Feb 2008 Issue
What Every Physician Should Know About the RUC [Feature]

The authors offer an insiders' view of the RUC (the Relative Value Scale Update Committee) and the significant impact it has on physician reimbursement.

Oct 2007 Issue
Virtual Office Visits: A Reachable and Reimbursable Innovation [Feature]

The article will describe how to conduct e-visits and will address reimbursement issues associated with these visits.

Apr 2007 Issue
Are Your Payers' Fee Schedules Fair? [Opinion]

If they use multiple conversion factors when determining what they'll pay, you may be at an even greater disadvantage than you realized.

Nov-Dec 2006 Issue
Negotiating a Contract With a Health Plan [Feature]

The author, a contract analyst for a multispecialty group, describes the questions family physicians ought to ask themselves when evaluating managed care contracts.

Oct 2006 Issue
Grade Your Payers: The AAFP/FPM Survey of Physicians' Experiences With Third-Party Payers [Feature]

This article will describe the survey of physicians' satisfaction with payers that FPM and the AAFP are launching in October 2006.

May 2006 Issue
An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement [Feature]

Physicians' reimbursement options for tobacco cessation counseling include Medicare's recently broadened coverage, other insurance plans, and employee flexible spending accounts.

May 2006 Issue
How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners [Feature]

This article explains how to bill Medicare for services provided by nonphysician providers (NPPs) -- when to bill under the NPP's own provider number and when to bill under the physician's provider number as "incident-to" care. The rules for shared visits are also explained.

Apr 2006 Issue
Same-Day E/M Services: What to Do When a Health Plan Won't Pay [Feature]

The author describes how, from a coding, billing and communication standpoint, to handle a physical exam that combines an annual physical with a problem-oriented service.

Apr 2006 Issue
How Do You Cope With Bundled Claims? [From The Editor]

Don’t cheat yourself. That’s the health plan’s job.

Mar 2006 Issue
How Consumer-Driven Health Plans Will Affect Your Practice [Feature]

The article describes new insurance models that give more control to patients and describes how the trend will affect family physicians.

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