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Family Practice Management Journal Celebrates 10 Years of Publication
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 25, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223
“From managed care and Medicare to computerization and procedure coding, the evolving world of medicine is filled with regulations, pressures and boundaries that demand an increasing amount of attention from today’s physicians,” said Family Practice Management Editor-in-Chief, Robert L. Edsall. “Family Practice Management gives readers tools and advice they need to dismantle barriers and provide the best patient care possible.”
Included among the classics featured in the October issue are articles addressing such archetypal topics as the virtues of solo practice, implementing Medicare documentation guidelines, delivering cost-effective care, optimizing coding, balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and rediscovering the joy of family practice.
“The articles included among the ‘classics’ were chosen because they address important issues facing today’s family physicians,” said Edsall. “Each and every one has a practical application for readers looking to make the best of change.”
Since its introduction in October 1993 amid the Clinton health care reform effort, Family Practice Management has met a growing demand from physicians for practice management advice and for the tools to build better practices and improve patient care. During the past decade, the journal has helped physicians successfully navigate the changing landscape of healthcare, keeping readers abreast of emerging issues, including the implications of managed care, Medicare, Medicaid and HIPAA, as well as practice integration, disintegration and computerization.
Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Family Practice Management has a circulation of 104,000 family physicians and general practitioners. As a testament to its success right out of the gate, the journal received the Award for General Excellence from the Society for National Association Publishers in its inaugural year.
A departure from the many medical journals that hit physicians’ desks, Family Practice Management focuses on the practical – offering pragmatic advice based on the experience and expertise of family physicians and practice management consultants that can be readily applied. Family Practice Management covers all areas of practice except the strictly clinical, which is the purview of its sister journal, American Family Physician, also published by the AAFP.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
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