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Issue Date: August 15, 2001
Study Compares Cost, Quality of Care in ICCU and CCU
This article discusses a study that compared the outcomes of similar patients who were admitted to either the ICCU or the CCU. It found that intermediate-risk cardiac patients treated in the ICCU experienced outcomes similar to the outcomes of patients in the CCU but at a lower cost.
15 Ways to Enhance Practice Revenue
This article discusses 15 practical strategies physicians can use to boost revenue by focusing on increasing practice efficiency and identifying revenue-enhancing opportunities.
Developers Race To Build a Viable EMR
This editorial discusses electronic medical records, pointing out that EMRs may provide one way to help physicians address two trends: an increasing consumer demands for health care services and the rising cost of care.
N.C. Clinic Uses an Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Management
This article discusses an interdisciplinary pain treatment program that focuses on treating patients in chronic pain who have not responded to previous treatments. The program seeks to help those patients address dysfunctional behaviors and improve their ability to function, as well as to manage their pain.
Risk Managers Question Consultations
This article discusses the use by physicians of "curbside consultations," which two studies have concluded will increase. The article points out the legal issues involved, as well as risk-management strategies for physicians to consider before engaging in curbside consultations.
Despite Debate, HIPAA Moves Forward
This article discusses compliance with the regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It suggests steps physicians can take to address compliance issues in HIPAA that relate to transactions and code sets, in-house software, billing, security, and privacy.
Consultant Explains the Implications of HIPAA for Physician Organizations
In this interview, Peter Kongstvedt, MD, discusses how physicians are likely to be affected by regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Steps To Starting a Group Practice
This article discusses the preliminary steps physicians who seek to start a group practice should take, which include the feasibility stage (an assessment of financial projections and a cost-benefit analysis) and the development stage (the legal and operational issues involved).