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Successful dermatologists must have business acumen equal to their medical knowledge. Physicians Practice, a leading provider of practice management solutions, offers a series of articles designed to help build a practice that allows you to focus your time and energy on treating patients.

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As any busy dermatologist will tell you, good medical assistants (MAs) are worth their weight in gold. Wait, make that platinum - good medical assistants are really valuable. Who else has the power to make your day run flawlessly, calm restless patients when you're an hour behind schedule, and take care of the myriad details that would bog you down in a hurry if you had to tend to them all?

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Some employees think of the drug sample closet as being free. Fortunately, a written policy can help staff avoid this misconception altogether, as long as it is obeyed.

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Using the Fourth Exam Room (Part 5 of 12)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Many physicians bog down their workflow by batching a lot of work for the end of the day. When it's finally time to go home, there are charts to dictate, calls to make, and so on. Why not dictate, instead, while you are with the patient?

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Patients choose a dermatologist based on factors such as referral from another provider, subspecialty, and reputation. But experts say patients evaluate based on an entirely different set of standards once they reach the front desk. 

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All physicians face the challenge of making patients feel better on the inside. But dermatologists face an extra challenge - often, their patients' diseases are sitting right there for the world to see.

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Despite two decades of dermatologists advocating the use of sunscreens and the avoidance of sun exposure, the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise. US melanoma rates have more than doubled in the last 30 years, according to the World Health Organization.

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Digital Imaging in Dermatology

Sandy Campbell

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

For dermatologists, high-quality care depends on detailed visualization that allows comprehensive examination and accurate diagnosis. Accordingly, digital photography is becoming an essential tool in dermatology care delivery.

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Perhaps surprisingly, whether or not your dermatology practice has a formal staff training program in place for patient education is not the most crucial piece of this particular puzzle. The one key factor to keep in mind when training staff: Avoid misinforming the patient at all costs.

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Clearly, patients who understand their medical conditions will be more likely to follow through with the dermatologist's recommended course of treatment, ideally resulting in better clinical outcomes.

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Reducing No-Shows (Part 3 of 12)

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Many dermatologists get an unwelcome break in the day thanks to patient no-shows. No-show ratios - the percent of patients with appointments who do not show up - hovered around 10% in many practices we interviewed.

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