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Practice Essentials

Editors' Choice of Best Available Content

If you want a quick course on those aspects of practice that you didn't learn about in medical school and residency, or if you're new to practice and feeling overwhelmed, this Practice Essentials article collection will introduce you to the basics -- from coding to contracting to time management.

Access to Care

01/01/2004 Creating a Successful After-Hours Clinic
06/01/2015 How to Provide More Access Without Working More Hours
09/01/2000 Same-Day Appointments: Exploding the Access Paradigm


09/01/2005 Coding "Routine" Office Visits: 99213 or 99214? Tool
04/01/2011 Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You
01/01/2007 Level-II vs. Level-III Visits: Cracking the Codes
12/01/2008 Time Is on Your Side: Coding on the Basis of Time

Electronic Health Records

02/01/2005 How to Select an Electronic Health Record System Tool
02/01/2007 How to Successfully Navigate Your EHR Implementation
12/01/2010 Successful EHR Implementations: Attitude Is Everything

Life Balance

05/01/2004 Blending Work and Family
04/01/2003 Making Family Practice Doable in Everyday Life
10/01/2015 Physician Burnout: Its Origin, Symptoms, and Five Main Causes


06/01/2006 Don't Be a Target for a Malpractice Suit

Negotiating and Contracting

08/01/2012 Evaluating Employment Agreements
12/01/2002 A Primer on Employment Contracts
12/01/1999 You Can't Always Get What You Want ... But Sometimes You Can

Patient-Centered Medical Home

08/01/2009 The Patient-Centered Medical Home: 12 Tips to Help You Lead the Way
12/01/2009 Ten Steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Physician-Patient Communication

02/01/2018 Getting to No: How to Respond to Inappropriate Patient Requests Tool
06/01/2007 How to Manage Difficult Patient Encounters
09/01/2006 Improving Communication With Older Patients: Tips From the Literature Tool
06/01/2009 What Should You Do When Your Patient Brings a List?
10/01/2020 Provide patient letters describing the diagnosis rather than the need for accommodation [Practice Pearls]

Practice Efficiency

03/01/2006 Creating a High-Performing Clinical Team
01/01/2004 Five Strategies for a More Vital Practice Tool
08/01/2008 A New Approach to Making Your Doctor-Nurse Team More Productive Tool
06/01/2002 Strategies for Better Patient Flow and Cycle Time

Time Management

08/01/1999 Kick the Procrastination Habit
03/01/2002 Time Management Tips That Work

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