Will the ACA bring a big increase in patients to your practice? For most of the practices we’ve been working with, the ACA’s impact on patient volume is still pretty unclear. Since we’re less than a month into the new coverage year for ACA exchange plans, and the open enrollment period continues through March 31, we’re still at the very early stages; the actual impact is hard to gauge at this point. Moreover, the impact may vary widely based on local demographics, practice type, and state participation in the Medicaid expansion.
But we’re still advising practices to take steps to prepare for more volume — whether it comes from the ACA or their own marketing. Readying your practice for growth is good business. Better processes not only allow you to handle more volume, they help you serve all of your patients more effectively.
Preparing your practice to handle more patients is the subject of my upcoming webinar sponsored by Kareo and hosted by Physicians Practice. Join me on Feb 6 for this free presentation entitled “Position Your Practice for Growth: Responding to the Dynamic Healthcare Market.” I plan to share some ideas that can help almost any practice prepare from and profitably realize more growth — whether from the ACA or their own internal marketing efforts. Plus time for your questions!