Thursday, August 25, 2011

A urology-eye view of an earthquake

I first learned of the earthquake after returning from a hike in which I was out of cellphone contact. The first emails from my urologist and practice manager colleagues were of the "did you feel that " nature. The quake occurred during office hours for most practices. A colleague in Indiana felt the quake. So did one in Staten Island and another Rhode Island. My own office I'm Smithtown Long Island shook for 3 minutes. My staff evacuated. I was not present.
I wonder is there were any surgical mishaps caused by the quake.

Richard A Schoor MD FACS

Monday, August 22, 2011

Important skills for a physician-manager

Collect copays
Get deductibles
Correct coding
Streamline work flow
Automate what you can
Optimize staff work

Richard A Schoor MD FACS

Friday, August 19, 2011

EHR Success-5 Tips

A successful EHR adoption is within everyone's reach. Just do the following:

Master the templates
Tweak the templates
Adapt your workflow
Connect to lab and instruments
Stick with it

The benefits are simply amazing.

Richard A Schoor MD FACS

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Patient Portals

Do patients want online access?

I offer it.

Very few take me up on it.

I'd prefer it.

The patients seem to prefer the phone.

Online is efficient and inexpensive for me.

Perhaps the phone is efficient and inexpensive for them.

I guess people call when they have time, ie from their cell phones while driving.

Dr Schoor

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

3 things that gave me happiness today

A good sushi meal
A busy day in the office
Watching my daughter play tennis

Richard A Schoor MD FACS

Still Kicking

After a long break from blogging, I think I have found my voice again. Why is that? Well I think that I am inspired by hardship, difficulty, and challenge. Being in solo practice in 2011 in the USA, I have all 3 of those things in abundance.

Currently, I am confronting:

high rent
high insurance
high payroll
high technology costs
low reimbursement
Many doctors have either joined forces and formed large single or multi-specialty groups or have given up their independent practices to be part of a hospital setting.

I remain solo.
I remain independent.

For me and my situation, no white horse is coming.
I am on my own.

What I do have on my side is:
very effective system of new patient acquisition
a great reputation in the community
a solid existing patient base
a very efficient E.H.R. system
a good office and dedicated staff
a devoted and loyal wife and family
incredible drive to succeed
What is the long term outlook for us "so-low" doctors? Don't know.