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Physicians who have been instrumental in making Grand Junction, CO, one of the lowest cost health care marketplaces in the country offer the secrets of Grand Junction's success.
The author describes strategies that office staff can use to help uninsured patients find affordable health care services, medications and even insurance policies.
The authors describe things practices can do to help uninsured patients, including those recently laid off, get essential health care services.
The author, who writes from experience inside a managed care organization, offers suggestions for making the precertification process easier.
The author explains the importance of clinical judgment and physicians' ability to focus on what's important. He shares lessons that have helped him meet patients' needs while avoiding useless tests and ineffective treatments.
In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.
The article explains what physicians can do to make wiser use of hospital resources, including limiting lengths of stay to what is clinically necessary and referring patients to alternate facilities when appropriate.
Argues that the mal-aligned incentives offered to health care providers in the current system are perverse and require special action on the part of physicians to generate anything like a healthy outcome.
Mar 2002 Issue
What Every Physician Should Know About Generic Drugs [Improving Patient Care]
The article explores the safety and cost-effectiveness of prescribing generic drugs over brand-name drugs.
The author, a physician who has been on both sides of utilization review, will help readers understand the concurrent hospital review process.