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  Sally McKenzie,CMC
             President
 McKenzie Management, Inc.

Sally McKenzie's
Weekly Management e-Motivator

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May 20, 2002

 

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Sally McKenzie’s Weekly Management e-Motivator---Issue #12

I Need A Patient Coordinator, Why?

Jane, your business manager, is looking at you as if she is about to deliver her last will and testament. Yes, you've seen this expression before, although it's not been quite this grim in the past. Your "fight or flee" instinct is definitely telling you to run like "H" right down the hall. But you stand there and get ready to take whatever it is she's about to serve up. "Doctor, I just finished examining our patient retention and, at this rate, we'll all be enjoying plenty of flextime in the next six to eight months. We are losing patients every week."

Ouch! You don't want to have to deal with this. You're busy. You have patients to treat...at least for now. But given the alternative, you can't bury your head in the sand on this one. Your patient exodus could be the result of a number of factors. However, lack of accountability often is the cause. "Offices that designate a specific person to serve as patient retention coordinator see a significant improvement in patient retention right away. What's a patient coordinator do? Keep you in the black for starters

A good patient coordinator should be able to manage a patient base of 500 to 1000 on an average of 15-20 hours per week at a reasonable hourly rate. 1100 to 1500 patients would require around 25 hours a week and 1600 to 2100 patients would be 40 hours a week. It doesn't take much to figure out that reactivating a few inactive patients pays for the position quickly.

Sally's Recommended Actions:

  • Make a specific number of patient phone calls to past due recall patients each day in a specific amount of time. 
  • Schedule a specific number of recall appointments. 
  • Ensure that a specific number of patients complete treatment. 
  • Schedule to guarantee the hygienist achieves a specific daily or monthly financial goal. 
  • Manage a specific number of unscheduled time units in the hygiene schedule per day.

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