• Features

    Implementing a New Plan to Compensate Physicians

    Charles S. Colodny

    This small family practice learned that it's a big jump from theory to reality when they made the transition to a new compensation plan.

    Hiring the Right Physician for Your Practice

    Judy Capko

    Choosing a new physician involves more than just looking at a resume. Make sure the person and the practice can work together.

    Same-Day Appointments: Exploding the Access Paradigm

    Mark Murray, Catherine Tantau

    To gain control over your schedule, you must do the unthinkable: Offer every patient an appointment for today.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    Doctor Tools

    Robert L. Edsall

    You may have noticed the phrase, “tools for today's family physician,” near the top of the FPM cover. We put it there in part because we believe that everything published in Family Practice Management should be useful to family physicians, not just interesting. The purpose of...

    LETTERS

    “Off the Charts” is off-base

    A bygone era

    Thomas S. Lynch

    Corrections

    GETTING PAID

    New Diagnosis Codes Take Effect Oct. 1

    Kent J. Moore

    Our summary of the changes and two ICD-9 coding tools will help you avoid claim denials.

    Coding and Documentation

    Coding and Documentation

    Kent J. Moore

    Defining “self-limited problem” | When 99211 isn't appropriate | Office visit + allergy vaccine injection? | Office visit + treadmill exam? | Epoetin alpha for anemia | Medical decision making score sheets | HCFA releases new Medicare documentation guidelines, plans pilot tests

    MONITOR

    Monitor

    PPO to reimburse for e-mail consultations | Goodbye capitation | Goodbye California? | Rx costs for seniors | Patient appeals | The new face of HCFA | On second thought… | 30 minutes guaranteed | Practice Management Tips | Insurer promises better income for better outcomes

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Making Diabetes Checkups More Fruitful

    Brandi White

    “Pre-planning” can turn scattered encounters into efficient, productive visits.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Practice Diary

    Sanford J. Brown

    Auto mechanics | Signing out | Revisiting Julia Butterfly

    COMPUTERS

    A Palm-Top Computer in Every Practice?

    Kent E. Willyard

    Keep your eye on PDAs. They may be the next step in health care information technology.

    ASK FPM

    Ask FPM

    Debra Phairas, Joseph Hawkins, Kenneth Bowden, Joseph Hawkins

    Buying and selling patient charts | Average compensation | Compensation for collecting capitation payments | Cesarean section privileges for FPs

    BALANCING ACT

    The 80/20 Rule of Time Management

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    This technique teaches you to focus on what's really important in your life and your life's work.



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