To better improve and help your medical practice thrive, you should think about hiring a third-party consultant, who will evaluate your practice and pinpoint various things your practice is doing wrong or could improve on for its success. Usually, an extra set of eyes can help a practice rethink their current strategy for the better so that your medical practice can improve on various things like patient relations, scheduling, time management and so much more. But you shouldn’t just choose any consultant and should find one that best fits with your practice and its goals. Here are a few key tips to finding the right medical practice consultant:
Look for candidates
First you’ll have to identify candidates to consider, which means you’ll have to look for them on your own or spread the word in your medical community that you are looking for a consultant. You can either go with a consultant with experience in the medical community since they will know the problems a practice faces or a general consultant that has years of experience working with different businesses and in non-medical atmospheres.
Narrow down the candidates
Usually, you’d want to go with a certified or credentialed consultant, but often times, those things are irrelevant. Although a consultant’s resume is important, you should sit down with a few to interview them to get a feel for their personality and to see if they will mesh well with your practice. You want to make sure that you find someone that has an interest in your practice and its problems and are passionate about businesses thrive to their fullest.
Ask for proposals
Once you’ve got two to three candidates in mind, it’s time to ask for a proposal where they provide you with a plan on how they can help your practice. Ask for them to explain what tactics they use, what problems they see your practice having, timelines and more. Basically, you want to provide them with a format of what you expect from them and if you get something that doesn’t follow your format, then you know that that specific candidate isn’t good for your practice.
Negotiate timelines, fees and more
Once you have a candidate that you like, you should negotiate things like terms, fees, deliverables and timelines so that you are both on the same page on things. This will be made into a final agreement and recorded in an enforceable format.