What To Expect from the Orthopaedic Surgery Practice Manager

AAOS Now – April 2014
by Jennifer A. O’Brien, MSOD

When a physician gives an order to a nurse, technician, physical therapist, or pharmacist, the standard, appropriate response, albeit unspoken most of the time, is “Yes, doctor.” With practice managers, however, it’s different.

In an orthopaedic group, the purpose and success of the whole comes first. The orthopaedic surgeons who are partners in the group make the practice manager the keeper of that mission. So the practice manager may deny a surgeon’s request to add a clinic, if doing so will affect other partners and everyone’s patients because the number of exam rooms and other resources are insufficient to support it.

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