Feb 2006 Issue
First-Party Payers: Should You Cut Out the Middle Plan? [From The Editor]

How much of the world can you set right simply by asking your patients to pay for their care?

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
A Refresher on Medicare and Concurrent Care [Feature]

The author hopes to educate members on Medicare policy on concurrent care and how to establish the necessity of such. Written based on a January 2005 suggestion from the Commission on Health Care Services.

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
1-800-Chronic Disease Management [Editorial]

It makes no sense for medical insurance companies to do chronic disease management. Their role is to manage money. Primary care physicians can do chronic disease management right and for the right reasons. We must be paid for implementing these programs and paid to sustain them.

Oct 2004 Issue
Can You Negotiate Better Reimbursement? [Feature]

The article explains how physicians can negotiate with payers for fairer reimbursement rates and when they should try this approach.

Jun 2004 Issue
Understanding When to Use 99211 [Feature]

This article provides specific guidelines and examples that explain why, how and when physicians should report CPT code 99211.

Apr 2004 Issue
Online Communication With Patients: Making It Work [Computers]

This is the second in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.

Nov-Dec 2003 Issue
How to Boost Your Bottom Line With an Office Procedure [Feature]

This article explains how learning and performing a simple office-based procedure, such as joint and soft tissue injections, can help physicians increase their reimbursement.

Jun 2003 Issue
Trouble at the Money/Medicine Interface [Editor's Page]

Argues that the reimbursement system's misalignment of incentives makes the health care system absurdly complicated and points to two articles in this issue as evidence.

May 2003 Issue
Seven Ways to Help Your Hospital Stay in Business [Feature]

The article explains what physicians can do to make wiser use of hospital resources, including limiting lengths of stay to what is clinically necessary and referring patients to alternate facilities when appropriate.

May 2003 Issue
Perverse Incentives, Perverted System [Editor's Page]

Argues that the mal-aligned incentives offered to health care providers in the current system are perverse and require special action on the part of physicians to generate anything like a healthy outcome.

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