Medical Clinics and Practices: Understanding How They Work and Why, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Medical Clinics and Practices

Understanding How They Work and Why, 1st Edition

By Roger Gruneisen

Productivity Press

136 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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A hospital can be a private or public sector building where patients are admitted for treatment. On the other hand, a clinic is a healthcare hub or it is a place where a doctor analyzes the patients, prescribes medicines and give the instructions as to how to use the medication. Both have different and operational management needs and requirements. This book serves as a guide to sales professionals, new consultants, management engineers, and administrators seeking to assess simple clinic or medical practice operations.

In addition to providing important information about each operational aspect of managing a clinic or medical practice, each chapter includes common operating practices and gives some indication of good or better practices. To simplify the chapter flow, the chapters are organized in the typical flow of how a patient moves through the system from registration to discharge and is presented in a ‘Fact Finder’ format. The author also answers important questions such as what is a care team? What kind of physical space does the practice need? What about equipment and technology needs? Finally, the author concludes with key infrastructure concepts such as leadership and management systems, integration into larger systems, and key measurements. All topics important to those working in or servicing the ambulatory market.

Table of Contents

About the Author. SECTION I: Introduction. Chapter 1 - Why Write this book. Chapter 2 - How to use this book. SECTION II: Overview on Clinics Including the People and Payers. Chapter 3 - General Questions to Help Understand a Clinic or Medical Practice. SECTION III Patient Throughput, Patient Flow, and Capacity. Chapter 4 - Questions to Understand How Patients Access Care or Patient Access. Chapter 5 - Questions to Understand the Basics of the Clinic Capacity. Chapter 6 - Questions to Understand what happens before the Patient Visits. Chapter 7 - Questions to Understand Location of a Clinic and a Location Strategy for the Clinic. Chapter 8 - Questions to Understand how Patients Arrive and Register. Chapter 9 - Questions to Understand How Patients get Roomed. Chapter 10 - Questions to Understand the Provider Exam and Provider Workflow. Chapter 11 - Questions to Understand Patient Discharge and Patient Treatment. Chapter 12 - Questions to Understand Patient Care Happening Between Visits. SECTION IV Key Capacity Concepts and Variables to Assess. Chapter 13 - Questions to Understand the Care Team. Chapter 14 - Questions to Understand Patient Scheduling and Provider Schedules. Chapter 15 - Questions to Understand How the Provider is the Capacity Constraint. Chapter 16 - Questions to Understand the Total Provider Capacity. Chapter 17 - Questions to Understand How Physical Space is Used and Managed. Chapter 18 - Question to Understand the Equipment and Technology Used. SECTION V Key Infrastructure Concepts. Chapter 19 - Questions to Understand Leadership and Management Systems. Chapter 20 - Questions to Understand the History of the Clinic. Chapter 21 - Questions to Understand the Strategy and Overall Challenges to Consider. Chapter 22 - Questions to Understand the Key Measurements. SECTION VI Closing. Chapter 23 – What’s next. APPENDIX A: Checklist of all Questions.

About the Author

Roger D. Gruneisen is currently a Principle Manager of Midmark Corporation’s Consulting Services where he manages the consulting business line, develops business and consulting products, and delivers consulting services for organizations wanting and needing to improve operational performance or support during Research and Development. He is a healthcare professional and business consultant with extensive experience in organizational change management, rapid operation assessments, and performance improvement.

Roger has a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas along with professional certifications and experience in Lean Six Sigma. He has served as a leader in the U.S. Army during wartime, and transitioned to GE where he learned operations management in tough commodity manufacturing environment, and in healthcare operations management, consulting, and performance improvement.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Practice Management & Reimbursement