ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The article describes a step-by-step process to performing chart audits for assessing quality of care in a practice.
The article will explain how to use the patient experience as an easy way to measure practice function and outcomes and how to correct performance gaps.
The article describes how health plans use physician profiling and advises readers about the options they and their practices have for working within in this system.
Starting in July 2007, physicians can earn Medicare bonus money by tracking their performance in certain areas; the article helps them set up their practices to take advantage of the opportunity.
The author reviews the literature and offers evidence-based tips about how to improve patient satisfaction.
The article examines the current status and future trends of pay-for-performance programs, which reward physicians for meeting defined performance/quality measures.
The authors explain the importance of practice data gathering and quality measurement and offer suggestions for identifying and collecting the necessary data.
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 a practice can improve staff efficiency and accountability by developing performance standards that measure each staff member's job performance.
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.