• Features

    Readers Speak Out on the Turtle vs. Rabbit Controversy

    Robert D. Gillette

    Family physicians from across the country have strongly held and differing views on the clash of practice styles. Is there a solution?

    Improve Your ICD-9 Coding Accuracy

    Emily Hill

    Reviewing the fundamentals can strengthen your ICD-9 coding and streamline the reimbursement process.

    A Quick-Reference Card for Identifying Level-4 Visits

    James M. Giovino

    The author's tool will help you keep in mind what qualifies a visit for a 99214 or a 99204.

    Becoming a Physician Executive: Where to Look Before Making the Leap

    Steve Thomason

    Would administrative medicine be a good fit for you? Here are some issues you should think about as you consider the switch.

    Monitoring Your Practice's Financial Data: 10 Vital Signs

    Rod Aymond

    Knowing your collection rate and overhead percentage isn't enough anymore. Here are 10 questions you need to be able to answer.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    The Patient vs. Physician Relationship

    Robert L. Edsall

    Making Wise Medical Decisions. When I saw it on the shelf of the public library, I was understandably intrigued. It's a paperback book about three-quarters of an inch thick, and I figured it must represent a pretty powerful distillation of wisdom if it manages to encompass...

    EDITORIAL

    The Ideal Physician Leader: A Family Physician

    Perry A. Pugno

    These are turbulent times. The system of health care in this country has experienced radical change with the advent of managed care and the involvement of Wall Street. It seems that the profit motive has supplanted the values of meeting the needs of individual patients,...

    LETTERS

    Guidelines and flowcharts

    David Pepper

    Thriving on money

    Robert Lux

    Physicians know best

    George D. Harris

    NPs and MDs working together

    Mary Knudtson

    GETTING PAID

    How Medicare Views Concurrent Care

    Kent J. Moore

    Understanding Medicare's criteria for “reasonable and necessary” is one giant step toward getting paid for concurrent care.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    This is a corrected version of the article that appeared in print.

    MONITOR

    Monitor

    Physician groups call for universal coverage | Family physicians see small income gain | AMA delegates vote to create union | Physician report cards receive low grade | HHS expands ‘senior patrols,’ billing education | Y2K Update: More medical devices found to be noncompliant...

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Practice Diary

    Sanford J. Brown

    Close calls | Drug reps | Routines | The art of nudging

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Tips for Boosting Efficiency and Morale

    Gail L. Horning, Thomas J. Weida

    Even in managed care, there are ways to simplify work, revive your employees' satisfaction and make patients happier as a result.

    COMPUTERS

    WebMD: The Online Future for Physicians?

    David C. Kibbe

    I signed up for WebMD with a good deal of skepticism, became more and more enthusiastic as I began using it, and have ended up both delighted with it and puzzled about its ultimate value for family physicians.

    ASK FPM

    Ask FPM

    Barbara J. Hensleigh, Michael J. Schoppmann, Barry S. Pillow

    Handling an EEO complaint | Intoxicated patients | Group averages

    SALARIED FP

    Bonuses and Incentives: Three Key Questions

    Kent J. Moore

    When you evaluate incentives in your compensation plan, it pays to know the big picture.

    BALANCING ACT

    Kick the Procrastination Habit

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    If you're struggling to achieve life balance, procrastination could be what's keeping you from it.



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