Well-run rural health clinics use a team approach of physicians working with non-physician practitioners such as nurses, physician assistants, and others to provide services. Here’s a few vital team members you absolutely must have at your clinic, and one you can outsource for better efficiency.
Your rural health care center is designed for patients whose illnesses or injuries don’t present as life–threatening, but still need a medical team to treat them. Of course, you must have one or several licensed doctors at your rural health care clinic. They are needed to provide easy access to quality healthcare.
A PA (or Physician Assistant) examines, diagnoses and treats patients under the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs can prepare casts or splints, suture small wounds, and interpret medical tests. They are an integral part of the rural health clinic team, especially if your doctor is otherwise busy.
Nurses put patients into rooms, check vital signs, handle blood draws, and often give injections as well. Nurses make a difference in the clinic itself and the community your clinic serves. They must quickly, yet in a caring manner take care of all the patients that walk through the door.
Not everyone at a rural health clinic is in the medical field. Office Managers are business professionals who are responsible for a diverse set of administrative tasks, from calculating payroll to hiring new employees.
Receptionists are crucial to getting patients checked in and keeping the day moving along smoothly. They also need to answer the phones and schedule appointments.
A Medical Biller
Medical billing is important, so it takes a lot of time and energy in order to be done correctly. Misreading “INN” for “OON” may cost your patient thousands of dollars and land your medical office is serious trouble. However, it doesn’t mean you need to hire one to be inside your clinic. Instead, allow your medical billing to be done by experts who have the time it takes to get it done right.
When you outsource your medical billing, you’re saving yourself money and freeing up your staff for other vital functions. Your patients will thank you! Contact Aptus today to find out more about how we can help.