Time Management for Healthcare Professionals

With your patients’ health on the line, you do not want increased demand to produce sloppy service, meaning now is the time to begin to hone your time management skills. Below are 5 tips for time management for healthcare professionals which should permit you to treat more individuals:

Set up Goals

As things get hectic, the last thing you’ll want is to run around like a chicken with your head cut off. Take some time to set up goals, as well as create a sense of purpose for the work week. Establish goals for thirty, sixty, and ninety days. Jot them down, and talk about them with the supervisor to receive extra input. Next, schedule some time at the start and finish of every week to assess your progress, action items, and goals.

Prioritize Your Work Day

When you arrive for work, it may be difficult to hit the ground running, yet time spent checking Facebook, wandering the halls, and drinking coffee is wasted time. Write out the specific tasks that you must complete every day and the time needed to complete them.

Ask Your Organization to Use EHR (Electronic Health Records)

Request that your organization switch over to electronic health records, if your employer has not already done so. Such records cut paperwork down while making it simpler to locate valuable patient data.

When Possible, Delegate

Do not assume you’re able to do it all by yourself. If there is extra available help, use it. Volunteers, interns, administrative staff, and medical assistants are there for a reason; therefore, take advantage of their assistance.

Understand When to Say No

Your coworkers know you are busy, yet that will not stop them from requesting help. Become realistic about your workload and agree only to take on patients or projects if there is enough time.

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Want More Patients? Be on Time!

Originally published on March 12, 2017 at www.lmshealthpro.com.

By Kristen Brady

Do you want more patients? It’s possible to easily do this by simply making the commitment to be on-time as a physician. This post provides you practical tips to make you an on-time physician which will assist in generating more patients for your practice.
Are you able to imagine the response of the patient who was forced to wait:

  • 6 weeks to get an appointment
  • 1 hour in the reception room to see the medical assistant or PA,
  • One additional hour to see the physician who spends under 5 minutes with a patient,
  • 2 more weeks to get an imaging study or lab work,
  • An additional 2 weeks to assess the results with a patient, and, lastly
  • several more weeks to get insurance authorization for medicine, or for a procedure that was medically necessary?

 

A physician may create an on-time philosophy by committing to get to the office 15 to 20 minutes prior to seeing patients at 9 AM. It’s the time to have a short meeting with your staff. Make sure that all of the reports are inside the EMR, that patients who have special needs are immediately taken care of, and all emergency or urgent calls be made prior to seeing patients.
The team knows that the physician is on time and is going to be placing patients inside a room before 9 AM in order for the patient and doctor to start the day in a timely manner.
I then recommend that all practices reserve a 15 to 20-minute slot each afternoon and every morning. These are for all emergencies, urgencies, or new patients who have to be seen on the exact same day. The slot can’t be provided to any other person, yet is reserved for any last minute cases which are common in many practices.
For more details contact Leading Management Solutions at (407) 674-1916.

 

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927