Are Practice Management Consultants Worth Hiring?

Chip Hart and Brandon Betancourt

This is a guest post from Chip Hart. Chip is a frequent contributor to PediatricInc and former co-host of the highly revered Pediatric Management Awesomecast. When Chip isn't protecting independent pediatric practices against evil conglomerates, naysayers, and the League of Shadows, you can find him at PCC doing... something (I've never figured out what is it that he does at PCC, exactly).  I will never forget the scene. I was the lonely … [Read more...]

Are Practice Management Consultants Worth Hiring?

This is a guest post from Chip Hart. Chip is a frequent contributor to PediatricInc and former co-host of the highly revered Pediatric Management Awesomecast. When Chip isn't fighting against evil conglomerates, naysayers, and the league of shadows to help protect and keep pediatric practices alive and independent, you can find him at PCC doing something (I've never figured out what is it that he does at PCC, exactly).    I will never … [Read more...]

Brandon, What Is Your Policy On Keeping Credit Numbers on File? [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

I continue to get a lot of questions about our practice's policy of collecting credit information from all of our patients. So Chip and I thought we'd dig into what is a recognized growing trend. In this episode, I describe my thoughts going into this decision, some of my concerns, and why we decided to collect them. Chip also asked me how do we go about collecting cards, how did I/we present the idea to parents, where I store the cards and … [Read more...]

Today’s Special Guest is SOAPM Troublemaker, Dr. George Rogu [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

For today's AwesomeCast, we get to talk to Dr. George Rogu. If you have spent time on SOAPM, you know who Dr. Rogu is. A troublemaker. That is right. For those of you that don't know, Dr. Rogu works for RBK Pediatrics in Long Island, NY. I think this episode is going to be one of my favorite episodes of all time. I learn so much from Dr. Rogu. I even took notes. Dr. Rogu shares with us his experience negotiating with big payers. You will not … [Read more...]

Today's Special Guest is SOAPM Troublemaker, Dr. George Rogu [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

For today's AwesomeCast, we get to talk to Dr. George Rogu. If you have spent time on SOAPM, you know who Dr. Rogu is. A troublemaker. That is right. For those of you that don't know, Dr. Rogu works for RBK Pediatrics in Long Island, NY. I think this episode is going to be one of my favorite episodes of all time. I learn so much from Dr. Rogu. I even took notes. Dr. Rogu shares with us his experience negotiating with big payers. You will not … [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...]

#20 Key Performance Indicators Smart Practice Managers Measure [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

For today's AwesomeCast, I invited my friend Paul Vanchiere from the Pediatric Management Institute. Apparently, Chip had more important things to do... Pfff. Family. So he was MIA for this recording. If you don't know about the Pediatric Management Institute, make a note to visit. Paul and his team are doing some really cool things to help pediatric practices manage their business better. Paul knows a few things about key performance … [Read more...]

#19 NCE, SOAPM and the Independent Pediatrician [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

Here you have it folks. The 19th episode of the Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast. In this recording, Chip shares with us a new project he has been working on relating to the independent pediatrician topic; we discuss some of the best NCE sessions and what you can expect at each of them, as well as talk about a write up our AwesomeCast got in the quarterly SOAPM … [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...]