Clinical process improvement

November/December 2014 Issue
Three Questions to Guide Any Change Effort [The Last Word]

The change you're pursuing is more likely to succeed if you can answer "yes" to each of these questions.

September/October 2014 Issue
Tools of the Trade [From The Editor]

Need help with quality, practice productivity, and population health? You've come to the right place.

September/October 2014 Issue
Controlling Hypertension: Focusing on "Why" Makes "How" a Lot Easier [Feature]

Understanding the power of quality data and then starting with a few specific measures leads to improved blood pressure rates.

November/December 2012 Issue
A Streamlined Approach to Prescription Management [Feature]

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.

September/October 2012 Issue
A Toolkit to Improve the Treatment of CA-MRSA [Feature]

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.

March/April 2012 Issue
A Nursing Home Documentation Tool for More Efficient Visits [Feature]

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.

November/December 2011 Issue
Simple Tools to Increase Patient Satisfaction With the Referral Process [Feature]

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.

July/August 2011 Issue
Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Made Easier [Feature]

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.

May/June 2011 Issue
An Organized Approach to Chronic Disease Care [Feature]

The authors describe their group's team-based approach to chronic disease management, with a focus on diabetes care.

May/June 2011 Issue
Keys to High-Functioning Office Teams [Feature]

The article offers practical advice on improving practice revenue, implementing advanced access and improving both care and the patient's experience of care by building a high-functioning care team.

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