• Features

    Working Together: Communities of Practice in Family Medicine

    Scott Endsley, Margaret Kirkegaard, Anthony Linares

    By sharing knowledge, concerns and passions, family physicians can use communities of practice as tools for change.

    Preparing Your Office for a Medical Emergency

    Seth Toback

    It needn't be expensive or time-consuming to prepare your office to respond.

    Are You Ready for Maintenance of Certification?

    Brandi White

    The new board recertification process has garnered mixed reviews from family physicians. Find out how it will impact you.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    Maintenance of Certification

    Robert L. Edsall

    Controversial? Sure. Flawed? Arguably. Doomed? Probably not.

    EDITORIAL

    How Much Paperwork Is Too Much?

    James H. Sanders, Jr.

    When excessive paperwork threatens the quality of patient care, it’s time for physicians to put down their pens and take a stand.

    LETTERS

    Servium Plan raises insurance questions

    Big praise for big ideas

    More tips for tablets

    Patients may want more than listening

    GETTING PAID

    CPT 2005: Another Case of Update Now or Pay Later

    Kent J. Moore

    A new year brings new and revised codes for several of the services you provide.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Prolonged services: the codes vs. the modifier | 99000 and in-office tests | Pap smear specimen | Splinter removal | Dexamethasone and Xylocaine injections | Casting and follow-up | Coding hyperbaric oxygen therapy

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    MedPAC drafts recommendations to improve Medicare payments | Physicians get little help with Medicare questions | Quality, safety revisited on anniversary of landmark IOM report

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    A Sure Way to Improve Your Dictation

    Robert J. Flaherty

    The key is to dictate your notes before you leave the exam room.

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Kent J. Moore, Charles O’Dell, Jeffrey Miller

    Breaking up with Medicare | Protecting patients’ info over the phone | Coupons come with consequences

    BALANCING ACT

    The Art of Coping With Change

    J. LeBron McBride

    Whoever said that “nothing is constant except change” was right on target.



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