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    2006 FPM Past Issues

    January 2006 

    Medicare Part D

    Are You Ready for Medicare Part D? • CPT 2006: Another Year, Another Round of Updates • Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Vaccine Prioritization • Group Visits for Chronic Illness Care: Models, Benefits and Challenges • Seven Characteristics of Successful Work Relationships • Rekindling the Fire of Family Medicine • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • The Firing Squad

    February 2006 

    Cash-Only Practice

    Could It Work for You? • 2,500 Cash-Paying Patients and Growing • Cashing in on House Calls • A New Future With an Old Business Model • Coding Level-IV Visits Without Fear • Minimizing the Risk of Financial Fraud • Physician Leadership: A New Model for a New Generation • Free Software for Your Practice • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Doctorhood and Motherhood

    March 2006 

    Consumer-Directed Health Plans

    How Consumer-Driven Health Plans Will Affect Your Practice • Creating a High-Performing Clinical Team • EHRs in the Exam Room: Tips on Patient-Centered Care • Patient Balances: Getting to the Root of the Problem • Implementing Open-Access Scheduling in an Academic Practice • Disabled ... or Otherwise Enabled? • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • What to Do When the Thrill Is Gone

    April 2006

    Same-Day E/M Services

    Same-Day E/M Services:What to Do When a Health Plan Won’t Pay • Creating a Lean Practice • Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia • Using a Simple Patient Registry to Improve Your Chronic Disease Care • Can Your Patients Afford the Medications You Prescribe? • Reinventing Family Medicine • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Turning Frustration Into Fulfillment

    May 2006 

    Retail Health Clinics

    Retail Health Clinics Are Rolling Your Way • Escaping the Tyranny of the Urgent by Delivering Planned Care • How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners • Developing a Solo Practice Exit Strategy • An Introduction to Personal Health Records • An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement • What Do Retail Clinics Mean for Family Medicine • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • How to Defuse an Exploding Physician

    June 2006 


    Malpractice Suits: Don’t Be a Target • New Drugs: How to Decide Which Ones to Prescribe • Improve Your ICD-9 Coding With Voice-Recognition Macros • Precertification, Denials and Appeals: Reducing the Hassles • Getting Off the Collections Treadmill • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Dressed to Ill

    July/August 2006 

    Pay for Performance

    How Does Your Practice Measure Up? • What Family Physicians Need to Know About Pay for Performance • A Refresher on Medical Necessity • Finding the Perfect Job • The Top PDA Resources for Family Physicians • How to Plan an Open House for Your Practice • The FPM Guide to Assembly CME • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Diagnosis Du Jour

    September 2006 

    Special Focus: Tools

    ICD-9 Changes: The New Codes Are Here • In Search of a Super Superbill • Providing Consistent Care With Standardized Admission Orders • The FPM Encounter Forms Collection: 'Paper Automation' of Your Progress Notes • Improving Communication With Older Patients: Tips From the Literature • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Why I Never Had an Atari Video Game System

    October 2006 

    Payer Survey

    Grade Your Payers: The AAFP/FPM Survey • Managed Care Administrative Tasks: Cutting the Red Tape • Sports Physicals: A Coding Conundrum • Taming the Sample Closet • How to Improve the Quality of Waived Tests • Get Ready for the Revised CMS-1500 Claim Form • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Comfort Always

    November/December 2006 

    Health Plan Contracts

    Negotiating a Contract With a Health Plan • Improving Office Practice: Working Smarter, Not Harder • How to Fire a Staff Member • Effective Work Relationships: A Vital Ingredient in Your Practice • Coding & Documentation • Practice Pearls • Fixing Patients vs. Fixing Bicycles