We Should Use to Gauge the Financial Health of Our Medical Practice [Practice Management VideoCast]

In his 20 plus years in practice management, Chip has advised thousands of medical practices. So it occurred to me,  why don't I ask Chip how he assesses a practice? In other words, when he is preparing to counsel a practice, what reports, data sets or financial instruments he uses to identify whether or not the practice is a financially healthy practice. You don't want to miss this episode because Chip share with us some of the key metrics he … [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...]

10 Ways to Find Ways to Improve Your Medical Practice

We often forget about improving things in our medical practices. We get comfortable and complacent. We often assume, we do a good job, no need to fix what isn't broken. But time and time again, I'm reminded that there is always areas of improvement. I'm also reminded that on occasion, we don't do things as good as I see them in my mind. The problem for many is that because we are so used to doing things the way we've always done them, it is … [Read more...]

Why Your Practice Should be On Google Places

According to a Pew Internet study, 87% of adults use search engines (mostly Google) to find information. And an increasingly amount of those searches are for local stores and establishments. Seventy-three percent of all online activity is related to local content, according to data released by Google. One of the ways to take control of your listings on search engines is to sign up for a free service by Google called Google Places. This free … [Read more...]

Medical Practice: Understand The Business

I was talking to a friend the other day who’s trying to get a public speaking business going. He was telling me about one of his recent gigs and how several people came up to him after his presentation to ask him for his presentation slides. He told me he was happy that people thought his material was good; but at the same time, he was offended that someone wanted him to hand over the slides he worked so hard on. He said that most of the … [Read more...]