Financial management, general

Feb 2006 Issue
A New Future With an Old Business Model [Feature]

The author describes his move from traditional practice to a low-overhead, cash-only practice.

Feb 2006 Issue
Cashing in on House Calls [Feature]

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.

Feb 2006 Issue
2,500 Cash-Paying Patients and Growing [Feature]

The article describes Brian Forrest's continued success in his cash-only practice.

Feb 2006 Issue
Cash-Only Practice: Could It Work for You? [Feature]

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.

Feb 2006 Issue
Minimizing the Risk of Financial Fraud [Feature]

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.

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
Look Beyond Your Practice's Bottom Line [Feature]

This article describes two financial tools ? gap and root cause analyses ? to help physicians better understand the financial performance of their practice.

Jul-Aug 2005 Issue
What Makes a High-Earning Family Physician? [Getting Paid]

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.

May 2005 Issue
Is the New Model of Family Medicine Financially Viable? [Feature]

The article summarizes key findings from Task Force Six of the Future of Family Medicine project.

Sep 2004 Issue
Big Ideas to Help Your Practice Thrive [Feature]

The article features 12 "big ideas" in current practice management thinking, submitted by family physicians and selected by a panel of experts.

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