Most physicians and practice managers are highly skilled multitaskers — and proud of it.
However, because they are so accustomed to doing everything (or almost) themselves, many don’t think about enlisting the help of a healthcare consultant. That means they might be missing out on some important benefits for their business.
Here are just a few ways that engaging a healthcare consultant can create value for your practice:
1. Save time and money
Are you still doing the taxes for your business? If so, does it make sense for you to spend your valuable time on such a complex task that also may be outside your area of expertise? Nearly half (45 percent) of financial executives polled for a Robert Half Management Resources survey don’t seem to think so: They said they look to financial consultants and project professionals to assist with business taxes.
What about other financial issues that small businesses typically grapple with, like controlling costs or increasing efficiency? A small business consultant can assist you with the development of strategies for making improvements on both fronts. And if your venture is on the fast track for growth, a skilled consultant can provide insight that can enable you to seize new opportunities while avoiding common pitfalls that could derail your success.
2. Tap expertise at the right time
Even if you would prefer to tackle all business matters personally, engaging an outside expert when especially complex or sensitive issues arise can be an extra measure to ensure problems receive proper attention and are thoroughly resolved. It also can be useful to have a third-party’s perspective on matters that require objectivity, or an “extra set of eyes” to verify that no mistakes have been made in a critical process.
You can also look to a healthcare consultant for help assessing and evaluating your business strategy, processes, operations management, exposure to risk and more. Additionally, because you may only need to access this specialized expertise for a short period, engaging a consulting resource can be an efficient way to tap the expert knowledge your practice needs at just the right time and only for as long as it is required.
3. Navigate changing workloads
Here’s an important question for every physician to consider: If you would need to ramp up your practice suddenly and significantly, could you deliver?
If you don’t have ample support to meet an increase in demand for your services, and to create new offerings, you could be at risk of disappointing your patients — and potentially damaging your practice’s reputation. You could also end up burdening your core staff and undermining their on-the-job happiness. But of course, you also want to avoid hiring more employees until you are certain that workloads will be sustained.
Bringing in a healthcare consultant is one staffing management approach for navigating the ebb and flow of supply and demand, as well as for meeting other unexpected changes that present both opportunity and risk for your company.
4. Grow for the future
You want your practice to succeed and thrive for the long term, of course. But do you know where your future growth will come from? Engaging an interim management consultant with relevant industry experience to help guide your practice not only can help you determine the answer, but also get you pointed in the right direction.
Highly skilled senior-level professionals who work on a consulting basis can serve in a number of critical roles, from accounting manager to chief financial officer. And, if and when you decide to take such a step, they can help your business to prepare for growth.
There are many ways for you to work with consultants as your practice evolves. Most important, perhaps, is that these resources can give you the valuable time needed to focus on what you do best: development of your practice and being an expert at whatever healthcare questions you have.