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Physicians very often have a clear vision of how things could be improved at their practices. What would you do if money was no object?
If money, space, and time (and in some cases reality) were not obstacles, what would you want for your medical practice? Here's what physicians and administrators tell us.
1. A hospital laboratory interface to help us meet meaningful use
2. Patients who show up on time with all paperwork completed
3. Credit card readers or a program to take payments online
4. A simple and quick way to obtain significant, past medical records for new patients
5. A new phone system with voicemail for each person
6. Not to be insurance dependent
7. Patient statements that are easy to understand
8. Automated appointment reminders
9. Elimination of meaningful use
10. An affordable and childproof waiting room kiosk
11. A teddy bear-shaped nebulizer
12. A better understanding among patients of their relationship with their insurers
13. Durable digital scales
14. Another power exam table
15. "Power of Jedi" mind tricks (to use during insurance authorizations)
16. The ability to provide more incentives to employees
17. A totally sound-proof room for administering vaccines
18. Quicker claims turnaround
19. More desk space for everyone
Marisa Torrieri is an associate editor for Physicians Practice. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Aubrey Westgate is an associate editor for Physicians Practice. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared in the July-August 2013 issue of Physicians Practice.