• Features

    Eight Steps to a Chart Audit for Quality

    Barbara H. Gregory, Cheryl Van Horn, Victoria S. Kaprielian

    A simple chart review can help your group answer the question on everyone's mind: “How are we doing?”

    Working With Insurers: A View From the Dark Side

    Lee Buttz

    An insider explains what you can do to ensure that the services you provide are actually covered by your patients' insurance.

    How We Improved Our Practice and Our Bottom Line With a New EMR System

    Bradley M. Block

    This four-physician practice has good reason to be enthusiastic about new technology.

    Your Practice on Hold: Planning for a Leave of Absence

    Ann Evensen

    Developing a leave plan can help your partners and your patients feel more comfortable with your time away

    A New Approach to Making Your Doctor-Nurse Team More Productive

    Peter Anderson, Marc D. Halley

    With proper training and delegation, your team can see more patients, deliver better care and feel more satisfied at work.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    Decline and Fall

    Robert Edsall

    Is it time to call in hospice for the health care system?

    Message From the AAFP

    A Whole New Format for FPM

    Michael D. Springer

    Starting in November, you'll be able to thumb through the newest issue of FPM – on the computer

    OPINION

    Paging Dr. Colombo: When Physicians Become Instruments of the Law

    James Glazer

    What do you do when the law and your Hippocratic Oath come into conflict?

    LETTERS

    Playing by the E/M rules

    Learning about the RUC

    Ajoy Kumar

    Another approach to clinical decision making

    Dave Chakoian

    Closing the divide

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Coding & Documentation

    Cindy Hughes

    Modifier 25 with E/M and injection codes? | Preoperative physicals | House calls and private payers

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    Practice Pearls

    Julea Garner, Kent J. Moore, Jay H. Lee, Craig Freyer, Berdi Safford

    Promote your office with an electronic marquee | Advocating for Medicare payment reform | Use a virtual reminder system to prompt follow-up care | Manage ingrown toenails to prevent surgery | Introduce care team members by name

    THE LAST WORD

    The Paper Chase

    Bobby J. Newbell

    Technology was supposed to eliminate paper in our offices, so what happened?



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