May 2006

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Escaping the Tyranny of the Urgent by Delivering Planned Care

How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners

Developing a Solo Practice Exit Strategy

An Introduction to Personal Health Records

Retail Health Clinics Are Rolling Your Way

An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement


From the Editor

Planned Care: Some Assembly Required
Robert L. Edsall


What Do Retail Clinics Mean for Family Medicine?
John W. Bachman


Enabling the Disabled?

On Parenthood

Going Cash-Only

Practice Pearls

Model Healthy Behavior for Your PatientsReduce Returned MailCreate a Simple Drug Reference for PatientsUse a Date StampCode Detailed History With 4,3,2,1Let Your Staff Do Their JobsRemember Prescription Preferences

Coding & Documentation

Coding an Injection With an Office VisitE/M Services for Unrelated Problems on the Same DayED Services and Admission on the Same DayDebridement ServicesMini-Mental Status Exam

News & Trends

Medicare Drug Plan Enrollment Ends; Appeals BeginAAFP Defends Use of High-Level E/M CodesTransforMed Selects 36 Practices to Test New Model of Care

The Last Word

How to Defuse an Exploding Physician
David Schumer

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