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Maybe it is time to change the way I do things – yet again.
Patients are more likely to schedule a wellness visit if their physician recommends it, but that won't happen without staff support.
These mobile apps can help physicians and patients with treatment recommendations, treatment adherence, and smoking cessation.
Think of this as your field guide to the rules surrounding Medicare preventive services.
Minimizing costs and maximizing reimbursement can make immunizations profitable.
SHOTS 2014 enables health care professionals to review immunization schedules and readily answer vaccine questions at the point of care.
Health problems of the mouth can affect the whole patient, making primary care physicians a natural ally.
Analyzing and eliminating physical and procedural barriers to immunization allowed this practice to improve its performance.
FPM's ICD-10 coding series continues with a look at how to code immunizations, routine health exams, and common preventive screenings.
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.