Open your office Part 2

Find resources appropriate to the type of practice you want to perform. The different organizations of the medical society have available resources for members who wish to establish their own practices. These resources can include templates for documentation, legal documents and planning tools. Research your specialty in the medical society in order to find resources that facilitate the establishment of your practice.

For example, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP, for its acronym in English) has resources for primary care. This can help you establish your independent insurance practice.

You can consult the resources on the website of the American Medical Association (AMA) at the following address: https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management

Choose the place of your office. [6] It is important to consider factors such as travel time, as well as the patient population targeted by your specific area. For example, some places are more likely to attract elderly patients, some are more likely to be homeless or recovering addicts, while others are more likely to attract families with young children. If patient demographics are important to you, consider the impact that the place could have on this point.

At the beginning when you open your office consider also rent a space instead of buying it. In this way you can try and make sure you like the place before making long-term commitments.

Think of factors such as temperature regulation (can you adjust the heat or air conditioning?), The aesthetics of the space and the general feeling of the office. You will spend a lot of your life in the office, therefore, it is worth the investment in order to find a place that you like, as well as your staff and patients.

Consider also the marketing aspect of the place. Is it easy for people to arrive? Is it in a populated area? Can people park their cars easily?

Get some license or permit you need to have your own doctor’s office. Consultation with the local Health Department in order to determine some documents that may be necessary. You probably must do it as soon as possible, just in case you have to wait for the documents to be processed.

Buy medical equipment, computers and other supplies. You will need funds to pay other initial costs; for example, some medical equipment. You will also need a computer program and system to keep all the records and files of the patients. Computer systems will make it easier for you to take notes. Each doctor or doctor in your office can upload the notes directly in the system and everyone will have access to the patient’s medical and medication history.

If you choose not to use a digital computer system, you will have to make sure there is enough space in your office for the cabinets and files where you will place the documents.

You may have to request a loan to cover the initial costs of your business, as well as the costs of medical equipment. Trust that the investment you make in your own office will reward you over time.

Get an insurance approval. You will need insurance to protect you from anything that may happen to your patients. You must obtain credentials with at least one major insurance company. Make sure that the malpractice insurance covers you completely.

Find patients. If you have regular patients from a previous office, you may be able to take them. If you start from scratch, talk to other doctors about strategies to publicize and get patients. Another option is to buy a doctor’s office that retires and take care of all the patients that that other doctor took care of previously.