Apr 2007 Issue
Panel Size: How Many Patients Can One Doctor Manage? [Feature]

The article explains how to calculate the ideal number of patients a physician should have on his or her panel in order to optimize patient access to care, continuity of care and quality of care.

Apr 2007 Issue
The Right Number: Optimizing Panel Size [From The Editor]

How many patients should you have, and how many do you have? Two simple questions, right?

Feb 2007 Issue
Six Tips for Improving Practice Efficiency and Patient Satisfaction [Feature]

The author draws on her experience in practice for a number of years to give new physicians tips on improving clinical and administrative processes.

Nov-Dec 2006 Issue
Improving Office Practice: Working Smarter, Not Harder [Feature]

The author describes steps she has taken to redesign her practice systematically, implementing advanced access, pre-visit planning and other steps to cope with her own declining job satisfaction and to improve the quality of care delivered in her practice.

Apr 2006 Issue
Creating a Lean Practice [Feature]

The article describes how physicians can improve the efficiency of their practices using "lean" principles developed by quality improvement experts in other industries.

Mar 2006 Issue
Creating a High-Performing Clinical Team [Feature]

This article advocates the development of a coordinated clinical team within a primary care practice. Research has shown that a clinical team achieves better outcomes with patient health than individual work alone. The article encourages practices to get buy-in from all team members and to set reasonable clinical goals.

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
Look Beyond Your Practice's Bottom Line [Feature]

This article describes two financial tools ? gap and root cause analyses ? to help physicians better understand the financial performance of their practice.

Jul-Aug 2005 Issue
Prioritizing Your Incoming Messages [Balancing Act]

The author describes how to maximize your efficiency by organizing your incoming and outgoing messages and other patient-related information.

May 2005 Issue
The New Model of Care in Family Medicine: What's In It For You? [Feature]

The article will describe the new model of care proposed by the Future of Family Medicine project and will address the barriers and solutions to implementing key components of the new model.

Apr 2005 Issue
Making Every Minute Count: Tools to Improve Office Efficiency [Feature]

The author introduces cycle time measurement, flow mapping, and several other quality improvement strategies that family physicians can use in their practices.

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