Appropriate population to pain specialist ratio

Discussion in 'Pain Medicine' started by member, Aug 9, 2005.

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  1. member

    member Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    If one is planning to start a practice what are the factors to be considered in terms of city and population size before one embarks on such a journey? Once you decide the city is big enough, how do you go about it. Do you need exclusive contracts with hospitals or can you advertize to PCP and gain momentum.
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  3. Doctodd

    Doctodd 10+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Miami, FL
    i dont know about population, but to get known, consider both. The hospital may back you financially or with space/equipment if there isnt someone already there doing pain. Also, drug reps and the functions they put on are good ways to meet other docs who may refer. I found meeting pcp docs at dinners was easier than interrupting their day.


    edit....also dont underestimate your value to a hospital or ASC. They make ALOT of money off you in the facility fee, A trans esi makes them close to $900 in Florida depending on the payor. I happened to ask my ASC manager this week.

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