Managing a medical practice is a challenge in its own right, looking over staff, information, patient growth, and business sustainability. Now, add on top of these daily responsibilities the ever-changing climate of healthcare and the many hops it presents to jump through.
Navigating a successful path through digital and complex terrain requires awareness of current and upcoming problems so that your team can best prepare to avoid or overcome any imminent obstacles.
Challenges facing healthcare managers today
The challenges facing managers today are vast, ranging from poor patient outcomes to regulations signing off on quick medical fixes that fail to solve patient problems. Let’s take a look at the landscape ahead in 2019, so you can strategize your year ahead intelligently.
8 Obstacles for Practice Management
1. The opioid crisis is still alive
Drug overdose made its way to the number one cause of death in patients under 50 two years ago and its path of destruction has not slowed since. The opus epidemic presents a catch to the healthcare industry because it is both responsible for supplying the drugs and responsible now for healing drug addicts, especially opioid addicts. Hospitals and practices must find ways to limit opioid prescriptions, monitor use and provide help to addicts.
2. Medical technology is constantly evolving
Managers in all areas of healthcare are called to understand technology in the workplace and implement programs for staff and patients. As the practice adopts new software programs, managers will need to educate staff and physicians regularly.
3. Regulations are evolving
As federal regulations evolve, managers must find ways to preserve patient health while complying with new rules put in place.
4. Education turns in favor of patient responsibility
The rise of technology continually puts healthcare in the hands of patients themselves. This means that managers have a responsibility to educate staff on new systems so they can educate patients on how to navigate apps and online portals.
5. Quick fixes (pills) price inefficient for healthcare
Quick fixes such as pills are pushed as solutions to patient problems, but most physicians and practices acknowledge that progressive preventative care is the better long-term approach. Managers are called to find a way to empower patient self-care while following insured healthcare approaches.
6. Reimbursement methods continue to narrow
Insurance policies are changing, federal regulations are growing more specific, and the healthcare industry can accept reimbursements from fewer and fewer parties. Managers must work with automated or outsourced services to serve the most patients while ensuring the practice is profitable.
7. Staffing problems are rising
A shortage of staff in healthcare requires managers to become creatively resourceful, finding ways to pay and place physicians and staff so that the practice can operate healthily and patients receive the care they need.
8. Prevent healthcare obstacles with note transcription
Improve your practice efficiency and patient experience by switching to medical note transcription. Recording and transcribing patient notes helps maintain tidy record keeping, ensure the most thorough patient care and helps physicians make the most informed decisions, diagnoses, and recommendations.
As your practice faces the challenges of our evolving industry, transcribed notes will keep you on your feet and prepared to tackle any obstacle that comes your way.
Mercedes Transcription is a leader in medical note transcription. Reach out to our team to learn more about our services, how transcription can help your practice and how to get started today. We look forward to working with you and helping you grow and improve your practice.