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Practice Essentials

Editors' Choice of Best Available Content

If you want a quick course on those aspects of practice that you didn't learn about in medical school and residency, or if you're new to practice and feeling overwhelmed, this Practice Essentials article collection will introduce you to the basics -- from coding to contracting to time management.

Time Management

03/01/2002 Time Management Tips That Work
08/01/1999 Kick the Procrastination Habit

Physician-Patient Communication

09/01/2006 Improving Communication With Older Patients: Tips From the Literature Tool
06/01/2009 What Should You Do When Your Patient Brings a List?
06/01/2007 How to Manage Difficult Patient Encounters

Practice Efficiency

04/01/2008 Closing the Physician-Staff Divide: A Step Toward Creating the Medical Home
03/01/2006 Creating a High-Performing Clinical Team
01/01/2004 Five Strategies for a More Vital Practice Tool
08/01/2008 A New Approach to Making Your Doctor-Nurse Team More Productive Tool
06/01/2002 Strategies for Better Patient Flow and Cycle Time

Negotiating and Contracting

06/01/2003 Demystifying Common Terms in Employment Agreements
08/01/2012 Evaluating Employment Agreements
12/01/2006 Negotiating a Contract With a Health Plan
06/01/2012 Nine Practice Sale Pitfalls to Avoid
12/01/2002 A Primer on Employment Contracts
04/01/2009 Tying the Partnership Knot: Making It a Win for Both Practice and Associate


09/01/2005 Coding "Routine" Office Visits: 99213 or 99214? Tool
04/01/2011 Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You
01/01/2007 Level-II vs. Level-III Visits: Cracking the Codes
12/01/2008 Time Is on Your Side: Coding on the Basis of Time

Electronic Health Records

02/01/2005 How to Select an Electronic Health Record System Tool
02/01/2007 How to Successfully Navigate Your EHR Implementation
12/01/2010 Successful EHR Implementations: Attitude Is Everything

Life Balance

02/01/2006 Doctorhood and Motherhood
05/01/2004 Blending Work and Family
04/01/2002 Eight Ideas for Managing Stress and Extinguishing Burnout
09/01/2003 Eight Ways to Improve Your Relationships
06/01/2001 Life Balance: 17 Tips From Doctors, for Doctors
04/01/2003 Making Family Practice Doable in Everyday Life


06/01/2006 Don't Be a Target for a Malpractice Suit

Patient-Centered Medical Home

12/01/2009 Ten Steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home
08/01/2009 The Patient-Centered Medical Home: 12 Tips to Help You Lead the Way

Access to Care

12/01/2011 Simple Tools to Increase Patient Satisfaction With the Referral Process Tool
09/01/2000 Same-Day Appointments: Exploding the Access Paradigm

Practice Options

06/01/2014 Practice Transformation: Taking the Direct Primary Care Route
12/01/2013 Physicians Assemble: Integrating Small Groups to Preserve Independent Practice
06/01/2003 Demystifying Common Terms in Employment Agreements
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