Having your own doctor’s office is something that you have worked hard to do.
That said are you taking all the precautions to better ensure you stay in business for many years to come?
It is important to remember that any number of roadblocks can come up during your time in business. If one or more of them are too severe to deal with, you could find your office closing down sooner than later.
So, what steps do you need to take to increase the likelihood of having a healthy business for many years to come?
Are You Protected from Potential Disaster?
As a doctor, you know better than anyone how important health is.
With that in mind, are you protecting yourself in the event something bad occurs? A serious illness or injury could turn your life upside down.
That is why it makes sense to have a physician disability insurance plan covering you.
Such a plan will cover you in the event you become disabled.
Think for a moment what would happen if you were beset with a disability. It could render your medical practice useless.
By having the right insurance in place, you have protection. That is from a catastrophe occurring to your career and finances.
Speaking of finances, one issue to confront practices would be billing disputes.
For one, such disputes can lead to bills going unpaid.
The next thing you know, the practice is not getting some of the money it needs to continue functioning. For some practices, this means turning to bill collectors to try and remedy the matter. Such actions cost money and time.
Do your best to make the medical billing process clear for patients.
It is also smart to understand some of them may well be going through financial challenges. As such, being a little more lenient with them makes sense. As long as they are making an effort to pay their bills that is what is most important.
Treat Your Patients as You’d want to Be Treated
It is also important to treat your patients as you’d want to be treated.
With this in mind, are you making sure you give the right amount of time to each patient walking through your doors?
One complaint some have is their doctors do not give them enough time and compassion. That is when they come in for an appointment. As a result, there is a disconnect between patient and doctor. When this happens, it can lead to a fractured relationship.
Train your staff to be as open and caring as possible with each patient that comes to visit.
When the time comes for you and your assistant to visit with a patient, make sure the latter feels welcome.
Yes, you have a long line of patients to see on most days. That said giving each of them the time they deserve is important.
From protecting you to taking care of your patients, do all you can to make sure your medical practice has a long run.