Documentation, general

Apr 2003 Issue
Making Paper Charts More Efficient [Improving Patient Care]

The article explores how simple interventions can save physicians time. For example, the author has improved the efficiency of her practice's lab reporting process by using standard stamped messages in place of writing those messages by hand.

Apr 2003 Issue
The Integrated Summary: A Documentation Tool to Improve Patient Care [Feature]

The author presents his "integrated summary," a paper-based documentation tool that captures the patient's most crucial data on a single page, and explains how it can assist physicians in providing high-quality, efficient care.

Jan 2003 Issue
Coding Better for Better Reimbursement [Feature]

This article discusses the basics of CPT coding for office and hospital visits, giving special attention to the codes family physicians use most (established-patient office visit codes).

Feb 2002 Issue
Test Your Coding Skills [Feature]

This article will test the readers' coding knowledge by asking them to code a number of sample progress notes in the first half of the article and then compare their codes with those recommended by a panel of coding reviewers in the second half of the article.

Feb 2002 Issue
Getting Paid: Wrestling With the System [Editor's Page]

Argues that E/M coding is fundamentally unworkable as a way of determining charges because it functions in a system where incentives are not aligned.

Oct 2001 Issue
How to Get All the 99214s You Deserve [Feature]

The article reviews the coding and documentation requirements for the 99214 office visit code.

Sep 2001 Issue
Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients [Feature]

The author argues that physicans should dictate their notes in the exam room while their patients are present in order to improve documentation, efficiency and patient satisfaction, among other reasons.

Mar 2001 Issue
Getting More From a Voice Recognition System [Computers]

The author will give readers tips on how to better use voice recognition software through the use of macros.

Feb 2001 Issue
Implementing Preventive Care Flow Sheets [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how one practice improved its delivery of preventive services, in part by increasing physicians' use of preventive care flowsheets.

Oct 2000 Issue
Documenting High-Risk Cases to Avoid Malpractice Liability [Feature]

The author gives a review of high-risk malpractice areas family physicians most commonly face and how, by understanding the pitfalls of these areas, family physicians can know how to best document care in these areas.

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