Extra, Extra – Now Offering Coaching Services

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People always ask me if I do practice management consulting.There was a time when I did. But for the past two or so years, I’ve responded by saying no. I enjoy consulting and love to do it, but I had to stop because of the time commitment. Recently, I was talking with a loyal reader of PediatricInc about this very topic and she suggested I do remote coaching. My friend, who owns her practice, explained that she doesn't necessarily need a … [Read more...]

Here Is Why You Can’t Afford To Miss The Next Practice Management Seminar

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Last weekend I had the privilege to present at the Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) seminar in Oakland, CA. It was the first time presenting at a PMI event. Paul Vanchiere and his team put together a great seminar.Not only were the topics informative and relevant, but the speakers did an awesome job of presenting the material in practical ways. Dr. Richard Tuck, such as, presented on various coding topics including ICD-10. Tough assignment. … [Read more...]

What A Top Management Guru Can Teach Us About Managing Our Medical Practice Better

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Jim Collins affirms that accumulated progress is what drives greatness in companies. He adds that focusing and being disciplined about progress in small increments is the only way to become a great organization. Greatness, in other words, is not a silver bullet. It is a work in progress. And we get there not mile-by-mile, but rather inch-by-inch. We often talk about making things better. We often challenge the staff to think about how to … [Read more...]

Pediatric Practice Management Seminar You Don’t Want To Miss

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The content in many practice management seminars or conferences are either too generic (the one size fits all medical specialty approach) or too specific (subspecialty focused) in my view. As a result, it makes it difficult sometimes to figure out how to apply the lessons from other medical specialties to pediatrics. If only there was pediatric specific seminar, where everybody in attendance speaks your language (the language called Pediatrics), … [Read more...]

Increase Your Medical Practice’s Bottom Line In One Easy Step

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A few months before we opened the practice, we picked up a flyer inviting doctors, billing and coding staffers to attend a coding seminar in town.  It looked like something we ought to go considering we were about to open our very own private practice and had zero billing and coding knowledge. About one minute into the lecture, I was lost. I had no idea what they were talking about. I was merely a marketing guy and had no idea about managing a … [Read more...]

Eligibility & Deductibles: Do You Verify Before Patient’s Appointment?

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Recently, I caught up with my friend Lynn Cramer. Lynn is Chief Administrative Officer at Eden Park Pediatrics in Lancaster, PA. Lynn is one of the most - if not the most - experienced practice managers I know, so I always like to glean any insight I can whenever I get the chance by asking her questions on how she has resolved in her practice issues that are a challenge to many of us. For this post, I asked if she’d answer just a few questions … [Read more...]

5 Deceptively Easy Ways to Become an Internet – Savvy, 21st Century Pediatrician

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If you are going to be at this year's AAP National & Exhibition conference in San Diego, come check out a talk I'm giving with Dr. Natasha Burgert. The title of the talk is: 5 Deceptively Easy Ways to Become an Internet - Savvy, 21st century Pediatrician. We've packed the presentation with a lot of information, personal experiences and practical examples that we think are going to be valuable for pediatricians that are looking to remain … [Read more...]

You Need To Read This If Your Practice Is In Illinois

A few weeks ago, I went to a luncheon at our local hospital to learn about the IL Managed Care rollout. I left the luncheon with one thought, this is going to be messy. Perhaps worst of all, the expectations is for doctor offices to clean up the State’s unorganized, information lacking, poorly executed rollout. The transition to Manage Care is affecting 1.5 million people in the State. Many of those children that are potentially in jeopardy of … [Read more...]

What Does Taking Patient Vital Signs Have To Do With A Medial Practice’s Financial Health?

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I don't know about you, but when I first started managing our practice, it took me a while to understand what part of the business I needed to measure. In other words, what were the best performance indicators I needed to keep tabs on to ensure the practice was doing well. Of course things like cash flow and account receivables were obvious to me due to by background.  But it was apparent that the medical business world is different than, let's … [Read more...]

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