Debunking A Myth: You Save Money By Not Using an Agent/Broker


May 14, 2018 For Doctors, quick tips

You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, would you? Whether you’re negotiating a lease renewal or looking for new space, believe it or not you won’t save money by eliminating the middle man. In fact, you may cost your practice more.

Another thing to keep in mind is there is a commission pool built into most lease deals comprised of rental funds. If you don’t hire a broker to represent you, the landlord’s broker or leasing agent will take the full commission. If you are represented, the fund is shared with your broker or agent. Either way, the commission comes from the pot, not your pocket.

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Give Your Waiting Room a Refresh


April 19, 2018 patient experience
photo courtesy of GZ client, Bluemont Plastic Surgery

When it comes to medical care facilities, they need to be designed in such a way that it is easy to change things around when needed. Adaptability is the name of the game, especially as a medical practice grows and gains more patients.

Needs change, and what worked well before may not work as well now. This can be true not just of the space and facility itself, but also the equipment and technology, and even how the facility is staffed and managed. Quality of care is the most important thing, and a facility that can adapt to provide care that is most effective is a facility that will continue to grow and prosper.

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Industry Trend: The Rising Tide of Group Practices


April 6, 2018 The GZ Take

For several years the medical industry has been facing a major shift: from the private practice to the group. Increasingly privately owned practices are giving way to group practices helmed by larger corporations or by new providers aiming to offer services directly to patients — and primary care physicians are leading the trend.

There are several reasons this shift is occurring. These include decreased profitability, operational challenges arising from reform efforts and a drive for efficiency. Declining reimbursements and an increase in time spent on admin — not to mention the expense of integrating and maintaining electronic systems — are making the private practice less viable. But there are also larger market forces at play.

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How To Spring Clean Your Medical Practice


March 21, 2018 quick tips

With the cold days on their way out, and warm spring and summer months fast approaching, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning and prepare for a busy season ahead.

Making sure your medical practice is clean, tidy, and organized not only presents a professional and reassuring appearance for your patients, it also helps to keep your staff productive and on task.

When everything has a place and everything is in its place, not only is efficiency improved, but quality of care too. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prep for the big cleaning day.

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Dentist Office “Must-Haves”


March 5, 2018 quick tips

Every dental office is different and provides patient experiences in individual and authentic ways. But there are some things that should always be a consideration, if not mandatory for a successful practice. Here are a few “must-haves” every dentist office should strive to provide.

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Top 5 Questions To Ask Before Leasing Medical Office Space


February 19, 2018 quick tips, relocation

After years of hard work, it’s time to expand. You’re a successful medical or dental practice and you’ve decided it’s time to lease new office space. As one of the largest expenses, choosing the right office space is a major decision that can impact your practice in so many ways.  The following five questions is a great place to start.

1. How much space do I need?

Having the wrong-size space – either too big or too small – is the biggest pitfall. So, first ask yourself if you’re downsizing or planning for continued growth. To assist in determining your current and future needs, you may want to enlist the services of an architect to help in your decision making.  They will be able to evaluate your current office, likes and dislikes and to determine the inefficiencies that may occur from your current design.  As important is choosing one that knows medical design, current practice trends and one that will understand your unique office flow.

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The GZ Take: Tyson’s Corner Medical Center


January 24, 2018 The GZ Take

Good news for emergency medical practitioners and patients, Reston Hospital Center (HCA) has announced a $1.1m expansion in the Tyson’s area.

The funds have been earmarked towards a two-story, 16,250 sqft emergency center located at 2000 Old Gallows Road in Vienna. The center, will have capacity for 11 patient rooms, all dedicated to emergency care, as well as surface parking and parking for emergency services vehicles.

While the hospital is working to have the site rezoned from its current commercial use, the project has already received regulatory go-ahead from the state.

And no wonder. The development is a timely response to a boom in local population growth — one that’s on a continually upward trajectory. Current projections indicate that the area will be home to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050.

A 24-hour emergency department in the heart of this thriving area will deliver local, accessible care and take some of the pressure off county emergency services. Specifically, it will help address patient transport inefficiencies and emergency room overcrowding. We’ll see better response times and better healthcare outcomes.

But having a new player in the area isn’t just good for patients — it’s also good for healthcare industry workers. The new project will come with a need for ER physicians, nurses, imaging technologists, billing specialists, lab techs and more.

We can also expect to see competition continue to heat up between HCA and the nearby Inova Fairfax, located just 4 miles away as it has in Loudon County.  The battle will continue between the two healthcare giants to gain more of the Northern Virginian patient market share, which should be great for patients and their healthcare needs.

Given the area’s rapid expansion, the new center is likely just the beginning of what’s to come for  for patients in the Tysons/McLean/Falls Church markets. Stay tuned!

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Buy vs. Lease – The Medical Practice’s Guide


January 16, 2018 relocation

Finding the right medical office space is a different process for every practice. Some choose to lease, some choose to buy. There is no right or wrong answer in either direction, it really boils down to your specific needs and comparing the pros and cons accordingly. With that said, it may be helpful to ask yourself a few questions and make a list of your comparisons. Let’s talk leasing first.

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4 Great Prescriptions For The Right Medical Relocation


December 5, 2017 quick tips, relocation

Building a successful medical or dental practice is hard work. Moving your practice could prove equally as challenging. If you’re an established practice currently considering relocation, you should start a must-do checklist right now. Here are four critical tips to get you started:

1. Rent or Own

Moving any office is challenging enough, relocating a medical practice is even more so. Your first logical step is deciding whether you plan to own or lease. Either scenario involves having the right information to make more informed decisions. So, next on your checklist is to partner with an agent or broker specializing in medical real estate office space. These experts can guide you at every step starting with helping you explore options that could lower the purchase price or rental rate.

2. Ideal Location

Finding the right office space also means finding a location that fits your needs. Are there convenient parking facilities for your patients, staff and suppliers? Is the address close to public transit? Is the building accessible by design with features like elevators, handicap-accessible ramps and restrooms? Another consideration to keep in mind is many older buildings don’t have the required infrastructure to support your high-tech needs.

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Create a Waiting Room Patients Enjoy


May 15, 2017 patient experience

Waiting rooms can be a dreaded place to enter. But, what if time spent in your waiting room didn’t feel like waiting at all?  What if instead of choosing between a Glamour magazine from October of 2010 & a Men’s Health from April of 2011, your patients and those that come with them to their appointments could pass time being productive or genuinely entertained?

Here is a list of items or services that can create a positive experience in your waiting room.

Waiting Room Improvement #1. Free WiFi.

With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, many people can make good use of their time if an internet connection is available.  Offer free WiFi to your patients so they can get some work in or play games and network while waiting for their appointment.

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