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Tips for Reducing Wait Times

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Our members' time is valuable. Show them you respect it by reducing wait times. 

Show our members you value their time

Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of a long wait to get a prescription filled or a lab test done, or to see a physician who’s running behind schedule? To help keep Kaiser Permanente patients and members happy, many unit-based teams are tackling this issue and finding ways to reduce wait times.

  1. Raise awareness of the problem by sharing data about the department’s wait times and patient satisfaction scores with unit-based team members.
  2. Help your co-workers understand it is everyone’s responsibility to be attentive to members who have been waiting for long periods of time — and recognize co-workers who do this well.
  3. Inform patients of delays by having the receptionist let them know if a physician is running late.
  4. Provide members and patients who have been waiting for extended periods of time with individual attention and updated information by “rounding” in the waiting area.
  5. Put a focus on wait times by posting patient arrival times on exam room doors or having pharmacists call out the wait time in the pharmacy.
  6. Utilize an “all hands on deck” approach, so when wait times hit a certain threshold, all available staff members drop what they’re doing and help reduce long lines.
  7. Consider shifting employees’ schedules to ensure adequate staffing during peak hours and at the start of the day, so you don't fall behind from the beginning.*
  8. Promote alternatives to in-person visits such as prescription refills by mail or email, phone or video consultations with doctors.
  9. Rethink who does what if part of the reason for long wait times is that only employees in particular job category are allowed to do a certain task.*
  10. Create a quiet zone in pharmacies to reduce distractions for the primary filling technician.

*  Consult with local unions to ensure proposed changes are in line with the contracts.


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