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HIT Breakdown 40 - How to avoid the most common pitfalls of an affiliate extension program

Released Wednesday, 11th December 2019
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Picture this scenario: It’s Monday morning and you’re driving into work. Cars are typically bumper to bumper at this hour, but not today. Traffic’s flowing so well, you’ll have enough time to stop and get Starbucks before your 8 a.m. meeting.

Then, WHAM! You hit a pothole. It came out of nowhere. The next thing you know your car’s making a loud thumping sound.

You pull over to the side of the road and, sure enough – you’ve got a flat. To make matters worse, you don’t have a spare tire. In an instant, your morning commute went from smooth to stressful. It’s time to call a tow truck. Oh, and never mind Starbucks, you’re not even going to make it to that 8 a.m. meeting.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if you had a little warning about that pothole? A simple road sign or barrier would have helped you avoid a morning of chaos.

Warnings signs are helpful for many scenarios in life – especially as you develop your Affiliate extension strategy. There’s a lot you can learn from other organizations that have experienced challenges during this process, so you can account for and avoid potential pitfalls (or potholes) with your own program.

Experts from our Affiliate Solutions team recently discussed the most common pitfalls they see organizations experience with an extension program:

  • Expectation-setting

  • Delineating responsibility

  • Identifying decision-makers

  • Developing repeatable processes

  • Testing oversight

Listen in as they offer planning tips to avoid these issues, so you can experience a more seamless affiliate extension – free from any potholes. And if you need help developing your EHR extension strategy, or have questions about specific challenges you’re facing, let’s talk. We’ll listen to your needs and help you determine the best roadmap for your organization and its affiliates.

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