Highly effective practice managers emphasize that success in the healthcare arena requires the planning and conduct of operations based on two imperatives: adaptability, and perseverance.
Adaptability is the skill and willingness to develop new structures or methods to accommodate different situations, ones requiring careful mission analysis, comprehensive intelligence, and market-specific expertise. In an era when the future of healthcare may not be predictable, practice managers must avoid overreliance on pre-existing assumptions.
Navigating through healthcare regulations sometimes gives the appearance of not having a clear beginning or end. Indeed it often seems to be a protracted struggle. Perseverance is the patient, resolute, persistent pursuit of practice goals and objectives for as long as necessary to achieve them. It does not preclude taking decisive action but does require careful, informed analysis to select the right time and place for action. While success is important, it is equally important to recognize that in the healthcare industry success will generally not come easily or quickly.
A seasoned practice manager with good leadership skills and a great work ethic can be invaluable to the operations of a practice. Adaptability and perseverance are two essentials if your practice is to survive the turmoil of healthcare reform.
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