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The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.
In recent years, short or delayed supplies of flu vaccine have driven up costs, and reimbursement has not kept pace. The author offers suggestions for trying to turn the situation around for the 2002-2003 flu season.
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.
This article describes how point-of-care anticoagulation devices can make warfarin therapy more patient-focused.
The article explains how one family practice uses a "medication use agreement" to prevent medication misuse while helping patients who suffer from chronic pain.
This article explains how to spot patients who are diverting or abusing prescription pain medications and offers tips on how to prevent diversion and abuse while providing high-quality care for pain.
The author presents a tool used in his practice to improve the documentation of patients' prescriptions, which makes for a more complete and useful medical record.
This article points out how taking on risk for pharmaceutical costs is becoming increasingly risky because of projected increases in drug costs over the next 10 years.
A family physician presents practical tips that can help physicians and their staff members be more efficient in their patient-care activities.
This article will describe changes in Medicare reimbursement for 1999, including the implementation of resource-based practice expense payments, changes in payments for drugs and biologicals, and payments for teleconsultations.