It takes money to make money, goes the old saying. But is high overhead taking too big a bite out of your profit?
Using data from the ADA and Bureau of Labor Statistics, along with proprietary sources, our analysis found the median overhead for general practices was 75%. This is extremely high. We teach our GP clients to aim for 59% overhead.
Steps you can take to control overhead
Practices should be vigilant about reducing operating costs as a way to cut overhead. Here are six areas you should assess for potential cost savings:
- Purchasing: Evaluate procedures for purchasing supplies. Are you bulk ordering items that you now use less frequently?
- Facility: Renegotiate lease terms or, if you own your facility, explore refinancing options. Currently, interest rates are at a historic low.
- Insurance: Work with your insurance agent to review coverages and premiums for potential savings.
- Utilities: Reexamine utility costs, especially for Internet and telecom. Providers usually offer different options and packages that can result in savings.
- Inventory: Take inventory every six months to avoid overages and shortages.
- Compensation: Consider implementing a staff bonus system based on increased production and collections in place of annual cost-of-living raises.
Every expense category should be reviewed regularly to ensure that the practice is receiving the proper value for what it spends.
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