Deciding to open your own medical practice for the first time is a big step. It’s an investment of time, money, resources, and sweat. That’s why it’s vital to have a plan in place before you even take the first step. You also need to put together a great team to support you on the journey.
Opening a practice is a big undertaking and shouldn’t be approached with a blasé attitude. You will need to figure out your financing, find a location, make personnel decisions, make sure you’re adequately insured, figure out what kind of equipment you’ll need and where you’ll get it, etc. There is a lot to factor in before hanging your shingle and opening your doors.
Outpatient care has been on the rise, causing a major shift in the healthcare delivery landscape. Customers are increasingly choosing the outpatient setting rather than an overnight stay in the hospital.
Why the shift?
There are many reasons this shift is occurring. With the increased availability and advancement of technology, many surgeries can now be performed in outpatient centers. Outpatient facilities provide easy access, high quality, lower cost care and are preferred by insurance payers.
Healthcare customers don’t want to have to go out of their way to access a service – nor do they want to travel to multiple providers. They want to be seen promptly and in a comfortable setting. The entire experience is increasingly aligning with an all-in-one, hospitality-inspired approach.
The problem: shrinking margins and rising costs in the healthcare industry.
While there are many strategies that the sector is employing to combat these issues, one that has gained recent attention is preventative care. This strategy is being executed on a global level, as healthcare organizations are shifting from volume to value.
Social media is here to stay, and it behooves the savvy business owner to learn how to use it effectively to market their medical practice. Whether you’re a doctor, chiropractor, dentist, etc. the goal is the same: help more people who have the problem(s) that you solve.
You can use social media to humanize your brand, educate current and potential clients, connect with other industry professionals, and communicate with your audience in a way that’s transparent, informative, and engaging.
Keeping a medical practice running smoothly is one of the hardest challenges office managers face today. Having to juggle various administrative burdens while keeping your office fully staffed and maintained often takes a backseat to acquiring more patients.
Ensuring your patients’ satisfaction means tending to their worries and woes. The best way to do that is to have a staff that’s attentive, available, and extremely knowledgeable. Your staff must be willing and ready to meet with their patients one-on-one, give accurate and adequate information and offer each patient peace of mind.
How can you make that happen? Easy, follow these six tips.
A 25-year-old man goes in to see his doctor. He has a series of questions about symptoms he has and a few ideas of what could be wrong based on online research.
The doctor examines him, and she quickly rules out a couple of the man’s suggestions but finds one is a real possibility. She decides to order some blood work to confirm, submitting the order on her tablet. Then, she adds a few notes to the patient’s electronic chart.
The next day, the patient receives a text message notifying him that his test results are now available in his patient portal. He quickly logs in and reviews the info. It includes a message from his doctor, outlining a brief plan of action and direct contact number for any questions.
Sound familiar to you?
This is the landscape that every healthcare office either has entered or will enter in the near future.
Healthcare systems used to think about real estate in terms of finding four sturdy walls and a roof that fit their bottom line. But, in 2018, healthcare executives are becoming increasingly strategic in their real estate decisions, labeling it as a high priority.
The factors that have spurred this shift are lower reimbursements, the entrance of nontraditional healthcare delivery and the aging population. Healthcare executives are now making it a top priority to control costs, improve efficiency and increase returns on their real estate investments.
Healthcare real estate is no longer strictly a liquid asset that is managed to increase cash flow and free up capital for other projects. Now, healthcare real estate is seen as a way to improve the sustainability of operating margins.
Healthcare is and always has been an industry that changes rapidly. 2018 has been no different, but this year the trends have focused on value, quality of care, and patient outcomes.
Many medical practices have been scrambling to try to figure out how they can deliver the best patient care experience while continuing to turn a profit. This challenge has become more and more difficult due to high overhead, tightened government regulations, and only a finite number of hours in the day with which to devote to patients.
As baby boomers age and patients increasingly seek care in non-hospital settings, micro-hospitals are emerging as a solution for providing essential healthcare at the community level.
Capable of meeting up to 90% of local healthcare needs, micro-hospitals fill the gap between emergency departments and full-service hospitals. They deliver more services than typical outpatient or urgent care centers, including diagnostics, labs and surgery provision. Plus they’re efficient and economical to build.
Healthcare security threats are ever-changing and ever-growing. And so are their associated costs. The costs of healthcare data breaches are among the highest of any industry. Each breach costs $380 per record — or $6.2B globally.
With 90% of hospitals reporting a breach, the risk of facing these costs is all too real.
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