With billions of dollars in revenue on the line nationwide, one physician shares his strategies to cut down on no-show patients at his practice.
It's no longer a secret that symptoms of professional burnout--exhaustion, cynicism, lack of effectiveness--are spreading through the healthcare workforce like wildfire. While recent large studies have shockingly revealed burnout rates of 50 percent or higher, a recent smaller survey from the Studer Group indicated that nearly all doctors (90 percent) are afflicted by burnout at least some of the time.
Running a successful medical practice depends on a strong team of employees. If one staff member isn't working out, the best move for the practice is often to let him or her go. It is possible to part ways with an employee, however, without excessive hard feelings, according to a post from Harvard Business Review.
Several years ago, I was living in one of the so-called better parts of a city somewhat notorious for its miscreants. It didn't take long for the effects of crime and desperation to seep into our starter home, however. The first car break-in came as a shock, as did the first home invasion and attempted car theft from our driveway.
But after a year or more of having our boundaries violated, possessions stolen and bearing our share of victim-blame for having the gall to sleep with a window cracked, we started to become desensitized. I realized this the day I got in my car to find the glove box ajar and ransacked, yet again, and didn't bother to call the police. I had to get to work, and reporting the incident wasn't going to do any more good than it had the first 20 times.
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