Take advantage of FREE! Lower your practice overhead significantly.

I’m a solo practice orthopaedic surgeon in the Bay Area.  Sounds crazy right?  As we all know, the economic forces and the consolidation that is occurring in the healthcare field today makes my professional existence quite challenging.  When I describe my practice circumstances to folks at social events, they either reflexively nod their head with that expression one gets when they learn someone has terminal cancer or they applaud me for being the lone soldier fighting the impossible fight. Nine years now into practice, I don’t necessarily feel like I’m a dinosaur or Rambo.  I actually feel lucky that I can practice the way I imagined I would when I set off for medical school – that is to be in an autonomous situation where I am accountable to my patients.  I feel fortunate that I am able to provide personal, individual care to my patients focusing on both education as well as prevention and treatment. However, with each year it is ever more challenging to do so and part of the survival equation is to lower your practice overhead.  In this article, I would like to share with you some of the significant cost saving techniques I have been using and encourage you all to share your solutions in the comments section. EHR – FREE When I started my practice 9 years ago, I wanted to create a “paperless office” and was led by a consultant to purchase a $25,000 EHR that proved to be so cumbersome and inefficient that I was never able to use it for a single patient. Therefore, 3 years ago when I was faced with...