How to Leverage Our Voices, Our Patients and Social Media

Fed up with learning that many kids in her community were getting the measles, Dr. Natasha Burgert decided to take the vaccine epidemic in her city head on. Over the 12 weeks of summer, she partnered with her patient's families to support ShotAtLife. This vaccine advocacy group allowed her to have a way to actively respond to the measles epidemic that affected her Kansas City community. In just a few weeks, she collected $6,740. That is … [Read more...]

Is Social Media Bad for Physicians?

I read with great an article titled Facebook and Physicians: A prescriptions for Trouble.  In it, Lucas Mearia references a guy by the name of Crotty who advocates strongly on the notion that doctors should refrain from engaging patients and collegues online. The article highlights several situations that could potentially lead doctors into trouble. For example, a doctor who gave a patient a prescription for medicine that could have an … [Read more...]

Preventive Medicine, Is it Really Better?

One of the cool things about this blog is that I get to meet interesting people. People reach out, comment, or challenge me from time to time, which I actually enjoy. It keeps me on my toes. Many of the people I meet have fascinating stories and backgrounds. One of them is Thompson Aderinkomi. Thompson is an Economist, he has a masters in Statistics, and he also has an MBA (I hear he is a pretty good musician too). Guess what industry Thompson … [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...]

How much does it cost to see a patient in your medical office?

If y0u were to ask the average business owner, how much does it cost to make widgets, my guess is that 9 out of 10 would know exactly what that figure is. On the other hand, if you were to ask a doctor who owns the practice, how much is it costing you to see each patient, I’d argue 9 out of 10 wouldn’t know. Now, I’m making huge assumptions of course, but I think the point is valid. Doctor’s offices do a very poor job of understanding basic … [Read more...]

Medical Billing Behind the Scenes

I wrote the blog post below on the Survivor Pediatrics blog titled “What I wish parents Knew about Medical Billing”. I didn’t post it here on PediatricInc because placing it here would have been like preaching to the choir. To my surprise, the post has gotten a lot of attention and I’ve received a lot of great feedback from people in the healthcare industry (those that actually live this day by day) as well as non-clinical or non-medical … [Read more...]

How Social Media Can Transform Your Medical Practice

Written by Natasha Burgert MD Last summer, I joined millions of others in the deluge of social media. I committed one year of effort to see if social would enhance or distract from my pediatric practice. That was my goal, just one year. At that time, I wanted to dip my foot in the pool, and see if it made any ripples. The unexpected consequence was how much social media has changed my medical practice, and me. Ripples have returned as … [Read more...]