Oct 2006

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Features

Managed Care Administrative Tasks: Cutting the Red Tape

Sports Physicals: A Coding Conundrum

Taming the Sample Closet

How to Improve the Quality of Waived Tests

Grade Your Payers: The AAFP/FPM Survey of Physicians' Experiences With Third-Party Payers

Get Ready for the Revised CMS-1500 Claim Form

Departments

From the Editor

Hand Your Health Plans a Report Card
Robert L. Edsall

Letters

Documenting Away a Malpractice Suit

The Collections Treadmill

Prescribing Decisions Should Consider Cost

Dress Like Professionals

Diagnosis Du Jour

Explaining the Benefits of Vaccinations

Clarification

Practice Pearls

Offer Evening HoursTake Your Staff to LunchSeek Performance FeedbackConduct Fire DrillsEncourage Staff to Identify Problems

Coding & Documentation

Calculating Face-to-Face TimeBilling for Medication RefillsPreventive and E/M Services at the Same VisitDiscontinued ProceduresNeonatal Initial Critical CareDefining Emergency Office ServicesBilling for Nutritionist ServicesVaccine AdministrationCovering for a Colleague

News & Trends

Physicians Brace for Medicare Pay Cut in 2007Docs Get Raises While Groups Fight Losses

The Last Word

Comfort Always
William E. Cayley, Jr.

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