• Features

    ICD-9 2010: New and Noteworthy Codes

    Cindy Hughes

    The changes take effect October 1.

    Five Communication Strategies to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Illness

    Harriet Boxer, Susan Snyder

    How you communicate with your patients can enhance – or inhibit – their ability to manage their chronic illnesses.

    Immediate Action Protocol: A Tool to Help Your Practice Assess Suicidal Patients

    Barbara P. Yawn, Allen Dietrich, Peter L. Wollan, Susan Bertram, Marge Kurland, Wilson Pace, Deborah Graham, Jessica Huff

    If you've cared for patients with suicidal ideation, you'll know how valuable this tool can be.

    What You Can Do to Help Your Uninsured Patients

    ROBERT A. FORESTER, RICHARD J. HECK

    Here's how to patients who might otherwise miss getting the services they need.

    Offering Financial Assistance to Newly Uninsured Patients

    Cindy Hughes

    With planning, you can be prepared to assess financial need, provide discounts and share helpful resources.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    Preparing for Health Care Unreform

    Robert Edsall

    What do you think the odds are that you will have uninsured patients to care for next year?

    LETTERS

    Dr. Starfield brings it home

    The feds and EHRs

    Cell phone communication with patients: love it or hate it?

    Working with the “right people” and the “wrong people”

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Cindy Hughes

    Home health services and private payers | Three-day observation stay | Documenting surgical assists | Prolonged services

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    Jason Bhan, Nathan Hitzeman, Kent J. Moore AAFP, Kevin E. Elder

    Give cash-paying patients some cash back | Dress up your ceiling lights | Calculating average work RVUs for family physicians | Think like an athlete when assessing injuries

    THE LAST WORD

    Are You Thinking Right?

    Katia L. Mercado-Castro

    Learning to challenge negative thoughts can vastly improve our lives.



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