Do you run a health practice that feels more like an assembly line?
Do you ever feel like that you can't possibly keep up with your schedule because it's so completely overbooked?
Maybe this sounds familiar...
You only have a couple of minutes per appointment, and you're wondering how am I going to even able to keep up at this pace?!?
If you have felt like that you're not alone. I'm seeing this happen more and more often in the health and wellness industry and in health practices all over the country.
And in fact I think it's happening so often that it's leading to 50% of people in our industry (that's 1 out of 2 of us) are dealing with burnout in the first few years of practice.
Burnout is becoming such an epidemic, because you're staring at your schedule at the start of the day, and you see that you only have a few minutes with each patient.
This cycle happens day in and day out, and you feel like you're compromising your care, right?
Today's High Volume Health Practice: My Own Experiences
If you ever wish you could spend more time with someone or that you didn't have to deal with so many appointments during the day...you love taking care of people, but you wish you could do it in a different way...I was right there with you...
I felt like this in the first couple of years of my practice and I was working in a very typical high volume associateship as a chiropractor and I dealt with such a fast pace and such a churn and burn feeling every day in practice.
I literally felt like it was a revolving door at the front of the practice where patients are walking in and walking out.
And I've gotta tell you, the same thing was happening to the doctors. It was a revolving door for them too because they were getting to burned out in that practice. And it took me two years to get there.
So I wanted to call this out because I can think of if I were really honest with myself, a lot of appointments during that time I was looking at my watch or I was thinking how many minutes have I spent with this person.
I'd constantly ask myself questions like, "How much more time do I have left with this person and how much more time do I have left until my next patient is ready for me?"
Appointments that lasted 10-15 minutes felt like a luxury for me. And I knew that once I left that practice I was never going to practice where I felt like I was in an assembly line again.
I knew that I deserved better and I knew that the people in my community deserved better because if I was feeling rushed in an appointment, I know that they were feeling it too.
If you feel like the way you're practicing now is like an assembly line, remember that now 1 out of 2 of people in our industry are dealing with burnout industry-wide, no matter what specific profession you're in...whether you are an M.D., a nurse practitioner, or a chiropractor, or a massage therapist, you name it.
The stats and research on burnout is everyone now, and I believe that is happening in our industry because we're being taught and bombarded with the idea that the more people you see the more successful you are, but no one's talking about the compromise.
No one's talking about how is that actually affecting the quality of care. The experience that they're getting. The experience that you're getting, because you don't feel excited waking up to start the day knowing that you're going into a practice that feels like this.
Starting a Health Care Practice with House calls: It Works!
So here's what I want to tell you. When I quit my associateship, I knew I had to completely reinvent the way I practice and do it in a way where there was no churn and burn.
There was no assembly line. I could spend as much time with my patients as I want, and I could start a home health care practice around a slower pace and without the stress.
And I figured out a profitable method on how to do it myself because no one else was talking about operating a house call practice in this way.