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  • FEATURES

    Getting the Most From Your Phone System

    Brian Torrey

    Looking at your system through the eyes of a patient will help you understand what you need.

    The Meeting You Won’t Want to Miss: Annual Strategic Planning

    William D. Soper

    Once a year, spend a day away from the office to invest in meaningful conversation about the direction of your practice.

    14 Alternative Practice Styles

    James M. Giovino

    Perhaps the road less traveled is the right career path for you. Here are more than a dozen ideas to get you started.

    The Family Practice Management Practice Self-Test

    Robert L. Edsall, Leigh Ann Backer, Jennifer Bush, Brandi White, Olivia Maresh, Kel Anne Hocker, Marc L. Rivo

    Here’s an easy way to gauge how well your practice is doing in everything from quality of care to quality of claims.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    A New Shipment of Tools

    Robert L. Edsall

    As I said in a recent Editor’s Page, we really do live by the motto on the cover when we plan an issue of Family Practice Management: “Tools for Today’s Family Physician.” An article may be something you read and think about, but a tool is something you adopt and use. Many of...

    EDITORIAL

    Improving Your Practice Through the FPM Self-Test

    Marc L. Rivo

    As family physicians, we all share certain characteristics, such as a predisposition to focus on the whole person and an ability to handle the vast majority of our patients’ health needs and to help coordinate their care. Beyond those generalities, though, our practices may...

    LETTERS

    Not-so incidental expenses

    Karl Sandberg

    Commendable advice

    Samuel N. Forjuoh

    Kindness pays

    Robert D. Gillette

    Corrections

    GETTING PAID

    Waiving Co-payments and Deductibles for Indigent Patients

    John O’Trompke

    Here’s how to help your patients without violating fraud and abuse laws.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Pneumococcal vaccinations and flu shots | Radiology consults | Day two of a three-day observation stay | Prolonged services or critical care maximums | “Significant, separately identifiable” E/M service

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Implementing Preventive Care Flow Sheets

    Scott E. Moser, Tana L. Goering

    Even the best preventive medicine tools won’t work until physicians are convinced they’re worth using.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    Getting squeezed | Teresa, FNP | Risk managers

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Gail Levy, Charles O’Dell, Barry A. Gold

    Setting up a practice | Closing time | Physician departure letter

    BALANCING ACT

    Living on Borrowed Time

    Peter S. Moskowitz

    This quick time-management exercise will show you exactly where you’re spending the 168 hours of your week.



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