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   RE: Work flow advice
 From: Scott Turner
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 10-08-2017 20:23
 Message: On the other hand...... drawing lab can be a nice income stream depending on your patient population, payor mix and your overall business plan. If these determinants are favorable and you have the IT capabilities to streamline workflows, why not get paid? Plus you have the ability to set your lab charges at a level that can really benefit your under- or uninsured patients. I've done it both ways, depending on the specific business plan. Food for thought.

Scott Turner
PatientCare Family Clinic
Springfield MO
Original Message:
Sent: 10-07-2017 10:48
From: Michael Safran
Subject: Work flow advice


I stopped drawing blood years ago.    Two main reasons:

Much more efficient for our office flow to have patients go to the two national labs in the community within 2 miles of my office.

More importantly - Patients have learned to do blood work prior to their visits and I have results available for discussion.   I think patients appreciate it also.   Much more efficient, less follow up phone calls, email discussions, etc.   I give them lab slip, if needed, for next visit visit when current visit is done.   It works very smoothly.

If they need acute labs to complete assessment during a visit, they just go down the street.

Of course, we do send out cultures, paps, etc.

Only labs done in office are those I get results myself - U/A, micro, Strep, INR, very rare glucose.

Michael S. MD

Original Message:
Sent: 10-06-2017 12:46
From: Jean Antonucci
Subject: Work flow advice

Hi Tracey
 not enough information to help you
-Lots of  people - mostly part time
- Why a biller if have a practice manager?
- a few ideas- patients can do their own bp and wt at a station  in hall or wait room

-You could take hx with instant medical histry
 for both of these you could have an i pad the receptionist gives out and they input it themselves

 Drawing bood yourself would seem to slow lots of things down- cross train the receptinsit

RNs are very expensive
 await more info

Jean Antonucci

Original Message:
Sent: 10-05-2017 14:02
From: Tracy Baum
Subject: Work flow advice

Looking for tips and advice on how you handle work flow in a small office. I have a small family practice clinic, my husband is the business manager, we have a FT receptionist, a PT book keeper (6 hrs per week) and a PT RN to help with CCM and a few other things (5-6 hrs per week). My issue is I see pts, draw blood, and take care of all the data input for each visit. I admit, I have this dislike of leaving people sitting waiting for me and thus will complete only the essential things from the previous visit before seeing the next pt. This leaves me a lot of charts to finish either at the end of the day, or worse yet, over the weekend. Any thoughts would be really appreciated. I'm 2 years into this adventure and the thought of working 7 days a week indefinitely is not very appealing. I know there must be some things to delegate some of this to the staff (the receptionist is just 2 weeks with us and learning very quickly, but certainly not seasoned.)

Tracy Baum
Mountain Sage Family Clinic
Dubois, WY

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