Category: Doctor Referrals

Slow to Hire. Quick to Fire. Easier Said Than Done.

Doctors don’t always wear the title of CEO for their practice, but if it’s your business, you’ve got the top job. And along with it, you hold the ultimate hire-fire responsibility for the organization. Command, as the saying goes, is a lonely place. Personnel matters are often tough. Employees can be liked, but perform marginally. And even […]

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Defectors: When Professional Colleagues Stop Referring

A curious thing about professional referrals is that nobody pays much attention until they disappear. Sometimes, what doctors don’t know about professional referrals is alarming. The analogy of a “life blood” source of business is appropriate, particularly for specialty medical practices that rely on the flow of new patients. Although referrals from other providers is central to […]

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9 Ways to Kill Your Physician Liaison Program Before It Begins

The historic picture is nothing like today. For decades, competition within the nation’s healthcare delivery system was low-key, even passive. And the vital professional referral stream that traditionally brought new patients to hospitals and specialty practices required little marketing attention…if anyone thought much about it at all. But the dynamics of healthcare reform and other forces […]

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Secret #5: How Strong Relationships Grow Doctor Referrals

Maintaining the flow of doctor referrals is vital—if not life-and-death critical—in many professions. What’s more, healthcare reform and intense competition has made the whole business of professional referrals more challenging than ever to sustain. In our experience, working with hundreds of referral-dependent practitioners, we’ve identified a nearly a dozen “secrets;” proven techniques that give stability […]

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10 Strategy Ideas That Attract High-Paying Cases

Healthcare marketing is more involved than simply hiring someone to write an ad or create a brochure for you. (After all, your practice is not a simple box of detergent or a used car lot.) To be successful, you will need a well-considered marketing plan and budget, complete with ethical, appropriate and proven strategies. While […]

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Training Success Stories: But North Dakota and Kentucky are Missing

Marketing Trainer Lori Waltz is something of a healthcare Road Warrior with a string of success stories and travel anecdotes. Here’s the scoreboard: She has helped over 1,000 practices and hospitals in her career, including 48 states, plus a few nearby countries and territories. Oops…only 48 states? It’s true. Lori has provided marketing training—about telephone/front desk […]

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Are Your Competitors Quietly Using Physician Liaisons to Win Your Doctor Referrals?

I just came away from a discussion with two practice representatives who work with one of our highly successful specialty practices. Real world, “from the street” healthcare marketing information is often perceptive, and the conversation left me with important insights that I wanted to share with our readers. For context… Three years ago, our client […]

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How to Shape Successful Relationships and Increase Referrals

The six key elements in an effective CRM program for specialty practices and others. Healthcare is business that’s all about relationships. Every practice or organization appreciates a new patient referral, but specialty practices that depend on referrals don’t leave the process to chance or pure goodwill. The basics of a relationship program guide reps, business […]

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