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- The object of a practice is to diagnose and treat patients; therefore patients should take priority over most visitors.
- Other providers: The provider-visitor should be immediately announced, escorted to the healthcare provider's office, and asked to wait with an estimated of the waiting time.
- Pharmaceutical representative: secure the representatives business card, and check with the provider to see if there's time for visit.


Telecommunication- Equipment and material

- 6 button key set: standard phone used in some offices.
A. Up to four incoming lines.
1. Slow flashing light: incoming call.
2. Fast flashing light: calling hold.
3. Steady light: call in progress.
B. intercom button: allows for paging other offices or area in a clinic.
C. Hold button: when pushed places the call on hold.


Telecommunication- Direct dial

Direct dial:
- 1 + area code + seven digit number.


Telecommunication- Operated assisted

Operated assisted:
- 0 + area code + seven digit number.


Telecommunication- Long distance directory assistance within the U.S

Long distance directory assistance with the U.S:
- 411 or 1 + area code + 555-1212


Telecommunication- Time zones

Times zones:
- Pacific time: 12:00-- WA, OR, & CA
- Mountain time: 1:00-- MT, UT, ID, WY, CO, NM; parts of ND, SD, NE, & KS
- Central time: 2:00-- MN, WI, IA, MO, AR, OK, TX, LA, MS, IL, AL; parts of TN, KY, ND, SD, NE, & KS
- Eastern time: 3:00-- all others


Telecommunication- WATS ( 800 Wide Area Telephone Service)

- Toll-free calls anywhere within the U.S 1-800-seven digit number.
- 800 directory assistance: 1-800-555-1212.


Telecommunication- International calls

International calls:
- International access code (011) + country code + city code + local number + pound sign (#)


Appointments- Socioeconomic

- Status of patient population and the area being served, such as metropolitan, industrial, retirement, and rural communities.


Appointments- Wave

- Four patients will be scheduled each hour and seen in the order of arrival.
- The average appointment is 15 minutes.


Appointments- Open office hours (tidal wave)

Open office hours (tidal wave):
- The clinic is open for specified time period and, barring emergencies, patients are seen in the order of arrival; the least efficient method.


Appointments- stream (fixed intervals)

Stream (fixed intervals):
- Each patient is given a specific appointment time, usually 15 minutes.


Appointments- Modified wave

Modified wave:
- Two patients may be scheduled on the hour and two on the half hour.
- Two patients may be scheduled on the hour, one on the half hour.
- Two may be scheduled on the hour, one 15 minutes later, and one on the half hour.


Appointments- Double-booking

- Scheduling two patients simultaneously to see the same provider.


Appointments- Clustering (grouping)

Clustering (grouping):
- Scheduling similar appointments or procedure together during a day or week.
- Example: all well-baby checks are scheduled Wednesday morning; complete physicals are done each day between 9am and noon.