• Features

    Toward Sensitive Treatment of Obese Patients

    Syed M. Ahmed, Jeanne Parr Lemkau, Sandra Lee Birt

    Compassionate care will help them even if they never lose a pound.

    “You Should See My Doctor”: Cost-Effective Marketing Ideas for Your Practice

    James M. Giovino

    Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated or unethical. To begin, simply treat your current patients right.

    Tuning Up Your Patient Schedule

    M. Kyu Chung

    These scheduling tips can help you smooth out the peaks and valleys in your patient flow and increase your bottom line.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    Building a New Health Care System

    Robert L. Edsall

    When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,1 the horrifying estimates of morbidity and mortality caused by medical errors made headlines for months. When the follow-up report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System...

    LETTERS

    Coding & documentation: No harder than biochemistry

    Herb Weinman

    Dictation during patient visit: Tried it, liked it

    Douglas R. Morrissey

    Focused residency training key to future of specialty

    Isaac Kim

    Corrections

    GETTING PAID

    CPT: What’s New in 2002?

    Kent J. Moore

    You should be aware of changes in E/M, integumentary, musculoskeletal and lab codes.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Preventive care & the E/M guidelines | Review of blood-gas analysis | Draining a hematoma

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Medicare physician payments face significant cuts | PRACTICE PEARLS from here and there | PRACTICE PEARLS from here and there | Studies document impact of direct-to-consumer ads, rising drug spending | PHYSICIANS AND COMPUTERS | No impact from gatekeeping | The costs of doing...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Race and Preventive Services Delivery

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

    The way to eliminate disparities may be to improve access to family physicians.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    Locum tenens | Job security | The oracle

    COMPUTERS

    Looking for a Good Electronic Medical Records System?

    Jennifer Bush

    This list of criteria for evaluating EMR systems has been developed for family physicians by family physicians.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Barbara Pross, James Bare, Kent J. Moore

    Transcription in the hospital | Free or discounted medications | Reimbursement for frequent home visits

    BALANCING ACT

    The Forgotten Art of Setting Goals

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    If your goals have never moved you to action, the problem may be your goals, not you.



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