Plastic surgeons may know everything they need to know about performing a successful cosmetic procedure, but it is not likely they bring the same level of expertise to the operational end of their practice. In fact, most plastic surgeons and dermatologists will probably admit they don’t want to put the same time and energy into the business portion of their practice as they do caring for patients. If practice management is not your forte, there are a number of tips that can help you run your office efficiently and cost-effectively without sacrificing quality of patient care.
Sometimes no matter how prepared you are, outside forces of nature can work against you. Proactively preparing and planning for the unexpected will help ensure your practice runs smoothly or that the proper internal communications plans are put into effect for conveying any changes to your patients.
The importance of managing inventory can have a significant impact on aesthetic medical practices. Having an effective and efficient process in place to manage product inventory is necessary to not only maintain product but also to replenish product and protect practice revenue. The cost of inventory is relevant to a medical practice and having an inaccurate system of accounting for your product inventory could create an improper need for additional storage space, added shipping costs, low inventory, stale product and could even promote theft. Here are 3 easy steps to consider in managing your practice’s inventory.
PatientNOW spoke with Dr. Douglas Hendricks, a long-time customer and super user of the Medical Records Studio version, about how important before and after photos are to him in his office, and how he sets up a photo management protocol with his staff and practice. He explained how having the photos readily available for usage during consultations and post-op is very key.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a before-and-after photo is probably worth at least $1,000 per week to an aesthetic medical practice. The results that you provide to patients speak not only to your skills, but also provide a reference and educational platform for new and existing patients interested in treatments.
Implementing a before-and-after photo protocol into your practice is very important. This will serve as a standard operating procedure (SOP) for every patient that comes into your practice.
HOW DO YOU CREATE AN SOP FOR PHOTO MANAGEMENT?
Before-and-after photos are vital parts of the patient record. It helps to document visual changes from treatment, it defines where adjustments should take place in some cases, and it also helps to identify other opportunities for treatment.
Your practice should evaluate the process of consenting, gathering, taking and archiving of your before and after photos. We will go through some tips and tricks to be sure that you are covering all of the bases in order to have an efficient photo management system.