Active Listening: The Key to Patient Communication

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There is little doubt of the importance of patient experience and satisfaction in the medical profession these days. There continues to be a fundamental shift from the traditional approach to medicine centered around doctor directed care to the emphasis on patient satisfaction and experience. (I have written about the difference between patient experience and satisfaction here.) With this change in emphasis comes a number of other changes. One of these is the increased transparency of patient reviews on social media and search engines. Whether the shift to patient experience is a boon or bust, it is the reality and must be addressed. Part of addressing the changing emphasis is the preeminence of your communication skills as a healthcare provider.  Communication has always been at the center of good healthcare, but it is doubly important now. Downfalls of Bad Communication Skills Not only is communication key to a patient centered approach to …

Patient Experience: What is it & How to Improve it

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The healthcare industry is going through, and will continue to go through, massive amounts of change. Part of this is due to an increased focus on the patient as a consumer. This means that healthcare providers are being judged not only on the results of a medical procedure, but in the customer service aspects of how the entire process around that procedure is handled. As Becker’s Hospital Review put it, the healthcare industry has moved from a “doctor knows best” mentality to one based on patient experience and satisfaction. This is partly due to the development and reliance on Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys for reimbursement rates for Medicaid and Medicare. But it is also due to the increased availability of review websites such as Google and Yelp. These sites allow one patient’s perspective to be displayed across an entire market. All it takes is one …

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Dentists: Leverage Patient Feedback for More Referrals – Here’s How

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It’s no secret: Many dental practices struggle every single day to acquire new patients. Most dental professionals know their vocation exceptionally well, inside and out. They are also probably very good at managing the business and financial elements of their practice. However, marketing and sales can be a whole different animal. And while a strong marketing mix of advertising, social media, and public relations can certainly go a long way in promoting your practice, none of these passive channels quite equal the value of a positive, direct patient referral. According to Wharton School of Business, a referral customer costs a lot less to acquire and has a higher potential for retention and loyalty. Specifically, a referred customer has a 16% higher lifetime value than a non-referred customer. Patient referrals are one of the most powerful ways that you can use to grow your practice and are exponentially more effective than passive marketing …