• Features

    Seven Reasons Family Doctors Get Sued and How to Reduce Your Risk

    Richard G. Roberts

    By adopting a risk-management mind-set, physicians can avert not only malpractice claims but also patient injury.

    Sharing Maternity Care

    Ginger B. Boyle, James W. Banks, III, Michael J. Petrizzi, Walter L. Larimore

    Access to maternity care is a public health concern in many rural areas. Sharing care among physicians and other health care providers is one solution.

    5 Steps to a Performance Evaluation System

    Judy Capko

    Keep your staff productive and motivated by conducting regular performance evaluations.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    How Do You Manage Your Malpractice Risk?

    Robert L. Edsall

    If your malpractice insurance premiums are threatening to bankrupt you, taking steps to reduce your malpractice risk may seem almost pointless. But if you ask yourself what could be worse than high malpractice premiums, one answer presents itself in short order: being sued or...

    LETTERS

    From paper to EMR

    The cost of liability

    GETTING PAID

    Defining “Confined to the Home”

    Kent J. Moore

    Medicare has clarified its criteria for determining whether a patient is homebound.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Type-2 diabetes & insulin | ECG & E/M | Removal of skin lesions | Retirement community visit | Hospital observation to inpatient status | Coding a tick bite | Ring removal | Sunday home visits | Confirmatory consultation codes | Cefobid

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Congress averts 4.4 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement | Are you over-prescribing antibiotics? | HIPAA compliance at eleventh hour | Investing in technology to reduce errors | Clueless on drug costs | Medicare plays favorites | Groups slow to adopt care-management processes

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Maintaining a Medication List in the Chart

    William R. Rooney

    A simple medication list updated at each visit can prevent errors – and make your job easier.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    A fool for a patient | Mushrooming

    COMPUTERS

    An Introduction to Online CME

    Bernard Sklar

    Taking CME courses online doesn’t require fancy computer equipment, just some spare time and a comfortable chair.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Alice G. Gosfield, Kent J. Moore, Mindy Salzman

    Productivity-based salary reductions | Fraudulent hospital-discharge coding? | Preventing embezzlement

    BALANCING ACT

    Overcoming Overload

    Richard A. Swenson

    Lighten your load before it leads to burnout.



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