• Features

    Why We’re In the Mess We’re In

    Robert D. Gillette

    Three forces are making it difficult to be a family physician today, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

    Eight Ideas for Managing Stress and Extinguishing Burnout

    William Zeckhausen

    Small changes can make a big difference in how you deal with the pressures of practice.

    Building a Mind-Set of Service Excellence

    Paul Plsek

    Here’s how to assess and improve the level of service your practice is currently providing.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    The Struggle Between Evidence and Quality

    Robert L. Edsall

    Two potent influences in health care today are evidence-based medicine and rapid-cycle quality improvement – EBM and QI. It’s fascinating to me that the two should be ascendent at the same time, since in some respects they seem to get along about as well as the Montagues and...

    LETTERS

    The future of medicine

    Glen Couchman

    Treating obesity

    GETTING PAID

    Five Tips for Less Costly Flu Vaccination

    Kent J. Moore

    By planning ahead, you can take at least some of the red ink out of giving flu shots.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    After-hours codes in the ED | ICD-9 codes for newborn visits | Coding injections

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Docs expected to refuse new Medicare patients due to payment cuts | PRACTICE PEARLS from here and there | Medicare payment error rate lowest to date | Burned out already? | Insuring your own | Patients urged to speak up | No harm in full disclosure | A force to reckon with

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    A Tool for Better Well-Woman Exams

    Thomas J. Weida

    You can use this encounter form to improve your documentation and your care.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    A friend in need | Drug money | A service profession

    COMPUTERS

    How Much Will That EMR System Really Cost?

    Jack Valancy

    This spreadsheet helps you compare the long-term costs of electronic medical records systems.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Maria V. Ciletti, Michael T. Ciletti, Alice G. Gosfield, Kent J. Moore, Jeffrey B. Sansweet

    Discounts for uninsured patients | Covering call for ob/gyns | Billing for patients seen in your absence | Buying into a practice

    BALANCING ACT

    Putting Politeness Into Practice

    Pamela J. Vaccaro

    Never underestimate the effect common courtesies can have on your patients, your staff and your life.



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