Doctors and patients must make hard choices or face “the dark ages of medicine,” warns family physician Nancy Dickey, MD.
Marc L. Rivo
You don't have to be part of an integrated delivery system to optimize care for populations of patients with common conditions.
Robert P. Carlson
Do you know what to do if a PPMC shows interest in partnering with you and your practice?
One upstate New York family practice has found collaborative practice a way to remain independent.
Robert L. Edsall
Think back even a few years: Would you have said that the AMA might elect a female president the same year it snowed in hell? Surely Nancy Dickey's election is a sign of significant change in the weather. If it's not exactly snowing in hell, at least the effects of global...
Neil H. Brooks
Nothing since the health care reform debate has created such ire or angst in the physician community as the proposed Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services. These guidelines were developed by HCFA and the AMA in concert with representatives of...
John T. Littell
Jill E. Mackey
Evelyn Eskin, J. Landy Damsey
Patient satisfaction surveys | Support staff ratios
Leigh Ann Henry
It's official. Implementation of the revised E/M documentation guidelines has been delayed to allow time for further changes. The announcement was made at a special fly-in meeting convened by the AMA on April 27. In a letter to AMA President Percy Wootton, MD, that was made...
As you contract with more managed care plans and begin to see your adjustments climb, you need processes to help ensure that your practice gets paid for the work you do. One step your practice can take is to conduct periodic random audits of your reimbursement systems and...
Primary care shortage questioned | Medicare slows payment of claims | Hospitalist group affiliates with ACP | Proposals simplify electronic claims | Kaiser-union pact: Nurses to evaluate quality of care
Robert B. Connelly
Of the choices you make for your practice, hiring decisions are among the biggest. As you know, a great staff can help you succeed, and a poor one can shut you down. And with patient satisfaction increasingly becoming the primary yardstick health plans use to measure...
Family medicine faculty have a high level of enthusiasm for primary care that their counterparts in general internal medicine apparently do not share. In a recent survey comparing faculty members' attitudes toward primary care, family medicine faculty were more likely to...
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