The spring offers a chance to shake off the winter blues – and get started on an improvement initiative for your practice. Make a commitment to focus on one area in your practice. Select a task, create a workgroup, pledge to meet once or twice a month, maintain a written agenda, and document an action plan. Choose a quantifiable measure of success – and monitor it. Don’t let 2019 slip by without taking a deep dive into an area of opportunity in your practice. The choice is yours, but here’s a list of topics to consider for your spring project.
Spring cleaning isn’t simply about sorting or getting rid of clutter; it’s an opportunity to redefine your processes. While you may choose one area of focus for the spring, the impact will be a lasting one. Your efforts can boost the energy and enthusiasm your staff needs to tackle the many challenges faced by your practice.
Elizabeth Woodcock is the founder and principal of Woodcock & Associates. She has focused on medical group operations and revenue cycle management for more than 20 years and has led educational sessions for the Medical Group Management Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association. She has authored and co-authored many books. She is frequently published and quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Family Practice Management, MGMA Connexion, and American Medical News. Elizabeth is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, she completed a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.