How Well Do Parents Know What You Do As a Pediatrician?

During the summer months, I posted on our practice's Facebook page, a note encouraging parents, to schedule their children's wellness visits. Although the message was for our entire Facebook community, I wanted to catch the eye of parents with teenagers. Don’t know how well you manage teens in your office, but in our office, we have decent wellness visit numbers with younger patients. The teen population? Not so much. Once the teen years … [Read more...]

5 Sure Ways To Accomplish Little

Trust me on this one. Follow these five tips and I can ensure you will have a harder time managing your medical practice. Money back guarantee! 1 - DONT WRITE GOALS DOWN It's far better to think about your goals on the drive to work in the morning and then forget them two days letter. Who wants to keep track of stressful things anyway? Besides, you'll only be disappointed 6-months from now when you discover you've only accomplished 4 out of … [Read more...]

10 Question You Must Ask If You Want Your Project To Succeed

When you observe large organizations, the kind that have MBAs, experienced managers and directors, a savvy CEO and a lot of resources, you would assume they succeed at every single project they do. They have the brain power, the money and the experience. Why would they not succeed? But the reality is, projects fail all the time. They take longer than expected, are often over budget, conflicts emerge, sometimes people get fired, others quit and … [Read more...]

Earn 2 Free Passes to Attend a Pediatric Practice Management Seminar

During last AwesomeCast, Chip and I talked a little about different New Years resolutions that practices could adopt. I shared a few that have been on my plate which focused more on building culture. Chip had some really good ones. In fact, I wrote down a couple so I would remember to add them to my list. But one  I thought was especially good that Chip offered was to send staff members to a seminar.  To learn why this is a good idea, … [Read more...]

#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...]

#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...]

You Can Take Away Our Lives, But You Will Never Take Away Our Freedom

My co-host on the Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast, is working a project that I think many that read this blog will find interesting.  I'll let you read it directly from Chip's original post: Over the past couple of days, I've been working with some friends on a concept publication entitled "Independent Pediatrics." The idea is to share the myriad stories of what it's like to practice pediatrics independently - the challenges, the … [Read more...]

Do Your Patients Expect Something for Nothing?

I would say yes. However, I would submit that the reason our patient's expect something for nothing is our fault, not theirs. The truth is, we've given away so much over the years. And now that we want to charge for things (that have always cost us) like forms, after hour phone calls, and other things, people think we are now wanting to collect for things that they were lead to believe had no value. Not to mention they often think we are … [Read more...]