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

Oct 1, 2009 - If you've cared for patients with suicidal ideation, you'll know how valuable this tool can be.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p17.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

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

FPM Peer Reviewers Can Now Earn CME Credit -- FPM

Mar 1, 2007 - A thorough manuscript review can be educational for the reviewer. Why not get the credit you're due?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0300/p10.html

Determining the True Value of a Family Practice Residency Program -- FPM

Jun 1, 2000 - This financial model enables directors to begin to quantify the intangible contributions that traditional financial reports don't consider.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0600/p39.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

Are Your Payers' Fee Schedules Fair? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2007 - If they use multiple conversion factors when determining what they'll pay, you may be at an even greater disadvantage than you realized.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0400/p13.html

Eleven Patient Misconceptions About Antidepressants: How to Respond -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - Here's how to help your patients separate fact from fiction and make an informed decision.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p15.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

Going Solo: Making the Leap -- FPM

Feb 1, 2002 - Why one family physician left the security of salaried practice to pursue ideal patient care completely on his own.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0200/p29.html

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...Why I Give My Cell Phone Number to My Patients [Feature] You may gain more rapport without losing sleep. May 2008 Issue 'Would You Like to See a Doctor Today?' [Feature] If you offer same-day appointments, this simple question can save your staff – and your patients –...

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...Why I Give My Cell Phone Number to My Patients [Feature] You may gain more rapport without losing sleep. May 2008 Issue 'Would You Like to See a Doctor Today?' [Feature] If you offer same-day appointments, this simple question can save your staff – and your patients –...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/viewRelatedDocumentsByTaxonomy.htm?taxonomyId=201&page=0

More Take-Home Messages From the AAFP Assembly -- FPM

Feb 1, 1999 - From coding to capitation to computerized records, the Managed Care and Practice Enhancement Forum had a lot to teach.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0200/p36.html

How to get more young patients into your practice

Try these six steps to get more young people in your patient panel.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/young_patients.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

Tips to Help Take the Hassle Out of Inpatient Utilization Review -- FPM

Mar 1, 2001 - The secrets are to think like a reviewer, hone your documentation skills and be a good communicator, says this FP who’s seen both sides of UR.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0300/p33.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

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

Hiring the Right Physician for Your Practice -- FPM

Sep 1, 2000 - Choosing a new physician involves more than just looking at a resume. Make sure the person and the practice can work together.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0900/p41.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

Is There a Physician Union in Your Future? -- FPM

Jan 1, 1999 - By joining forces with unions, some family physicians are hoping to overcome the unrealistic demands of managed care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0100/p21.html

Toward Electronic Medical Records for the Small Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2000 - Discusses the financial problem that vendors want to sell expensive EMR systems that FPs think they want but can't afford, thus leaving most practices without any EMR.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0600/p10.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

Demand Management: The Patient Education Connection -- FPM

Sep 1, 1998 - The easy, affordable demand management strategy might also be the most effective.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0900/p65.html

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...the low earners ($100,000 or less). The strongest influence was number of patient visits. May 2005 Issue Is the New Model of Family Medicine Financially Viable? [Feature] Findings from the Future of Family Medicine project suggest the New Model could boost your income or...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/viewRelatedDocumentsByTaxonomy.htm?taxonomyId=174&page=1

The Elephant in the Room -- FPM

Oct 1, 2002 - Complains that boutique medicine gets undeserved attention while truly important issues such as health care for all go undiscussed.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1000/p15.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

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

Physician-Owned Groups: The Best Strategy for Success -- FPM

May 1, 1999 - Managed care has pushed physicians into new practice arrangements, but none is positioned for success like the physician-owned group.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0500/p38.html

Caring for Children: Re-examining the Family Physician’s Role -- Family Practice ...

...for Children: Re-examining the Family Physician’s Role New research suggests that the care of children has become less central to family medicine than it used to be, and some family physicians want to reverse the trend. Leigh Ann Backer is the managing editor of Family Practice...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/fpm20050700p45.pdf

The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part I -- Family Practice Management

...these terms are not very precise, the regulators have established a list of DHS organized by CPT code. For example, at the moment, nuclear medicine and PET scans are not included as imaging. If a service is not on the hit list, Stark will not be violated. (The hit list is avail-...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/fpm20031100p27.pdf

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

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

Coping With Managed Care's Administrative Hassles -- FPM

Mar 1, 1998 - Feeling weighed down by details and paperwork? Here are some ideas for lightening the load of multiple managed care plans.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0300/p66.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

Are You Prepared to Defend Your Coding? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - The authors offer readers an action plan to use in reacting/responding to payers' accusations of incorrect coding.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p17.html

How to Manage a Pertussis Outbreak in Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - A physician shares the lessons he learned after unknowingly exposing patients and staff to whooping cough.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p31.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

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

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

Answers to Your Questions About Same-Day Scheduling -- FPM

Mar 1, 2005 - The concept’s founder explains how to do today’s work today and improve patient access to your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0300/p59.html

A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature -- Family Practice Management

...The article Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice in the February 2004 issue of FPM describes several organizations that can help us. These organizations, such as the Cochrane Library, Bandolier and Clinical Evidence, develop clinical questions and then review...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/fpm20040500p47.pdf

Time Is of the Essence: Coding on the Basis of Time for Physician Services -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - Sometimes, coding is almost as simple as looking at the clock.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/p27.html

Expanding Your Practice Through Niche Services -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - More and more family physicians are adding new services and getting rave reviews. Here’s how to find the niche that’s right for you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p49.html

complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer -- Family Practice Management

...growing area in health care today. In 1997, an esti- mated 42 percent of the U.S. population used some form of alternative therapy.1 The numbers are even higher in family practice settings: One study found that 50 percent of patients were using at least one alternative therapy - and...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0300/fpm20010300p37.pdf

Good Medicine: E-Prescribing -- FPM

Oct 1, 2002 - This article profiles one family practice's experience with electronic prescribing, describes the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating it into daily practice and addresses its usefulness as a tool for reducing prescription errors.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1000/p63.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

Coding "Routine" Office Visits: 99213 or 99214? -- FPM

Sep 1, 2005 - Before choosing 99213 for routine visits, consider whether your work qualifies for a 99214.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0900/p52.html

Putting 'Life' Back Into Your Professional Life -- FPM

Jun 1, 1999 - Here are ideas you can use to replace your burnout with the joy you once felt for practicing family medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0600/p36.html

Coding Nonsense, NOS -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - The absurdity of diagnostic coding can be a source of frustration - and amusement.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p82.html

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