Preventive care

September/October 2011 Issue
Remove Roadblocks and Improve Access to Preventive Care [Feature]

A family medicine residency clinic improved care for children with Medicaid by removing internal obstacles and using reminders to help ensure that preventive care is delivered, among other changes.

July/August 2011 Issue
Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Made Easier [Feature]

The author explains how to efficiently provide Medicare well visits (the new Annual Wellness Visit as well as the Welcome to Medicare Physical) and code and bill for the services to maximize benefit to the patient and efficiency for the practice.

January/February 2011 Issue
What You Need to Know About the Medicare Preventive Services Expansion [Feature]

A summary of the clinical preventive services Medicare covers and the circumstances under which they're covered as well guidance about how to get paid for them.

May-Jun 2009 Issue
The Problem With Diet and Exercise Plans [Opinion]

Patients don't need more knowledge; they need a number to shoot for.

Jan-Feb 2009 Issue
New Year, New Medicare Preventive Coverage [Feature]

The article provides a summary of the clinical preventive services Medicare covers, the circumstances under which they're covered and guidance about how to get paid for them.

Sep-Oct 2008 Issue
Vaccination Management: Is Your Practice on Target? [Feature]

The availability of expensive vaccines for HPV and herpes zoster have made the issue of payment for vaccinations more critical than ever for family medicine practices. The author offers coding and billing advice to help physicians secure the payment they're entitled to.

Sep-Oct 2008 Issue
Launching a Community-Wide Flu Vaccination Plan [Feature]

The article describes one family physician's efforts to organize flu vaccination for an entire rural county in Oklahoma and the resulting improvements in vaccine coverage and office efficiency.

Feb 2008 Issue
Defending the Real Standard of Care [The Last Word]

When a strep test led to a lawsuit, this physician took the stand in defense of common sense.

Jan 2008 Issue
Preventive Medicine: Giving Patients the Hard Sell [Feature]

The article describes how to more effectively advocate that your patients receive needed preventive services.

Sep 2007 Issue
Rewarding Failure [The Last Word]

High-tech, high-cost procedures may get all the glory in health care, but they signal our failure to reward prevention.

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