ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Test your knowledge of ICD-10 coding and documentation requirements for five diagnoses you're likely to encounter in family medicine.
Once you understand a few peculiarities, you'll be ready to code common diseases of the respiratory system.
The article describes the quality-improvement tools and strategies the authors used to increase adherence to evidence-based guidelines and improve asthma care in their family medicine clinic.
The author, a member of the faculty for the AAFP/NICHQ asthma collaborative, describes his practice's approach to planned asthma care and offers an approach that other practices can use.
Argues that, even given all the barriers, practice improvement effort can pay off in enough ways that it is worth the effort.
The article follows a family practice through its quality improvement project to increase physician use of clinical guidelines for asthma.