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Do You Know if Patients Think Your Medical Practice is Friendly?

Most patients can probably recall a time that they felt overlooked or treated in a rude manner by staff at a medical practice. Yes, medical and non-medical staff are very busy throughout the day, but this does not mean patients deserve to feel like they are an annoyance. After all, patients are coming to your practice in need or treatment or diagnosis and they deserved to feel welcomes and cared for.

A good way to get a jump start on creating a patient friendly atmosphere is putting yourself in your patients’ shoes. Take a look around the office, is the waiting room welcoming? A lot of patients often feel intimated when they walk into a waiting room that has tons of signs posted stating co-pays need to be paid at the time of service or about being late for an appointment. Your office has policies for a reason, but posting a bunch of signs may not do the trick. Calling patients to confirm their appointments 24 hours beforehand and reminding them in a polite way about co-payments will actually produce much better results. Sure, there will always be some people who cancel last minute or forget the co-pay, but having a system in place for dealing with minor inconveniences like these will reduce the stress of the staff. You may even consider an opt in text message notification policy like many practices are using today.

If you don’t know something is wrong you can’t fix it – Always make sure the Doctors, Practice Managers, Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants ask patients; How has your visit been? How easy was it to schedule your appointment? Are you happy with our practice?…. Patients who are asked for their input feel appreciated. One of the biggest ways to create a welcoming atmosphere starts with good practice management. If the staff feels appreciated, then the office will run happily and efficiently. Having a happy medical staff that is also on top of their game will reduce patient wait time and create a great atmosphere for you, your staff and most of all your patients’.

Evaluating Clinical and Non-clinical Staff

For a practice to run smoothly, evaluating staff regularly is very important. Sometimes, physicians are not sure how to go about evaluating their staff. A way to avoid the problem is to only hire employees that you know are qualified for the position, but after you hire an employee you must keep up with evaluations in order to make sure that your practice is operating at its optimal level. Evaluation helps provide documentation in cases where termination is necessary. It prevents unfairness in promoting, rewarding, and transferring staff to other positions. You must take into consideration professional qualities, personal qualities and develop a rating system that will apply to all employees. No matter what job responsibilities employees have they should be able to be evaluated on the same scale.

Depending on what their job duties are, rate employees in a way that is fair but you must also make sure that they are filling all aspects of their job description. Both clinical and non-clinical employees should understand that they are crucial to a practice operating smoothly. For instance, a non-clinical employee should not take their job less seriously because they are not a part of the clinical staff and vice versa. There shouldn’t be tension or resentment in the workplace. As an employer, your responsibility is to make it known that every employee in the practice has an important purpose. If you are playing favorites with the clinical or non-clinical staff then that will cause hostility and that’s something your practice cannot afford.

Evaluations of employees should come from the employer and the practice manager. Peers should not be responsible for evaluating other employees; you want to eliminate as much bias as possible. Peer review is generally not the best idea. As a boss, you have to look as who that employee works directly with; those are the opinions that matter. You should take the time to know every employee who is working for the practice. This may seem like a daunting task but in the long run you and your employees’ will be happier for it. Take an active role in the hiring process and schedule weekly meetings with staff, have a pre-evaluation, evaluation and a follow-up to make sure that employees needs have been met. Just using a few of these ideas will greatly improve your practice’s existing evaluation system or help you start an evaluation process in the future.

Top Reasons Your Practice Should Utilize NP’s/ PA’s

Due to increase demand practices can benefit greatly by hiring a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. So, let’s start by eliminating some of the common misconceptions people have about using Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

In some cases, a patient may feel like an NP/ PA is not qualified to give the same care that a physician can give. This is not true. NP’s and PA’s go through extensive schooling and training in order to diagnose and treat patients. The main difference between them and a doctor is NP’s and PA’s work under a doctor’s supervision. This means that they can consult a doctor about a patient’s condition. The use of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants is rising and can help fix the needs that may be unmet by a physician. This does not mean the physician is slacking on their patient care, but a heavy patient load may be dividing the physician’s attention. There’s no better way to fix this problem by using other qualified medical professionals.

Nurse practitioners and Physician assistants can help reduce salary expenses because it costs significantly less to employ an NP or PA than it does to employ a physician. Patient wait time will also be lessened. With an NP or PA on staff, the patients will not have to sit as long in the waiting room for a busy physician. As patient flow increases, the office will run more efficiently. For patients that have questions about preventative strategies NP’s and PA’s are the perfect fit for helping teach patients about obesity, newborn care, hypertension, diabetes etc. Patient compliance will increase and this frees up the doctor to see more patients throughout the day.

NP’s and PA’s can act as an alternate for the physician. If a physician is unable to see a patient and sends in an NP or PA, they are qualified and credentialed to give the same quality of care you would get from a doctor. NP’s and PA’s are trained to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. They both have extensive clinical experience and practice under a variety of specialties. As a patient, you want the best care and NP’s and PA’s are fully qualified to provide that care.

A physician has the ability to train the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in the manner that best suits the needs for the practice. This will help patients who may not feel as comfortable seeing an NP or PA have reassurance of their capabilities. In conclusion, physicians can benefit a great deal from utilizing an NP or PA in their practice.

To take a look at any open phsyician assistant or nurse practitioner positions/job descriptions please click on the following link SpineSearch Positions

Compensate for Talent with Effort: New Graduates

As a new grad you probably feel like you’re outnumbered by candidates who have experience. SpineSearch wants to help you see that making an effort for a new job will impress the employer you are interviewing with. Employers usually want people with some experience, but as a new grad you have your schooling, clinical rotations, and internships to fall back on. Don’t let the employer underestimate you.

Enthusiasm will be your biggest and best advantage over other applicants. You want to show the employer that you chose this profession for a reason—you love it. Showing that you care and how excited you are to work in this field will make an employer think twice before counting you out.
You want to be as prepared as possible for your interview; research the practice or hospital you are looking to apply to, what they specialize in, and if they are right for your line of work.

Sending a “Thank You” card or email (which is much more common these days) goes a long way when interviewing right out of college. The employer appreciates it and will set you apart from candidates who didn’t go the extra mile. The thank you can also act as a follow-up and remind the employer who you are and they will be much more likely to get back to you with a yes or no sooner rather than later.

Compensating for your lack of experience with effort will go much further than an experienced candidate who has become apathetic about the field. If you show up and want to be there, you will learn volumes and be ahead of the pack before you know it.

Support Your Spine Health

While many of us Spine Professionals spend our day helping others with back pain we thought this week we would offer some advice on how to care for your own back.

Taking care of your spine early on will promote spine health in the future. There are many ways to strengthen and preserve your spine so back pain will not overcome daily activities. Maintaining good posture no matter what activities you are doing will help keep your spine aligned. If you have good posture, you will be able to do other activities, like working out, without back pain.

Sleep can have negative effects on your spine health if done incorrectly. Everyone sleeps differently, but whether you are a back, side or stomach sleeper there are ways to improve. If you sleep on your back, you should sleep with a pillow underneath your knees and lower back. If you sleep on your side you should sleep with a pillow between your legs. Stomach sleepers have the most disadvantages because sleeping on your stomach is least fit way to improve spine health while you sleep, but if you are and avid stomach sleeper, you should snooze with a pillow under your stomach to help align your spine. The point is to keep your body in the straightest line possible even when you’re sleeping.

Exercising is great for your back health. Building muscle and improving your balance will help your spine stay aligned all on its own! Yoga is a great way to stretch your back muscles, improve posture, balance, and blood circulation. Have your doctor do a scoliosis check at yearly check-ups. Stretch when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. All of these examples will help you promote your spine health in order to avoid chronic pain or surgeries in the future.

Make the Most of Your Summer Job Hunt

SpineSearch wants all of its candidates to not give up on their job hunt. In order to do this candidates must keep in mind that just because they’re going on vacation for a week or two does not mean that employers stop looking for people to hire. Don’t fall victim to the lazy days of summer; SpineSearch wants to help you succeed at your next job interview. Here are some reminders to help you during your summer job hunt:
1) Ask Questions During the Interview
You should always do your research on a company before you go on an interview, and when an employer asks you if you have any questions don’t come up empty handed. Ask questions about the culture in the office and if there is a sense of community. Ask the employer well-thought questions that show you care about the company and what your role would be there.
2) Don’t Use an Inappropriate Email Address
If you have to question whether or not your email is appropriate, then it probably isn’t fit for your resume. You can easily make an email address that is specifically for your resume; make it simple and suitable for a potential employer to see.
3) Have Concrete Examples of Prior Work
When an employer asks you about a time when you solved a problem or took a leadership role at your last job, you should be able to site clear examples without hesitation. If you hesitate for too long the employer could think you are making the story up. Before you go on a job interview think about what potential questions an employer might ask and rehearse them with someone.
4) Improve Your Resume
Summer is the perfect time to refresh your resume; SpineSearch offers exclusive help to their candidates to create a resume that will impress any employer. Your Resume should represent a well-organized example of your work history.

How Body Language Plays a Key Role in an Interview

Candidates often do not think about how their non-verbal communication during an interview could put them at a disadvantage. Subconsciously we are all aware of what body language makes us feel comfortable with a person or sends us the wrong message. This explains one reason why employers choose one candidate over another. In order to better understand why body language is so important in an interview, a candidate has to understand what signals are sending the wrong message. Here are three body language mistakes many people make during an interview:
1) Slouching in a chair
This could be a huge red flag to an employer, because it signifies that you are disinterested in what he or she is saying.
2) Fidgeting
Whether you’re twirling your hair or cracking your knuckles, fidgeting shows that you are nervous and uncomfortable and that signifies to the employer that you might not be the right fit for the position you are applying for.
3) Shifty eyes
If you are in an interview and have your eyes darting all over the room it signifies that you either have something to hide and you can’t be trusted. Obviously, no person wants to come across this way in an interview. A potential employer wants you to make genuine eye contact, not staring them down, showing that you are actively engaged in the conversation.
If you become more aware of what your body language is saying then you will be even more prepared for your next interview.
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Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012

Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012
SpineSearch will be attending the Premier Breakthroughs Conference, June 5-7th. Premier Breakthroughs is a knowledge sharing event sponsored by Premier healthcare alliance. Premier brings people, ideas and innovations organized to transform healthcare. SpineSearch is looking forward to sharing new ideas with colleagues and expanding our knowledge of the spine industry. Come visit us at Booth #1008. We hope to see you all there!
SpineSearch will be joining a number of conferences during summer 2012. Here are some important dates to remember:
June 2012:
June 14-16th: Beckers ASC, Chicago, IL
August 2012:
August 13-15th: 2012 Hospital O.R. and Surgery Center Conference, St. Louis MO
August 25th: Spine Specialty Day, St. Louis MO (RN and NP)

SpineSearch LLC Awarded Physician Recruiting Agreement with the Premier Healthcare Alliance

SpineSearch LLC Awarded Physician Recruiting Agreement with the Premier Healthcare Alliance
Dateline February 01, 2012 SpineSearch LLC announced today that it has been awarded a 18-month group purchasing agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance, for its Physician Recruiting. February 01, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Physician Recruiting.

“SpineSearch LLC is honored to have the opportunity to work with one of the finest GPOs, Premier, and its members on Physician Staffing,” said SpineSearch LLC CEO & Founder Nicola Hawkinson. This will allow Premier and SpineSearch to better serve the healthcare providers throughout the United States

SpineSearch will be offering Premier alliance members the ability to tap into our network of Physicians. SpineSearch’s ability to place qualified candidates to specific institutions comes from the clinical backgrounds and qualifications of the SpineSearch team, along with a substantial database of prescreened candidates. CEO and Founder, Nicola Hawkinson, uses her clinical background to expertly find and place candidates for potential employers. SpineSearch has a database filled with thousands of applicants that have pre-screening interviews with a member of the SpineSearch team, and continue on to potential employers. This selection process is what differentiates SpineSearch from other recruitment agencies. Premier members will have the means to pick Physicians that are competent leaders in their field in a seamless process without the worries of negotiating terms and or pricing because of their relationship with Premier.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation’s most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Supplier SpineSearch LLC
The SpineSearch mission is steadfast in providing a superior network between highly qualified healthcare professionals, medical specialists, and healthcare facilities. Our vision is to provide a cutting edge network within the medical field and its professionals. We are focused exclusively to the healthcare field and offer a unique level of expertise in the industry. SpineSearch is led by experts in the industry who are knowledgeable about every dimension of the field. We invoke a commitment to those employed in the industry, offering continued education and career building symposiums, focusing on job satisfaction and decreased turnover. A community network of medical professionals dedicated to the future of healthcare. SpineSearch is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today, and we can add diversity to your supply chain. http://www.spine-search.com/ Stay in touch with SpineSearch LLC on FaceBook, Twitter and .. Linkedin

New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Conference

SpineSearch attended last week’s New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians conference at the beautiful Hyatt on the Hudson in Jersey City. Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to learn about SpineSearch. We made several connections with physicians based in New York and New Jersey who are looking to add staff to their practices. New job openings will be coming soon for Physiatrists, Family Medicine, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Further, we met with several Anesthesiologist/Pain Fellows who will be seeking opportunities in the New Jersey/New York areas upon completion of fellowship this summer. We found the meeting to be very engaging and productive. Big thanks to Paul Ellis from Kimberly Clark Healthcare for making several great introductions, and the staff from Dr. Chapman’s office for all of their assistance. We look forward to attending next year’s meeting!