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How To Adopt A New Plan For Your Doctor’s Practice To Earn More And Pay Less

How To Adopt A New Plan For Your Doctor’s Practice To Earn More And Pay Less

The way healthcare is situated today, doctors spend a lot of money to get their degrees but end up not making enough. Many doctors are leaving their practices because they can’t afford to sustain an income. But, innovative people are offering a new business model that can change this dynamic and allow doctors to make more money while spending less. Primary care physicians have to ensure they have the necessary volume of patients to cover their costs.

Doctors have many restrictions on their earnings. For example, insurance companies will pay for only so much. Many patients are being provided reduced or free healthcare, courtesy of the state or federal government. They have to hire employees who understand nursing, medical terminology, and billing. These employees don’t come cheap. Often, primary care physicians see their patients once a year. Equipment is expensive to buy and maintain. Overhead costs can be high. Because of these financial restraints, many doctors are leaving their practice because they can’t afford to sustain an income.

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But, innovative people are offering a new business model that can change this dynamic and allow doctors to make more money while spending less. The business model involves grouping services in an area to spread out the costs of equipment, human resources, billing, and overhead.

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What are the problems?

  1. Being a primary care physician is stressful. Doctors have to ensure they treat the right number of patients to generate an income. They also have to oversee the clinical staff and  business operations. They are required to stay current on changing regulations. They have to deal with clinical challenges and human resource issues. Doctors also have to pay attention to insurance companies and their requirements, which are often listed in small print.
  2. A significant number of patients fall under state or federal programs. These federal and state programs are complex and confusing. Figuring out payment structures is daunting, and doctors face severe consequences if mistakes happen.
  3. Insurance company rules are problematic. A patient must have insurance approval prior to treatment. Co-pays must be verified and collected. Forms and patient charting must be filled out accurately and have to match exactly with the selected diagnosis codes.
  4. Keeping records is a headache. Records must be entered into the Electronic Medical Record precisely and without errors. Many other items in the Revenue Cycle process have to be done correctly and timely. If anything is not done exactly as required or in a timely manner, the physician will not get compensated. The days of sending a bill and getting paid are long gone.
  5. Missing financial reports cause problems. To run a practice efficiently, physicians need the proper financial reports and tools. These include monthly income statements, balance sheets, A/R reports, monthly benchmarking reports, efficiency reports, and staffing reports. Practices are suffering because the reports aren’t being used or generated regularly.
  6. Doctors work too hard to sustain income. Physicians believe they have to work harder to maintain their incomes, but they really need to be more efficient in how they work.

What are the solutions?

  1. Coming together in groups. With groups, standards of care are developed; they share resources for IT; they share a business office; they share accounting; they share insurance contract negotiations;  benchmarking data is used; and human resources and payroll issues are shared.
  2. Add other services under one roof. Doctors get a large financial advantage when they include urgent care, imaging facilities, laboratories, X-ray units, and pharmacies in their practice. These services add profits because they cost less than having them done at hospitals.
  3. Adding services makes the practice more efficiently run. If you could put 10 primary care doctors in one center, instead of two each in five offices, you would have a very efficient, state-of-the-art, patient-centered operation.
  4. Outsource services. Practices become more efficient when they outsource accounting, human resources, and billing. You also can turn to Doctors CPR to find the right employees to make your business more efficiently run.

Doctors can adopt this new business model. It will help them reduce expenses, which will, in turn, let them keep more of what they earn. Partnering with others in related fields has helped many other industries. They have adapted to a world that works best by collaborating with others. Because so many things are online, collaboration on problems is becoming the normal way of doing business. Now, it is going to help primary care physicians.

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Featured photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 7, 2021

Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

I have been an early-riser for over a year now. Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:00 AM without hitting the snooze button even once. I never take naps and rarely feel tired throughout the day. The following is my advice on how to start your day (everyday) at 5:00 AM.The idea of waking up early and starting the day at or before the sunrise is the desire of many people. Many highly successful people attribute their success, at least in part, to rising early. Early-risers have more productive mornings, get more done, and report less stress on average than “late-risers.” However, for the unaccustomed, the task of waking up at 5:00 AM can seem extremely daunting. This article will present five tips about how to physically wake up at 5:00 AM and how to get yourself mentally ready to have a productive day.

Many people simply “can’t” get up early because they are stuck in a routine. Whether this is getting to bed unnecessarily late, snoozing repetitively, or waiting until the absolute last possible moment before getting out of bed, “sleeping in” can easily consume your entire morning. The following tips will let you break the “sleeping in” routine.

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Relocate your alarm clock.

Having an alarm clock too close to your bed is the number one reason people simply cannot get up in the morning. If your alarm clock is within arms reach of your bed, or if you can turn your alarm clock off without getting out of bed, you are creating an unnecessarily difficult situation for yourself. Before I became an early-riser, there were many times that I would turn off my alarm without even waking up enough to remember turning it off. I recommend moving your alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you have to get completely out of bed to turn it off. I keep my alarm clock in the bathroom. This may not be possible for all living arrangements, however, I use my cellphone as an alarm clock and putting it in the bathroom makes perfect sense. In order to turn off my alarm I have to get completely out of bed, and since going to the restroom and taking a shower are the first two things I do everyday, keeping the alarm clock in the bathroom streamlines the start of my morning.

Scrap the snooze.

The snooze feature on all modern alarm clocks serves absolutely no constructive purpose. Don’t even try the “it helps me slowly wake up” lie. I recommend buying an alarm that does not have a snooze button. If you can’t find an alarm without a snooze button, never read the instructions so you will never know how long your snooze button lasts. Not knowing whether it waits 10 minutes or 60 minutes should be enough of a deterrent to get you to stop using it.

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Change up your buzzer

If you use the same buzzer day in and day out, you begin to develop a tolerance to the sound. The alarm clock will slowly become less effective at waking you up over time. Most newer alarm clocks will let you set a different buzzer tone for the different days of the week. If you change your buzzer frequently, you will have an easier time waking up.

Make a puzzle

If you absolutely cannot wake up without repetitive snoozing, try making a puzzle for yourself. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that the longer your alarm is going off, the more awake you will become. Try making your alarm very difficult to turn off by putting it under the sink, putting it under the bed, or better yet, by forcing yourself to complete a puzzle to turn it off. Try putting your alarm into a combination-locked box and make yourself put in the combination in order to turn off the alarm — it’s annoying, but extremely effective!

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Get into a routine

Getting up at 5:00 AM is much easier if you are doing it Monday through Friday rather than sporadically during the week. I recommend setting an alarm once that repeats everyday. Also, going to bed at about the same time every night is an important factor to having a productive morning. Learn how much sleep you need to get in order to not feel exhausted the following day. Some people can get by on 4-6 hours while most need 7-8.

Have a reason

Make sure you have a specific reason to get up in the morning. Getting up at 5:00 AM just for the heck of it is a lot more difficult than if you are getting up early to plan your day, pay bills, go for a jog, get an early start on work, etc. I recommend finding something you want to do for yourself in the morning. It will be a lot easier to get up if you are guaranteed to do something fun for yourself — compare this to going on vacation. You probably have no problem waking up very early on vacation or during holidays. My goal every morning is to bring that excitement to the day by doing something fun for myself.

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As I previously mentioned, I have been using these tips for a very long time. Joining the world of early-risers has been a great decision. I feel less stressed, I get more done, and I feel happier than I did when I was a late-riser. If you follow these tips you can become an early-riser, too. Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention? What works best for you? Let us know in the comments.

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