• Features

    Ten Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance

    David C. Kibbe

    Protecting your patients’ health information is more difficult and more important than ever. The author’s strategy will help you meet this month’s deadline.

    What a Medical Assistant Can Do for Your Practice

    Stephanie Taché, Susan Chapman

    Medical assistants can be versatile and valuable additions to family medicine practices.

    Encouraging News About Family Physician Recruitment

    Joseph Hawkins

    Three developments predict a positive trend in job opportunities.

    Making Every Minute Count: Tools to Improve Office Efficiency

    Deanna R. Willis

    Using proven techniques borrowed from the business world, you can eliminate bottlenecks and waste in your practice.

    EDITOR'S PAGE

    The Match and the Future of Family Medicine

    Robert L. Edsall

    Family medicine needs to build a future if it is to have one.

    EDITORIAL

    The Ethics of Alternative Medicine: An Alternative Standard?

    James Glazer

    It is hard to claim pure motives when suggesting that patients try untested therapies.

    LETTERS

    Observations on MOC

    John Naveau

    MOC signals end of the road

    George C. Aycock

    Bigger is better

    Christopher M. Herndon

    Older is wiser

    Christian Madsen

    Is it OK to treat your kids?

    John McMichen

    GETTING PAID

    How to Conduct a “Welcome to Medicare” Visit

    Randall O. Card

    You and your patient have a lot of ground to cover. Here’s one way to get it all done.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Kent J. Moore

    Appropriate use of 99050 | Biopsy vs. excision | Multiple reevaluations and therapies in one visit

    MONITOR

    MONITOR

    Match Day 2005: Family medicine gains positions, loses U.S. seniors | Study explores link between physician supply and mortality rates | Patients want e-mail access to physicians but don’t want to pay | Small practices report success with EHRs

    IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

    Keys to Improving Your Listening Skills

    Marie E. Brittin

    Listening isn’t a passive activity. It takes skill and practice, but can result in improved patient care.

    PRACTICE DIARY

    PRACTICE DIARY

    Sanford J. Brown

    Great toys | Jury duty | DNR

    ASK FPM

    ASK FPM

    Julie Henry, Julie Henry, Keith Borglum

    Choosing the right legal structure | Setting up a new practice | How to build more maternity care into your practice

    COMPUTERS

    Free Medical Applications for Your PDA

    Timothy A. Ferenchick

    Put powerful tools in your palm without spending a dime.

    BALANCING ACT

    Having It All, a Little at a Time

    Carla Jardim

    Parenting isn’t easy, and neither is medicine. But as your children grow, you’ll find the two can coexist peacefully.



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