For years, healthcare providers have entrusted the United States Postal Service with delivery of patient communication outreach. Communications such as appointment reminders, billing statements, and anything in-between were always sent via snail mail — no questions asked. As times and technology have changed, so have the rates of effectiveness and efficiency surrounding mailed outreach.… Read more
At TeleVox, we’ve discovered success stems from knowing who our customers are. Not just their names, but who they really are – what goals they have for their practices, what challenges they face each day and what tools they use to meet their needs. Those are the insights we use as marketers to present our products and solutions in a way that truly helps our clients.… Read more
Broken appointments continue to be one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare organizations today. Not only do they throw patients off schedule with their treatment plans and ongoing care, but they also cost organizations thousands (and in some cases, millions) of dollars in revenue each year. Is this a problem for your practice?… Read more
Are you able to communicate with the growing number of Spanish speakers among your patient population? If not, the time to take action is now! Data shows that Hispanic populations will continue to be the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. in the coming years.
Let’s take a quick look back.… Read more
“What can we do to better serve our patients?”
That’s the question we’re constantly asking ourselves in our practice. As we continue to search for new and better ways to improve the overall experience for our patients and their parents, we’ve found that there are numerous opportunities to make a positive impact beyond the point of service.… Read more
We used to be a practice without a strategy for how we would remind patients about their upcoming appointments. Well, let me correct myself. We were a practice in need of a strategy. No-shows were getting out of control, and we attributed that in large part to the increasingly busy lives and growing obligations of today’s patients.… Read more
It happened again. On May 31, 2015, the United States Postal Service implemented yet another price increase, climbing 2% for the most common mail formats. If you’re mailing appointment reminders, wellness messages, balance due statements or any other type of communication – plan on adjusting your outreach budget accordingly.
Over the past 15 years, first class letter rates alone have increased a staggering 48%.… Read more
In my 15 years as an Appointment Coordinator, I’ve learned that one of the most important services we can offer a patient is a simple appointment reminder. I’ve also learned that unless you know what you’re doing, a successful appointment reminder strategy isn’t quite as easy as it sounds.
Well, consider this my attempt to make it simple.… Read more
When healthcare organizations are looking to implement a solution that will allow them to text their patients, the term “short code” is one that often arises.
In its simplest terms, a short code is much like a six-digit phone number. It’s used to route an incoming text from a patient to you or your text messaging vendor.… Read more
NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s report, “Top Challenges for Medical Practices: Results and Observations from the 2015 Practice Readiness Survey”, a survey of nearly 500 healthcare professionals and the common problems of practice management they anticipate to be most challenging in 2015. Download the full report
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