Be proactive about patient intakes and screening to identify those at risk
In July, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to extend coverage of health care costs for rescue workers and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The bill will fund all current and future medical claims from 9/11 survivors through 2092, as well as residents who lived near the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed, reported the Wall Street Journal. Read More
Are you offering these options to patients while they wait?
The average time patients spend waiting for a doctor is just over 18 minutes, according to a 2018 report. While that is a decrease from previous years, wait time remains a significant factor in patient satisfaction. Not only did 84 percent of people say wait time is either “somewhat important” or “very important,” but 30 percent of patients reported they’ve walked out of an appointment due to long waits, and one in five said they’ve changed doctors because of long wait times.Read More
Your patient education, communication, and marketing are key factors
Just like patients are increasingly turning to online eyewear retailers like Warby Parker for prescription eyeglasses, contact lens wearers are being lured by low prices and convenience to buy online. Read More
Appeal to modern patients with style, variety, and community outreach
The eyewear marketplace has changed. It’s no longer about luxury brands or logos as status symbols. In 2019, consumers are fashion-forward, but more of them are interested in quality, unique products, and even philanthropy. Today’s patients also have different needs for their eyewear, particularly those who spend a lot of time on digital devices. Find out how shifts in your marketing approach and patient education can yield big payoffs for your eye care practice’s bottom line. Read More
Guidelines from Special Olympics on caring for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have an intellectual disability, according to Special Olympics. Formerly known as mental retardation, intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability. Three of the best-known intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are Down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury.Read More
The benefits and costs of volunteering your health care services abroad
Almost a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we’ve learned that thedeath toll is nearly 3,000—much higher than originally reported. And yet that number could be even higher were it not for the brave and dedicated medical providers who traveled to the U.S. territory to help in the aftermath of the storm.