Outfitting Your Office, Part II – Where to find stuff

With my list in hand, one of the first things we did was we visited surplus medical supply houses in and around the Seattle area.  Believe me there are lots to choose from. It is my goal to start with equipment for two exam rooms.  So one of the first items I’d looked at this …

Outfitting your Office Part I – What do you need?

You finally found a space to lease or buy. Perhaps your vision includes brand-new exam tables, the latest in EKGs, that fancy computer system and that beautiful oak desk you’ve had your eye on for months. But before you run out and spend that money, let’s take a look at your budget. Some of us …

Office Design

An excellent resource for NP’s in independent practice is Family Practice Management. In the current issue, you’ll find “Efficient Office Design for a Successful Practice“.  If you have the opportunity to start with a blank slate, or revamp your current space, you may want to take a look at this. Personally…I love the floor design …

Coding Resources

It’s imperative that you have the correct coding resources available to you. It does not matter if you hire someone to code for you, or if you do it all yourself. You need the learn how to code (something that got left out of my program). It directly affects your bottom line.

Office Ally

All practices need a system for billing and tracking their income. You really cannot do without it. I know…we tried to use regular accounting software (Quick Books), but it just can’t do what you need it to do. Not in the arena of practice management anyway. And a spread sheet just can’t cut it.

Cash, Checks or Credit – Debit Cards

When you open your practice, you have to decide how you want to accept payment. Seems simple enough doesn’t it. You want people to pay you! It’s essential to have a cash flow in order to keep your office open. But that is where the simplicity ends.

Marketing Your Practice

Regardless of the type of business you are in,  you need clients/patients. The biggest challenge of opening a new practice can be getting those new patients. In other words, you may be the best at what you do, but no one will find out if they don’t know you are there.