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The article discusses conflicts between medical necessity (what patients need as well as what they want but don't need) and medical benefit (what their insurance policies cover and don't cover) and the problems this creates for family physicians and their patients. The article will include a handout for patients and strategies for physicians who find themselves stuck in the middle of these conflicts.
Complains about an outrageous newspaper ad for electron-beam tomography
Jan 2000 Issue
The Value of Brief, Targeted Smoking-Cessation Advice [Improving Patient Care]
The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will show how a few minutes of smoking cessation advice from a family physician can be successful in helping patients break their addictions.
Many patients will be losing their Medicare Plus Choice Coverage, and this article will help physicians guide those patients who have lost such coverage.
Discusses the book Making Wise Medical Decisions and the consumerism movement in health care.
Jun 1999 Issue
Improve Your Bottom Line With Patient Account Reps [Getting Paid]
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.
This installment in an ongoing series of brief web-site reviews will describe a few of the highest quality sites physicians can recommend to their patients for medical and health information.
The article will discuss how family physicians can help educate their patients about referrals to other specialists; a sample patient education brochure accompanies the article.
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.