Reported cases of infectious diseases ranging from measles to Ebola are on the rise in the United States, and medical practices must follow established protocols when handling cases and suspected cases.
Chances are that no matter how passionate your clinical, administrative and support teams are about the work they do every day for your practice, they're vulnerable to getting stuck in the occasional rut. In the worst cases, "going through the motions" can lead to poor decision-making; but even more subtle lack of focus can cause your practice to fall short of its mission.
The good news is that there are easy, cost-effective ways to shake up your environment in a positive manner:
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Medical practice insiders often compare a group merger to a marriage--meaning it takes compatibility, trust, communication and work to succeed. Two practices in the Louisville, Kentucky area are pretty sure they have what it takes, but will take the unusual step of actually "living together" before making their union official, according to an article from Louisville Business First.
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