• Features

    Terminating a Patient: Is It Time to Part Ways?

    Deanna R. Willis, Ann Zerr

    A standardized approach will help you determine whether your relationship is broken and what to do about it.

    Make Medical Notes Better and Faster with Macros

    Melvin J. Knight

    You can use your word processing program to create notes almost instantly – even if you’re not a great typist.

    ICD-9 Changes: It’s Time to Tend to Your Superbill

    Cindy Hughes

    You’ve got until Oct. 1 to weed out incorrect codes.

    Coding “Routine” Office Visits: 99213 or 99214?

    Peter R. Jensen

    Before choosing 99213 for routine visits, consider whether your work qualifies for a 99214.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    New and Improved for You

    Leigh Ann Backer

    FPM staff recently embarked on a re-visioning –- a comprehensive analysis of the journal designed to produce changes that keep the content and design fresh and relevant. This issue is the culmination of that effort.

    EDITORIAL

    Ten Hard Questions About the Future of the Specialty

    Douglas Iliff

    The Future of Family Medicine reports left some key questions unanswered.

    LETTERS

    Taking care of children

    Is doing good good enough?

    Diary missed already

    Ben Brewer

    How to change behavior

    Helping patients help themselves

    Rich Sagall

    Clarification

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Cindy Hughes

    Hypertension management | Coding a B<sub>12</sub> injection | Biofeedback training | House visits to hospice patients | Billing for initial hospital care | Coding a newborn office visit

    NEWS TRENDS

    NEWS & TRENDS

    Bill would prevent pay cuts, launch pay for performance | New law aims to shift culture from blame to prevention | Who are the uninsured? | Drug companies agree to new guidelines on consumer advertising | Web site offers facts about Medicare's new drug benefit | Connecticut...

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    Alice Gosfield, Alice G. Gosfield

    Streamline patient registration | Ensure optimal care for obese patients | Can Medicare be charged more than other payers? | Enhance team performance

    THE LAST WORD

    Meet Dr. Wonderful

    Scott E. Moser, John Dorsch

    This doll tells people exactly what they want to hear.



    Disclosure

    All editors and editorial advisory board members in a position to control content for this activity, FPMjournal, are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships. View disclosures.



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