Doctors and managers work hard to keep the practice afloat and provide good care, and service to the patients. But it’s not just about working hard, it’s about working smart!

Ask yourself what your time is worth? Physicians and managers are the drivers of the practice and need to work at the highest level to generate and protect the revenue that keeps the practice running. Too often when working with practices, I see sabotage that results in poor management of your most important commodity – Time! Here’s what you can do about it.

  • Stop the interruptions: Sometimes they are valid, but often they are not. Pay close attention and you may discover that you are being interrupted unnecessarily. Set some guidelines that keep interruptions at bay.
  • Delegate more: If you are doing tasks or assuming responsibility for things that can be done by someone else, it’s time to evaluate why. It may be a matter of just not wanting to take the time to provide proper instruction or train someone to do a task, but it costs plenty. Delegation provides an opportunity to enrich a staff members job while freeing your time. Physicians just might see one more patient a day and that adds up to as much as $50,000 a year. When managers free up more time it gives them the opportunity to be strategic in planning for the future and ensuring revenue is not compromised.

Now it’s your turn – give our bloggers your best tips on managing time better.

Judy Capko is one of America’s leading practice management and marketing consultants. e mail [email protected].

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