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.

Feb 2005 Issue
Practicing Without Paper Charts: One Clinic's Experience [Feature]

The article describes one clinic's experience moving from paper charts to an electronic medical record run on wireless, tablet PCs.

Feb 2005 Issue
Making the Most of Every Minute [Balancing Act]

Physians often have less than 15 minutes to spend with each patient. The author shares advice on how to make the most of short patient visits, such as not rushing through a physical exam, asking questions and maintaining eye contact.

Nov-Dec 2004 Issue
Why It's Time to Purchase an Electronic Health Record System [Feature]

The author, who led his group's EMR selection committee, describes changes in the market, in EMRs, and in health care that make this the right time for all practices to seriously consider purchasing an EMR system.

Jul-Aug 2004 Issue
Sticking the Landing: How to Create a Clean End to a Medical Visit [Improving Patient Care]

The article will explain how physicians can improve the quality of patient visits and provide better closure by setting an agenda for each visit and addressing patients' emotions and expectations.

Jul-Aug 2004 Issue
How to Use Scheduling Data to Improve Efficiency [Feature]

The author describes how physicians and administrators can use data gleaned from an appointment schedule to improve office efficiency, identify opportunities for expansion and generate internal growth.

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