A model developed for heart and soul
A young team of doctors balance their work and family commitments – by adopting an exemplary group practice model and some fresh ideas. The cardiological and city centre practice in Aarau has relied on a successful model and on BDO as its accounting partner since the very start.
Light-flooded rooms, modern equipment and only friendly faces: there is an absence of a white coat effect on the second floor of Bahnhofplatz 4 in Aarau. Positivity determines everyday work in this cardiological and city centre practice in Aarau. A sign at the reception communicates in soft red colours just how the doctors in the group practice tackle their daily workload: “From the heart”. Two general practitioners (GPs) cover the field of general medicine and psychosomatic-psychosocial medicine, while two cardiologists take care of cardiovascular disorders in this group practice fitted out with consulting rooms, treatment rooms and a laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art examination and measuring devices. This group practice has been run by three doctors since 2013: Matthias Wachter (cardiologist), his wife Rebekka (GP) and cardiologist Mario Hoffmann.
Rebekka Wachter and another GP share a full-time position, thereby ensuring seamless medical provision. Matthias Wachter and Mario Hoffmann set aside one day a week for their families, which is made possible by this special family model and by the synergies provided by a group practice.
The cardiological and city centre practice was able to start up operations under favourable circumstances. Matthias Wachter started off his career as a self-employed doctor in 2011 as a successor in a longstanding cardiological practice in Aarau. Before retiring, his predecessor briefly worked part-time to help the team of doctors familiarise themselves with the new practice. Matthias Wachter and his colleague Mario Hoffmann were able to take over the retired cardiologist’s patient base. Rebekka Wachter set up her GP practice from scratch. Less than two years on, the group practice now occupies an excellent position in the market. Even though the cardiological and GP patient files are taking up an increasing amount of space, the doctors want to continue to devote sufficient time to their patients. They are not placing their focus on growth, but on continuity. The medical profession is not spared the daily flow of information that is bombarding the end consumer. “The younger generation in particular requires a lot more medical clarification.” GPs are aware of this and “are faster to refer patients to a specialist”, says Matthias Wachter, based on his experience in recent years.
Sandra Vinci from BDO got to experience this positive environment from the outset: “I was able to wit- ness and assist the establishment of the group practice from day one.” She draws up individual financial statements for each of the partners and manages unified accounts for the joint costs. BDO is also responsible for the payroll processing of the practice, which now numbers seven employees. Sandra Vinci is also tasked with providing pensions and tax advice. One additional challenge is the increasing extent of digitalisation, as evidenced by the government’s requirement for the introduction of digital medical records by 2018. The client has to be kept constantly up to date and advised on changes like these and others. The cardiological and city centre practice in Aarau aims to switch from its current legal form as a simple partnership to a joint-stock company over the medium term.