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Building a strong healthcare practice will require a lot of time and effort on your part. However, it’s important that you put your thinking abilities and brainpower to the highest and best use for yourself, your family, and your patients.
1. Office Manager
Even a small office needs a good office manager. This person will
address personnel issues and fill in when necessary on the admin side
manage the outsourcing of services such as transcription and payroll
manage all facility contact and set up an installation of special diagnostic tools
maintain strict privacy regulations
Keeping your office running will obviously take the right equipment and the best diagnostic tools you can manage. However, a smooth-running office takes support, and quality administrative support will reduce tension and lower stress levels of the healthcare providers in your office, and this will improve patient care. You need a good manager.
2. Wall of Separation: Patient Privacy
Your patient care professionals need to be free to connect, face to face, with your patients. Hiring a medical transcription service means that conversations are between people, not between a patient and the pen of nearby patient care professionals.
Patients who don’t feel heard soon stop talking. Older patients may especially struggle to share their complaints. As older baby boomers face the challenges of aging, this highly competitive group of people may have a hard time admitting weakness. Time and honest communication are key.
3. Financial Protection
Consider outsourcing your personnel process, or at least your payroll. This is critical if you live in a small town. Your financial privacy is just as important as the medical privacy of your patients. As you and your patient care professionals will not share patient data outside the office, your income and the income of others in the office should not be part of the local rumor mill.
In addition to outsourcing payroll for your facility, consider setting up your personal banking online. It would be nice to think that your private financial data is secure, but once that cat is out of the bag, you’ll never catch it again. Your financial privacy needs to be carefully guarded.
4. Quitting Time: Protect Your Own Health
No matter how busy you are, you and your office need a quitting time. You may struggle to get one day off a week as you build your practice, but there has to come a time each day when you lock up the building and go home. This quitting time is just as important as your personal financial privacy. Force yourself if you have to, but go home by a particular time each day.
Also, make sure that your rising time is logical and that your home life is structured to help you make good choices simply. You may be interested in becoming a gourmet cook eventually, but bringing in food service on the busiest weeks will protect your sanity, your waistline, and your heart. Sharpen your elbows and make time and space for entertainment, exercise, and connection with friends and loved ones. In addition to protecting your own health, being seen as someone who’s willing to get out and have fun will boost your visibility in the community.
Nobody becomes a healthcare provider because they have a passing interest in biology. The effort takes to become a professional in the field of healthcare requires lifelong learning. Your facility is important, but your health and sanity must be taken into consideration. Just because you have the capacity for a task doesn’t mean that it’s the best use of your time. Guard your energy as you care for your patients.