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Can You Negotiate Better Reimbursement? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - With the right data and a reasonable approach, you can overcome some inequities in payers’ fee schedules.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1000/p31.html

Asthma Days: An Approach to Planned Asthma Care for Family Physicians -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - Find out how one practice has improved care and outcomes for its asthma patients and increased practice revenue at the same time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1000/p43.html

Monitor - Oct 2004 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - ...technology is not just for large medical groups, said Neal Bornstein, MD, senior partner of the practice. With good technology, practicing medicine according to the latest and best guidelines becomes routine; without it, it’s almost impossible. We could never go back to paper...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1000/p28.html

An Introduction to Tablet PCs -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - With this technology, you can access and update electronic medical records from anywhere - with a keyboard or a pen.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1000/p36.html

Big Ideas to Help Your Practice Thrive -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - Your family physician colleagues share their best ideas for energizing and strengthening the practice of medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p27.html

18 Glimpses of Tomorrow -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - Introduces Big Ideas issue, suggesting that most of the ideas featured have something to do with the FFM new practice model and that the authors may actually share a vision of the future of family medicine.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p13.html

Letters - Sep 2004 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - ...Recommendations for the Future of Family Medicine appears to be right on the mark. Given the demonstrated relationship between the health of a country’s primary care system and the health of its population, the project should be an issue of national attention that requires immediate...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p14a.html

Practice Diary - Sep 2004 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - ...After a two-year hiatus, I returned to Kansas City to give a workshop on practice management at the AAFP’s national conference of family medicine residents and medical students. The first time I gave this workshop, I listed 10 reasons to be self-employed, all of which came down to...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p59.html

Letters - Sep 2004 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - ...of the Future of Family Medicine project, a large number of people are unaware of or confused about what family physicians do. This should not come as a surprise, for when I look back at my own experience, I recall that I had never even heard of family medicine until I went to...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p14b.html

Ask FPM - Sep 2004 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - ...Our family medicine residency program is trying to get precepting coverage for our resident physicians when our faculty has development workshops and retreats. Should we bill for these services through a reciprocal-billing or a locum-tenens arrangement? A To assess whether either of...

Family Practice Management : Q&As

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0900/p60.html

Should You Charge Your Patients for "Free" Services? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2004 - Some family physicians are charging for refills, forms - and even phone calls.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0700/p43.html

Getting the Most From Language Interpreters -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - Communicating with patients who have limited English proficiency requires more than simply finding someone who speaks their language.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/p37.html

Part-Time Practice: Making It Work -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - Find out how and why growing numbers of family physicians are working less.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/p45.html

Practicing in an Absurd System -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - Argues that there are four reasonable responses to the current chaotic health care system: mastering it, changing it, working outside it and dropping out.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/p17.html

Monitor - Jun 2004 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - ...Increasing numbers of insured patients are turning to the emergency department when they would be better served in doctors’ offices or other clinic settings, according to a three-year study conducted by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation on Health Care and the Schneider...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/p27.html

Practice Diary - Jun 2004 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - ...The book was easy to find. Its cover proclaimed it to be a number one New York Times bestseller and featured a blurb that said, Lose belly fat first. Now that perked my interest. Who doesn’t have some belly fat that they’d like to lose – and within one to two weeks at that? I read...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/p59.html

A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - The PP-ICONS approach will help you separate the clinical wheat from the chaff in mere minutes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p47.html

How to Make the Media Your Public Health Partner -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - Your local media can help you promote good health care to your entire community.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p40.html

Monitor - May 2004 -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - ...Family medicine match numbers rise A warning about charging extra fees Outpatient medical errors The HIPAA privacy rule: one year later Family medicine match numbers rise The national fill rate for family medicine residency positions increased by 2.6 percent this year, following a...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p32.html

Letters - May 2004 -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - ...We read Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice [February 2004, page 51] with great interest. For more than five years, we have taught such a model to residents and colleagues and have presented data on our work in regional and national forums. We are proponents...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p21.html

Recommendations for the Future of Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - Where do you begin the enormous task of retooling family medicine and reforming health care? Family medicine’s leaders offer a road map.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0400/p34.html

Online Communication With Patients: Making It Work -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - This is the second in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0400/p73.html

Calculating Your Costs per Visit -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - Do you know what it costs your practice to provide an adult physical, a well-child exam or an office procedure? A unit cost analysis will tell you that and more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0400/p41.html

Practice Diary - Apr 2004 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - ...patient had ever asked me where I went to medical school, where I trained, what number I graduated in my class or any of the things that we doctors think are important. Well, Paul, I began, in family medicine we try to take care of the whole family and give comprehensive care to all...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0400/p60.html

How to Decide Whether to Buy New Medical Equipment -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - These tips and tools will help you determine whether this type of investment will be beneficial to your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0300/p53.html

Getting Rewards for Your Results: Pay-for-Performance Programs -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - More and more health plans are paying physicians for quality. Here’s what you need to know about these programs, and how to get involved.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0300/p45.html

Coding for Depression Without Getting Depressed -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - Here is what you need to know to code and be reimbursed for counseling and treating patients with depression.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0300/p23.html

The Evidence-Based Medicine Heresy -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - The tools and resources of evidence-based medicine (EBM) are extremely valuable. Just don't forget that EBM still has cult status in the eyes of many and that people still occasionally enjoy burning a heretic at the stake.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p13.html

The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part II -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - Find out whether one or more of the many exceptions to the Stark statute apply to you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p41.html

Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - Finding the evidence you need is getting easier than you ever thought possible.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p51.html

Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - The author describes an evidence-based process for diagnosing pulmonary embolism and provides an encounter form.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p61.html

Ask FPM - Feb 2004 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - ...the effective date listed on the enrollment application. Of course, such billing cannot take place until you have received your provider numbers from Medicare. Other payers that the practice contracts with may have a similar policy. In general, whether the payer is Medicare or a...

Family Practice Management : Q&As

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p67.html

Monitor - Feb 2004 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - ...A number of health care insurers are increasing their audits of physicians' reimbursement claims, reports the Jan. 12 Washington Post, but not without resistance from physicians. Last year, Washington-area CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield decided to audit tens of thousands of claims...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p31.html

Letters - Feb 2004 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - ...problems; and the third is a patient with two chronic problems, one of which is worsening. Each scenario has at least three points on the number of diagnoses and management options and invariably meets the moderate-risk requirement, due to the complexity as well as the presence of...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p17b.html

Five Strategies for a More Vital Practice -- FPM

Jan 1, 2004 - Frustrated with the status quo? Here’s how to take your practice from so-so to stellar.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0100/p31.html

Monitor - Jan 2004 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2004 - ...Pay-as-you-go medicine Toward a national electronic health record A day in the life Medicare payments to increase as part of Rx drug bill On Dec. 8, amid much criticism, President Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 passed...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0100/p25.html

Creating an Electronic Filing Cabinet -- FPM

Jan 1, 2004 - This article describes how physicians can create an electronic filing cabinet that allows them to access select journal articles and other medical references easily, quickly and from any computer.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0100/p65.html

The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part 1 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - The law addresses a wide range of services and financial relationships. Find out whether it affects you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p27.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p43.html

Monitor - Nov 2003 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - ...and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions and code sets standards, you’re not alone. After reviewing statistics showing unacceptably low numbers of compliant transactions being submitted, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to delay implementation of what...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p24.html

How to Opt Out of Medicare -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - Leaving Medicare behind may be tempting, but make sure to look before you leap.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p15.html

How to Boost Your Bottom Line With an Office Procedure -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - Adding joint and soft-tissue injection to your practice can pay off in more ways than one.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p38.html

Letters - Nov 2003 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - ...The article states that UpToDate does not include the Cochrane Library; however, the data cited in UpToDate is derived from a number of resources, including The Cochrane Database, Clinical Evidence, consensus guidelines and over 270 peer-reviewed journals. The article also states...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p10a.html

Two Tried-and-True Documentation Tools -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - They don’t just help you code better. They also help make the documentation guidelines less annoying.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1000/p51.html

Cost Effectiveness Begins Between Your Ears -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - The author explains the importance of clinical judgment and physicians' ability to focus on what's important. He shares lessons that have helped him meet patients' needs while avoiding useless tests and ineffective treatments.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1000/p65.html

Understanding When to Use the New Patient E/M Codes -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - Even an old patient can be new.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p33.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...to submit both a preventive medicine services code with a diagnosis code for a general medical exam and an appropriate office visit code with a diagnosis code for the specific problem? A Yes. In the notes preceding the Preventive Medicine Services codes, CPT states that if an...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p25.html

Monitor - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...receive the recommended care for their medical conditions, says a RAND Corporation study published in the June 26 New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers based their findings on telephone interviews with a random sample of adults living in 12 metropolitan areas in the United...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p29.html

Creating a Vital, Burnout-Proof Practice -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - If you’re feeling disillusioned and burned-out in your current mode of practice, why not start over? Here’s how to build a strong foundation.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p51.html

Practice Diary - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...Complementary medicine A failure to communicate I would if I could – but I won’t Complementary medicine My son, Gabe, was home for the weekend and anxious to show off some of his newly learned medical skills. He hadn’t given up his day job, auditing for a Big Five firm, but was...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p70.html

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