Practice Builders

When it comes to patients with plantar fasciitis, the author commonly refers patients to physical therapists or prescribes physical therapy to help train patients on proper stretching techniques. Then he monitors their compliance over a span of time. (Pho
By Lowell Weil Jr., DPM, MBA
23,500 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2008

Heel pain is the single most common reason that patients seek out the care of podiatric physicians. Estimates state that more than 15 million Americans suffer with heel pain and emerging technologies for treatment have ballooned over the past seven years. However, many of these technologies are expensive and may not be covered by all insurance companies. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the podiatric physician not only to know the practice guidelines of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) for the treatment of heel pain but also the financial considerations for patients wit

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Finding the right person whom to delegate each task to is critical. If your staff can expect your patience and guidance as a training tool, they will handle the job with more gusto and confidence.
By Lynn Homisak, PRT
5,707 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2007

Many people are faced with the stress of “so much to do and so little time.” They blame poor time management as the culprit when, in fact, the underlying issue in many cases is their inability to properly delegate tasks. They have a need to do it all themselves when there are others who can and are willing to lend a hand. Are you one of those people? Face it: there is only so much you can do to add value to your practice without enlisting the help of others. If you find you are among the many who would “rather do it yourself,” you will also find that sooner or later

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By Kristin K. Titko, DPM
4,569 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2007

If there is one thing that I have learned in the past eight years that I did not know in my first six years of practice, it is this: work does not have to be full tilt stress. In the past two years, I have nearly perfected this motto. While I am certain there is still room for improvement, I would like to share some of the changes that allow me to maintain my level of desired profit while minimizing the stress along the way.

Let me first warn you that some of what I want to share may be controversial. Some ideas stray far from the commonly accepted ideas of many specialists. They ma

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By John V. Guiliana, DPM, MS
17,221 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2007
By Kevin McDonald, DPM
10,469 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/2007

Podiatrists in private practice really have two jobs: taking care of foot and ankle problems, and running a business that makes a profit. While the science and art of solving various pedal problems are described elsewhere in this publication, we will offer a closer look at the second component of being a podiatrist, namely running the business.

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By Glenn Weinraub, DPM
9,399 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2007

      As I was channel surfing the other night, something caught my eye. It was the Discovery channel and I was looking at a huge herd of some hoofed animal. They looked pleasant enough and at peace with the world. Then a lioness came out of nowhere and whacked one of the older animals. Indeed, this particular life and death struggle on the Serengeti reminds me of why a group practice makes so much sense today.       That lioness could just as easily have been an insurance company executive and the herd could have been the group practice. In this case, the herd

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By Kristin Titko, DPM
9,846 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2006
By William N. McCann, DPM
5,433 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2006

     The excitement has been building for months. The whole family has been packing, reviewing brochures, talking about the spectacular scenery and preparing for what they expect to be the vacation of a lifetime. The day of departure arrives and the whole family loads into the packed station wagon for the fun-filled, two-week adventure. Starting down the road, you have a general idea of the direction of your destination but nothing more. Who needs a map? Just head south and ask at convenience stores along the way. The locals are always helpful.      Would you e

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By Kevin McDonald, DPM
20,816 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2006

When I was in podiatry school 20-something years ago, there was a podiatrist on the faculty who was very impressive to me. He wore stylish clothes, drove a Mercedes convertible and took vacations to Australia. One day, I asked him: “What does it take to have a successful career as a podiatrist?” The doctor looked me square in the eye and said “Son, it only takes two things to be a successful podiatrist. One, you have to have a touch of gray hair so that you look experienced. Two, you need to have a couple of hemorrhoids so you look … concerned.” I did not want to wait for the gray

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By Michael Z. Metzger, DPM, MBA
5,597 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/2006

Successful DPMs know the right formulas for keeping patients. One should manage medical information professionally, run an efficient office, listen to patient concerns and always keep the patient foremost in mind. On the flip side, if a podiatric practice engages in certain other behaviors, the podiatrist will likely see more than a few patients walk out the door without returning any time soon. That said, here are pearls on what not to do to keep a thriving practice. Unlike articles that suggest ideas to help you keep patients, I absolutely guarantee that the ideas presented in this article

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