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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.
This article describes two financial tools ? gap and root cause analyses ? to help physicians better understand the financial performance of their practice.
The author describes how to maximize your efficiency by organizing your incoming and outgoing messages and other patient-related information.
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.
The author introduces cycle time measurement, flow mapping, and several other quality improvement strategies that family physicians can use in their practices.
The article describes one clinic's experience moving from paper charts to an electronic medical record run on wireless, tablet PCs.
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.
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.
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.