by Christine Ingram
Every medical practice has essential functions that are critical to thriving in a competitive and challenging environment. Just as you check your patientsâ€™ vital signs when they present for an encounter, your practice requires ongoing assessment of its performance. Do you know your practiceâ€™s pulse rate? This article provides a systematic process for how to complete a full operational assessment of your practiceâ€™s vital functions. Discussions include why assessments are important, what data to gather, who to involve, when and why to use an outside party, and what to do with the results.