Adding services such as diabetes education and consulting, weight loss and dietary services, physical therapy and therapeutic massage or allergy therapy can be a great way to boost profits while also improving patient care.
ADD WEIGHT LOSS AND DIETARY SERVICES
Nearly 40% of adults are considered obese, according to data from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. So, the chances are that you’ll visit with patients who would benefit from a program that helps aid in weight loss.
Several medically supervised weight-loss programs are available on the market. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, they include:
- Behavior (diet and exercise) modification.
- Prepackaged meal replacement.
- Weight-loss medication.
Startup costs for a primary-care practice are minimal and could generate $30,000 to $50,000 in potential income per year, cites MedConverge, a provider of physician billing and related services.
OFFER DIABETES EDUCATION
Some 30 million Americans have diabetes, including 7 million who have not yet received a diagnosis, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another 84 million—roughly one in three Americans—have prediabetes.
If your practice serves a large number of patients with this chronic condition, providing diabetes education and management services can be a great way to enhance patient care. Your population may benefit from strategies for:
- Managing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Hands-on training in the use of insulin pens, pumps, glucose meters and other diabetes-related equipment.
- Tips for managing medications.
According to the American Association for Diabetes Educators, adding a diabetes educator to your team can:
- Free up physicians to focus on direct patient care.
- Help the practice meet quality improvement goals.
- Monitor your patients’ progress.
- Motivate lifestyle changes that may stave off diabetes complications.