6 key aspects of an organizational chart for your practice

Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE
Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE

Founder & CEO at ABISA, LLC

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Logan Lutton
Logan Lutton

Associate Editor, Medical Economics and Physician's Practice

The purpose of an organization chart is to depict the skeletal structure of your practice; including the functional relationships between your staff.

The purpose of an organization chart is to depict the skeletal structure of the practice, including the functional relationships between, among, and within the specific components. An organization chart provides a point of reference and improves the flow and direction of communications. It allows people to see how they fit in the big picture, increases efficiency, and maintains a balance in the practice.

The development of good structure for organizations has been a concern for managers throughout history. Medical practices have both structure and process. The structure refers to the formal organization and the plans, schedules, and procedures that hold it together. Structure is the instrument by which people formally organize themselves to carry out a task. Process represents what actually goes on: what is done, how it is done, and the way individuals or groups behave and carry out their perceptions of the assigned tasks. The structure can be seen as the anatomy of a practice, and the process as the practice's physiology.

There are six key aspects of an organization chart.