2003 FPM Issues

FPM Past Issues:

January 2003 - Implementing Change
Implementing Change: From Ideas to Reality • Code Better for Better Reimbursement • Choosing Between Clinical Practice and Administration • Liability Protection for FP Volunteers • CPT Update • Open Access vs. Patient Combat • Quick Tips for Using Your PDA • Staying in the Loop at Work

February 2003 - Measurement
Putting Measurement into Practice With a Clinical Instrument Panel • HIPAA Privacy Rule: Three Key Forms • Develop Your Own Practice Intranet • Coding Hospital Admits From Other Sites of Service • Answers to Your Coding Questions • Optimizing Your Nursing Staff • Diary of an FP • Organizing Your Desk

March 2003 - Performance Appraisals
5 Steps to a Performance Evaluation System • How to Avoid Malpractice Suits • A Model for Shared Maternity Care • Introduction to Online CME • Using Medication Lists • Answers to Your Coding Questions • Reimbursement for Home Health Care • Overcoming Overload

April 2003 - Evaluating Health Plans
Evaluating Health Plans: Finding the Keepers • A Tool for Better Documentation • Managing Stress: 10 Imperatives • Answers to Your Coding Questions • Anatomy of the Medicare Appeals Process • Making Paper Charts More Efficient • Practice Diary • Keeping the Human Touch

May 2003 - Frequent-Visit Patients
Caring for Frequent-Visit Patients • 7 Ways to Help Your Hospital Stay in Business • Implementing an EMR System • When Your Health System Breaches Your Employment Agreement • Coding Q&A • Group Visits 101 • An E/M Update • EBM Tools for Your Palm-Top • Forget About Time Management

June 2003 - Losing Money
10 Ways Practices Lose Money • How to Code on the Basis of Time • Demystifying Employment Agreements • Good Interview Questions • Clarifying What Patients Want From Today’s Visit • Getting Paid for Diagnostic Testing • Coding Q&A • Open-Source Software • How’s Your Funny Bone?

July/August 2003 - KISS Principle
Systems Thinking in Family Practice • Preventive-Visit Encounter Forms • Finding Evidence on the Internet • Make Your Meetings More Productive • Best Practices in Claims Processing • Answers to Your Coding Questions • House Calls • 8 Principles for Stronger Relationships

September 2003 - HIPAA Transactions
Help With the HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets Standards • Coding for New Patient Visits • Do You Undermine Your Best Ideas? • How to Create a Burnout-Proof Practice • Evidence-Based Encounter Form for Sore Throat Visits • The FPM Reader Challenge • Coding Q&A • How to Strengthen a Relationship

October 2003 - Joy of Practice
Rediscovering the Joy of Family Practice • Pocket Guide and E/M Progress Note Form • Learning to Be a Leader • Getting All the 99214s You Deserve • Is Solo Practice in Your Future? • Updated ICD-9 Coding Tool • Thinking Cost-Effectively • Coding Q&A • Day Care Stare

November/December 2003 - Future of Family Medicine
Family Medicine Takes Center Stage • Are You Violating the Stark Law? • The Benefits of Doing Corticosteroid Injections • How to Opt Out of Medicare • Coding Q&A • When Your Patients Are in Mourning • The Role of Chivalry in Medical Practice