November/December 2015 Issue
Putting Pre-Visit Planning Into Practice [Feature]

Patient visits can be more effective if much of the information gathering is done ahead of time.

May/June 2015 Issue
How to Provide More Access Without Working More Hours [Feature]

Working differently can be the key to greater access and satisfaction for both you and your patients.

May/June 2015 Issue
Treating Dementia With Shared Group Visits [Feature]

Seeing patients with dementia in a group setting can streamline visits and help provide support for caregivers and families.

March/April 2015 Issue
Practice Management Challenges: Unpaid Bills, Inefficiency, and Rules [From The Editor]

And you thought just being a doctor was hard.

March/April 2015 Issue
Inefficiency in Primary Care: Common Causes and Potential Solutions [Feature]

This practice-based research project highlights key sources of inefficiency in primary care and real-world suggestions for how to improve.

November/December 2014 Issue
Teamwork: Is It Always More Efficient? [From The Editor]

If it isn't thoughtfully applied, the team model may have unintended consequences.

November/December 2014 Issue
Team-Based Care: Saving Time and Improving Efficiency [Feature]

Physicians can maximize their time - and their practice's income - by delegating more documentation tasks to well-trained staff.

September/October 2014 Issue
Applying the "Theory of Constraints" to Solve Your Practice's Most Vexing Problem [Feature]

What stands in the way of your practice achieving its goal?

September/October 2014 Issue
Caring for Seniors: How Community-Based Organizations Can Help [Feature]

Partnering with local groups that work with seniors can help you meet the special needs of older patients.

March/April 2014 Issue
Adding Health Education Specialists to Your Practice [Feature]

A health education specialist (HES) is a clinic staff member who can fill many roles now demanded in modern medical practices. In the authors' practice, the HES serves as both a health educator, encouraging patients toward more healthy behavior, and a health coach, helping patients choose and achieve defined health goals. These roles also include assisting physicians during Medicare annual wellness visits and coaching co-visits. The HES also can monitor care quality and oversee practice improvement initiatives, such as transitioning to a medical home model. Using non-medical personnel for HES positions, practices can still reap benefits from their specialized training while not having to remove nursing personnel from their increasingly important primary care responsibilities.

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