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.

January/February 2013 Issue
The Doctor-Centered Medical Home [The Last Word]

Yes, it worked in the past. No, it won't work in the future.

November/December 2012 Issue
A Team-Building Model for Team-Based Care [Feature]

To reduce anxiety associated with a change to multidisciplinary team care, the authors used concepts and techniques from family therapy. They offer their approach as a way other practices can ease the pain of major process changes.

September/October 2012 Issue
Making Medicare Wellness Visits Work in Practice [Feature]

The authors, whose practice delivers the Medicare annual wellness visit in the form of a nurse pre-visit and a 15-minute physician visit, offer advice, workflows and protocols for achieving similar levels of efficiency in other practices.

May/June 2012 Issue
When Is a Team Not a Team? [From The Editor]

Meanings get slippery when words become badges of progress.

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.

May/June 2011 Issue
An Organized Approach to Chronic Disease Care [Feature]

The authors describe their group's team-based approach to chronic disease management, with a focus on diabetes care.

May/June 2011 Issue
Keys to High-Functioning Office Teams [Feature]

The article offers practical advice on improving practice revenue, implementing advanced access and improving both care and the patient's experience of care by building a high-functioning care team.

September/October 2010 Issue
Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness [Feature]

The article describes health coaching, which is an approach to providing patients and families with the skills to help themselves in partnership with their physician. The article includes examples of health coaching to demonstrate to primary care physicians how to initiate coaching models in their practices.

March/April 2010 Issue
How to Solve Problems in Your Practice With a New Meeting Approach [Feature]

The authors explain how the Reflective Adaptive Process (RAP) can make meetings more collaborative and efficient and better enable practices to solve significant problems. RAP uses a facilitated approach to help representatives from every part of the practice (including patient care, nursing/clinical support, reception/front desk, billing, charts, administration and technical support) identify and resolve persistent challenges and improve office function and patient care.

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