Practice Management

Reduce Pain During Procedures

Reduce Pain During Procedures

Pain—and the fear of pain—is one of the key factors that discourages patients from undergoing injectable and laser treatments. But there are several steps physicians can take to reduce pain during noninvasive cosmetic treatments. Speaking at the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery conference in Phoenix, Kenneth Arndt, MD, of Skincare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, shared the following strategies to make patients more comfortable during treatment.

Practice Management Handbook

Practice management encompasses many different areas and requires doctors to acquire many new skills—from contract negotiations with payers to streamlining accounts receivable processes to finding new ways to attract and retain patients, all while working within current government regulations.

To help physicians keep their practices secure and profitable, the Coding Institute has released the Practice Management Handbook. The book covers a range of practice management and regulatory and coding issues, including:

Traveling on Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam may pick up part of the tab for your next industry conference, meeting or trade show.
Traveling on Uncle Sam

Planning to attend an out-of-town conference? Let Uncle Sam help foot the bill. Principals, managers, and employees of every medical aesthetic practice can legitimately claim an income tax deduction for attending an industry event that will benefit the practice. That means the government will underwrite a portion of the costs in the form of a tax deduction—but only if you follow the rules.

Amy Derick, MD: True Calling

Amy Derick, MD, owns two successful dermatology practices and is preparing to open a third.
True Calling

For anyone who knew Amy Derick, MD, as a child, it’s no surprise that she wound up in the medical field as one of Illinois’ leading dermatologists. In fact, one needs to only look at the framed photo of her and her grandmother—both wearing nurses outfits—that hangs in her home office. “I was just 5 years old in this picture,” Dr. Derick says. “My grandmother was a nurse, and my mom encouraged me to go to the hospital to see what she was doing.”

Aesthetic Lasers: Safe Delivery

Steps to protect your staff and patients from safety concerns, including toxic plumes, eye damage and burns.
Safe Delivery

Your patients may think of the laser treatment rooms within your aesthetic practice as magical places that make wrinkles and redness disappear, unwanted tattoos and hair vanish and a more youthful complexion appear. But, if not properly stocked and supervised, these treatment rooms can pose a threat to both providers and patients in the form of permanent eye damage, burns and communicable disease. To help practices minimize these risks, we asked laser safety professionals to share the most effective laser safety practices for aesthetic laser providers.

Laser Safety Basics

Practice Marketing: Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

Help your employees understand their value as practice ambassadors and watch your patient base grow.
Your Staff is Your  Best Publicity Asset

Open house events, online advertising campaigns and social media marketing are all popular ways to attract new patients. But there’s another, less obvious (but equally effective) way to promote your business every day — at no extra cost to you: via your employees.

Practice Management: Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

Help your employees understand their value as practice ambassadors and watch your patient base grow.
Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

Open house events, online advertising campaigns and social media marketing are all popular ways to attract new patients. But there’s another, less obvious (but equally effective) way to promote your business every day — at no extra cost to you: via your employees.

Combating Burnout

Medical professionals experience burnout at a higher rate than any other group. But there are steps you can take to prevent and reverse the symptoms.
Combating Burnout

Years before he opened his successful, 40-person-staff private practice in Minnesota, Charles Crutchfield III, MD, experienced a challenging period that, if left unmanaged, could have ended his career in medicine. Practicing with a group of 14 other dermatologists, he had virtually no support staff and was becoming bogged down with mundane, repetitive tasks like filling out prescriptions and doing charts, in addition to seeing patients. It was affecting his morale and making him wonder if there was a better way.But then he had an epiphany.

Joel L. Cohen, MD: Science and Synergy

Third-generation dermatologist Joel L. Cohen, MD, offers top-of-the-line care by staying active in research and working with the broader aesthetic community.
Joel L. Cohen, MD

You could say Joel L. Cohen, MD, was destined to become a dermatologist. Both his father and grandfather had “meaningful and successful careers in dermatology,” says Dr. Cohen, who grew up in Michigan, listening to his father’s first hand stories about processes and discoveries in the field, along with recounts of his grandfather’s experiences. “I am very proud of my family’s legacy in dermatology,” he says. Today, Dr. Cohen is building a legacy of his own, as director of two private practices in Colorado: AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery in Englewood and Lone Tree.