• Features

    Strategies for Expanding Your Patient Base in Diverse Communities

    George Rust, Harry Strothers

    Diversification can help your practice thrive — and deepen your humanity.

    Off the Charts: Teaching Students in Compliance With HCFA Guidelines

    Kathryn G. Chappelle, Shawn H. Blanchard, Miguel F. Ramirez-Williams, Scott A. Fields

    Play it safe when documenting E/M services: Keep your medical students' documentation out of patient chart notes.

    Readers Speak Out on Family Physicians' Scope of Practice

    Is the scope of family practice narrowing? See how your colleagues answer this question.

    As Good As It Could Get: Remaking the Medical Practice

    Charles M. Kilo, Scott Endsley

    A national initiative may forever change the way medical practices operate. Isn't it about time?

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    The Revolution Has Begun

    Robert L. Edsall

    The Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practices (IDCOP) initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has attracted a great deal of attention recently, and deservedly so. It is one of the most ambitious quality improvement projects in medicine. It seeks ...

    EDITORIAL

    Building for Tomorrow: The Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practices

    Bruce Bagley

    Are you frustrated by the current chaos of your office systems? Are your patients complaining about the telephone service, about having to wait days and weeks for an appointment and then having to wait more after they arrive at the office?

    LETTERS

    The future of family medicine

    Charles A. Cefalu

    A word of thanks

    Kurt C. Stange

    Practice Diary

    H. Wm. Bardenwerper

    Reducing medical errors

    William S. Davis

    Standardized admit orders

    GETTING PAID

    A Bonus Deal From Medicare

    Kent J. Moore

    Depending on where you provide services, you may be entitled to take advantage of HCFA's 10 percent incentive payment program.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    Follow-up visits | Alternative modifiers | Inconclusive diagnoses | Inpatient for a day | Complementary medicine | Subsequent hospital care

    MONITOR

    Monitor

    Physicians sidestep health plan rules to help patients receive care | What are you paying your office manager? | HMO accused of using flawed data for reimbursements | Patients may not be revealing drug complications | Physician computer use | Disintegration | Patients' rights...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Understanding the Risks of Medical Interventions

    Eric Henley

    Three simple calculations will help you decide whether a treatment will truly benefit your patient.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Practice Diary

    Sanford J. Brown

    Carl | The last straw | Juggling act

    ASK FPM

    Ask FPM

    Kent J. Moore, Denise L. Sanders, Donald F. Burke

    RVU scales | Counseling and Stark | Workplace violence

    SALARIED FP

    Assessing Benefits Packages

    Jeffrey B. Sansweet

    There are certain benefits every job offer should include. If you don't know what they are, you should.

    BALANCING ACT

    Grieving the Death of a Patient

    C. Carolyn Thiedke

    Acknowledging the pain of a loss is often healthier than trying to remain objective.



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