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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
High no-show rates in the ambulatory setting lead to underutilized resources, decreased clinic revenue, and lower productivity. The purpose of this single case study was to explore strategies that administrators used to maintain acceptable no-show rates and maintain the sustainability of the healthcare practice. The target population for this study included local chapter members of a professional healthcare organization that provided access to practice managers and administrators in the Las Vegas, Nevada regional area where there are a large number of practices that are not part of a health system; the sustainability of these practices is dependent on allocation of adequate resources. The conceptual framework for this study was Kotter's 8-step change management model that uses 8 steps for successfully managing change within the organization and developing quality improvement initiatives. Data collection included semistructured interviews with 2 practice leaders, observation of the organization's practice management and appointment scheduling systems, and a review of internal reports related to appointment trends and no-show rates. Based on the data analysis using deductive and open coding techniques, 3 distinctive themes emerged from the data: appointment booking strategies, appointment reminder strategies, and provider flexibility. The results of this study might positively affect positive social change by helping administrators improve access to care in an outpatient setting through improved appointment utilization and improve patient care outcomes with more appointment availability.