Health system leaders across the country want to know, very specifically, what it takes to be successful in owning a group of practices. In other words, they want to know what it will take to become operationally and financially viable and to become market leaders in their community. In our most recent post, we discussed the goals of a medical group operational assessment and identified fundamental areas of business administration to examine. To analyze further, what are the benefits health leaders and their medical groups will realize in conducting an operational assessment?
Across the nation, health system medical practices are showing signs of ill health. While some of the symptoms of medical group decline are obvious, others can be subtle and often go unrecognized.
But ignoring the signs of an ailing medical group can be dangerous, and health systems that do not make substantial efforts to strengthen their owned practices and improve operational efficiency may get left behind in the current healthcare climate.
In a word: Yes! An efficient, well-run staff meeting can energize your team, strengthen their commitment to the practice, ensure accountability, and help the practice run more smoothly. However, without proper planning and competent meeting facilitation, your meetings could end up as the old joke describes—events where minutes are kept and hours are wasted.
Following are some tips to help you conduct constructive, more effective medical practice staff meetings, where participants walk away feeling that their time has been well-spent.
You’ve promoted one of your bright, organized clerical workers to the position of medical practice manager. At the time of hire, you were confident in her ability to transfer her skills to the manager position and keep things running smoothly. But as the months have progressed, it’s clear she’s floundering a bit in her current role.