• Features

    Escaping the Tyranny of the Urgent by Delivering Planned Care

    L. Gordon Moore

    These four components can help you provide care that is more proactive, organized and satisfying.

    How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners

    Betsy Nicoletti

    Learning payers' rules will help you assess the value of hiring an NPP.

    Developing a Solo Practice Exit Strategy

    Vasilios J. Kalogredis

    It's never too soon to start planning a smooth transition from solo practice to retirement.

    An Introduction to Personal Health Records

    Scott Endsley, David C. Kibbe, Anthony Linares, Karen Colorafi

    Here's what you need to know about this growing trend to give patients access to a portable health record.

    Retail Health Clinics Are Rolling Your Way

    Drew Sullivan

    Your patients will soon be able to choose between your office and the big-box retailer around the corner when they're feeling sick. Will this trend bring increased competition or cooperation?

    An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement

    Mary Theobald, Carlos Roberto Jaén

    Slowly but surely, it's getting easier to help your patients kick the habit.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    Planned Care: Some Assembly Required

    Robert Edsall

    (But each piece is useful in itself.)

    EDITORIAL

    What Do Retail Clinics Mean for Family Medicine?

    John Bachman

    These clinics may be clearing a permanent space for themselves in the health care landscape.

    LETTERS

    Enabling the disabled?

    Anna Meenan

    On parenthood

    Anna Santa Maria

    Going cash-only

    NEWS TRENDS

    NEWS & TRENDS

    Medicare drug plan enrollment ends; appeals begin | AAFP defends use of high-level E/M codes | TransforMED selects 36 practices to test new model of care

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Cindy Hughes

    Coding an injection with an office visit | E/M services for unrelated problems on the same day | ED services and admission on the same day | Debridement services | Mini-mental status exams

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    Model healthy behavior for your patients | Reduce returned mail | Create a simple drug reference for patients | Use a date stamp | Code detailed history with 4,3,2,1 | Let your staff do their jobs | Remember prescription preferences

    THE LAST WORD

    How to Defuse an Exploding Physician

    David Schumer

    These six steps can help physicians deal with the stress of their profession before it leads to burnout.



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