Top Practice Management Skills for 2024 | Carepatron

By Jamie Frew on Jun 16, 2024.

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Life as a practice manager isn't easy. If you're reading this article, you've probably already experienced it—and it gets harder every year. Practice managers have the mammoth task of making significant changes to daily operations and processes in the interest of patient care.

Don't get me wrong, you've done a great job to survive thus far, but we are here to provide you with some tips to hone your practice management skills.

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Take a step back

After such a hectic year, probably just trying to keep your head afloat in day-to-day operations, it is an excellent idea to take a step back and look at your current practices and tools as a whole.

Take an audit of your entire practice: patient care protocol, software management system, electronic health records, staff members, and business operations. Although last year might seem like a lifetime ago, what has changed, slipped, or been updated? What things are working and what aren't? Have any of your past procedures, practices, or tools become obsolete? Were any of the processes implemented in 2023 short-term bandaids that now need to be revisited? Did we reach all of our measurable goals?

Once you've answered these questions, you'll know where your priorities lie and what you will place at the top of the list in your strategic planning. It will be different for everyone, but you may find that you need a software management system for staff members, office management, and patient care.

Stop holding out on technology

Reluctance to adopt new technology is, unfortunately, a common theme amongst healthcare professionals. This is a shame because it's detrimental to both the clinical staff and clients and often means that individuals within the mental healthcare industry experience avoidable inconveniences and delays.

In 2020, COVID-19 forced the hand of many healthcare practitioners as they have either had to modify their practice extensively, make significant technological advancements, or fail to see their clients at all. This trend will continue, with telehealth and online services becoming more and more common throughout the world. Now is the time to embrace new technology and consider your organizational skills as a good practice manager.

As a medical practice manager, you have to ask these questions: what do your business administration practices look like? How do you store your client's health information? Are your online communication skills up to scratch? Use the problem-solving skills you possess and take the time to attend seminars, read blogs, or watch YouTube videos to learn what might suit your practice best and how to use it.

As technology advances, it will play bigger and bigger roles in healthcare. Intuitive online practice management software such as Carepatron will become more advanced, making life easier for healthcare professionals. Features like automated reminders, integrated medical billing, and a patient portal can be life-changing for medical practice managers. Platforms like these don't even require a bachelor's degree or certification to learn how to use—you will be able to manage your practice with it with just a demo. How about you try Carepatron and see how it goes?

Put your clients first

Clients are the essence of healthcare. Unfortunately, in medical practice management, staff are often so stretched for time and resources that they forget why anyone needs healthcare management at all. Think about how your team members interact with their clients and how they might experience their interaction with your practitioners, administrative staff, and client retention. If they ever need support in the form of tools or training programs, you must provide it to them for the sake of your patients.

Practice management software like Carepatron is particularly useful for putting clients first. With automatic calendar reminders, neither your staff nor clients miss appointments. You will no longer struggle to find misplaced health medical records in the wrong filing cabinets. Finally, practice management software must be HIPAA-compliant, so you'll never have to worry about confidentiality or privacy if you use these platforms.

The more valued a client feels, the more quickly you can build rapport. This makes your role easier because clients are more willing to unpack their issues, and you can provide more efficient and effective care to your clients.

Look after your team

A big part of practice management is human resources, and although one might think that mental health practitioners would have excellent interpersonal skills, they still require support at times. Working as healthcare providers these past years has been hectic, so you need to care for staff so that they don't get burnt out in their roles. Again, this is a perfect area to do an audit. What is your staff retention? Are staff receiving reimbursement for working overtime?

And remember, you're part of the team, too—so take care of yourself!

Know when to get help

As a practice manager, it can be difficult to say you feel out of your depth or need help with something. Get some support with specific roles, employing new staff, or seeking new technology to improve your processes. Hold a meeting to consider how much time you and your team spend on non-revenue generating tasks such as billing and invoicing, note-taking, and trying to find lost paperwork.

Once you have feedback, use it to make informed decisions about the most cost-effective way to improve efficiency, compliance, and practitioner/client satisfaction. All these aspects can be made easier with an all-around practice management software like Carepatron.

Although it may seem like you don't have time to take a step back for yourself, let alone undergo a full-blown practice audit, you'll find it should be something to prioritize as moving forward; it will save you endless amounts of time and unnecessary stress.

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