• Features

    You Can't Always Get What You Want … But Sometimes You Can

    James M. Giovino

    If you've ever signed a bad contract or paid sticker price for a new car, these negotiation principles may save you from another rotten deal.

    Using Standardized Admit Orders to Improve Inpatient Care

    Brandi White

    At 2 a.m., would you know the correct dose of acetylcysteine for an acetaminophen overdose?

    What Does Walt Disney Know About Patient Satisfaction?

    Marc G. Mertz

    Retaining patients and attracting new ones can be a walk in the park if you concentrate on the two areas patients say matter most: your front-office staff and your office environment.

    Disintegration: How Employed Doctors Are Landing on Their Feet

    Martha C. Collins

    As integrated organizations come apart, family physicians are finding a variety of ways to bail out.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    Smaller Is Looking Better

    Robert L. Edsall

    While HMOs may not be on the ropes, the House passage of the Norwood- Dingell bill has at least rung their chimes with a punishing left to the jaw. The fact that the House-Senate Conference Committee probably won't have a crushing right to follow it up with doesn't affect the...

    LETTERS

    Foolhardy advice?

    Rewarding work

    Cynthia Lyman

    Sexual harassment update

    GETTING PAID

    When to Bill for a Consultation

    Kent J. Moore

    These tips will help you understand Medicare's rules for reimbursement, allowing you to better influence your income.

    Identifying Patterns of Over- and Undercoding

    George E. Kikano, Jason Chao, Robin S. Gotler, Kurt C. Stange

    Recent research shows the common situations under which family physicians tend to code too high and too low.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    Diagnostic tests and an office visit | Peak flow and an office visit | Coding multiple simultaneous determinations | Diagnosis code for ADD | Global surgical service exclusions | Chronic conditions and prevention in one exam

    MONITOR

    Monitor

    HCFA delays making ICD-9 changes | E/M documentation guidelines still on HCFA's back burner | Physicians working harder to maintain income levels | Y2K Update: Medicare contractors, providers still generally unprepared | AMA union won't support strikes | Teens seeking STD...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Building a Patient Registry From the Ground Up

    Brandi White

    By identifying your patients by condition, you can be more proactive in getting them the care they need.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Practice Diary

    Sanford J. Brown

    Patient compliance | A picture is worth … | The doctor-patient relationship

    COMPUTERS

    Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Selecting an EMR System

    Brian Stello, Eileen M. Charlton

    Sure the demo version is wonderful, but how can you tell what the program is really like?

    ASK FPM

    Ask FPM

    Kent J. Moore, James B. Wieland, Alice G. Gosfield

    Compensation plans, the IRS and Stark laws | The physician-patient relationship | Transcribing encounter notes

    SALARIED FP

    A Team Approach to Reducing a Financial Deficit

    Glen R. Couchman, Don B. Cauthen, Samuel N. Forjuoh, Janine C. Edwards

    Leaders in this multispecialty group enlisted physicians to help find solutions to their institution's financial problems.

    BALANCING ACT

    Do the Holidays Leave You Feeling Snowed Under?

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    We've got seven tips that will help you take some stress out of the season.



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