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.

September/October 2013 Issue
Three Building Blocks for Improving Access to Care [Feature]

Your efforts to give patients same-day appointments won't succeed until you address three critical issues.

July/August 2013 Issue
Optimizing the Role of Nursing Staff to Enhance Physician Productivity: One Physician's Journey [Feature]

The author, a family physician, describes how he changed his practice model to work with two nurses simultaneously, allowing them to take on more of the work for each patient encounter so that the physician could focus on the patient.

March/April 2013 Issue
Envisioning New Roles for Medical Assistants: Strategies From Patient-Centered Medical Homes [Feature]

The authors examine several ways that the work of medical assistants changes as practices make the transition to medical home status, and they suggest several strategies used by such practices to help medical assistants work at the top of their abilities and licensure.

May/June 2012 Issue
Six Characteristics of Effective Practice Teams [Feature]

This article describes strategies for improving efficiency and productivity by using delegation, team-building, and communication.

January/February 2011 Issue
The Efficiencies of Meandering [The Last Word]

Could being productive really be so effortless?

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