Dermatology Practice Management Enhancement: Implications for Dermatology in the Age of Managed Care
Health care delivery in the United States has changed dramatically during the past 10 years. Dermatologists are faced with challenging changes in the way they learn new skills, practice, and provide dermatologlc care.
This article provides an overview of the disciplines involved in managing a dermatology practice today. Several key management processes, including strategic planning, financial analysis, advertising and public relations, information systems management, and compliance program development and monitoring are addressed.
Practice management in the academic medical center (AMC) is different than in other environments. Practice is only a part of the practitioner’s mission within an AMC.
This article presents errors commonly made in the evaluation and purchase process and offers solutions. The success of dermatologists in the future will be partly determined by their effectiveness at managing information.