We’ve all heard the old saying, “Failure to plan means planning to fail.” This is doubly true in medical office management, where exam and diagnostic equipment, accessibility, patient records filing systems, and IT systems add extra complexity to the spatial requirements. Careful planning is the key to a successful move or expansion, as cited by Eric Kahn in Medical Economics.
Kahn lists questions that practice managers should address:
- What’s more important to your practice – price or image?
- What are your patients’ accessibility needs?
- How important is parking?
- How important is public transportation?
- Does location outweigh other considerations?
An important sixth question to ask: Will your current office furnishings and filing system adapt to a new space?
If your current practice space was built out with modular cabinetry, there’s a good chance the cabinetry and workbenches can make the move. High density filing systems, too, can often be re-installed in a new space. But just as patients should consult with healthcare experts, medical practice managers should consult with real estate, space planning, and furnishings professionals. Good planning will ensure success and save money.
Read Kahn’s full article at http://bit.ly/1912VkF
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