My life changed dramatically 18 months ago when I started my new practice. The biggest change personally was a dramatic drop in my income as I built a new business using a model that is fairly new. That’s a tough thing to do with four kids, three of whom were in college last fall. OK, that’s a stupid thing to do, but my stupidity has already been well-established.
Yet even if the income stayed identical to what I earned before the switch, the change in my professional life would have been nearly as dramatic.
- I am no longer focused only on patients in my office.
- I am no longer focused on ICD and CPT codes.
- Saving patients money has become one of my top priorities.
- I feel like my patients trust me more, and see me as an ally.
- Patients accept my recommendations for less care (avoiding unnecessary testing and unnecessary medications) much easier.
- I focus far more on preventing problems or keeping them small.
- I laugh with my patients far more.
- I no longer feel like a Zombie at the end of the day (and I no longer eat brains)