end

Struggling to move: Delving into the pain of osteoarthritis

May 27, 2014

Her foot pain began 15 years ago, leading to a 2002 diagnosis of osteoarthritis, which left her limping and unable to walk for extended periods of time. And it progressively worsened. In time, Deborah Cole Thomas, 60, of Plum, Pa., would undergo surgeries to fuse joints in both feet along with a left-ankle replacement, all from the wear-and-tear form of arthritis.

Read the full article →

Practical, protective foot health steps for people with diabetes

December 4, 2012

Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Read the full article →

Make the most of patient education opportunities at your practice

October 2, 2012

When you hear the term “patient education,” do you think only of the interaction that takes place in the exam room between a provider and their patient, and usually around helping a patient manage illness? It can be so much more than that. There are opportunities to engage patients in a variety of settings, and to expand the scope from disease management to comprehensive care.

Read the full article →

Simple methods to reduce no shows at your medical practice

September 4, 2012

The only way to ensure that every patient makes it to the office for their scheduled appointment may be to send a bus to pick them up, and even then, rest assured there will be one or two that still don’t make it. In order to fix this problem in a medical practice, you have to understand first the reasons that patients don’t make it to their appointments.

Read the full article →

Creating a culture for success at your medical practice

August 21, 2012

Owen Dahl writes, “Talking about the concept of ‘culture’ and ‘creativity’ in reference to medical practices can be both intriguing and scary. Most practices want a culture of stability, not one that faces constant change! However, while the old adage says two things are certain – death and taxes – I would add a third – change.”

Read the full article →

3 steps in improving physician productivity

July 10, 2012

Susanne Madden writes, “‘Help, my partner won’t perform!’ It’s a cry I hear over and over again here at the Verden Group. Not only can it be a source of frustration and limiting to the growth of the practice, but these days payer contracts are becoming increasingly based on performance

Read the full article →

5 vital signs for your practice’s health

June 19, 2012

Lucien Roberts writes, “Most physicians have a limited amount of time to monitor the fiscal health of their practices. However, it is possible.

Read the full article →

6 steps to boost productivity by 30 percent at your medical practice

June 5, 2012

What if your current staff could actually get all of their work done, you could see 30 percent more patients, or you could get home in time for dinner? How happy would patients be if wait time decreased?

Read the full article →

Recognizing medical practice staff

May 22, 2012

Forget the year-end bonuses. When it comes to recognizing your staff for a job well done, it’s often the rewards that cost the least that yield the biggest return. Indeed, while many practices utilize profit-based incentives, Courtney Price, president of VentureQuest, a management consulting firm in Denver, says a strategy that promotes ingenuity, teamwork, and a better patient experience has a far greater impact on corporate culture.

Read the full article →

Effective management tips for physician practice owners

April 10, 2012

There have been a number of discussions on the mechanics of employee management, ranging from the requirement of good employment manuals and knowing how to fire the right way to the necessity of employment practices liability insurance. Many of those issues can be taught and organized into a system, but where art meets science for business owners and executives, which practice owners are, is the life-long learning process of being a good manager and leader.

Read the full article →