Three Quick HR Tips for Physician Groups Discussed on Results Matter Radio

Mar 21, 2011, 17:33 ET from Burr & Forman LLP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Burr & Forman LLP and Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC teamed up to offer quick tips to physicians on how to effectively maneuver through the HR side of a physician's practice. These tips include: "Questions Physicians Ask Their Patients That They Should Not Ask Potential Employees," "Why Background Checks Should Matter To Your Physician Group," and "Help Your Physician's Office Be Progressive: Discipline That Preserves Your Best Investment." Ashley Hattaway, Partner at Burr & Forman, and Lisa Warren, healthcare consultant with Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC, are the latest guests to be interviewed on the newly launched Results Matter Radio. The segments are outlined below and can be downloaded at no charge as podcasts at

Segment 1: Questions Physicians Ask Their Patients That They Should Not Ask Potential Employees

Typically patient histories have three components: family, medical and social history. While knowing this information about an interviewee may be valuable, there are many reasons these questions should not be asked during the interview process. While physicians may feel limited in the line of questioning appropriate for an interview, in reality they can learn a vast deal of information about potential employees by being armed with the right questions.

Segment 2: Why Background Checks Should Matter To Your Physician Group

Background checks performed the right way, and at the right time, can help a physician group hire the right person and prevent mistakes that can affect patient care and the group's bottom line.  However, there are legal pitfalls if background checks are not performed correctly, so physician groups should be aware of what laws apply, when and how checks should be performed and what steps should be taken to protect the privacy of applicants and employees.

Segment 3: Help Your Physician's Office Be Progressive: Discipline That Preserves Your Best Investment

It is often more difficult to recruit a good employee than to retain one.  Physician groups can set expectations and use progressive discipline to assist in retaining those employees in which it has invested. Well-developed and current job descriptions help employees understand what they are expected to do. Regularly reviewing the policy manual and ensuring office policies are up-to-date and consistently enforced allows physician groups to keep their employees on track and also provides protection in situations where retention is not possible.

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