22 Tips for Improving Your Practice

    Rod Aymond

    ‘Good enough’ is no longer good enough. For today's family practice, it's improve it or lose it.

    Could Your Office Cope With Disaster?

    Gerard Klinzing, Charles McClure

    Medical practices should remember the Boy Scout motto and be prepared for a day when the unexpected happens.

    Rebuilding After a Fire

    Clinton C. Sanford, Susan Smith

    The physicians in this practice didn't think disaster would strike. Learn from their experience and don't get caught unprepared.

    Re-engineering a Family Practice Center

    Robin Gotler, George E. Kikano, Jack Valancy

    The authors' success can be a lesson to physician groups as well as residency clinics.

    Sneak Preview of the (Revised) Revised E/M Documentation Guidelines

    Leigh Ann H. Backer

    The more you learn about them now, the better prepared you'll be when they hit.


    The Draft Documentation Guidelines: Unloading the Last Straw

    Robert L. Edsall

    While I suppose a good cover story shouldn't elicit a groan from readers, we think the documentation guidelines are important enough to you that they merit cover-story prominence. If the final guidelines look anything like the draft version available now, the good news is...


    An Alarming Case of Viagra Abuse

    Ted J. Stuart, Jr.

    This FP's letter to a health care plan crystallizes feelings you may share.


    Learning to relax

    Joy in teaching

    Make the most of what you have

    Joy and faith

    Cutting back



    How to Prevent a Prepayment Review From Becoming a No-Payment Review

    Kent J. Moore

    These three documentation tips may help you avoid a Medicare claim denial.


    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    Two physicians, one admission | Two physicians, one delivery | Coding a limited well-woman exam | Re-established patient | Minor procedures without their own codes | Vitamin B-12 injection | X-ray code components



    Accountability, measurement can increase performance | Patients value coordination of care, not ‘gatekeeping’ | Fraud-fighters suspected of fraud | Y2K Update: HCFA urges providers to test claims processing | New vaccine requirements | Market for primary care physicians cools...


    Seven Ways of Looking at Hepatitis C

    Sanford J. Brown

    This month's Diary is a bit of a departure from the normal format. I've patterned it after Wallace Stevens' poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” in an attempt to demonstrate how a single disease can take on many faces.


    Practical Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction With Visit Length

    George E. Kikano, David A. Gross, Kurt C. Stange

    Research points to two techniques that can prevent your patients from saying, ‘My doctor didn't spend enough time with me.’


    Four Tips for More Efficient Word Processing

    Gil L. Solomon

    These easy-to-learn skills will help you make the most of your word processing software and your time.


    Ask FPM

    Gerald R. Keenan, Jr., Sherry DiDomenico, Sharon Hotchkiss

    Patient-discharge letter | Assignment agreements | Stark regulations


    What Your Body, Mind and Spirit Can Tell You

    Marshall O. Zaslove

    Caring for yourself will enable you to take better care of your patients.


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