Staffing Shortages at Your Physical Therapy Clinic? Time to Start Outsourcing

Drowning in paperwork and admin duties while trying to care for your patients at the same time? You’re not alone. The nationwide healthcare staffing shortage has hit PT clinics hard, leaving many stretched thin. But fear not, you can reclaim your time and boost your clinic’s efficiency with a smart strategy: outsourcing. MEG Business can provide you with the essential services your clinic needs so that you can overcome the staffing crisis.

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The Effects of Understaffing at Your Clinic

The healthcare staffing crisis is real. More than 22,000 PTs left their jobs in 2021 alone, according to Definitive Healthcare. The aging population of baby boomers is also adding pressure on our clinics, leaving patients struggling to find appointments and your staff stretched thin. This can lead to:

  • Lower facility standards: Physical therapy clinics must maintain similar sanitary conditions and cleanliness as other healthcare practices. Less employees may sacrifice these standards.
  • Less personalized patient care: Patients increasingly expect services tailored to their needs, despite the national staffing shortage. Impersonal services leave patients feeling unsatisfied and alienated from their providers. 
  • Suffering mental health among staff members: Your therapists likely work long, demanding shifts that prevent a healthy work-life balance. The demands take a toll on their mental well-being as they struggle to keep up with their clinic’s needs. 
  • Messy record-keeping: Fewer people at the helm of daily operations could lead to increased errors in patient and billing records.

Your Solution to the Staffing Shortage

The staffing shortage doesn’t have to be your physical therapy clinic’s downfall. MEG Business has helped many understaffed PT clinics with a simple strategy: outsource what you can’t staff.

Outsourcing can be cost-effective for short-term needs or specialized skills, such as website development or PT billing, offering immediate expertise and flexibility. It’s crucial to weigh immediate needs, costs, long-term goals and cultural alignment when choosing between these options. Often, a mix of both approaches offers optimal results.

For example, our team at MEG Business has helped hundreds of PT clinics with medical billing and credentialing, freeing their teams to truly focus on patients. We understand that many clinic owners worry about insurance codes and compliance. That’s why our done-for-you services give you peace of mind that your practice is current with the latest changes to medical billing and credentialing.

If you are struggling with a revolving door of front desk staff, consider our virtual front desk service. Our trained, virtual receptionists will handle patient inquiries, manage appointments and client intake procedures. Instead of hiring and training another employee, our virtual front allows you to offload your admin duties, saving you time and money. 

With MEG Business as your outsourcing partner, you can focus on what you do best: providing the highest quality of care to your patients.

How Outsourcing Can Improve Your Staff’s Wellbeing

Another benefit to outsourcing the more mundane tasks is that your employees can focus on activities that will grow your clinic such as creating relationships with patients, doctors, local community, etc. This, in turn, fosters a sense of accomplishment and purpose. 

Staff don’t have to be bogged down by administrative burdens, instead, they’re empowered to invest their energy into crafting a meaningful experience for patients. Ultimately, this will create a more fulfilling work environment, reducing stress and boosting staff morale. 

By outsourcing, you’re not just lightening your staff’s workload, you’re freeing them to become architects of your clinic’s future, fostering well-being that translates into a thriving practice.

Partner with MEG Business to Solve Your Staffing Problems

Don’t wait until you’re overwhelmed by paperwork and exhausted staff. Take the first step towards a lighter workload, happier team and thriving practice. Contact MEG Business today for a free consultation. We’ll analyze your specific needs and tailor a customized outsourcing solution to free your therapists for what they do best – healing patients.

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