ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Financial management, general
The author describes his move from traditional practice to a low-overhead, cash-only practice.
The author describes her innovative model of practice. She contracts directly with patients rather than with health plans or Medicare, has no office and sees patients in their homes.
The article describes Brian Forrest's continued success in his cash-only practice.
This article examines the market forces that are driving physicians to opt out of contracts with third-party payers and contract directly with their patients and offers guidance to physicians who might be considering such a move.
The author describes steps every medical practice should take to reduce the risk of financial fraud. Steps include checking employee references before hiring, requiring managers to monitor individual expenses, implementing specific vacation policies.
Feb 2006 Issue
First-Party Payers: Should You Cut Out the Middle Plan? [From The Editor]
Raises one economic and one ethical question about "cash-only" practice and invites reader comments.
This article describes two financial tools ? gap and root cause analyses ? to help physicians better understand the financial performance of their practice.
The author reports the results of an AAFP survey of 730 members conducted to see what factors separated the high earners ($160,000 or more) from the low earners ($100,000 or less). The strongest influence was number of patient visits.
The article summarizes key findings from Task Force Six of the Future of Family Medicine project.
The article features 12 "big ideas" in current practice management thinking, submitted by family physicians and selected by a panel of experts.