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Taking An Active Role In Medical Staff Leadership

By Larry Crystal, DPM | 2,978 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/2007

     “Good morning, Chief” “Here comes the Chief” and “Good morning, Mr. President” are all greetings that I have heard since I was elected into the position of Medical Staff President of a tri-campus rural hospital with 65 active staff and 45 mid-level providers. So how did the only podiatrist on staff come to serve as Chief of Staff?      Some might say that my election was the result of a fortune of circumstance and those with experience in medical staff leadership might say that I was the victim of circumstance.

Why Your Practice’s Financial Success Is Tied To Staff Performance

Lynn Homisak PRT | 4,346 reads | 2 comments | 05/01/2012

In a recent article, George Taylor writes that he considers an engaged employee “an economic engine for your practice.”1 He makes a lot of interesting points that mirror ideas I firmly adhere to and advocate. That is, there is an undeniable link between well-trained, satisfied employees and the financial success of a practice.

I wonder: if staff had CPT codes hung around their necks, making it easier for doctors to measure their productivity, would their efforts be more acknowledged and appreciated?

When A Rude Patient Disrespects Your Staff

By John H. McCord, DPM | 22,883 reads | 3 comments | 11/03/2003

I have a rule for my staff. If any of them treats a patient with disrespect, that employee is immediately terminated. I have the same rule for my patients regarding their treatment of my staff. Recently, a young, new receptionist came to me upset about something. She told me one of our patients called about his appointment and when she asked him to hold so she could check the time, he called her a “dumb b----” and hung up. I looked at the man’s chart and noted he had been disrespectful to the female staff on other occasions. I called Mr. Jones. “Hank, this is Dr. McCord.

Issues And Answers On Improving Staff Morale And Efficiency

By Lynn Homisak, PRT | 8,795 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2004

   As songwriter Henry Kaiser put it, “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” I can attest to this truth of this statement. As a podiatric medical assistant and consultant, I frequently lecture at meetings and speak to doctors and assistants all over the country. My mission is to help create a better work dynamic between doctors and assistants. With this in mind, let us consider some common questions that come up at meetings.    Q: I am not having any luck training my staff.

What You Should Know About Firing Office Staff

Stephanie Wasek, Special Projects Editor | 9,724 reads | 0 comments | 06/22/2011

Terminating an employee is never pleasant but you can ease the transition and safeguard your practice in the process. This author speaks to practice management experts about recognizing significant offenses, the best methods of letting employees go and how to protect yourself from potential legal issues.

This oblique X-ray demonstrates displaced fractures of the second, third and fourth metatarsals, and dislocation of the fifth digit.

A Guide To Minimally Invasive Fracture Management

By George Gumann, DPM | 12,877 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2007

As the practice of medicine continues to evolve, new advances are being initiated in the management of lower extremity trauma. These techniques involve a philosophical change regarding surgical approaches as well as technical innovations.

Ramping Up Our Knowledge Of Pain Management

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS | 4,752 reads | 1 comments | 03/13/2012

No matter what surgical procedure or even rudimentary treatment you offer, the patient outcome is only as good as what the patient “thinks” about the result. You know what I’m talking about. You just did an incredible piece of work, the foot looks great and you’re ready to send off the X-rays for inclusion in the next edition of McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot Surgery.

Suddenly, the air gets sucked out of your chest faster than it takes to blink and the patient says: “I don’t think it looks that good, Doctor!”

Pertinent Roundtable Insights On Indications For Orthotic Management

Guest Clinical Editor: Ronald Valmassy, DPM | 14,832 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2008

Choosing the most effective type of orthotic device for a given condition can be tricky as one must consider factors that include materials, potential modifications and cost. Accordingly, the panelists discuss possible indications for OTC orthoses, conditions that are particularly challenging to treat with orthotics and the role of functional foot orthoses in managing bunion deformities.

A Guide To Perioperative Management Of The Rheumatoid Patient

Allen Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS | 33,433 reads | 0 comments | 08/19/2010

Reportedly 64 percent of infections that occur in patients with RA occur in the foot and ankle. In order to minimize the risks of infection and other potential complications with podiatric surgery in this patient population, this author reviews the literature and offers insights on whether medications for RA should be withdrawn, continued or modified during the perioperative period.

How To Master Inventory Management Of DME

By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP | 11,955 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2004

Supply chain inventory management (SCIM) is essential for doctors who perform a number of similar procedures, those who dispense a fair number of products and surgeons because a medical practice’s profitability will suffer if it has too much or too little inventory of durable medical equipment (DME) on hand. How can a physician determine the proper DME inventory level? One uncommonly used approach is based on the economic order quantity costing (EOQC) method.