Sally McKenzie's Monday Morning Management Memorandum #1

Print this Memorandum, distribute to your team, discuss at your morning meetings!

 

March 4, 2002

 

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This issue is sponsored in part by:

McKenzie Management and Associates -

A full service, in-office dental management consulting company specializing in the business, clinical,
and hygiene areas of practices nationwide. Their clients include thousands of dental practices
in over 40 states throughout the U.S. Sally McKenzie, President founded the company in 1980.
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Fixing The Time Wasting, Money Draining No Shows

Broken appointments and no shows are among the biggest practice frustrations.
You're doing everything you can to provide an excellent, high quality dental experience
for your patients, and some of them have the nerve to just blow off their regular dental
appointments with no concern for the impact on your business. How do you break
the cycle of these time wasting, money draining thoughtless oafs?
Sally McKenzie, President of McKenzie Management and founder of
mckenziemgmt.com has a few suggestions.

 

  • Establish a policy for broken appointments.
  • Communicate the policy to new patients and remind existing patients of the policy periodically.
  • Designate and train the appointment coordinator to handle confirmation calls.
  • Make personal contact with the patient 48 hours in advance of the appointment.
  • Do not leave messages.
  • Request a daytime phone number when scheduling appointments so the appointment coordinator can confirm with the patient directly.
  • Schedule time for the coordinator to contact patients after hours at home.
  • When making appointments state the day, date, time, and length of the appointment.
  • Ask patients if they would consider changing their appointment if one becomes available sooner.
  • Keep a list of those patients willing to move their appointments to fill unexpected voids in the schedule.
  • Keep a list of patients who cancel, don't show, or don't reschedule appointments and follow-up.
  • Contact "no shows" within 10 minutes of their appointment time.
  • Show concern for their absence.
  • After two "no shows" consider the patient unreliable. Tell the patient you will contact
    them when an opening is available and they can determine if that time will be convenient.
  • Consider offering some appointments in the evening and/or weekends.

With a smile on your face, continually reinforce to patients the importance of keeping
appointments and your appreciation for their willingness to do so.

 

 

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