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The Top PDA Resources for Family Physicians -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - Here are 15 resources that can make you more effective with your handheld.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p44.html

How Does Your Practice Measure Up? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - The ability to collect and use data to improve performance is becoming an essential practice management skill.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p59.html

Finding the Perfect Job -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - Here's a plan for figuring out which practice is right for you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p37.html

A Refresher on Medical Necessity -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - Reviewing the rules and examining your coding practices can decrease denials and help you get paid.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p28.html

News & Trends - Jul 2006 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - ...to see how the proposed changes in the Medicare fee schedule would affect your bottom line. The tool allows you to input your estimated number of visits per week and calculate the additional income you could expect under the proposed changes. Click below to download the tool ....

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p20.html

How to Plan an Open House for Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - An open house can help you attract new patients and retain existing ones. Here’s how to pull it off in five simple steps.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p50.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p51.html

Improve Your ICD-9 Coding With Voice-Recognition Macros -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - A voice-recognition system can automatically insert the correct ICD-9 codes into your dictated note.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p39.html

Don't Be a Target for a Malpractice Suit -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - Protect yourself with these tips from a family physician who has successfully defended his care and that of other physicians.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p57.html

New Drugs: How to Decide Which Ones to Prescribe -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - Four questions will help you identify which new drugs represent real advances in patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p33.html

Letters - Jun 2006 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - ...medicine [ Reinventing Family Medicine, April 2006]. Lately, every time you open an AAFP publication the themes are the same: unhappiness, declining match numbers, and specialists receiving all the reimbursement. Even worse are the published opinions on how to fix family medicine....

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p16.html

News & Trends - Jun 2006 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - ...Small but growing numbers of physicians drop health plans Colonoscopy guideline could aid FPs seeking privileges United tests program to pay patients' share of medical bills Who has the best job in America? "Steep decline" in competition benefits health insurers Researchers examine...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p25.html

How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Learning payers' rules will help you assess the value of hiring an NPP.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p45.html

Escaping the Tyranny of the Urgent by Delivering Planned Care -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - These four components can help you provide care that is more proactive, organized and satisfying.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p37.html

What Do Retail Clinics Mean for Family Medicine? -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Whatever we do in response to the advent of retail clinics, it seems that they have a place in health care as long as they are able to improve access, decrease costs and improve quality.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p19.html

Retail Health Clinics Are Rolling Your Way -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Your patients will soon be able to choose between your office and the big-box retailer around the corner when they're feeling sick. Will this trend bring increased competition or cooperation?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p65.html

An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Slowly but surely, it's getting easier to help your patients kick the habit.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p75.html

An Introduction to Personal Health Records -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Here's what you need to know about this growing trend to give patients access to a portable health record.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p57.html

News & Trends - May 2006 -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - ...The AAFP recently informed health plans across the nation that they should anticipate an increase in the number of high-level evaluation and management (E/M) codes billed by family physicians and should pay for them fairly. Recently, Anthem of Southern Ohio announced it would begin...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p26.html

Reinventing Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - To maintain the dynamism of family medicine, we must define ourselves by what we can do better than everyone else. Family physicians need to combine skills in practice management, wellness medicine, information technology, home visits, family dynamics and community medicine.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p17.html

Using a Simple Patient Registry to Improve Your Chronic Disease Care -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - Who needs an EHR? Software you already have can help you make sure your patients get the care they need.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p47.html

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - Using a clinical prediction tool at the point of care will help you choose which course is best for your patient.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p41.html

Turning Frustration Into Fulfillment -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - When we invite our patients to be part of the solution, even difficult encounters can become rewarding.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p80.html

Creating a Lean Practice -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - A highly efficient practice is within your reach if you’re willing to examine your processes and ruthlessly eliminate waste.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p34.html

News & Trends - Apr 2006 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - ...Family medicine sees small gains in filling residency positions Work setting affects physicians' quality of work life Physicians urged to prepare now for 2006-2007 flu season Coalition aims to reduce physicians' administrative hassles 99214s on the rise Family medicine sees small...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p26.html

Coding & Documentation - Apr 2006 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - ...code first. List the additional diagnoses, linking each to the related CPT code. In your example, you should link V70.0 to the preventive medicine services, and link the diagnosis codes for hand pain and bursitis to the problem-oriented evaluation and management (E/M) code, if the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p31.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p48.html

Implementing Open-Access Scheduling in an Academic Practice -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - This group overcame staffing complexities on the road to open access.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p59.html

How Consumer-Driven Health Plans Will Affect Your Practice -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - This new way of paying for health care could realign the doctor-patient relationship and reduce the role of third-party payers, but only if it’s done right.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p71.html

Letters - Mar 2006 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - ...Dr. William Hueston’s editorial Rekindling the Fire of Family Medicine [January 2006] deserves some credit for successfully identifying the motivations that brought most doctors I know to the veil of tears that primary care has become. However, I don’t know what planet Dr. Hueston...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p23a.html

Creating a High-Performing Clinical Team -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - Delivering top-notch care requires more than individual skill and motivation.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p38.html

Minimizing the Risk of Financial Fraud -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Implementing internal controls in your practice will help you stop embezzlement and keep what you earn.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p45.html

A New Future With an Old Business Model -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Turning away third-party payers and requiring payment at the time of service restored this family physician's practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p74.html

Physician Leadership: A New Model for a New Generation -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Today's leaders need more than vision and a high IQ.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p51.html

News & Trends - Feb 2006 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - ...The recent settlement of a number of class-action lawsuits against the nation's major health insurers has not put an end to unfair payment practices, but physicians are continuing their fight. Two E/M codes. Recently, AAFP Board Chair Mary Frank, MD, sent a letter to more than 40...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p24.html

Coding Level-IV Visits Without Fear -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Use this worksheet to quickly assess whether you can code a 99214.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p34.html

Rekindling the Fire of Family Medicine -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - The article examines common causes of professional dissatisfaction among physicians and suggests possible solutions.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p15.html

Group Visits for Chronic Illness Care: Models, Benefits and Challenges -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - With proper planning, group visits can expand your options for managing the care of chronically ill patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p37.html

CPT 2006: Another Year, Another Round of Updates -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - The E/M codes for consultations and nursing facility visits reflect some of this year’s significant changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p28.html

Are You Ready for Medicare Part D? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - Understanding the basics will help you field patients’ questions about the new prescription drug benefit.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p58.html

Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Vaccine Prioritization -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - Here’s how to determine which patients and employees in your practice should receive the influenza vaccine if a pandemic occurs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p32.html

Seven Characteristics of Successful Work Relationships -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - Your clinical and financial success may depend on work relationships within your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p47.html

Practice Pearls - Jan 2006 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - ...Motivate with numbers Modify patient handouts and forms just in time Avoid burnout Get rid of waste Let your dog be your receptionist Enlarge I let my receptionist go and demolished the reception desk area in my waiting room. Now the waiting room is homier, more spacious, and I...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p65.html

Letters - Jan 2006 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2006 - ...about his use of the term homogenized lemmings to describe employed physicians: Many of the large numbers of family physicians who claim they are unhappy practicing family medicine that Dr. Brown referred to in his letter are practicing independently – with full-time management...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0100/p20a.html

Look Beyond Your Practice's Bottom Line -- FPM

Dec 1, 2005 - Two tools - gap analysis and root cause analysis - can work together to tell you where and why you might be lagging financially.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1100/p33.html

Letters - Nov 2005 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2005 - ...for publishing Dr. Iliff’s editorial. These are exactly the kinds of things we should be talking about. Enough about the Future of Family Medicine project; anyone who actually believes that reimbursement for family physicians will ever approach that of our proceduralist colleagues,...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1100/p18.html

News & Trends - Nov 2005 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2005 - ...the AAFP should advocate to reduce the number of self-assessment modules from six to three per recertification cycle and seek other venues of certification should members choose not to recertify through the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM’s) new process. However, the...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1100/p26.html

Reliability Science: Reducing the Error Rate in Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - These seven principles can help ensure that your patients receive the right care at the right time every time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p59.html

Don't Get Burned Coding Common Skin Procedures -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - This encounter form can help you to prevent minor operations from becoming major billing headaches.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p47.html

An EHR User-Satisfaction Survey: Advice From 408 Family Physicians -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - Contemplating the purchase of an EHR? Results of our informal survey may help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p29.html

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