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Use 10 minutes intervals when scheduling appointments

  
  

Would you like to work an extra week and a half every year and not get paid for it? That's essentially what many practices are doing today because they continue to schedule appointments using 15 minute intervals.

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By using 10 minute intervals, we can schedule much more accurately. Many procedure require 20 minutes or 40 minutes, for example. Using 15 minute intervals means we don't schedule enough time if we use 1 or 2 units respectively (15 or 30 minutes). Or, more likely, we're wasting time if we schedule using 2 and 3 units (30 and 45 minutes) for these types of appointments. 

Ten-minute units will now offer greater flexibility and result in increased productivity. Studies have shown that the average practice can schedule up to a week and half more appointments simply by switching from 15 to 10 minute intervals.

As a side benefit, the studies have shown patients will arrive more promptly when given a 9:10 appointment as opposed to a 9:00 appointment. It shows the practice is striving for greater efficiency and is also more respectful of the patient's time.

Most dental software programs today allow you to setup your practice to use 10 minute intervals for increased efficiency.

Comments

Actually managing an interval while appoinment scheduling is the most important thing for any clinic. Interval shouldn't be too long.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:10 AM by appointment software
It is very important to implement proper appointment scheduling. When a dental practice respects the time of its patients, the patients will also respect the time of the practice. This will in turn portray an image of professionalism for the dental practice and will make happier patients.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:17 PM by Dental Practice Management
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