• Features

    Getting Rewards for Your Results: Pay-for-Performance Programs

    Scott Endsley MD, Margaret Kirkegaard, Geoffrey Baker, Anita C. Murcko

    More and more health plans are paying physicians for quality. Here’s what you need to know about these programs, and how to get involved.

    How to Decide Whether to Buy New Medical Equipment

    Deanna R. Willis

    These tips and tools will help you determine whether this type of investment will be beneficial to your practice.

    The Cost of White Lies

    Martin J. MacNeill, Alexis MacNeill

    If you find yourself the defendant in a trial, falsifications in your CV or other sources could destroy your credibility, or even your career.

    Fighting for Hospital Privileges

    Edward A. Hirsch

    When faced with a privileging conflict, don’t panic. Follow these tips for a well-fought battle.

    EDITOR’S PAGE

    Are Electronic Records Catching On?

    Robert L. Edsall

    They’re still uncommon in smaller practices, but change may be in the wind.

    EDITORIAL

    When Customer Service and Patient Care Collide

    James L. Glazer, Kimberly L. Merris

    Applying traditional business models of customer service to health care can be a disservice to our patients.

    LETTERS

    Preserving family medicine’s integrity

    Kathryn J. Stewart

    More tips for burnout prevention

    Frank M. Reed

    Family medicine residencies

    Dennis Y. Fong

    GETTING PAID

    Coding for Depression Without Getting Depressed

    Kent J. Moore

    Getting to know the codes for psychiatric services and using them appropriately can pay financial dividends.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Prolonged services codes | Coding an “interview” visit | Postcircumcision service | Casting & strapping | Initial or subsequent hospital care?

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Survey finds veteran physicians generally dissatisfied | Physicians support single-payer system, less paperwork, says survey | Practice Pearls | MEDPAC recommends a 2.5-percent update for physicians in 2005 | “Understanding Your Medical Bills”: An <i>FPM</i> Patient Handout |...

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    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    A Tool for Evaluating Hypertension

    Mark H. Ebell MD

    This evidence-based encounter form will assist you in providing care consistent with the latest hypertension guidelines.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    One thing leads to another... | Locum tenens II

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

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    COMPUTERS

    Communicating With Your Patients Online

    Joseph E. Scherger

    From simple e-mail messages to integrated EMR systems, online communication can enhance your patient care.

    BALANCING ACT

    Rediscovering the Paper Planner

    Pamela J. Vaccaro, null CSP

    Electronic devices may be trendy, but when it comes to time management, paper-based planners are hard to beat.



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