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Expert tips on improving interactions and reducing costly miscommunication

From running more productive and efficient staff meetings, to ensuring you and your patients are on the same page, to effectively interacting with colleagues and partners, communication is key in any medical practice. If communication is good, it can create engaged employees and satisfied patients. If it’s bad, however, it can lead to employee turnover and even malpractice lawsuits. Read on for experts’ advice and strategies for improving communication in your practice.

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It’s not just about salary anymore. How to engage and empower employees in a competitive health care market.

We hate to break it to you, but neither the best bedside manner in town nor the most impressive degrees on your office wall are enough to attract and keep patients. There’s another factor that forms patients’ first impression of your practice, affects appointment scheduling and daily operations, and ultimately impacts your practice’s reputation and bottom line: your staff.

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How scheduling affects doctors’ performance, patient outcomes, and more

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. That adds up to 700 people a day dying from preventable causes. A new book suggests that scheduling could reduce this statistic, and also proposes that time of day plays a bigger role than we might think in the success or failure of many tasks. Whether scheduling surgery or your lunch break, take a look at the research showing the difference that timing makes.

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Cleaning up your office is good for your patients, your staff—and for business

If the number and popularity of books on decluttering and organizing are any indication, most of us are obsessed with simplifying our surroundings. Amazon lists over 1,000 books about decluttering, and over 6,000 on home organization. But what about your medical practice? Is your waiting room clean and serene? Is your front office streamlined and organized? Are your exam rooms welcoming and clutter-free? If not, it may be time to do some spring cleaning. Here’s our room-by-room guide to sprucing up your practice.Read More

Whether to avoid burnout or gain new skills, more doctors are opting for temporary staff jobs

Doctor burnout is at an all-time high, and many parts of the country are experiencing provider shortages. Is locum tenens—filling a temporary position in a health care setting—the answer to both problems? Doctors who work locum tenens jobs report increased flexibility, freedom over their schedules, and exposure to new techniques and perspectives that help them grow as clinicians, balance work and life, and rekindle their love of medicine. Is locum tenens right for you?Read More

There’s no clear-cut answer, but here are the main pros and cons to each career path

Health care experts have been predicting the end of independent practices for years now. And their numbers have continued to drop—a report from the American Medical Association showed that the percentage of doctors with an ownership stake in their practice declined to 47 percent in 2016. This is down from 53 percent in 2012, reported Medical Economics, which named “Remaining independent in a time of value-based care initiatives” as one of the top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2018. Read More