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Our Patients Experience Why It Matters
Why does patient experience matter?
It matters because the patient is the center of the care we provide.
We can continue to offer great care only if we continue to have patients!
Did you know? Patients find it easier to evaluate the quality of the service they receive than to evaluate the quality of the care they receive. Therefore, quality of service may play a bigger role in their choice of physician and practice. And if the service isnt great...
Even if we provide the highest quality of care … If the patient perceives poor customer service, it could have a significant, adverse impact on the practice. For example…
Jane Jackson, a 45-year-old wife and mother of two, comes to the clinic for shoulder pain.
Once inside, Ms. Jackson finds the receptionist sending a text message and receives no greeting or help for several minutes.
Ms. Jackson knows there are other options in town, so she doesnt tolerate the poor service. She walks out the door.
Once she leaves, she wont come back … and its not just Ms. Jackson the practice loses as a patient …
Remember, Jane Jackson is a wife and mother of two. If she has a bad experience, she wont hesitate to take her family elsewhere for healthcare. That one poor customer service experience can prove costly.
Janes healthcare costs for the year are significant because she needs: Initial shoulder checkup and x-ray Follow-up visit for injury and supplies Annual preventive exam Acute visit to walk-in clinic Flu vaccine
Her 47-year-old husband needs: Annual preventive exam Flu vaccine
Her 13-year-old son needs: Annual preventive exam Sports physical Acute visit to family physician Flu vaccine
Her 15-year-old daughter needs: Annual preventive exam Sports physical and second HPV vaccine Acute visit to family physician Third HPV vaccine Flu vaccine
What did that one bad customer service experience cost the practice? How many people did Ms. Jackson tell about the poor customer service? How many patients will never come to the practice as a result of that one bad visit? When you have a bad experience somewhere, how many people do you tell?
Think about it … If Ms. Jackson had walked out of our practice, how much income would we have missed because of that one bad patient service experience?
Who could a patient possibly deal with during a visit? Receptionist Locum Tenens or other contracted temp worker Medical assistant Nurse Physician Billing Medical records Radiology staff Phlebotomist Administrator Any of the clinic or contracted staff Mid-level providers Information desk associate
Many people interact with a patient before, during and after a clinic visit. Just one poor exchange with someone in our clinic could turn a patient away. This could even be before the first visit, as a result of a call to the practice. Every contact with a patient or patient representative is important and should be treated as such!
It doesnt stop with one family An average dissatisfied patient tells 25 others about the negative experience. For every patient who complains, 20 other dissatisfied patients dont complain. Of those dissatisfied patients who dont complain, 10 percent will return while 90 percent wont. It costs 10 times more to attract new customers than it does to retain current ones. Zimowski, HFMA Journal 2004 Rubin, et. al. JAMA 270 An average dissatisfied patient tells 25 others about the negative experience. For every patient who complains, 20 other dissatisfied patients dont complain. Of those dissatisfied patients who dont complain, 10 percent will return while 90 percent wont. It costs 10 times more to attract new customers than it does to retain current ones.
Times are changing National healthcare focus has shifted to put a greater emphasis on accountability. Patient satisfaction ratings, such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicators, are public information and readily available online for potential patients to view and compare.
Patient experience strategy
Strategy We should identify customer service as one of our key priorities. Great patient experience is important to our patients and to our bottom line. We should identify patient service issues and address them. Are there gaps or inconsistencies in our service? Are there things that frustrate our patients that we dont know about?
Our plan of action Collect information from patients about the customer service we provide Celebrate high marks from our patients, and take steps to improve service issues Do it again and again, so our service gets better and better
Expectations of the team If asked, agree to serve on the patient satisfaction work group, to be formed soon. Work group will collect first round of patient satisfaction information. All of us will review the collected information. Well celebrate areas of good service – and develop improvement projects around areas that need help.