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Jan 2006 Issue
Influenza Pandemic: Preparing for the Unpredictable [From the Editor]
How much should you prepare for a crisis that may not happen?
A physician shares the lessons he learned after unknowingly exposing patients and staff to whooping cough.
The article describes an encounter form that can improve documentation of visits for patients with cold symptoms and reduce the amount of time spent documenting, which sometimes can take longer than the visit itself.
In recent years, short or delayed supplies of flu vaccine have driven up costs, and reimbursement has not kept pace. The author offers suggestions for trying to turn the situation around for the 2002-2003 flu season.