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Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Step Nine: Initial Training
By John Fanuzzi
The initial marketing discussed in last month's column usually occurs on a parallel timeframe with this month's topic: Initial Training. As the energy and excitement builds toward your grand opening and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's time to get physical - hands-on training.Now is the time to cover every aspect of your operation and communicate clearly with your staff. Ideally, you should have a manual prepared with detailed instructions of every phase of your operation. This manual serves as the starting point for all of your initial training. It is also a "work in progress" to be modified and updated as your operations expand and you add new services.
I recommend that every employee and therapist know every job to some degree and be willing to be flexible, especially if you are just starting out. As an owner, I like to have experience in every job, from reception, bookkeeping, computer, and retailing, to the not-so-glamorous jobs such as cleaning the showers, doing the laundry, and sweeping and vacuuming the floors. That way I not only have a feel for the job so I can train the employees, but I can fill in case of an emergency. Loving what you do, no matter what it entails on a particular day, means that everything you do is fun.
As I stated in a previous article, you should allow about two-to-four weeks of training before your grand opening, to get all of the kinks ironed out and have your staff working harmoniously and in sync. Your training should cover all aspects of the operation for all employees. I would make sure to have an internal communication system, so that nothing falls through the cracks. Every employee should have his or her own e-mail addressm so important personal and company wide messages or policy changes can be documented and acknowledged. Each employee should also have his or her own voicemail, so personal calls or specific instructions from management or customers can be directly communicated.
Company-wide standards and expectations should be spelled out clearly. Tell employees what you expect from them, so you can put issues on the table before they become problems. Ethics, client confidentiality, and proper treatment protocol can never be overemphasized.
Employees should be aware of timing and traffic flows. Staggering startup times means less congestion in hallways and dressing areas. Employees should also be trained in the physical plant and have a basic knowledge of electrical, mechanical, water, and HVAC control locations.
It is very important to train every employee to be an ambassador for your business. Everyone should be trained to sell products and services and be knowledgeable of the following:
If your construction is complete, you can train in your new facility and do a soft opening with friends only and with reduced pricing. If your spa is still being built, you may have to train off-premises with portable equipment and floor plans. Some of the training involves operations and protocol, which can be taught anywhere. Ideally, your therapists should be trained on the equipment you purchased and in the rooms they will be using.
After training is complete, you'll be ready for the grand opening! Next month, we'll add some final details to make the perfect presentation - just like your best chef.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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