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Managing the Habitual No-Show Patient -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - The author describes how his practice addressed the problem of patients who frequently missed appointments by implementing an alternative form of scheduling for such patients.

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Measuring for Medicare: The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative -- FPM

Jun 1, 2007 - The new initiative from CMS can add a little to your bottom line and prepare your office for future reporting programs.

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How to Be an Efficient and Effective Preceptor -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - It is possible to do the important work of precepting students and still get home in time for dinner.

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Coming Home -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - Even patients with specialized conditions such as sickle cell disease need primary care physicians.

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E-Prescribing: Why the Fuss? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2009 - If its increased safety and other benefits haven’t convinced you to get into e-prescribing, maybe Medicare’s promised financial incentives will.

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Do You Know What Is (or Isn't) in Your Documentation? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2013 - Leaving out key information in patient documentation can compromise quality and cost you money.

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Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2014 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2014 - ...To help patients avoid spreading tinea when they're getting dressed, I recommend that before they put on their underwear, they first put medicine on their feet and put on their socks. That way, they don't accidentally catch their toes in their underpants and spread the fungus...

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Aiding the Wounded Among Us -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - When facing the pain of a malpractice lawsuit, physicians need the compassion and support of their colleagues.

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Why I Give My Cell Phone Number to My Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2009 - You may gain more rapport without losing sleep.

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How to Solve Problems in Your Practice With a New Meeting Approach -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - Your practice members have the answers; they just need to be heard.

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Patient Balances: Getting to the Root of the Problem -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - In less than a year, this practice cut its accounts receivable in half by changing its approach to billing.

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Getting Through to Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - A simple mnemonic will help you focus on your patients' communication style.

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Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - Does your practice give patients a fish or teach patients to fish?

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Making EHR Notes More Readable -- FPM

Jun 1, 2013 - A filtered display would make notes easier to read, assimilate, and use.

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Letters - May-Jun 2012 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - ...The state of family medicine Although I appreciated the article The State of Family Medicine [January/February 2012], I cannot agree with the conclusion that the ability to manage the dynamic tension between the challenges and rewards of family medicine signals a first-rate...

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Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2013 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - ...Assuming the patient is established and the number of diagnostic problems led you to perform and document the key components required for a level-5 office visit, you should start by reporting code 99215, which typically represents 40 minutes of face-to-face time. Because the visit...

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Five keys to a happy career in medicine -- FPM

Doctors who need to make money at the expense of work boundaries and professional satisfaction are rarely happy. But prudent management of personal finances leads to a more satisfying career.

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How Health Care Reform Will Affect Family Physicians -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - The legislation isn't perfect, but it makes an important point - that primary care deserves more attention.

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Family Medicine Takes Center Stage -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - As part of the Future of Family Medicine project, the specialty put itself under a glaring spotlight to see where it currently stands.

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Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2012 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - ...Medicare accepts G0434 with modifier QW for CLIA-waived tests that detect drugs. Bill one unit per patient encounter regardless of the number of drug classes tested. Your Medicare administrative contractor may have a local coverage determination that specifies coverage conditions...

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'Oh, by the Way ...': Agenda Setting in Office Visits -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - The article will explain how physicians can deal with patients who present with lists of complaints and how managing these lists effectively can improve patient care.

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A New Model of Charitable Care: The Robin Hood Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - This self-sustaining practice provides concierge care and indigent care in equal amounts. Here's how it works.

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Four steps to succeeding in the coming value-based system -- FPM

The shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value can feel daunting, but it may give family physicians new opportunities to prosper and to provide the kind of care patients want.

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Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - Fix these problems to increase your bottom line.

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Getting Off the Collections Treadmill -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - After repeatedly sending the same accounts to collection, this practice created a new policy to resolve the problem of patients who don't pay.

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