Medical Practice Strategic Planning Checklist

August 8, 2010

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 We do a strategic planning process at least annually.
 This process gathers input from key stakeholders and data about our practice and
 We review our mission and vision for the practice.
 We assess the size and growth of the market for our services.
 We compare our own “penetration” to the size of the market.
 We assess trends in managed care and payments and analyze our contracts.
 We evaluate competitors’ strengths and weaknesses, and how we can gain an edge.
 We assess the strengths and weaknesses of our referral network.
 We evaluate the depth and breadth of our overall service offerings. We assess the
strengths and weaknesses of our marketing.
 We assess our payers, including our payer mix.
 We evaluate our clinical utilization rates and quality or care outcomes.
 We evaluate our internal controls.
 We evaluate our cost structure and financial ratios.
 We review our technology.
 We take a hard look at the patient’s experience, and how to improve it.
 We assess the capabilities of our clinicians and staff and identify any gaps to fill.
 We review physician and staff compensation.
 We assess our risks, compliance, and malpractice insurance.
 We evaluate our relationship with local hospital(s).
 We analyze our financial strength, including capacity for debt, days receivables, trends
in aging of receivables, collection ratios, and profitability by services.
 We assess our facility and location, including whether we are located in the optimal zip
code/area to serve our desired patient base.
 We do an overall “Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” or SWOT analysis
about our practice.
 We determine which services and programs to expand, which to defend, and which to
 We identify the top issues we need to address, and then identify key priorities to
address these issues, achieve our vision, and be more competitive and profitable.
 We set annual performance/financial goals for our practice and develop a plan to achieve
those goals.
 We assign specific accountability to achieve these initiatives, and a communication plan
to follow up on them.

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