The Podiatric Practice Manual: A Guide to Running an Effective Practice
By: Joseph S. Borreggine, DPM, FACFAS SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!
Finally, a complete and fully customizable manual is available to the practicing physician to assist with day-to-day operations. The Manual places an emphasis on improving and aiding the medical and business aspects of running an efficient and successful medical practice. An accompanying CD allows the podiatric physician and staff to customize a wide assortment of template forms, from memos for office procedures, employee job descriptions, forms for new employees to sign, and patient consent forms, to creating your own, personalized office employee handbook. This is truly a tool your office cannot do without.
The Podiatric Practice Manual covers the following topics:
- Clinical Care. The Manual's first section deals specifically with clinically related procedures such as treatment algorithms, appropriate X-ray positioning, general clinical care policies and procedures, proper documentation techniques, and caring for, ordering and dispensing medical instruments, equipment and supplies. The section concludes with a collection of essential clinical care forms and patient education materials needed for everyday operations.
- Patient Relations. The second section discusses how the podiatric physician's office should manage patient appointment scheduling, insurance, new patient processing, missed appointments, and patient care outside the office. The forms provided at the end of this section will help you and your staff communicate effectively with your patients and provide staff with essential information for dealing with patient-related situations.
- Office Administration. The objectives of this section include indentifying the specific job responsibilities for each of the office personnel, identifying office policies such as responding to telephone calls, delays in the waiting room, and cleanliness, as well as discussing financial polices such as budgeting, accounts payable, collection policies, coding and fee schedules, and insurance and Medicare billing. Conventional administrative forms follow this section's discussions.
- Personnel Policies. The Manual's fourth section contains the office staff policy guidelines, from compensation and benefits to behavioral expectations. A well thought-out personnel policy section is essential so that your employees know what is expected from them as members of your team. Key forms such as an appropriate employee warning notice and an example of a performance review are among the forms provided in this section.
- Appendices. Appendix A, Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards is a public domain resource reproduced in this publication as a reference tool. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all medical offices to have an Exposure Control Plan. This plan is designed to minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other infectious material.
- Subscription Information. As various policies, procedures, and your practice evolve, so too, should your Manual. Data Trace updates this publication on a periodic basis with supplements and/or new editions that reflect important updates and changes. Your supplement subscription is automatic with this purchase. Supplements will be sent to you on a 30-day risk-free approval and billed at the then-current prices. You may cancel this service any time by notifying Data Trace in writing.
The cost of this valuable tool is $99.00