How to Reduce No-Shows
According to an MGMA survey of practices that track no-shows and late cancellations, these practices used the following patient appointment reminder techniques to reduce the number of no-shows:
- 75.7% have staff make telephone calls
- 19.3% send postcards/mailers
- 18.8% have an automated attendant system make calls
- 5.9% have a vendor handle reminders and confirmation
When patients miss an appointment:
- 69.8% of practices do not charge the patient
- 9.8% charge only for chronic cancellations and no-shows
- 8.4% charge for all missed appointments
- 6.5% charge after one missed appointment
A missed appointment is a missed opportunity that amounts to reduced billing and lost revenue. A practice can employ some very effective methods and techniques to reduce the number of no-shows:
- Develop a strong personal relationship with patients to increase their loyalty.
- Send patients cards for holidays and patients’ birthdays
- Provide the patient with a written reminder card with special instructions for cancellations.
- Use telephone or automated patient reminder devices 2 or 3 days prior to the appointment.
- Use open or advanced access scheduling to provide same- day appointments.
- Overbooking could be an efficient way to deal with the extra time created by patient no-shows.
- Remind patients, when they want to cancel, that they may not be able to get another visit for a couple of months from now.
- Extend a thank you to patients who keep their appointments or who call to cancel or reschedule their appointments.
- Monitor your no-shows and determine why a patients’ cancel their appointments.
- Develop a no-show policy to deal with appointment cancellations.
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