13 for 2013 Tip #5: Review your maintenance contracts

Starting a new year is a great time to review your equipment maintenance contracts and evaluate alternatives.  Independent service organizations compete for your business -- if your contract costs keep rising, consider putting your contracts out for bid.  In some cases, rising maintenance costs may also mean that replacing outdated medical equipment is more cost-effective than continuing to service older assets. The same thinking applies to office technology assets.  If the Geek Squad tech who helps you fix your PCs or your network is on a first-name basis with everyone in the office, you may be better off upgrading.  And practice management software that requires costly upgrades may be better replaced with a cloud-based solution that updates automatically.