Health care costs are soaring, and some doctors are scrambling to keep their practices afloat.
But while it’s a tough task, there are ways to make sure they’re getting paid, said Dr. Mark D. Siegel, a former chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and now president of the American College of Physicians.
So how do you get the right kind of pay?
Treat patients the way you want to be treated 1.
The first step is to treat patients the same way you would want to treat any other patient.
“We’re not talking about treating patients with a different diagnosis or a different disease or different kind of disease, we’re talking about giving them the care they need and what they need to do to recover,” Siegel said.
“What you’re going to see is a physician that is doing what you’d want them to do, treating the same thing every day, and that’s a very healthy thing to do.
It gives them a sense of accomplishment.”
Treat the same kind of patients every day 2.
The second thing you can do is have patients that are going to be very similar.
If you’re treating patients the typical way, you’ll probably have a very similar doctor, Siegel says.
But if you treat them differently, they’re going be different.
So you want a physician who’s treating you the same as every other patient, and you want that to be consistent.
“You want a doctor that is going to treat you the exact same way every day,” Siegelsays.
“They’re going see you the next day, you see them the next week, and they’re the same doctor every time.”
Treat your patients the best way possible 3.
It’s important to be the doctor you want your patients to be.
And, in general, the best doctors have the highest rates of satisfaction with their work.
“If you treat your patients like you want them treated, you’re more likely to treat them the way that you want, and the more you treat, the more likely you are to get a high quality physician,” Sauer says.
“The way to do that is to have a high satisfaction rate.”
Use patient-centered medicine 4.
The next step is use patient-focused medicine, which means the doctor doesn’t get involved in every aspect of a patient’s care.
“In general, patients who have a lot of autonomy are going in and getting treatment and have the most success,” Sussonsaid.
“That’s because they’re more comfortable doing that.
So it’s not a patient-centric approach.
It also means that you’re paying attention to your patients and what’s going on, and it means that the doctor is a little more involved.”
Use technology to speed up care 5.
Technology is changing healthcare.
“Technology has allowed for a lot more flexibility in our care, so now we’re seeing more advanced care,” Sikesaid.
Technology also helps make it easier to get the best care, with more devices available and more doctors in hospitals.
“It’s easier for a physician to use an imaging system and go out and have a blood test, to go out to a patient and do a blood draw, and to take a blood sample,” Siskel says.
There’s also a growing body of research that suggests there are some benefits to using technology in clinical settings, such as using virtual reality, virtual reality is a way to simulate a patient.
Make sure your staff has the skills you need 5.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re doing any type of clinical work is that you need to make your team as comfortable with the technology as you can.
“Our staff is always going to have different skills than you, so you’re not going to get them to the same level,” Sissonsaid, says.
So, it’s important that your staff and the doctor’s staff have the skills to deal with any type, and, if possible, to have them work in teams.
“A doctor who is a nurse, for example, who’s trained in the use of ultrasound, is probably a good choice for a surgeon,” Siskinsaid.
You want someone who’s been trained in that and has the ability to handle the workload that a surgeon or nurse would have.
Sauer is a former surgeon himself, and he said he would recommend that you get a nurse with surgical skills if you’re looking for a doctor.
“I think a good physician should have surgical training,” Sischler said.