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CPT 2009: Out With the Old, In With the New -- FPM

Feb 1, 2009 - A new injection code and newborn codes are among this year’s most notable CPT changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0100/p7.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0100/p22.html

Coding From the Bottom Up -- FPM

Dec 1, 2008 - Start from the presenting problem to get to the right code faster.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/1100/p22.html

Six Payment Opportunities You May Have Overlooked -- FPM

Dec 1, 2008 - The first step to improving your bottom line is to make sure you bill for the services you are already providing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/1100/p27.html

Letters - Nov 2008 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2008 - ...with the sentiments expressed in Is ‘Busy’ Good? [September/October 2008] by Jean Antonucci, MD. I practice in a thriving two-person family medicine practice with my spouse in San Diego, where we are now in our 23rd year of practice. In addition to implementing many of the...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/1100/p16a.html

10 Big Ideas That Could Make Your Practice Better -- FPM

Oct 1, 2008 - Could your practice benefit from some fresh thinking? Get inspired by these 10 ideas that have made a difference for your colleagues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0900/p33.html

Vaccination Management: Is Your Practice on Target? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2008 - These strategies will protect your patients and your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0900/p28.html

Eight Steps to a Chart Audit for Quality -- FPM

Aug 1, 2008 - A simple chart review can help your group answer the question on everyone's mind: How are we doing?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0700/pa3.html

Your Practice on Hold: Preparing for a Leave of Absence -- FPM

Aug 1, 2008 - Developing a leave plan can help your partners and your patients feel more comfortable with your time away.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0700/p31.html

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

Aug 1, 2008 - This four-physician practice has good reason to be enthusiastic about new technology.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0700/p25.html

How to Fix a Flawed Process: The Four Rules of Work Design -- FPM

Jun 1, 2008 - Developed by Toyota but applicable to medical practice, these rules can transform the way you work.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0600/p29.html

How to Say Goodbye to Medicare -- FPM

Jun 1, 2008 - With another payment cut looming, opting out of Medicare may be worth considering.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0600/p13.html

The Art and Science of Clinical Decision Making -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - Thinking about how you make clinical decisions is the first step toward making better ones.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p31.html

What the Military Taught Me About Practice Management -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - These nine characteristics of military life have a place in medical practices.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p23.html

Making a Case for Online Physician-Patient Communication -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - It can improve communications, practice efficiency and maybe even the bottom line. Just don't expect all your patients to join you online … yet.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/pa3.html

Preparing for a Medicare Fee Cut -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - Doctors have several options to cope with the impending July 1 payment reduction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p19.html

Is Your Practice Merger Doomed to Fail? -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - Before you partner with another practice, make sure you've addressed these four questions.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p26.html

News & Trends - May 2008 -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - ...with each passing day, the deficiencies and failures of the current system become more evident and the persons failed by that system grow in number, Mitchell said. Characteristics of high-performing groups View/Print Figure * The report defines high-performing practices as those...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p14.html

Closing the Physician-Staff Divide: A Step Toward Creating the Medical Home -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - If your staff's job is to keep patients moving through the system and yours is to take care of the patients they supply, your practice is flawed.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p20.html

How to Protect Your Data When You're on the Web -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - Every time you access the Internet, a world of criminals is trying to steal personal information - yours and your patients'. Here's how to stop them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p29.html

A Systematic Approach to Identifying Drug-Seeking Patients -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - When patients present with suspicious complaints of pain, these seven steps can help you prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/pa3.html

Stark III: Refinement Not Revolution (Part 2) -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - The regulations include good news for physicians who work with hospitals.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p25.html

A New Approach to Group Visits: Helping High-Need Patients Make Behavioral Change -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - The most difficult patients have one thing in common: They need to change their health habits. Group visits can help them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/pa6.html

News & Trends - Apr 2008 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - ...medicine shows slight improvement Communities needed for EHR demonstration project Majority of FPs wouldn't do it again despite strong job market 2008 Match Results: Family medicine shows slight improvement The number of medical school seniors who matched with a family medicine...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p14.html

Have You Really Addressed Your Patient's Concerns? -- FPM

Mar 1, 2008 - These simple strategies will help you structure the medical encounter to ensure that you and your patient are on the same page.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0300/p35.html

Beyond EHRs: How Technology Can Help You Treat Chronic Illness -- FPM

Mar 1, 2008 - New tools may soon connect you to your patients at home.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0300/p29.html

Practice Pearls - Mar 2008 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2008 - ...Source: Fleischman M. Improving efficiencies in a small family medicine practice. Talk presented at: AAFP Scientific Assembly; Oct. 3, 2007; Chicago. Use online tools to identify drug seekers Because of past problems with drug-seeking patients, each time our practice sees a new...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0300/p42.html

Practice Measurement: A New Approach for Demonstrating the Worth of Your Work -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - To obtain a true view of the quality of your practice, you must measure the patient's experience.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p19.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p12.html

What Every Physician Should Know About the RUC -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - A small group of physicians has a big say in what you get paid.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p36.html

Letters - Feb 2008 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - ...in two forms. TransforMED, centrally planned and amply funded, is the AAFP's experiment (see TransforMED Tries to Rebuild Family Medicine, May 2007). Then there are the family practice equivalents of Edmund Burke's little platoons : decentralized, privately funded experiments in...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p8.html

Transforming Your Practice: What Matters Most -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - When customers drive the system, it changes everything - for the better.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p32.html

Demystifying Computer Networks for Small Practices -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - With the right features and proper security, your network can improve your practice's efficiency and make your job easier.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p25.html

News & Trends - Jan 2008 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - ...former has a lot to learn from the latter. The ACP shared its conclusions in a position paper published this month in Annals of Internal Medicine. The group observed that well-functioning health systems guarantee that all residents have access to affordable health care. As a result,...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p14.html

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.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p52.html

The Makings of a Good Meeting -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Don't waste time on bad meetings. Here's how to make sure your meetings are necessary and productive.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p35.html

Panel Size: Answers to Physicians' Frequently Asked Questions -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Does one size fit all? What do you do if your patient panel is too big - or too small? The experts answer these questions and more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p29.html

Baumol's Disease -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Health care in general may suffer from an incurable disease. (Are you surprised?)

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p10.html

Letters - Nov 2007 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - ...Contemplating complementary medicine? Fam Pract Manag. 2007 Nov-Dec;14(10):9. I read Are You Ready to Discuss Complementary and Alternative Medicine? [July/August 2007] by Janine Blackman, MD, PhD, with increasing dismay. The article avoided the central question: Does CAM work?...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p9.html

Optimizing Referrals & Consults With a Standardized Process -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Successful referrals and consultations depend on open and succinct communication between you, your patients and your consultants.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p38.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov 2007 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - ...I am planning to perform several procedures in my new family medicine office. Is there a difference between the codes and modifiers I should report for a procedure and those other specialists report for the same procedure? Will my reimbursement be the same as theirs? A All...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p15.html

Rebuilding Family Medicine From the Foundation Up -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - The mere fact that we talk about access to care is a sign of serious illness in the health care system.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p9.html

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Physicians -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - Your practice can hire the best candidates by knowing its needs and anticipating theirs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p28.html

Are Your Patients Ready for Electronic Communication? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - This simple survey will help you gauge patients' ability to interact with your practice via the Internet.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p25.html

Coding Flu Shots: Immunize Against Lost Revenue -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - Make this hectic time of year a little smoother by reminding yourself and your staff how to code flu shots.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p35.html

Virtual Office Visits: A Reachable and Reimbursable Innovation -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - They're convenient, they're efficient, and for a growing number of physicians, they pay.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p20.html

Letters - Oct 2007 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - ...a significant number of responses, many of them lengthy. Below are excerpts from selected letters. — FPM Thank you for Dr. Iliff's editorial. In the last six months in our community, five primary care physicians have called it quits. Some have gone into hospital medicine, some have...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p11.html

Letters - Oct 2007 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - ...with special needs should be an integral and important part of the huddle agenda. Because of improved life expectancies, we see growing numbers of patients with disabilities in our practices. Taking a few minutes to anticipate and address any special needs these patients may have...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p11a.html

The Ideal Medical Practice Model: Improving Efficiency, Quality, and the Doctor-Patient...

Sep 1, 2007 - When you redesign a practice around these principles, you can step off the productivity treadmill and focus on excellent patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0900/p20.html

The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again -- FPM

Sep 1, 2007 - Physicians, employers, legislators and payers think medical homes may be the key to health system reform.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0900/p38.html

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