Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

How to Help Employees Going Through a Crisis

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As the manager of a medical office, you may not know what to expect every day, but one thing you can eventually anticipate is dealing with an employee going through a crisis. Helping your employees through a difficult personal issue may seem simple; you’re a great listener, you give sage advice, you’re sympathetic and supportive. […]

Three Tips for Fixing the Sources of Poor Online Reviews

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Even if you are the most efficient customer service-oriented practice, there are times when you can do nothing right in eyes of some patients. It’s so easy for patients to go straight to Yelp or Google to post their criticisms. Often times, these poor reviews are completely correctable office issues that have little to do […]

Is it Time for a Medical Practice Makeover?

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Is your practice beginning to feel stagnant? Maybe the goals you had for your medical office are constantly falling short, or turnover is high or patient retention is down. Whatever the reason, when it comes to your medical practice, you can’t afford to be stuck in a monotonous routine. Let’s explore some questions that need […]

Cultivating an Exceptional Front Staff at your Rheumatology Practice

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Your front office staff is your first impression for new and existing patients, so it’s important that the first impression be positive. Taking the time to ensure that your front office is made up of the right mix of talent, skill and personality is one of the most important components in practice management. Here are […]

Four Ways to Improve Patient Flow at your Practice

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As medical practices face the rising pressure to improve efficiency, boost patient satisfaction and increase bottom lines, patient flow will play an important role in managing a successful practice. So what is patient flow, and why does it matter? Keep reading to find out why it’s important to you and your practice. What is patient […]

Tips for Having Difficult Financial Conversations with Patients

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More and more patients are bearing a greater share of the financial responsibility for their medical care due to high-deductible insurance plans. Because of this, patients are now comparison-shopping when choosing their rheumatology clinic and while financial conversations aren’t easy, they are important. Collecting what a patient owes can be awkward, but it is crucial […]

Disaster Preparedness for Your Medical Practice

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Our area is still reeling from Florence as we head into another hurricane season. A natural disaster can overwhelm a medical practice, with extensive damage that can be difficult to recover from, so it’s important to be ready to alleviate some of that devastation. Disaster preparedness requires continuous planning, organizing, training and analyzing, but all […]

5 Ways Clinical Research can Benefit Your Practice

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Community-based physicians bring real-world perspective to clinical trials, resulting in a more patient-centered approach to medical care. This is just one of the many benefits clinical research can bring to your practice and your community. While participating in clinical trials is a significant time commitment, the benefits to practices, patients and physicians themselves are limitless. […]

Tips to Improve Physician Communication with Patients

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Properly educating patients allows them to play a significant role in their own care. Because of this, physicians have a duty to accurately inform their patients, but to do so in a way that is clear and understandable. To be effective, patient education needs to be more than just regurgitating tired instructions and information. Here […]

Four Ancillary Services to Add to Your Practice

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Some ancillary medical services might not be right for every practice, but all have the potential to boost revenue. Whether it’s an in-house pharmacy or a medical spa, add-on medical services can be a great way to increase your practice’s revenues and better meet your patients’ needs. But how do you know if adding an […]

Five Tips to Make Staff Turnover Less Painful

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Employee turnover is far more costly to practices than most office managers realize, but it’s a fact of life for most medical practices. However, this fact doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. It is hard to lose people you’ve come to rely on for running your practice and the financial impact can hit […]

  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
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