Thursday, September 6, 2007

It's Like Learning How To Floss

Learning proper dictation techniques is just like learning how to floss -- once you get used to doing it correctly, it becomes a simple, routine, and very cost-effective task which can save you a lot of grief further down the line. Once you've conquered the basics, there's not much else to learn.

For most people, brushing and flossing one's teeth becomes a fairly routine chore which is accepted as a part of daily life. It can occasionally be handled with flair, but is usually forgotten as soon as the act is finished. What happens if you don't brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis?

  • Increasingly strong halitosis can cost you friends and patients.

  • Restoring dental hygiene can become a costly and painful process.

Unless you're an extremely kinky physician, there are few thrills to be found in generating documentation for a patient's chart. Much of the work is repetitive and boring as hell. Nevertheless, it has to be done on a regular basis. And it has to be done correctly.

What happens if you procrastinate with regard to dictation?

  • You can find yourself facing a hideous mountain of charts awaiting dictation.

  • When you finally get around to dictating, your memory can fail you.

  • A perception that you are lazy in following up on professional correspondence can cost you important networking opportunities.

  • Your cash flow can suffer.

Next: Striving For Consistency

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