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 2004 Issue
Exploring the Limits of an Insane System [Editor's Page]

Argues that physicians profiled in cover story about charging patients for "free" services are inadvertently conducting experiments in the future of the health care system.

Apr 2004 Issue
Calculating Your Costs per Visit [Feature]

The article describes how to conduct a unit cost analysis, which takes into account all of the costs associated with providing a particular service (e.g., an adult physical) and determine how much it costs your practice to provide that service. This information can be useful for developing budgets, for negotiating rates with health insurance plans and for strategic planning.

Mar 2004 Issue
How to Decide Whether to Buy New Medical Equipment [Feature]

This article walks the reader through the process of deciding whether it's financially feasible to purchase new medical equipment, and it includes an extensive financial analysis tool the reader can use during the process.

Jan 2004 Issue
Three Steps to an Effective Practice Budget [Feature]

This article describes how a practice can create an effective practice budget by appropriately tracking expenses and comparing them to benchmark data.

Jun 2003 Issue
10 Ways Family Practices Lose Money [Feature]

This article describes 10 reasons that family practices lose money and offers prevention tips for each reason.

Sep 2002 Issue
How Many Staff Members Do You Need? [Feature]

The article shows physicians how they can determine their optimum staffing levels by comparing their practices to industry benchmarks.

Mar 2002 Issue
Reducing Practice to Its Essentials [Editor's Page]

Compares Gordon Moore's completely solo practice to Thoreau's house at Walden Pond

Jul-Aug 1999 Issue
Monitoring Your Practice's Financial Data: 10 Vital Signs [Feature]

The article explains what practice-management data physicians need to analyze the health of their practices.

Jun 1999 Issue
Big Business and Bad Medicine [Editorial]

Editorial arguing that efforts to make medicine into big business are doomed to failure because they are economically unsound and because medicine is an art, not a business, and an art that depends on the doctor being set apart as special, not shoved into a slot with other "providers."

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