• Features

    Time Is of the Essence: Coding on the Basis of Time for Physician Services

    Aris Sophocles

    Sometimes, coding is almost as simple as looking at the clock.

    Demystifying Common Terms in Employment Agreements

    Michael R. Burke

    A few key provisions can explain a lot about your contract.

    Questions You Should Ask When Hiring

    Peter Cardinal

    Choosing the best candidate for your staff depends a lot on selecting the right interview questions.

    10 Ways Family Practices Lose Money

    Keith Borglum

    Learn how to plug the leaks that deplete your practice’s income.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    Trouble at the Money/Medicine Interface

    Robert L. Edsall

    If you had any doubt that you practice in an absurdly complicated health care system, the article in this issue by Alice G. Gosfield, JD, would set you straight (see page 14). In a few pages of prose that’s as lucid as the subject allows, Gosfield summarizes the laws and...

    LETTERS

    Stumbling blocks to open access

    A nice touch

    Richard E. Hunton

    Clarification

    Advantages of shared care

    Debbie Heck

    Corrections

    GETTING PAID

    Diagnostic Testing and Medicare: How to Get Paid Without Getting in Trouble

    Alice G. Gosfield

    Learn the rules, and you’ll get the reimbursement you’re entitled to.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Coding multiple new problems | Swing-bed status

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Health professionals’ education system needs “overhaul,” says IOM | New program pays docs for quality | Primary care to lead change of Americans’ unhealthy behaviors | HIPAA gets a rough start | Error rates higher in U.S. | Saving more with EMRs | Average hospital stays | The...

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Focusing on Today’s Visit

    James W. Redka

    This simple checklist can make your job easier by helping patients clarify what they want out of today’s visit.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    A complicated case | Horses vs. zebras IV | Old myths die hard

    COMPUTERS

    Open-Source Software: Just What the Doctor Ordered?

    Jennifer Bush

    Open-source software may be the key to an electronic health record system that even the smallest practice can afford.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Tom McGuinness, Todd A. Rodriguez, Keith Borglum

    Offering health benefits | Governance rights | Employment agreements

    BALANCING ACT

    A Funny Thing Happened Today at the Office

    Melanie Boock

    Laughter is the best medicine. And medicine often makes for the best laughter.



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