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This model can make patients true partners in improving their care and that of others.
Letting minors view their health records online means finding a compromise between patient privacy and parental rights.
With a little practice, these seven vital skills can become a natural part of your patient consultations.
The author describes how patients' medical needs can be mishandled in a system with multiple hand-offs and no continuity of care.
The article presents a method for facilitating a more positive experience with "difficult" patients.
The authors provide advice on optimizing patient referrals and reinforce their advice with three tools: a referral form, a referral tracking spreadsheet, and a patient satisfaction survey.
The author explains his rationale for giving patients copies of his progress notes and any other medical records they wish to keep.
The author describes a way to use online shared document editing with Google Docs to facilitate communication between reception and back office in a large practice.
The authors make the case for incorporating behavioral health counseling services into the medical home.
The authors describe a process whereby practices can manage prescriptions for patients on narcotics for chronic pain, ensuring that patients have signed narcotics agreements, that prescriptions are refilled appropriately on schedule, that urine toxicology screening is carried out as appropriate. The process is also useful for patients taking stable dosages of other controlled substances.