Practice Management Tip of the Month: Reducing Physician Burnout
Physician burnout can be caused by excessive workload, poor work-life balance and lack of control. Here are some tips from the American Medical Association (AMA) Steps Forward Campaign to reduce physician burnout:
1. Daily huddle with your team: Spend 5 to 10 minutes each day talking to your nurses and other office staff to plan how your day might go. Discuss the scheduled patients who might need more time with the provider or need any labs, tests and records to be retrieved or done before seeing the provider.
2. Have a documentation team: Nearly half of providers say they spend too much time on clerical tasks. Have your nurses help you enter clinical data. Train them to get better on their technology skills. Increasing the number of your support staff might actually save you more money. Consider hiring a medical assistant to serve as your scribe and as your nursing assistant.
3. Better prescription management: When prescribing a medication, consider prescribing a 90 day supply of medicines with 2-4 refills and try to be consistent in doing this. It will reduce the number of calls into your office for refills and other prescription changes. If a patient calls asking for refills, then you and your staff know immediately that a patient has not been to your office in a while and needs a follow up appointment.
Visit the AAAAI Continuing Education Center to order the recordings from the 2017 AAAAI Practice Management Workshop, which includes the topic "Practice Transformation: Reducing Burnout and Rediscovering the Joy in Practice."
Practice Management Tip of the Month: Handling Biologics in Your Practice
Here are a few tips from the 2017 Practice Management Workshop presentation on How to Handle Biologics in Your Practice:
1. Determine the number of patients that your practice has on biologics. It might be time to assign or hire a person on your staff to solely manage the handling, billing and administration of biologics.
2. Keep a detailed inventory and tracking log, and update it every day. The log should include patient names and insurance and specialty pharmacy information, payment information, dosage, and vials and milligrams used.
3. Do not forget about disaster management. In light of the most recent weather-related disasters, do not forget about having disaster insurance on your inventory of biologics and allergy extracts and vials. Even a simple prolonged power outage can destroy thousands of dollars’ worth of biologics, extracts and medicines.
To learn more tips, the AAAAI is offering select recordings of the 2017 Practice Management Workshop for purchase at the AAAAI Continuing Education Center.
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