Physicians have fallen into some bad time management habits that are only going to exacerbate problems until changes are made to their practices. Many physicians feel so pressed for time, they are either skipping some tasks altogether or working late into the night to get everything done.
One common mistake is “batching”, defined as tasks which get stacked or put off until later, such as charting, unanswered messages, lab results, and most importantly, entering charges. When you batch something, you reduce quality and increase costs.
Instead of a physician completing tasks in “real-time”, they try to do them all at the end of the day when a stack is piled on their desk or when their email inbox is full. When billing charges are batched, entries are missed, coding loses accuracy, and it could take physicians double the time to complete.
Avoiding batching will better enable physicians to complete tasks efficiently and in a time-effective manner.
Is batching a characteristic of yours or your practice due to the lack of time in your day? If yes, you are probably leaving money on the table and not being paid for all your hard work in managing your patient work load.
HybridChart’s low-cost real time work flow and charge capture solution can add time to your day by solving your batching efficiency problem. HybridChart’s cloud-based software will improve your profitability and patient outcomes based on your unique workflow, including census management, charge capture, secure messaging and discharge management. All of this can be directly managed from your smart phone or tablet.
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Dr. Gregory Sanders is a Harvard-trained, practicing cardiologist and founder and CEO of HybridChart. He has been coding since the 1980s and has spent his medical career focusing on improving processes. His patient care skills earned him recognition as one of Phoenix Magazine’s TOP DOCs. He lives in Scottsdale with his family.