Article Date: 2/1/2004

BY DONNA SUTER, Practice Consultant, Apison, Tenn.

Take a look around. Are there piles of unfinished work strewn across your desk? Are patients stuck in a holding pattern in the waiting room? Are you plagued by lost charts and the incessant ringing of the phone? Let's face it. You've lost control of your work environment.

Clearly, something has to change. But instead of tackling each problem separately, begin with the basics. Focusing on setting goals and priorities will improve patient communication and office efficiency in the long run. Here are some hints that can help you tame a runaway office.

With a little forethought and planning, you'll have that front desk whipped into shape in no time.


Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: February 2004