By Rachna Chaudhari, February 01, 2011
Physicians and practice staff often ask for information relating to office efficiency and productivity. All practices should evaluate their efficiency on an annual basis and take steps for improvement as this can contribute to greater patient satisfaction, decrease overhead costs, and provide for more patient visits, which in turn leads to a healthier bottom-line. The following tips can help your practice achieve these goals.
According to the Academy’s 2009 Dermatology Practice Profile Survey, dermatologists see 129 patients per week during an average of 34 hours per week. Thus, dermatologists see an average of four patients per hour. The following is an example of an “open access” schedule that allows for same-day appointments in a practice with four providers: