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Written by Vijayaraghavan

At present, the healthcare system is also looking at various best practices that would facilitate the establishment of an efficient private practice. Ineffective management practices would severely impact the bottom-line. They could also result in patient and doctor dissatisfaction. Doctors would be forced into a reactive position and deprive them of autonomy,

It is possible to improve every practice by eliminating unwanted activities and streamlining existing activities. The opportunity for improved autonomy makes private practice a viable option for doctors seeking more control over their practice of medicine. It requires professional judgment and efficient collaboration with other doctors to be successful in an independent environment.

Improved Collaboration

Team work in patient care is critical for improved results. Seamless collaboration would help to overcome any challenge, assess the way work is being executed currently and initiate measures to improve efficiency. Establishing dedicated time for team meetings sends a positive message to the team that their contributions are valued. Progress is crucial, but so is promoting a positive team culture. Frequent, open communication is crucial to enhancing any practice’s productivity, efficiency and team culture.

Plan Patient Care

It is vital to promote completeness of care while freeing the doctor’s time to communicate with patients instead of being occupied with paperwork. Schedule an appointment for patients before they come for a visit. Finishing laboratory tests before the next visit is crucial to pre-visit planning.

It would be appropriate to send reminders to patients before the appointment nears. In case of complex patient cases, consider a nurse or medical assistant contact number or email to update medications and establish the agenda for the patient’s forthcoming visit.

Prepare checklists to promote comprehensive care. Once an appointment is over, a visit planner checklist would enable the doctor to quickly note the interval and labs required for the next visit. Patients would also want to communicate their expectation’s from the visit. Hence, a questionnaire would provide the patient an opportunity to open up on their expectations and could capture responses to basic screening questions such as nature of illness, symptoms, family history, etc.

Identify Your Uniqueness

Practices should identify ways to stand out. Doctors should determine what makes their practice distinct and demonstrate how it could offer benefits and resources potential patients could not find elsewhere. Integrating innovative technology with your practice would help.

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