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The article will introduce a series on "ideal micro practices" and will describe the Ideal Micro Practices demonstration project and the essential components of these types of practices.
The article will describe how "ideal micro practices" achieve low overhead; how they manage phone calls, paper, email, etc. efficiently; and what electronic solutions are effective for small practices.
The author, a TransforMed facilitator, will share his strategy for optimizing communication among physicians and support staff by making sure the office layout encourages the right people to run into one another during the day.
The authors, who work for TransforMed, explain how implementing morning huddles helped improve office efficiency and improve staff attitudes at a practice, and how other family practices can try the same technique.
The author describes an efficient layout for exam rooms that takes into account ADA rules, wheelchair accessibility, computer placement for EHR use, etc.
The article explains how to calculate the ideal number of patients a physician should have on his or her panel in order to optimize patient access to care, continuity of care and quality of care.
How many patients should you have, and how many do you have? Two simple questions, right?
The author draws on her experience in practice for a number of years to give new physicians tips on improving clinical and administrative processes.
The author describes steps she has taken to redesign her practice systematically, implementing advanced access, pre-visit planning and other steps to cope with her own declining job satisfaction and to improve the quality of care delivered in her practice.
The article describes how physicians can improve the efficiency of their practices using "lean" principles developed by quality improvement experts in other industries.