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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

Monitor - Jul 1999 -- FPM

Aug 1, 1999 - ...Apart from hypertension, it is difficult to imagine that there would be enough cases per primary care physician to construct disease-specific profiles for almost any other chronic condition, said Sheldon Greenfield, MD, a co-author of the study, noting that physicians are sometimes...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

Practice Diary - Jul 1999 -- FPM

Aug 1, 1999 - ...Ron, a 57-year-old with severe diabetes and hypertension, had been my patient for six years. Recently, a Cardiolite reperfusion scan showed a small ischemic area in the septum. Ron was asymptomatic, but I prescribed some nitroglycerin for PRN use and consulted Gregg, a cardiologist....

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

Coding & Documentation - Nov 1999 -- FPM

Dec 1, 1999 - ...We perform yearly comprehensive exams in which we mostly discuss and review patients' chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and CHF. We also discuss prevention of osteoporosis, colon cancer, cholesterol problems, etc. How should we code these visits, and do the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

Practice Diary - Mar 2000 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2000 - ...valve replacement and double CABG four years ago. Since then she has been largely non-compliant with medicines that I prescribed for her hypertension. One morning several weeks ago, she called me to say she was having severe chest pain unrelieved with baking soda. She sounded like...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

Monitor - Sep 2000 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2000 - ...would categorize physicians as platinum, gold or silver based on clinical outcomes for 10 conditions, including diabetes, depression, hypertension and chest pain. Becky Cherney, president and chief operating officer of the coalition, said that under the plan, reimbursement rates...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

Practice Diary - Oct 2000 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2000 - ...I would have predicted to call with that complaint. She was only 45 years old, and her sole risk factors for heart disease were mild hypertension adequately controlled with atenolol and an LDL of 145. Does it feel like pressure? I asked. No, she said. Does it radiate? No. Does...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

Monitor - Oct 2001 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2001 - ...feel prepared or very prepared to care for ambulatory and hospitalized patients and to diagnose and treat conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and depression, according to research published in the Sept. 5 Journal of the American Medical Association. However, over 25 percent...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

Letters - Apr 2002 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2002 - ...00–4084; October 2000; available online at The same is not true for patients with hypertension, diabetes mellitus or most other chronic diseases. The article never advocated that physicians encourage patients not to lose weight...

Family Practice Management : Letters

Monitor - May 2002 -- FPM

May 1, 2002 - ...Hypertension and diabetes topped the list of the most commonly used diagnosis codes in family practice in 2000. The full list is shown below. Enlarge Family practice match numbers drop slightly; fill rate goes up Although the number of medical students matching with family practice...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

Practice Diary - Jul 2002 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2002 - ...that was it. Her office chart revealed her mother had died of emphysema at age 65 and her father of cirrhosis at age 44. She had neither hypertension nor diabetes, and her cholesterol was 187 with an HDL of 48. She had moderate COPD, a bipolar disorder and arthritis, but she had...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

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