Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Leaving a practice? The Essental List

Sometimes the group thing just does not work out and people find themselves with no other option than going solo.  Follow these essential rules and you'll land on your feet.
  1. Determine your short term intermediate, and long term goals and list in backwards order how you plan to attain each of them.
  2. Leave your old practice on good terms, this will only serve to help you in the future and trust me, you WILL need them in the future.
  3. Develop a plan to attract your old patients, so long as it does not ruin your relationship with the old office, and separate plan to attract new patients.
  4. Organize all credentialing material and higher someone, even per diem, to assist you with credentialing.
  5. Look for an office or sublease on a temporary basis.
  6. Go electronic, even a web-based ASP model for an EMR and PM/scheduling system.
  7. Get a website, just don't pay a lot for it.
  8. Get a blog and start posting to it.
  9. Look for staff (personally, I recommend Craig's List.)
  10. Get a phone and answer it 24/7.
If you follow these 10 steps, you'll be up and running in no time flat.

Good luck,

The IU.