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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.
Is the health system in your community truly focused on what the patient wants? Are you sure?
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.
A $1.5 million study is underway to determine whether this practice is a good idea. Spoiler alert: It is.
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.
If we fail at access, we fail at the most fundamental piece of the relationship.