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Clinical process improvement
Patient visits can be more effective if much of the information gathering is done ahead of time.
The change you're pursuing is more likely to succeed if you can answer "yes" to each of these questions.
Need help with quality, practice productivity, and population health? You've come to the right place.
Understanding the power of quality data and then starting with a few specific measures leads to improved blood pressure rates.
The authors argue for synchronizing prescription expiration dates for chronic medications to fall just after the next annual comprehensive care visit, so all of them can be renewed at once, without need for phone calls or unexpected interruptions.
The article describes the use of a clinical toolkit to facilitate the surgical treatment of community-acquired MRSA infections and reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in medical practices.
The authors introduce a documentation tool appropriate for nursing home cares. The tool was designed to help residents sift through the complexities of the nursing home resident, and the authors believe that it can be widely used with the same benefit by all practicing family physicians.
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 how to efficiently provide Medicare well visits (the new Annual Wellness Visit as well as the Welcome to Medicare Physical) and code and bill for the services to maximize benefit to the patient and efficiency for the practice.
The authors describe their group's team-based approach to chronic disease management, with a focus on diabetes care.