• Features

    The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part I

    Alice G. Gosfield

    The law addresses a wide range of services and financial relationships. Find out whether it affects you.

    How to Boost Your Bottom Line With an Office Procedure

    William D. Martz

    Adding joint and soft-tissue injection to your practice can pay off in more ways than one.

    Family Medicine Takes Center Stage

    Jennifer Bush

    As part of the Future of Family Medicine project, the specialty put itself under a glaring spotlight to see where it currently stands.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    The First Step Toward the Future of Family Medicine

    Robert L. Edsall

    Too much bad stuff is happening in health care and to the health care system today to give optimists an easy time. The skyrocketing cost of care is bad enough, but it’s a minor, secondary problem compared with our society’s endless, rapacious appetite for more and fancier...

    LETTERS

    Evaluating online EBM

    Clarifying EBM resources

    The root of the problem

    P. Schludermann

    Feature

    Correction

    The sample performance record in “Tracking Performance” [Ask FPM, September 2003, page 73] should have included a space for the employee’s initials rather than the employer’s. When employees initial the record, they acknowledge they have seen and understood their employers’...

    GETTING PAID

    How to Opt Out of Medicare

    Kent J. Moore

    Leaving Medicare behind may be tempting, but make sure to look before you leap.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Modifiers -51 & -59 | Hospital consultation codes | Anaphylactic shock | Clarification

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    HIPAA: Time is on your side | Delegates vote for a name change | How many colonoscopies does it take to get privileges? | Waiving the right to sue | Unsatisfactory report card | Physician recruitment

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    When Your Patients Are in Mourning

    Jennifer Kreger

    This patient handout will help prevent health crises in mourning patients and demonstrate that you care.

    Information From Your Family Doctor

    Mourners' Rights

    Download in PDF format.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    It’s said that doctors’ children never have easy-to-diagnose diseases, and now I know why. Over a year ago, my teenage daughter, Margot, first complained of mild discomfort in her right ankle. She had had assorted sports injuries throughout middle school and high school, but...

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Roger Shenkel, Alice G. Gosfield, Todd A. Rodriguez, Alice G. Gosfield, Donald A. Balasa, Jeffrey B. Sansweet

    Hiring an office assistant | Dictation islands | Delegating to MAs | Re-signing bonuses

    BALANCING ACT

    The Chivalrous Physician

    Michael James Hall

    Kindness can be the key to delivering better care.



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