ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Clinical process improvement
The authors make the case for incorporating behavioral health counseling services into the medical home.
As an addition to the Prescribed credit that Family Practice Management (FPM) has always offered, the author introduces "translation to practice" CME credit, which AAFP members can now earn by trying out ideas they pick up from articles in FPM.
The authors list a number of techniques they have used to contain costs in Grand Junction, recently in the news for its extraordinary ability to deliver high-quality, low-cost medicine.
Family Practice Management now cosponsors an annual award for practice improvement. Readers are invited to apply.
Health plans often send letters to doctors with messages such as, “Your patient has not refilled his prescription in two weeks.” Such letters don't help, argues this physician.
The article describes the quality-improvement tools and strategies the authors used to increase adherence to evidence-based guidelines and improve asthma care in their family medicine clinic.
The authors provide a quick-reference guide that includes questions to ask a depressed patient to identify suicidal ideation and space for local resource phone numbers.
Never assume that a critical message has been delivered.
The article describes one family physician's efforts to organize flu vaccination for an entire rural county in Oklahoma and the resulting improvements in vaccine coverage and office efficiency.
The article features a variety of "big ideas" in current practice management thinking, submitted by family physicians and selected by a panel of experts.