The Meeker Minute
With Dr. Ron Meeker
3 easy steps to reduce unproductive time in your practice. Truly efficient people place a high value on their time and do not waste it. Here’s a three-step process to creating higher efficiency in your own schedule.
Even when your business is growing steadily, there are probably areas where improvement is needed. Dr. Meeker discusses the process of identifying places where you can build success.
My decision to buy and renovate a building at that time was a turning point which set the stage for success. Among the factors that made this a great decision were:
Part 1 of this series outlined many of the positive attributes of building ownership. Now let’s consider the argument against purchasing.
Of course, there are many important factors to consider before deciding if it makes sense for you. This week I’ll present the arguments in favor of owning rather than leasing.
If your new patient percentage is lower than you’d like, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the components that influence new patient perceptions.
Improvements that you control can add interest or even excitement for you, your staff and your patients.
With an average staff turnover rate of 15-20%, most optometry practices are faced with replacing at least one staff member per year.
To be most successful, the person signing your patients out as they leave the office needs to possess a unique combination of knowledge, firmness and pleasantness.
Opticians fill an important role as the backbone of the retail side of your business. Their sales and service acumen is critical to your success.
Providers can make a major impact on your revenue by becoming as efficient and effective as possible during this critical portion of each patient encounter.
As the initial clinical contact with the patient, your techs set the stage for the care the patient receives that day.
How do you avoid a perception of being money-focused, but still improve your capture rate?
Juggling personnel management and practice management is challenging; it can be hard to focus on your priorities if you're dealing with the minutiae of staffing issues and communication.
About The Meeker Minute
You can change your practice for the better – one minute at a time. While “big initiatives” are always important to consider, oftentimes the real change happens in small moments, just a minute or two, as you implement sustainable, healthy habits that improve your practice in manageable, bite-size increments.
The Meeker Minute is a collection of quick wins that anybody can put into play. Build a better team, serve your patients better, and enjoy better business performance – one minute at a time..
About Ron Meeker
Dr. Meeker has been in practice in his home town of Vestal, NY since 1985. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy since 1988 and was among the first group of optometrists to achieve Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2011. Dr. Meeker was an early adopter of electronic health records, beginning in 1997.
After 35 years in active practice, Dr. Meeker is transitioning his legacy practice to a younger practitioner as he turns his attention to the next phase of his career. He looks forward to sharing his expertise with the eyeTHRIVE community, and assisting other practitioners in developing their best practices.