Preventive care

March/April 2015 Issue
Immunizations: How to Protect Patients and the Bottom Line [Feature]

Minimizing costs and maximizing reimbursement can make immunizations profitable.

November/December 2014 Issue
SHOTS 2014 [SPPACES: App Reviews]

SHOTS 2014 enables health care professionals to review immunization schedules and readily answer vaccine questions at the point of care.

July/August 2014 Issue
Offering Oral Health Services in Your Office [Feature]

Health problems of the mouth can affect the whole patient, making primary care physicians a natural ally.

July/August 2014 Issue
Achieving Sustainable Increases in Childhood Immunization Rates [Feature]

Analyzing and eliminating physical and procedural barriers to immunization allowed this practice to improve its performance.

July/August 2014 Issue
ICD-10 Simplifies Preventive Care Coding, Sort Of [Feature]

FPM's ICD-10 coding series continues with a look at how to code immunizations, routine health exams, and common preventive screenings.

March/April 2014 Issue
Resolving Patients' Vaccination Uncertainty: Going From "No Thanks!" to "Of Course!" [Feature]

In recent years, there has been an increase in patients refusing to get immunized, concerned with potential side effects or unconvinced that the shots are necessary. That has allowed some previously declining diseases to make a resurgence. Physicians, who remain the biggest influence on whether patients get vaccinated, need to find ways to address and overcome these reservations when talking with patients about getting immunized. Strategies include explaining the risks and benefits of vaccination; steering patients toward factual, pro-vaccination websites and literature; and working with community leaders and clergy who may also influence patients' decisions about vaccination.

November/December 2013 Issue
ACP Immunization Advisor [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The ACP Immunization Advisor app provides mobile access to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) current adult immunization schedule and adult vaccine indications and information.

September/October 2012 Issue
Making Medicare Wellness Visits Work in Practice [Feature]

The authors, whose practice delivers the Medicare annual wellness visit in the form of a nurse pre-visit and a 15-minute physician visit, offer advice, workflows and protocols for achieving similar levels of efficiency in other practices.

July/August 2012 Issue
Documenting and Coding Preventive Visits: A Physician's Perspective [Feature]

The authors offer advice on coding for preventive care visits with non-Medicare patients.

March/April 2012 Issue
Medicare Annual Wellness Visits: Don't Forget the Health Risk Assessment [Feature]

The author explains the circumstances surrounding the 2012 Medicare requirement that annual wellness visits include review of a health risk appraisal completed by the patient before the visit.

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