Ten years from now where will health care be? Will we all have health insurance? Will health care be delivered in the best way possible? Will costs be contained? No one knows for sure. But we can be the ones who shape the future of health care delivery. Right now we can be the ones who can make sure that our children and grandchildren will have fair and competitive health insurance rates, high-quality health care and the peace of mind that comes with it. I say we stop blaming and start finding solutions.
Doctors must now become better business people. They must look for ways to become more cost efficient and deliver quality care at the same time. It is not impossible. By studying the new health care law and being up to date on all the new rules and regulations, doctors can be creative and implement cost saving measures in their own offices. Be proactive and meet challenges head on. Mary Pat Whaley, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives with 25 years of experience in health care management has listed on her blog, Manage My Practice, “101 Ideas for Increasing Revenue and Decreasing Costs in Your Medical Practice”. She has great ideas to add or subtract services that can make medical offices more profitable. Does it make sense to hire a mid-level provider like a nurse practitioner or physician assistant? Can some of the administrative processes in the office be streamlined? Is there a good triage system and medical follow-up in place? I actually got introduced to a practice or clinic management software that also handles electronic medical records for my patients but it’s only in my home country of the Philippines right now. I haven’t seen anything near it yet so it makes we wonder if this is really locally made! Anyway, I’ve tried it and have been using that for months and I’ve been pretty happy and productive. I truly believe this is the future, but enough of this segway…ahem.