Archives: Scheduling

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Full Utilization of Your Care Team

An important aspect of not only practice efficiency, but also individual provider efficiency is proper utilization of resources. In today’s post, I want to look specifically at physician extenders, and how their role can impact everyone at the practice. From...

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Patients are Demanding More, and We Can...

You would think that having such a vast network in healthcare would mean that I am spot on with all health maintenance appointments. Nope. In fact, receiving regular mammograms is not my core area of competence. About a year ago,...

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Data Analytics and Decreasing Physician Burnout

In a previous blog post, we talked about the “Why?” of utilizing data in healthcare. Now we’ll take a closer look into how data driven optimization can impact physicians, specifically when it comes to physician burnout and distribution of patients...

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Busy versus Optimized: Your Provider’s Schedule

Providers care about healthcare optimization for the same reason all high-performers seek optimization in their respective fields- an unyielding desire to accomplish as much as possible each day. Optimization is defined as “the action of making the best or most...

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The Importance of Data Driven Decision Making

Practice Schedule Management = Provider Time Management = Practice Success Patient scheduling in a medical practice is no easy task. In fact, patient scheduling is not really a task at all. It is a process - and a unique, complicated...

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Scheduling Controls and Data to the Rescue

1998, is the last time that I personally scheduled a patient’s appointment while working in a doctor’s office. I am here to tell you: we were winging it. The practices I worked in were well-respected and well-run organizations, so the...

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Schedule Churn: Explained

Many practices struggle with last minute cancellations, reschedules and, of course, no shows. These schedule changes are all things that are external factors that the scheduler might not be able to account for. The phrase that we use for these...

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Why are Scheduling Operations Important to Optimization?

Scheduling Inaccuracy vs. Healthcare Optimization Scheduling operations go hand-in-hand with healthcare optimization. But if there is much room for improvement, sometimes scheduling can actually work against the goals that the practice is trying to meet. It’s important to find a...

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Optimization: Where do we start?

The healthcare industry is always striving for optimization, but what does that really look like? In our upcoming series, we want to give you the complete run-down on how different aspects of your healthcare organization can be promoting the goals...

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Technology For the Win, Again

Let’s see a show of hands, how many people have manually posted payments for a 10-page Medicare EOB? I have and let me tell you, it is tedious and filled with opportunities for error. The good news is that most...

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The Math of Medicare and Medicaid Access:...

Economics isn’t always simple. But at its basic level, it’s not a hard concept to grasp. It is the relationship between supply and demand. Supply is how much something is available in the market. Demand is how much it’s wanted...

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Opargo | A Scheduler's Nightmare

Do You Have “A Scheduler’s Nightmare” to...

There’s a lot more to healthcare scheduling than making sure patient A sees doctor B at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Add to the mix multiple doctors, practicing different disciplines, with competing schedules, at multiple sites, performing varied procedures, with limited...