• Features

    Coding Better for Better Reimbursement

    Douglas E. Henley

    Your work is worth more than you think. You just need to document and code it better.

    Choosing Between Clinical Practice & Administration

    Carrie Nankervis

    After wrestling with the decision, this family physician ended up where she started, but she gained a good deal of insight along the way.

    Providing Charity Care: A Primer on Liability Risk

    Howard B. Shapiro

    If there’s a bright spot in the medical liability system, it’s in the laws protecting physicians who volunteer to care for the uninsured.

    Implementing Change: From Ideas to Reality

    Jack Silversin, Mary Jane Kornacki

    How do you get your group to defy the status quo and act on good ideas? It starts with vision, teamwork and some fire in the belly.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    Small Change: Nickel and Dime Stuff Can Make a Difference

    Robert L. Edsall

    January. This is supposed to be a month of new beginnings, new promise, new possibilities and New Year’s resolutions. Do you feel invigorated and optimistic – or just cold?

    EDITORIAL

    FPM and the Family Physician’s Journey to Medical Excellence

    Marc L. Rivo

    In 1996, I was selected as FPM’s medical editor to replace Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH, upon his election to the AAFP board of directors. In an early editorial, I shared my vision of optimal family practice.1 In that ideal health system, “Dr. Susan Sanchez” continuously...

    LETTERS

    Successful test-result tracking

    Rich Sagall

    Refills: clinical not clerical

    Correction

    GETTING PAID

    CPT Coding Update for 2003

    Kent J. Moore

    Among the changes this year are codes for skin lesion excisions, musculoskeletal therapeutic injections, routine venipuncture and colposcopy.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    1995 or 1997 guidelines? | HIV counseling | Pure tone testing: 92551 or 92552? | Transfer with discharge and admission | Home visit codes for homebound patients | Using modifiers -GZ and -GY | Postpartum care | Ambulatory blood-pressure monitoring | Injection code 20550

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Patients, physicians underestimate medical errors | Medicare payment cuts yet to be corrected | Primary care patient safety research under way | PRACTICE PEARLS from here and there | PRACTICE PEARLS from here and there | 255 ways to simplify Medicare | Could it be true? |...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Open Access as an Alternative to Patient Combat

    John Giannone

    To improve patient care and service, simply turn off your deflector shields.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    Another panic attack | Horses vs. zebras III

    COMPUTERS

    10 Quick Tips for a More User-Friendly PDA

    Anil Chandrashekhar

    If you own a Palm OS personal digital assistant (PDA), but haven’t had time to learn more than the basics, this article is for you.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Jeffrey B. Miller, Kent J. Moore, Donald A. Balasa

    Keeping old patient records | Cash-only practice | Referring to MAs as nurses

    BALANCING ACT

    Staying in the Loop at Work

    Evelyn Fang

    To improve your professional satisfaction, try investing in work relationships.



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