I hear lots of griping these days about what’s wrong with medicine and how bad things are.
I hear lots of griping these days about what’s wrong with medicine and how bad things are. What’s happening to you guys anyway?
No, practicing medicine today is far from perfect, but maybe, just maybe, your expectations are a little unrealistic. Physicians and practice managers who lament the past or get stuck singin’ the “practice blues” need to get past the negatives and strive to make positive changes for the sake of their own futures.
So how do you do that? Put your best foot forward. Focus on what you do well. Smart businesses build on their successes, and guess what? You are a business! Concentrate on what you do best; patient care.
Fine tune your practice by following these simple rules:
Don’t get trapped in a “woe is me” culture that feeds negativity and stifles productivity and growth. Keep your eye on the practice, and you’ll know when to take strategic action. It’s your future, so make the most of it.
Judy Capko is a healthcare consultant, speaker, and author of the popular books “Secrets of the Best Run Practice, 2006” and “Take Back Time, 2008.” Her focus is practice operations and strategic planning with emphasis on patient-centered strategies and valuing staff contributions. She is a popular speaker at national and regional conferences. Judy is the owner of Capko & Company, www.capko.com, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and she can be reached at 805 499 9203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.