Preventive care

May 2002 Issue
Does Health Habit Advice Affect Patient Satisfaction? [Improving Patient Care]

The article will explore how patients feel about and respond to health habit counseling provided by their family physician, relying on data from the Direct Observation of Primary Care study.

Apr 2002 Issue
A Tool for Better Well-Woman Exams [Improving Patient Care]

This article explains how visit-specific encounter forms can help physicians improve their documentation and their care. The author shares the routine gynecological encounter form used in his practice.

Jan 2002 Issue
Race and Preventive Services Delivery [Improving Patient Care]

The article, part of a continuing series on the Direct Observation of Primary Care study, will explore how race impacts the delivery of preventive services and how family physicians can improve preventive care to all populations.

Jun 2001 Issue
Medicare Expands Preventive Screening Benefits [Getting Paid]

Starting on July 1, 2001, Medicare coverage of preventive medicine services will be expanded to include biennial screening pap smears and pelvic exams (currently, coverage is limited to once every three years) and coverage for screening colonoscopies for all beneficiaries (currently only individuals at high risk receive this coverage). The article explains what physicians need to know to get reimbursed for these services.

Feb 2001 Issue
Implementing Preventive Care Flow Sheets [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how one practice improved its delivery of preventive services, in part by increasing physicians' use of preventive care flowsheets.

Mar 2000 Issue
Are You Practicing 'Opportunistic' Prevention? [Improving Patient Care]

The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will explore the effectiveness of delivering preventive services during illness visits and how it affects patient satisfaction.

Apr 1999 Issue
Making Wellness Medicine Work [Feature]

This article describes how the author is using health risk appraisals and computer-generated patient education to make annual physical exams an opportunity to practice wellness medicine more effectively.

Jan 1999 Issue
Are Your Patients Getting the Preventive Services They Need? [Improving Patient Care]

The article discusses the importance of preventive services and offers NCQA benchmarks. It also shows the process one practice used to identify its rates for mammograms, childhood immunizations and influenza vaccinations.

Nov-Dec 1998 Issue
Do-It-Yourself Disease Management [Feature]

This article will describe how FPs in small practices can join together to collect and use data to support disease management.

Apr 1998 Issue
An Ounce of Prevention [Medicare Update]

The author explains the effects of the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 on Medicare coverage for preventive services.

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