End-of-Year Practice Checklist: Achieve Practice Success in 2024
To ease the transition into the new year, we put together an end-of-year project task list to keep your practice operating smoothly. Free spreadsheet template download included for customizing to your practice.
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As the year comes to a close, it is important to both look back at what you’ve accomplished and look forward to transitioning into the next year of practice management.
But in the rush of year-end responsibilities, sometimes important tasks can be difficult to prioritize and stay on top of. To help you achieve practice success we’ve put together an end-of-year (EOY) checklist for addressing crucial tasks.
Taking the time now to address these priorities will set the stage for a prosperous and productive new year.
You can also download the spreadsheet version of this task list here.
Review and update patient registration forms and consent documents.
Evaluate and update office policies and procedures for the new year.
Conduct an inventory of supplies and equipment and order replacements as needed.
Schedule maintenance and repairs for equipment.
Review and update marketing and promotional materials (see Marketing & Growth section).
Plan employee training and development activities for the new year. Investing in staff development enhances skills and keeps the practice at the forefront of dental advancements.
Conduct employee performance reviews and set goals for the new year. Providing constructive feedback and discussing professional development goals for the upcoming year fosters a culture of continuous improvement within the practice.
Evaluate technology needs and update software or hardware if necessary.
Backup all data and ensure disaster recovery plans are up-to-date. Be sure to reach out to your PMS provider to determine the best process for this task.
Review and analyze financial statements: Identify areas of strength and weakness, track key metrics like collection rate and profitability, and compare it to previous years.
Create a budget for the upcoming year: Project expected revenue and expenses, allocate resources effectively, and adjust budgets based on year-end performance.
Finalize insurance contracts and negotiate rates for the new year.
Review and analyze accounts receivable (A/R): Identify overdue accounts, calculate net receivables, and develop a plan for collection. Use software like Pearly to stay on top of your A/R collection efforts.
Reconcile bank statements and ensure financial records are accurate and up-to-date.
Finalize payroll and taxes for the year.
Review and update clinical protocols and guidelines.
Update patient charts and records and make sure that their handling is HIPAA compliant.
Review and update infection control protocols.
Identify and implement new technologies to improve patient care. Be sure to be subscribed to publications/resources that will keep your practice on the cutting edge of the industry.
MARKETING & GROWTH:
Develop a marketing plan for the new year. Sometimes it's best to be inspired by what similar practices are doing for their outbound marketing.
Identify target populations and develop targeted marketing campaigns. A good place to start is often addressing inactive patients in your system.
Track and analyze the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. While this can be done with a spreadsheet, there are marketing software solutions specifically designed for dental practices.
Develop and implement new patient acquisition strategies.
Review and update online presence, including website and social media profiles. While your practice doesn't need to post every day, make sure that your contact info and operating hours are up-to-date.
Participate in community events and networking opportunities.
Build relationships with referral sources.
Develop and implement patient loyalty programs.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the patient recall system. Implementing strategies to encourage patients to schedule appointments for the next year helps maintain a steady flow of patients and supports preventive care efforts.
Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws.
Renew licenses and permits.
Update contact information for patients and insurance companies.
Organize and archive records.
Set goals for the new year and develop a plan to achieve them.
Schedule regular team meetings to discuss progress and address challenges.
Like any task list, be sure to make each new year objective realistic and achievable. Remember that the best checklist is the one that actually gets checks
It’s also important to assign team members to certain tasks and to get their input, involving them in the planning process.
By completing this checklist and taking a proactive approach to the end-of-year process, your practice can ensure a smooth transition to the new year and set the stage for continued success and growth.