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A compilation: Lessons that I've learned
By Stephen W. Earnhart, MS
Earnhart & Associates
After a talk I gave last month, someone came up to me after the meeting and asked me this question, "After all the years you have been doing this [surgical consulting], what are some of the things you have learned?"
I sort of blew off the question with a short quip, but the more I thought about the question, the more I wondered: What have I learned? I enjoy writing, fiction mostly, but I can and do plan on writing a book about my experiences in this industry. The following will certainly be within the pages:
I know that many centers are having a slowdown in activity and reimbursement from Medicare and Medicare is getting tougher and tougher. I do see turnaround but not in the near future. We all need to dig in and ride it out, because it will get better.
I talk with a lot with people in the industry that think they understand what is going on — (I don't think they really do!) but they all feel that all of us are in the right place at the right time. Hang in there. [Earnhart & Associates is a consulting firm specializing in all aspects of outpatient surgery development and management. Contact Earnhart at 13492 Research Blvd., Suite 120-258, Austin, TX 78750-2254. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.earnhart.com. Twitter: @SurgeryInc.]