#22 Holiday Special Episode [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

Chip and I put together a holiday edition of the AwesomeCast. We decided to merge two holidays and discuss: 1) What we are thankful for; 2) New year resolutions. Don't worry. We discussed both of these topics in the context of practice management. So don't dismiss this episode. Chip shared 3 resolutions that I think were great. I wrote them down so that I would remember to include them in my "things that I need to do in the next year" list for … [Read more...]

#18 Is the Independent Physician a Dinosaur? [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

Not too long ago, you couldn't avoid reading in the media about how the independent doctors  were becoming extinct. Pundits and experts in the field stressed that if independent doctors, those that own their own practice, didn't join, sell, merge or retire all together, they were going to walk the same path as travel agents, video stores and mom-and-pop own book stores. I've subscribed to a different thought. I'm crazy enough to believe … [Read more...]

#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...]

#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...]

#5: Company or Practice Culture [Practice Management VideoCast]

Chip and I finally got our act together and recorded another video cast. This time, we talk about company culture. There is so much to say about company culture. Chip and I only focused on few items of course. I mostly talked about what are some of the efforts I've been employing in an effort to not only strengthen our company culture, but also grow it. I share some of the tools I used un order to accomplish this. Chip shares some of … [Read more...]

Small or Big: What is the future of small private practices?

Many experts and pundits are predicting that the downward pressure we are seeing in healthcare will claim small independent private physicians first. Those that are not affiliated or belong to a hospital or large healthcare network will not survive, say the pundits. The argument is that these small practices will not be able to withstand the financial and administrative pressures of the new healthcare landscape. Others very eloquently argue … [Read more...]