Category Archives: Sustainability

Below is the archive of all blog articles related to the category “Sustainability”.

Saving Energy at Your Medical Practice

In 2007, researchers found that the United States Healthcare System was responsible for 8% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The intention of the study was to point out the disproportionate levels of waste produced by the industry in the hope that change would follow. The researchers, who compiled their material from a series of other studies, pointed hopefully to the changes being pursued by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Unfortunately, recent numbers indicate that they did not realize their hopes, at least not in the United States. Why is the pursuit of an energy-efficient medical office so difficult?

A recent article, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, reflects that the United States Health Industry’s greenhouse gas emissions have actually increased from 8% to 10%. It appears to be a well-established western phenomenon, as Dr. Jodi Sherman points out. The health care industries of the United States, Australia, England, and Canada collectively produce 748 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. To put that in perspective, there are only six entire nations in the world that produce more annually.

Making Your Mark

Given that 9 million premature deaths in 2015 were positively linked to pollution, an energy-efficient medical practice has a three-fold purpose in that it improves the general health of your patients as well as the rest of the world while also saving you money. In fact, Healthcare Design Magazine reports that the U.S. healthcare industry spends more than $8 billion on energy, and that was in 2013. Since then, energy costs have only increased. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every dollar saved on energy is equivalent to a $10 increase in revenue for your medical practice.

Steps to Sustainability

With all of the equipment required to run a medical practice, reducing your carbon footprint can seem challenging at first. However, you can start with the small changes prescribed to single-family households and build from there.

  1. Replace your light bulbs. The first step toward a more energy-efficient medical practice starts with the lights that are continuously on. If you aren’t already using Energy Star approved bulbs in your waiting room and office area, then it’s an easy switch. Energy Star certified light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than standard bulbs and last a minimum of 15 times longer. Overall, each individual bulb will save you approximately $55 over its lifetime. As an added bonus, they also produce less heat, slightly reducing your air conditioning bill as well.
  2. Pick up a few power strips. By putting power strips throughout your practice, you can make it easy to turn off electronic equipment while not in use. The Department of Energy states that they help to reduce “phantom loads,” effectively saving you about $100 per year per power strip.
  3. Schedule a maintenance check on your heating and cooling systems. The Department of Energy also suggests having your heater and air-conditioner professionally maintained. By maintaining the air filters and checking the efficiency of your equipment once a year, you’ll maximize your temperature control capabilities while minimizing your budget by reducing your costs by up to 15%.
  4. To make a larger dent, gradually phase out older equipment in favor of more efficient models. This process can happen naturally over the years. It slowly decreases your practice’s impact on the environment and saving you even more money.

Aiming for Ethical Growth

As your practice grows, aim for well-insulated, updated properties for your new practice. Boulevard Medical Properties can help you locate and retrofit a new medical practice property with sustainability in mind. We see our eco-friendly construction and products as a key part of a positive patient experience. We want to help your practice to build an ethical, green reputation.

Top New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful Medical Practice

A successful medical practice is a living creature, which must be expected to adapt to patient needs as they evolve. For established medical practitioners, this can be difficult, particularly if your location or office space no longer serves your needs. So, before the New Year officially envelops us all, let’s take some time to consider what you can do to help your practice effectively transition to the patients of 2020.

1. Practice Self Care

Physician burnout is a real thing, and it can happen at any point in your career. The American Academy of Family Physicians states that burnout affects around 1 in 3 physicians at any given time and represents a legitimate threat to the health of the practice and the quality of patient care. Given its all-encompassing effects, the potential for burnout should be your first consideration for a successful medical practice.

The AAFP suggests that the first step to relieving the symptoms of burnout is to streamline your day. The best way to streamline is to fully embrace your EHR (Electronic Health Record). It can feel like a waste of time for many practitioners. However, if you learn to use it effectively, it can be used to automate a lot of processes that you would normally perform manually.

In addition to realizing the potential of your EHR, you should limit yourself to documenting only the necessary data. Good physicians have incredible attention to detail. It can be tempting to put as much data as possible into your notes. Instead, Dr. Dike Drummond writes, physicians should focus on fitting the data into three necessary categories: “billing, medicolegal, and continuity.” There will be some exceptions, but once you begin thinking categorically, you can use language more effectively.

2. Evaluate Your Office Space

It is a given that population densities and demographics change over time along with the technology that is required by a modern medical practice. At the start of this year, re-evaluate the location and orientation of your office space.

The American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics reveals that medical spending can vary up to 250% based on geographic location alone. The initial article is intended to demonstrate the inefficiency of the current American health system. The unintended consequence is that it also argues for the importance of location to a successful medical practice.

If your target population has moved due to gentrification or rezoning, then your practice should also move if you are expecting continued growth. In a city with extreme wealth disparity, such as Los Angeles, a previously successful practice may not survive a major flux. Fortunately, Boulevard Medical Properties specializes in finding ideal office spaces in Los Angeles. This makes the transition much easier for an already busy physician.

3. Evaluate Workflow

Efficiency is key to a successful medical practice. It’s probably time to see if your staff is managing patients and patient records effectively. As mentioned above, you should automate wherever you can, leaving your core staff to perform their work with as little interference as possible.

Do a walkthrough of the patient experience and recording process with your staff. This helps identify redundancies and create a more direct workflow in your practice. This may also be a good time to evaluate your staff and identify any potential problems in performance or attitude. In both cases, Physician’s Practice suggests that retraining may be a better use of your time than replacing the employee.

Retraining can begin by simply identifying the cause of your employee’s dissatisfaction or confusion. If you work with the employee to fix the problem, they’re more likely to appreciate your involvement and concern. In the meantime, you also avoid a laborious and costly hiring and training process.

4. Check for Quality

As with any office, there are plenty of things that a physician may not see while they’re busy with patients. To ensure the quality of the entire patient experience, look into adding a survey to your automated systems. Although you should certainly be prepared to adjust for bias in your survey results, they will help you to identify patterns in patient care. This could lead to effective changes in your practice.

If you notice patient engagement in your surveys is low, consider doing a monthly or annual raffle as an incentive for participants. You may even consider making it part of a local event. This would simultaneously allow you to integrate yourself into the community, an added bonus.

Regardless of where you find your practice at the beginning of this year, it’s a perfect time to re-think where you are and where you would like to be at the end of this year.

The Science of Reducing Patient Wait Times

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement argues that the continuous problem of having long waiting periods at a medical practice comes down to a general distaste for the laws of economics in the world of medicine. Out of necessity, medical professionals privilege patients with urgent conditions. No one is arguing that this practice isn’t a required part of practicing good medicine. However, this practice exists to the exclusion of all others, allowing the flow of work to be disrupted and causing delays. How can you go about reducing patient wait times?

The IHI suggests that implementing other practices in addition to frontloading severe cases would help in managing the overall workflow. These practices all come down to understanding the balance of supply and demand. By understanding that there is no way to control external flow (i.e. how many patients fall ill or become injured on a daily basis), we can begin to re-focus on internal flow.

Managing Supply and Demand

One of the best ways to manage internal flow at the start of a new practice is to religiously record all incoming and outgoing patient times. Charting this information will provide you with the necessary data after just a few short weeks. This will help you to plan future staffing schedules. If you notice demand is particularly high during certain hours or days of the week, make sure you have extra staff on hand to keep up with reducing patient wait times.

In addition, do what you can to control internal flow. Only schedule office visits for time periods where demand is generally lower. This will help to prevent regularly scheduled office visits from resulting in long wait times due to a large number of walk-ins/emergency cases, keeping both your scheduled patients and unscheduled patients happier.

Streamlining Administrative Processes

Although taking supply and demand into account is key to reducing patient wait times, there are a lot of other ways you can streamline the process, including:

  • Online appointment scheduling
  • Online check-in
  • Patient data collection
  • Secure messaging to confirm appointments

If your practice successfully implements these tools, then your administrative staff will see a sizeable decrease in the volume of work expected of them in relation to patient flow. You could divide administrative duties based on direct and indirect patient customer service. However, if you effectively promote your online services on your website and in your practice, it will most likely be unnecessary.

Identifying Additional Delays

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests doing what they call a “waste walk.” Essentially, the staff is asked to do a mock run-through of the patient experience to identify steps or points of waste that can be altered to allow the system to run more smoothly. For example, you may find that the 30-second walk to the very back of your practice to get initial measurements is actually creating a painful increase in your wait times throughout the day.

From these practices, it is clear that the organization of the practice is a major factor and definitely something you should discuss when looking at medical and dental office space with Boulevard Medical Properties. Consider how your equipment will fit into the office and how it will manipulate patient flow prior to deciding on a space.

Maintaining Results

Although you may do a “waste walk” and rigorously document supply and demand in the early days of your practice, remember that a medical office is an ever-changing entity. The needs of your patients and the required steps in their care will continue to evolve as medicine adapts to new problems and new research.

To continue adapting to your patients’ needs, you will need to continually collect data on the daily supply and demand of your practice, as it will surely change with time, requiring alterations to staffing and scheduling. In addition, if anything ever changes in your practice, either personnel or equipment, perform another “waste walk” to audit the process once again.

For more on reducing patient wait times and finding the right medical office lease for your needs, visit Boulevard Medical Properties today.

Should You Renovate or Relocate?

Depending on your commercial office lease, business needs, and your current location, you may need to decide whether it’s better to renovate or relocate your business. If you are at the point where you need to choose one or the other, the checklist below will help you work out a pros and cons list to find out which option is best for you.

For most businesses, it is not a clear-cut answer and working through the costs, impact on your business, and time it will take are major factors that could affect your business and profits.

Importance of Location

When deciding to renovate or relocate, location can be a major factor that impacts a business. Having a convenient location, ample parking, and common stores that people frequent near you is important.

If you are looking to renovate or relocate, consider the importance of your location. Have you been at the same location for decades? If you relocate, how far would you be from your original location? Would this be inconvenient for your clients? Is your business visible and do you get a lot of clients based on walk-ins frequenting the area?

If the answer to these is yes, it is likely that the location you are currently at is important to your overall business objectives. While this is just one consideration, it is likely an important one.

Costs

Clearly costs are also going to be a major factor. The costs of renovation versus relocation are important.

You’ll need to calculate your moving costs, including a deposit, new rental amount, transportation and moving costs, etc. This includes the possible cost to your business if the new location is inconvenient to your clients who may choose to go with another business.

On the other hand, you’ll also need to count your renovation costs. One major thing to consider outside of the actual costs of supplies and labor is whether you can remain open during the renovation. Will the renovation impact your business in any way? If so, for how long?

Client Feedback

One way to find out how clients would feel about the business relocating is to ask them. If you find that the costs would be similar, or the pros and cons just seem to be equal, talk with your clients. Would a new location push them to another provider? Clients may not feel comfortable providing you with this information so providing an anonymous survey via e-mail may help with the validity of your feedback.

Consider the Future of Your Business

If you renovate now, will this renovation accommodate your business based on your projections for the future? Is there a possibility that you could outgrow your renovations and need to relocate anyways?

Check out your local zoning laws to see how much you can expand now (and possibly in the future). Consider the future of your business when deciding to renovate or relocate your practice.

Intuition and Time

A large part of running a business is outlining and determining plans, going over cost-benefit analyses for numerous business decisions, and ultimately following your gut. After a balanced analysis including a pros and cons list, also consider your intuition. While this should not be something you fully rely on, sometimes following your intuition can help ease your mind when you make your final decision.

If possible, you should also take some time to think about your decision. Put down your pros and cons list and come back to it 48 hours later. Sometimes time can provide major clarity in terms of business decisions.

If you are unsure or are interested in relocation, contact Boulevard Medical Properties. Boulevard Medical Properties has been helping businesses transition into new offices for years. We have a dedicated team of expert real estate professionals that can walk you through the process step-by-step without any pressure. No matter what you decide, give Boulevard Medical Properties a call to see what your options are.

How To Expand Your Medical Practice

The goal of most companies is to expand and grow. The same is true for medical practices. Finding a way to help more people is altruistic, and can also be profitable if done correctly. With expansion comes risks that you may not foresee until it is too late. As you begin to grow your medical practice, here are ways to do it efficiently.

For more assistance with a medical office lease in Los Angeles or medical office design, get in touch with Boulevard Medical Properties.

Create an Environment for Expansion

Like goldfish, we will sometimes only grow as large as our environment allows. It’s easy to find satisfaction in a small practice, and stop trying to grow at a certain point. When you begin your practice, you grow out of necessity.

Once you start becoming profitable, you then need to find extra motivation to grow. By stalling growth, you are allowing potential patients to go to your competition. The important balancing act is to make sure you are in a position to grow your medical practice without weakening your financial situation to the point of failure. This may be difficult to decipher, but there is one solid place to start. Your location holds more power than you know.

Make sure your office is located in a desirable and accessible area. Allow proper space in your practice building to grow and accommodate more patients. You may not want to bite off more than you can chew, but don’t leave yourself needing more by not biting off enough.

Let Boulevard Medical Properties help you find the perfect location for your practice that will allow you to thrive and expand.

Your Staff is an Extension of You

No matter how good of a doctor you are, your staff is the first interaction all patients will get. Whether as they sign in or call to make an appointment, the front office staff is integral to your success.

Having great staff could set you apart from your competition. Most doctor visits are not under the best circumstances, so the staff you hire needs to be able to compensate for that negative energy from anxiety or stress. It may seem like a small thing in a retail store, but it makes all the difference in a medical practice setting. Your staff is also responsible for the proper function of the office. Keeping operations and appointments running smoothly is the best way to show that you are a competent medical practice. Losing information or rescheduling appointments could be a one-strike-and-you’re-out scenario for most patients.

If you want to properly grow your medical practice, make sure you hire staff members that understand their job responsibilities. Then, be sure to frequently remind them of their value to the function of the practice. Keeping staff happy is a great way to ensure the staff keeps the patients happy.

Provide New Services

Specialized services are great to have, but we live in a time of convenience. Patients value a centralized location that is a one-stop-shop. Utilize demographic surveys of your surrounding population and your current patients. Find out what the needs are and fill those needs. Offer services that are most desired by the population in your area, and the patients will come to you. This same basic principle is used in investing: diversify to thrive. Your medical practice is the biggest investment you have, so be sure to diversify your services.

Stay Relevant and Streamline Your Office

Using the most up to date software, machines, and practices don’t just increase productivity and efficiency. By staying relevant in the medical industry, you are showing your patients that you are equipped to give them the best service available.

This also includes changing out any décor and furniture that looks outdated. You don’t just need to act the part, but look the part too. By putting modern practices and software into use, you can increase productivity. There are many systems and software that help with menial organizational tasks. Use every resource you can to make sure that expansion is possible.

Grow Your Medical Practice in Los Angeles

One resource that you can utilize is the experts at Boulevard Medical Properties. They will be able to help you streamline your business in the best location possible.

Best Office Playlists for Work

Everybody knows that adding a little music to your day can help you get through your schedule more quickly. Or, at least it seems that way. Adding music to your workday establishes focus, keeps energy levels high, and makes your week fly by. You’d be surprised at the positive effect the best office playlists for work have.

No matter what industry you’re in, it’s important to know the best tunes for work. There are certain sounds that cause more productivity than others. Our Boulevard Medical Properties professionals have put together some of the best office playlists. Here is some music that’s bound to keep you focused and motivated!

Best Office Playlists to Get Through the Day

1. Nature Sounds

While you may need to look elsewhere if you’re looking to get pumped up, the sounds of nature can help establish a calm and peaceful work environment. This might be a good place to start for medical practice properties that have guest lobbies or waiting areas.

The sounds of birds, flowing water, and ocean waves can really put people at ease. Your brain will calm down, too. Not only is it scientifically proven that the sounds of nature increase productivity, but it’s a nice neutral set of sounds that almost everyone universally enjoys.

2. New Age Music

New Age classifies music that is ambient, otherworldly, and relaxing. It doesn’t always have a tune, but rather it can be a soft collection of soothing tones. Some New Age artists refer to themselves as “Sound Healers”. They utilize a variety of sounds and musical tones to establish a peaceful environment.

If you’ve ever gotten a massage or been to an aquarium, you’ve likely heard New Age music. This can even include soft vocal singing or hymns. Many people use New Age music to calm down their busy or distracted minds in order to focus on working in their quiet, peaceful space. You can check out the New World Encyclopedia for more information about New Age playlists.

3. Classical Music

Talk about oldies! Classical music from composers of the baroque period, specifically Handel, Vivaldi, and Mozart, has been scientifically proven to increase both mood and concentration while working.

For years, scientists have urged new parents to play classical music for their newborn babies in order to stimulate brain activity and cognitive function. You can apply this same practice to yourself during your working hours by dedicating your working time to classical music playlists. And yes, it really works!

4. Jazz

If you aren’t as big of a fan of the classical music style, you might find jazz to be more your thing. Jazz is a huge genre that can also promote focus and calm during your working hours. Long instrumental pieces are known to reduce stress and worry from the brain, allowing you to expand your memory and keep up with your already stellar performance at work.

If you are in a more creative work environment, jazz can end up being your best friend. Jazz music doesn’t help you focus, but it can increase the creative side of your brain as well.  This makes it a must-have for your best office playlists.

There have been many jazz playlists made specifically to help with studying or work focus, so if you find it works for you, you aren’t alone.

5. White Noise/Background Noise

While it’s not technically music, some people have trouble focusing when there is any type of sound around at all. What helps people in these situations is background noises or white noises that are tuned to speak directly to your brain. There are a series of white and blue noise videos on the Internet that can boost your brainpower.

This may be the best choice for someone who can’t listen to music – with or without lyrics – without getting distracted. These playlists play sounds or single notes, rather than tunes, in order to help your brain reach a level of focus and productivity that will help you at work.

Enjoy Calming Music in Your New Medical Office in Los Angeles

There are plenty of ways to get into the groove of your workday with music and sounds. While some people prefer music with a tune, others find that they are most productive with the sounds of nature nearby. What’s just as important as the best office playlists is the right medical office space to listen to it. If you are looking for new medical property to establish your perfect practice, let our experts help you find the perfect fit. Call at (818) 882-5700!

How To Build an Efficient Dental Team

It’s easy to forget that a medical practice is also a business. As the saying goes, time is money, and the best way to procure more time is with effective dental team training. Having a dental team that works well together will increase your office’s ability to schedule and retain more patients. Since the livelihood of a dental office relies on repeat appointments and referrals, being efficient will make you stand out from the rest. A good dental office cleans their patient’s teeth. A great dental office does it efficiently. Boulevard Medical Properties can help you search for the perfect dental office space to improve efficiency and funnel more potential patients through your door.

The Members of the Team

The first and most important aspect of a dental team is the individuals that comprise it. A team is only as strong as its weakest member because one member can bring down the efficiency of the whole team.

Even when you have a team that consists of all great workers individually, it may not mean they work well together. Every department of the dental office needs to work together smoothly to create an efficient environment. Find team members that collaborate well together, trust each other, and can communicate clearly with one another.

Clarity in Job Responsibilities

Make sure that each team member has his or her job role clearly defined. Some roles in dental team training are obvious by position, such as reception team members. But there are some parts of the job that might fall into more than one department. Being as thorough and clear with each person’s job description will mitigate any possibility for confusion, which will increase efficiency.

It is good practice to routinely have meetings with each department to remind them of their specific roles. It is also a good idea to foster an environment where team members are not intimidated to ask questions if there is confusion.

Create an Environment for Productivity

The way that your office is designed can make a huge impact on productivity and efficiency. If the administrative team members are sitting in the same area as the front desk team members, the distraction of patients coming in and out could decrease productivity for the administrative team.

There are many ways that placing certain members in certain areas of the office can create a better workflow. Sometimes there may need to be trial and error to get the perfect work environment situated. However, the sooner you can find a balance, the sooner productivity will increase.

Boulevard Medical Properties understands the importance of medical office design. We have experience finding the perfect location and interior design for every medical practice. Work with us to help find the right spot for you, and take the guesswork out of the whole process.

Create Goals and Incentives

Another aspect to add to dental team training is a shared vision. Creating realistic goals will help the team challenge themselves, while not feeling overwhelmed. If you set the goal too high, there may be some apathy from team members who think they can’t reach the goal. Using smaller goals to work towards a larger goal is a great way to keep everyone motivated and optimistic.

Add bonus incentives to the team for achieving these goals. This could be as small as donuts brought to the office, or as big as a monetary bonus for each member.

Whatever you pick, it creates a fun, competitive environment that many people thrive on. Be cautious not to single any one person out with extra positive or negative recognition. This can have a counterproductive effect. Always reward the team as a whole, so they continue to feel trustworthy and reliant on one another.

4 Dental Practice Challenges to Address Immediately

Whether you own your own dental practice or work for one, being aware of the biggest dental practice challenges can help you avoid them altogether. Sometimes these situations are out of your control if you’re an employee.  If you own your own dental practice, familiarize yourself with these threats so you prevent them from happening.

Competition

Competition from other practices can be a big threat to your own. For this reason, you want to stay up to code on the newest medical procedures, keep a fresh and lively looking business, and maintain clean and up to date equipment. If a medical practice opens near you and starts offering competitive prices, you may want to examine your finances and see if lowering your costs is an option.

Increase in Costs

An increase in costs of medication or treatment is one of the biggest dental practice challenges. Make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Work with organized insurance companies and enlist a financial management team to help keep costs down.

In addition to lowering costs of treatment, working with a financial management company can also help shift and organize money around to help your company save in the case of emergencies or future investments. For example, if an MRI machine stops working, you don’t want to go bankrupt when you have to purchase a new one. Having some money tucked away for these special occasions can end up saving your business in the long run.

Violations

Not following proper procedure methods and safety guidelines could have you seeing the end days of your dental practice. All employees, new and old, should be up-to-date and properly educated on any guideline changes. They should also how to use new equipment and medication.

Violations are usually caused by unqualified employees, lack of knowledge, or lack of safety guidelines. Over time, these can add up and cost you your business. Some of the most common violations include improper disposal of biohazardous waste material, hand hygiene, and many more that you can read about here.

Poor Dental Office Design

Poor dental office design can severely affect your business. Many dental offices these days are designed for efficiency and end up looking very sterile and boring. Dental offices are obviously not the hippest of places, nor do they have to look that way, but a few modern touches never hurt. When an office gives off the vibe that the designer really cared about the feel of the space, it communicates to the patients that this dental practice really cares about them. This is often one of the easiest dental practice challenges to address.

Things like paint color, flow or feng shui of the space, efficiency, and cleanliness are all factors to consider. For example, choosing a nice blue palette with a fun design may make patients feel calmer in the space. It increases their opportunity for a great visit and for repeated business.

Working with a dental property management company, like Boulevard Medical Properties, to help you choose and design the perfect office space may save your practice in the end. Boulevard takes into account all of your specific dental practice needs and offers some of LA’s most desired locations. We can also help you find ways to turn your office green, help with repairs, and aid in a lease negotiation.

These dental practice challenges may seem daunting, especially when you’re new to owning a dental practice. However, the more information you have, the more you can do to prevent them from happening.

How to Handle the Stress of Running Your Own Medical Practice

Running your own medical practice can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful. While you are helping to improve the lives of countless patients, it’s important to make sure your own mental state doesn’t take a toll. Here are some ways to handle the stress of running your own medical practice. To find the right medical office for rent, get in touch with Boulevard Medical Properties today.

Find the Right Medical Office for Rent

Finding the space that’s right for you can be daunting. When it comes to price range, location, size, and overall layout, you want to make sure you find the right fit. With so many factors to consider, it’s wise to seek help from experts who are able to assist in the search process.

At Boulevard Medical Properties we work with a range of medical professionals and to help them find the medical office space they need.

Settling In

It’s unlikely you will stumble upon the perfect medical office rent parameters. You will want to find something that falls within your budget, and also matches the length of time you want to be secured in your location. This will likely require negotiation.

Boulevard Medical Properties can assist in this process. Once the lease is negotiated, we can also help with all your construction needs. From initial design to decorating your medical office space, we will bring you to a space you desire.

These initial steps can be overwhelming, which is why it’s so important to seek professional help. Do not take on more than you can handle. Remember that it’s okay to need help along the way.

Seek Supportive Staff

It’s so important to make sure you have enough staff to support your business. Hire reliable and focused staff members to assist with tasks from ensuring on-time payments, making sure appointments are kept, and following up about on-time payments.

Hiring experienced companies to help with medical billing services may prevent worries about payment collections, giving you more time to focus on what matters: Helping your patients.

Maintain Healthy Habits

Prioritize a work-life balance. While many people enjoy the hustle, allow time for your mental and physical health. You have chosen a rewarding career, but remember to find joy outside of work as well. This could be going for a daily walk at sunset, cooking yourself a nice meal, and taking time to meditate and clear your mind. Maintain healthy habits, including eating a balanced diet and taking care of your body. If you prioritize your own mental health, you will likely increase your ability to focus at work.

Meditation is a great option to clear your mind, and breathing techniques can help you relax if you’ve had a stressful day at work. Research phone apps that guide you through meditation, or you can do it on your own simply by sitting in an upright position with your eyes closed and silently focusing on your breath for five to ten minutes.

Use Automated Technology

Use automated services to assist when possible. Technology can be for sending out newsletters to clients and appointment-reminder texts or emails, or for scheduling purposes. There are actually real-time online scheduling services where clients can set their own appointments. However, ensure prior to using that all parties involved are able to properly use the technology you are offering. Some of your older patients may be more comfortable setting appointments in a traditional setting at the front desk.

Keep a Positive Attitude

In the medical industry, having a positive attitude and professional relationship with patients is so important. Although some diagnoses are unfortunate, your attitude can help guide the patient to accept their new reality. Focus on what matters, helping your patients to the best of your ability. Seek help when you need it.

Signs it’s Time to Expand Your Practice

Lots of physicians dream about starting their own medical business and turning it into a popular and incredibly successful practice. For many doctors, this dream comes true, and new dedicated practices are established as a result. But how are you supposed to know when it’s time to expand your practice? With the help of Boulevard Medical Properties, you can recognize the major signs that are telling you it’s time to take the next step with your medical practice! Learn more about commercial real estate in Los Angeles when you talk with a talented team member from Boulevard Medical Properties today!

Think Over Your Schedule

If you are considering an expansion for your practice, take some time to reflect on your appointment schedule from the past year or two. If your business hours are packed all day consistently for a full calendar year, you may not have enough open business hours or physicians available to best serve your patients. Incredibly busy office days and appointment bookings months ahead of time are signs of success and can be followed by a strategic expansion. When looking through your years to identify how much business you have on a daily basis, compare months that are more likely to have fewer appointments. Months like April, May, June, and July are more likely to have some fewer patients statistically, as patients are prone to taking vacation time off during this part of the year. If these lighter months are still profitable for the practice, an expansion might be a necessary and beneficial next step for your business!

Consider Your Location

While the quality of a physician is the most important factor when receiving healthcare, another important component is the location of the practice. If your business is not located in a prime area or prominent town, it could be more difficult to build lasting relationships with patients. Consider moving to better commercial real estate in Los Angeles if your location does not serve the demographic that best suits your business, even if the cost will be a little higher. Paying more in prime office space is cheaper than choosing a location that might make maintaining patients more difficult. Find out more about your options for commercial real estate Los Angeles when you contact a representative from Boulevard Medical Properties today!

Can Your Staff Handle It?

Whether you are a solo doctor, or you work in a co-op, there is a staff of people who are committed to the success of your practice. When considering an expansion to larger offices, longer hours or newer technology, you might also want to consider how your staff will handle the upgrades. The expansion you need may be to add more support staff or even another main physician to help increase the number of patients you can take along with a potential office building upgrade. A good way to tell if you need to add more support staff is to take stock of everyone on the payroll so far and pinpoint the last time a new hire was added. If you haven’t hired new personnel in a while and have maintained most of the support staff for years, it might be time to add another employee. Think about how your front desk is managing the workload, how capable your nurses, physicians’ assistants, resident doctors or lead physicians are handling the cases and determine if a new employee is the best expansion decision for your practice. When you’re ready to get started on the expansion of your dreams, call Boulevard Medical Properties and let one of their talented team members show you the best commercial real estate in Los Angeles. If it’s time to take your business to the next level, get the best to help when you contact Boulevard Medical Properties!