Running a medical practice is a challenging task. Even though you attended medical school in order to become a physician who helps patients manage their chronic pain, chances are that you spend a significant portion of your time managing your practice. The business side of things can be difficult and managing personnel presents its own set of complications.
That being said, managing a successful chronic pain medical practice is not an impossible feat. It is one that is made far simpler, in fact, with the implementation and utilization of the right tools. Here are four such tools that can help make managing your own practice a bit easier so that you can focus on providing the best care possible for your patients.
When it comes to running a successful chronic pain practice, organization is the key to efficiency. With that in mind, any chronic pain medical practice that isn’t using ChartSpan is missing a beat. Chartspan is advertised as a turn-key program that assists a practice in bringing in new patients and managing their care. From scheduling, communication, and compliance matters, you will be able to save a large amount of manpower and time in the managing of your practice by using this system.
2. The Right Staff
Having the right staff at your practice is the key to having the day to day operations of your business run smoothly. Competency, familiarity with the procedures you offer, and excellent communication skills are all qualities that you should be looking for when you recruit and hire your staff.
You also want to make sure that the training programs that you have in place for new staff members are thorough and sufficient to get new hires up to speed quickly. When it comes to running your medical practice, you can’t waste time re-training employees because something wasn’t explained well enough in the training process.
3. Confirm All Appointments
Nothing can set your practice’s schedule back like a late or missed appointment. When a patient is late for their chronic pain treatment, it is difficult to find the heart to turn them away, but you know that seeing them late will set the rest of your appointments back for the day. When an appointment is missed altogether, that means that valuable time when you could have been tending to another patient has been wasted.
It is impossible to completely eliminate the occasional occurrence of a late or missed appointment. You can, however, get into the habit of making a confirmation call to your patients within the 24 hours before their scheduled appointment.
4. Learn to Delegate
As the person in charge of your medical practice, you understandably feel a lot of responsibility to make sure that things are done correctly. This mentality often leads to being overworked and overrun with tasks. The sooner you learn to delegate tasks to the competent employees that you hired and trained, the sooner you will be on your way to making your practice a bit easier to manage.