One of the biggest mistakes many doctors make when designing their website is to focus solely on making it look great. Many website designers do not understand the medical industry and will sacrifice usability in order to make the design look more appealing.
Most practices would have experienced a “difficult patient”. Unfortunately such patients can rob you of your time, stress your staff and create one big headache at the practice.
RWS are now creating Medical Podcasts, allowing surgeons and specialists to educate doctors on topics of interest to your referrer base.
A Medical Podcast builds your professional profile by showcasing your specialist expertise, improving communication within the medical industry, and further strengthening relationships with your referrer base.
The 1 July changes that will impact your Practice.
On 1 July 2017, the minimum wage in the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 increased by 3.3%.
What does this mean to you?
For any practice that has employees covered by the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010, and are paying at or close to the minimum wage under the award, it is important to review and increase the employee’s minimum wages.
Changes to Privacy Laws March 2014
The Privacy Act now includes a set of 13 new harmonised privacy principles that regulate the handling of personal information by Australian and Norfolk Island Government Health Providers. The principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). They replace both the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that applied to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that applied to some private sector organisations.
A number of the APPs are significantly different from the existing principles, including APP 7 on the use and disclosure of personal information for the purpose of direct marketing, and APP 8 on cross-border disclosure of personal information.
A waiting room audit template for your use
Waiting Room Audit Template:
Click here to download.
Part One – Improving Your Waiting Room
It is vital for practice success that your waiting room conveys the right message about you. A well thought out space may contribute to the overall satisfaction of patients and staff. The waiting room patient is a captive audience, often for an extended period of time – believe me, they are taking in everything and forming impressions about you – favourable or not!
Social media is an important part of any marketing campaign for practices. Many practices have engaged our services to ensure ethical and appropriate campaigns are put in place – but should you decide you will DIY, here are some tips to consider:
Medicare Rebates: As you are probably aware, the government in handing down its 2013 budget, delayed making changes to the medicare rebates until July 2014, a delay of 8 months. Normally these changes would occur on 1st November of each year. This delay also impacts on worker cover rebates, TAC and DVA.
Did you know that up to 40% of specialists are considering early retirement based on the stress caused by the constant threat of litigation?
Good staff are hard to find and are vital to the daily running of your practice, but what happens when something goes wrong? Managing staff performance and conduct effectively as well as making sure you comply with all regulations isn’t easy. Do it well and you can reduce your business costs and increase the productivity and efficiency of your staff.