elective medicine

Issue #53 — 3 Tips for Starting Your Own Practice

Recently, we have spoken with several doctors contemplating practice ownership. Some are tenured physicians separating from hospital, university, or group practice employment. Others are finishing residency or fellowship and getting ready to put their name on their first door. If you are like those with whom we’ve spoken, the options are limitless, workload is daunting,…

Issue #52 — To-Do or To-Don’t, That is the Question

We love the remarkably satisfying feeling of crossing a task off our to-do lists, and figured that sharing this gift was a perfect way to give back to the efficiency gods.  Unquestionably, one of YellowTelescope’s non-negotiable values is being “on it” and this wouldn’t be possible without operating off a to-do list with maximum efficiency…

Issue #51 — Spring Forward

Although the weather reports seem to indicate otherwise, Spring is here.  With a relatively brutal winter (hopefully) behind us, it is finally time to train our eyes on sunnier seasons. New beginnings, regrowth, renewal, and all other spring euphemisms aside, what better way to start fresh than by finally executing truly effective, interactive team meetings?  Read…

YellowTelescope YellowTelecast Episode #19 – Cutting Costs Through Annual Planning

YellowTelescope’s YellowTelecast Best Practices for the Best Practices Podcast – Episode 19: Cutting Costs Through Annual Planning – Though many episodes have been recorded while on the road with clients or at conferences, this first-ever truly mobile “car cast” finds Jon and Ed on their way to the ASPS annual meeting, discussing cost cutting measures…

YellowTelescope’s YellowTelecast Episode 18: Evaluating Core Values

YellowTelescope’s YellowTelecast Best Practices for the Best Practices Podcast – Episode 18: Evaluating Core Values – Time off from your practice to recharge physically and mentally is invaluable, particularly if you use some of your off time to educate yourself. Join Jon and Ed during their summer vacation, recording poolside from the Village of Easthampton…

Issue #44 – How to be the Best

Alfred Cortot’s famous recordings of Chopin’s 24 Études, once considered the “definitive interpretation” in the 1930s, are now deemed so sloppy and careless that New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini stated that Cortot “would probably not be admitted to Juilliard now.”  The standards currently set just to qualify for the Boston Marathon would have…

Issue #43 – When to Use the “S” Word

  The word “sales” carries a negative connotation for many people, particularly throughout the medical community. Contributing factors may include the inability to advertise legally decades ago and the lack of sales and marketing training available today throughout the medical arena. Movies like Glengarry Glen Ross may have won best picture, but do not help…

Issue #42 – Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Have you ever witnessed a staff dynamic fraught with tension so thick you could cut it with your scalpel? Do visions of your own office come to mind? Tension prevents team members from comfortably engaging not only with each other, but also with patients.  Further, it leads to turnover – staff members always have the…

Issue #41- Help Your Patients Say “No”

Help Your Patients Say “No” Motivated by their concerns and the potential for a solution, new patients calling a doctor’s office to make an appointment for consultation have their eyes firmly transfixed on the prize, solely focused on the desired outcome.  Whether they are interested in a slimmer figure, the more youthful appearance of an…

YellowTelescope YellowTelescast Episode #16 – The Summertime Spend-freeze Blues

  Every summer, practices all over the country find themselves suddenly re-evaluating, and sometimes reactively cutting, their expenditures due to a seasonal slowdown in revenue, often erroneously eliminating “profit centers” instead of “cost centers”. Join Jon and Ed as they dissect this phenomenon and provide some advice on how to plan better, and make a…