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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.
The author explains why he gives his cell phone number to his patients and how doing so has enhanced his patient-physician relationships.
The authors explain how physicians can effectively negotiate the agenda of a primary care visit with a patient who brings in a list of issues to cover.
Online physician rating services are becoming more common and more widely used. The authors give physicians advice for dealing with unfavorable reviews.
Good records can help defend against a meritless malpractice suit, but it takes more than good records to prevent one.
The author, a TransforMed research analyst, will describe things she observed during her visits to the TransforMed demonstration practices. The article will be structured as a "walk around the office" to see things through your patients' eyes that can be addressed easily and cheaply to improve your practice.
This article offers readers an introduction to end-of-life care. It discusses predicting life expectancy, initiating hospice care, introducing advance directives and billing for hospice care, among other things.
This article describes patient-centered communication strategies physicians can use to structure the initial moments of a medical encounter to elicit, explore and respond to patients' concerns more reliably.
The article will explain how to use the patient experience as an easy way to measure practice function and outcomes and how to correct performance gaps.