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How Physicians Can Delegate To Internal & External Resources To Alleviate Time Crunches

Owning your own practice can be very rewarding professionally. Not only do you get to help so many patients, but you get to call the shots and don’t have to answer to anyone (unless you have partners). But owning a practice is not without its cons and many physicians find it hard to juggle work and management. They often find themselves with endless To-Do lists and not enough hours in the day to finish it all. There are just too many interruptions, tasks and not enough time to handle everything the practice needs in addition to dealing with their own patients. Because of these challenges, it’s important that physicians delegate certain tasks to both internal and external resources and here are some tips on how to do that:

Create a dependable team
The first thing a physician should do is create a dependable team that they can trust. This can include staff members, other physicians and even third party companies that can help take some of the load off their plate. By doing so, they’re more likely to delegate certain tasks to others because they know that they’ll get done right and in a timely manner. For example, entrusting their practice’s phone lines to a third-party company to help alleviate the volume of calls coming in during the day and after hours instead of stressing about them.

Seek out new resources
There’s always someone third party company out there that can handle some of your practice’s workload, but it’s just a matter of doing a bit of research to find these resources. By seeking out new resources to help with the practice, busy doctors will be able to focus on other things and will be able to have their in-house staff work on other projects and tasks that will help further grow the practice.

Create deadlines and accomplishments
To better manage and delegate tasks to others, create deadlines and accomplishments for each internal staff member and external resources so that you can see if they are in fact beneficial to your practice. This way, you can focus on other tasks instead of always having to check in to see if things are getting done. By creating deadlines and accomplishments, they know that they have to provide results by a certain time and you know that you don’t have to worry about that task at hand until they need to be reviewed.

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