• Features

    Documentation Tips for Reducing Malpractice Risk

    Peter G. Teichman

    You can improve the quality of your communication and decrease malpractice risk with this revised version of SOAP.

    Regrouping After Disintegration

    Rod Aymond, Theodore Hariton

    Before jumping into a new venture, make sure you have a strong, focused plan for the future.

    A Model for Successful Rural Practice

    Scott E. Rollins

    This community-supported practice meets the needs of both the community and the physicians serving it.

    Helping Patients Take Charge of Their Chronic Illnesses

    Martha M. Funnell

    The best thing you can do for your patients with chronic diseases is to let them run with the ball.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    Is the Doctor-Patient Relationship Finally Growing Up?

    Robert L. Edsall

    The treatment works just fine. It's the patient who screws it up. This kind of thinking has clouded our minds, probably for centuries. And it has clouded everybody's minds — physicians and patients alike. It has led physicians to think they have efficacious treatment...

    LETTERS

    What about solo docs?

    On the other hand …

    Shafik Ahmad

    Victim of disintegration

    Edgar B. Powers

    Important code for FPs

    Christy J. Bendersky

    Stark and rural offices

    GETTING PAID

    Getting New Physicians Credentialed Quickly

    Kent J. Moore

    These ideas will help you reduce delays and cope with the period before the credentials arrive.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    Drug screens | Coding pelvic exams | Suture removal | Preventive medicine | ICD-9 code for a strained trapezius muscle

    MONITOR

    Monitor

    Informed choice rare in health care | Better-performing groups pay more, generate more | Quality doesn't ensure profitability for HMOs | Physicians influenced by pharmaceutical perks | Quality of care varies widely among Medicaid health plans | More patients to shop online...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Are You Practicing ‘Opportunistic’ Prevention?

    George E. Kikano, Susan A. Flocke, Robin S. Gotler, Kurt C. Stange

    Preventive care doesn't have to wait until the next health maintenance exam. Illness visits are a prime opportunity.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Practice Diary

    Sanford J. Brown

    Caring for family | Making it | HealthTrends

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Kent J. Moore, Barry A. Gold, Jeff Miles

    RVUs and established patient visits | Treating family members | Unlawful restraint of trade?

    BALANCING ACT

    What Type of Planner Is Right for You?

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    The new hand-held planning devices are cool, but an old-fashioned paper planner may keep you just as well organized.



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