Consultant Judy Capko provides nine ways to effectively meet your practice's scheduling demands.
Today there are tools to help practices better understand specific scheduling and patient-flow problems.
Most electronic scheduling systems have reporting capabilities to accurately track patients through the practice. Start by looking at your scheduling patterns to determine:
Here are nine ways you can effectively meet your practice's scheduling demands.
Expand the appointment schedule by shortening the lunch break by 30 minutes to see two or three additional patients each day.Caption: Â©Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com
Consider adding a scribe to document the visit notes for the provider.Caption: Â©wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com
Review charts the day before and make sure diagnostic tests have been completed and reports are on file for each patient.Caption: Â©Blend Images / Shutterstock.com
Based on historical data, create more flexible appointment time-slots, rather than only having 15-minute or 30-minute appointments.Caption: Â©alekseiveprev/Shutterstock.com
Ask patients to jot down their clinical questions before they are roomed, and have the nurse review them to prepare for the visit.Caption: Â©John Smith Design/Shutterstock.com
Reduce the time necessary to weigh patients by having a scale in each room.Caption: Â©wavebrekmedia/Shutterstock.com
Delegate tasks that do not require the physician's expertise by training staff to assume more responsibilities.Caption: Â©Bloomua/Shutterstock.com
For additional tips on effective scheduling read: Tackle patient scheduling with improved practice workflow