Index of Articles—2000

December 18, 2000

January-December 2000

THE MEDICAL ECONOMICS LIBRARY

Annual Index of Articles
January through December 2000

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Alternative Medicine

  • Let's stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. Feb. 21, p. 129

  • Folk medicine deserves our respect. March 6, p. 119

  • Is alternative medicine more cost-effective? March 20, p. 139

  • What makes a physician an expert in CAM? July 24, p. 109

  • Acupuncture in 2000: Working its way into mainstream medicine. Aug. 7, p. 99

Assistants

  • The best $1,000 I ever spent. March 20, p. 87

  • How we'll survive our next computer switchover. April 10, p. 47

  • Make the most of your staff. April 24, p. 56

  • How I learned to be a better boss. Aug. 7, p. 112

Billings

  • Are you being paid less than you should? June 5, p. 201

  • Let's put an end to code "bungling." July 24, p. 66

Cars

  • Europe your way: Read this before you drive in Europe. April 10, p. 139

  • 8 myths about car insurance. May 8, p. 94

  • Almost heaven: "Near luxury" cars that are fun to drive. June 5, p. 106

  • Ready for a "crossover"? Here's a tempting trio. July 24, p. 72

  • Will this new breed of SUV lure you aboard? Sept. 18, p. 128

  • My brief but exhilarating ride in the fast lane. Dec. 4, p. 106

Coding

  • Why we need code auditing. Feb. 7, p. 18

  • Let's put an end to code "bungling." July 24, p. 66

  • Compliance guidelines for small practices: No more excuses. Aug. 7, p. 42

  • The biggest coding blunders—and how to avoid them. Aug. 21, p. 126

 

Colleagues

  • If they treat a doctor this way, what must patients endure? April 10, p. 149

  • My fellow doctors hurt my child. April 24, p. 85

Compensation

  • How much are groups paying their doctors? Jan. 10, p. 115

  • Is primary care paying its way? May 22, p. 156

  • Yikes! Primary care earnings plummet. Sept. 18, p. 140

Computers

  • How I learned to stop writing and love my database. Feb. 7, p. 36

  • There's a virus going around . . . March 6, p. 35

  • How we'll survive our next computer switchover April 10, p. 47

  • Tired of waiting for the Web? Get connected fast. May 8, p. 33

  • Turn your computer into a patient education library June 5, p. 31

  • They're still working on the electronic medical record. July 10, p. 29

  • Will the Internet finally put an end to paperwork? July 10, p. 152

  • How connectivity is changing practice. July 10, p. 166

  • How do you unload an obsolete computer? Aug. 7, p. 35

  • Put a computer in your pocket and change your life. Oct. 23, p. 76

  • Know your needs, pick a device to fit. Oct. 23, p. 81

  • Your ticket to fast, flawless prescribing. Oct. 23, p. 93

  • Colleagues rate the leading software. Oct. 23, p. 105

  • Decoding geekspeak. Oct. 23, p. 122

  • Quicken vs Money: Time to upgrade or switch? Nov. 6, p. 127

  • Staff, this is a computer. Dec. 4, p. 27

Death & Dying

  • Something was wrong with me— but I had work to do. Jan. 24, p. 134

  • Should these doctors have let their colleague die? Feb. 7, p. 54

  • How many of your patients have returned from the dead? Feb. 7, p. 93

  • The word I couldn't bring myself to use. Feb. 7, p. 153

  • Let's stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. Feb. 21, p. 129

  • What the heart of a young champion taught me. March 6, p. 143

  • Could Occam's razor save my patient? April 24, p. 129

  • "Dad always was a fighter." May 8, p. 110

  • When a DNR order can be therapeutic. May 8, p. 144

  • The patient who healed me. May 8, p. 173

  • How the dead help me care for the living. May 22, p. 125

  • I couldn't let the patient die—not yet. May 22, p. 144

  • Why didn't I speak up for this patient? July 10, p. 129

Drugs

  • Treating pain: Can doctors put their fears to rest? Feb. 21, p. 46

  • The new generation of providers. March 20, p. 169

  • Turf wars? In the trenches, it's cooperation that matters. March 20, p. 194

  • Are online pharmacies good for your patients—and for you? June 5, p. 77

  • How I almost killed Otis. Aug. 21, p. 113

  • The night I met penicillin. Sept. 18, p. 98

  • Your ticket to fast, flawless prescribing. Oct. 23, p. 93

Education

  • Could a "coach" get you motivated about medicine? Jan. 10, p. 71

  • Medical education has become an assembly line. Jan. 10, p. 108

  • Everything I need to know about medicine I learned as a senior medical student. Jan. 24, p. 159

  • The doctor who taught me how not to treat patients. March 6, p. 166

  • Help your patients surf the Net safely. March 6, p. 186

  • What are they teaching in sex ed these days? April 24, p. 79

  • Osler: The saint of Baltimore. April 24, p. 137

  • Where students pledge themselves to primary care. June 19, p. 80

  • Scuba diving for fun and credit. Dec. 4, p. 64

Estate Planning

  • Will your heirs hate you for trying to do good? April 10, p. 165

  • Will your trusts keep your heirs poor—and fighting? Sept. 18, p. 63

Ethics

  • Should doctors prescribe religion? Jan. 10, p. 143

  • Should these doctors have let their colleague die? Feb. 7, p. 54

  • How the animal rights zealots threaten medical progress. March 6, p. 217

  • Why must we always "do something" for the patient? March 20, p. 145

  • How to cut loose from a troublesome patient. April 10, p. 54

  • My ethical beacons: Plato, Aristotle . . . and Mr. Phillips. April 10, p. 86

  • "Boutique" practices: Good medicine—or ethical swamp? July 24, p. 52

Expenses

  • When to hire another doctor—and how to make it pay. July 10, p. 61

Family

  • Would you want your kids to follow in your footsteps? Jan. 10, p. 98

  • Could the doctors heal our baby's heart? March 6, p. 204

  • If they treat a doctor this way, what must patients endure? April 10, p. 149

  • My malpractice case was a blessing in disguise. April 10, p. 181

  • Dr. Mom—an oxymoron? April 10, p. 198

  • My fellow doctors hurt my child. April 24, p. 85

  • A son's dilemma, a doctor's ordeal. May 8, p. 75

  • Now I know how patients get lost in the system. May 8, p. 130

  • Don't treat a relative? I'm glad I did. May 8, p. 159

  • The patient who healed me. May 8, p. 173

  • I couldn't let the patient die—not yet. May 22, p. 144

  • The patient came first—Mom and Dad would have to wait. June 5, p. 102

  • A doctor's worst nightmare: My own child has cancer. June 5, p. 132

  • Why didn't I speak up for this patient? July 10, p. 129

  • How much do your kids know about credit? Aug. 21, p. 58

  • Will your trusts keep your heirs poor—and fighting? Sept. 18, p. 63

  • Parenting: The hardest, happiest job of all. Oct. 9, p. 83

  • You never stop being a provider. Oct. 9, p. 103

  • Let your kids save you money, for a change. Nov. 6, p. 155

  • When we label patients, we mistreat them. Dec. 4, p. 89

  • Everything I know about medical management I learned from my kids. Dec. 18, p. 61

  • A precious gift from my dying son. Dec. 18, p. 71

Fees

  • Okay, Doc, let's talk price. Feb. 7, p. 159

  • Discounted Medicare? It's already here. May 22, p. 53

  • Reimbursements: Inching closer to actual charges. Nov. 20, p. 32

Foreign Health Care

  • From specialist to generalist: Nothing comes easy. Feb. 7, p. 84

  • Patients helped me keep my promise to the poor. March 6, p. 95

  • The job paid nothing, but the rewards were great. April 10, p. 114

  • Thank you, Carlos, for rekindling my love of medicine. July 10, p. 109

  • After the hurricane, the healing begins. Sept. 4, p. 125

Fraud & Abuse

  • Compliance guidelines for small practices: No more excuses. Aug. 7, p. 42

Government & Politics

  • Will health care decide who goes to the White House? April 10, p. 263

  • Why politics—like medicine—is a noble calling. April 24, p. 89

  • What have medical lobbyists done for you lately? Sept. 18, p. 46

  • Will the new president overhaul health care? Oct. 23, p. 16

  • Why doctors could desert the GO.P Oct. 23, p. 28

Group Practice

  • How much are groups paying their doctors? Jan. 10, p. 115

  • Warm-hearted care—or cold-hearted rationing? Jan. 24, p. 96

  • Re-engineer your practice—starting today. Jan. 24, p. 174

  • Make the most of your staff. April 24, p. 56

  • Happy together: What makes a practice endure? May 8, p. 38

  • Is primary care paying its way? May 22, p. 156

  • What a behavioral specialist could add to your practice. June 5, p. 149

  • When to hire another doctor—and how to make it pay. July 10, p. 61

  • Build your own information highway. Aug. 7, p. 65

Health Insurance

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Opening doors to the uninsured. Jan. 10, p. 161

  • Managed care holdouts: How are they doing now? March 6, p. 61

  • HMNo: The name of this practice says it all. March 6, p. 78

  • Is alternative medicine more cost-effective? March 20, p. 139

  • Do you need critical-illness insurance? June 5, p. 71

  • Are you being paid less than you should? June 5, p. 201

  • Managed care reform? Sure—but don't look to Washington. Aug. 21, p. 40

  • Who's your biggest payer? Like it or not, it's managed care. Dec. 4, p. 130

Health Policy

  • Will health care decide who goes to the White House? April 10, p. 263

  • Scapegoating won't reduce medical errors. May 22, p. 92

  • Will the new president overhaul health care? Oct. 23, p. 16

Hospitals

  • Hospital peer review is a kangaroo court.Feb. 7, p. 133

  • Was this cowboy's story a lot of bull? Feb. 7, p. 253

  • Malpractice: Who's on the hook when a hospitalist discharges your patients? March 6, p. 40

  • The snake in the ER. June 19, p. 71

  • Medicare's new red flag: Same-day readmissions. July 10, p. 41

Humor

  • Endoscopy at 35,000 feet: Hand me that duct tape! April 10, p. 235

  • My brief, upside-down career as a guinea pig. April 24, p. 71

  • The fourth pearl of internship. June 5, p. 122

  • Now I know why patients hate tests. Sept. 18, p. 169

Insurance

  • 8 myths about car insurance. May 8, p. 94

  • Do you need critical-illness insurance? June 5, p. 71

  • Disabled by my illness and my insurer. July 10, p. 115

  • "Disability lite": Your family's new income protector. Dec. 4, p. 93

Internet

  • The best Web sites for taxpayers. Feb. 7, p. 209

  • Help your patients surf the Net safely. March 6, p. 186

  • Who'd have thought it? Patients are putting their records online. April 10, p. 93

  • Online investment scams: Coming to a screen near you. April 10, p. 184

  • Now patients will rate you online. April 24, p. 42

  • Save thousands a year on medical supplies. May 8, p. 55

  • Are online pharmacies good for your patients—and for you? June 5, p. 77

  • Will that IPO soar to the moon—or fizzle back to earth? July 10, p. 50

  • Will the Internet finally put an end to paperwork? July 10, p. 152

  • How connectivity is changing practice. July 10, p. 166

  • Build your own information highway. Aug. 7, p. 65

  • Supercharge your Internet search skills. Sept. 4, p. 43

  • The good news—and bad—about Web-based EMRs. Sept. 4, p. 73

  • Plan your next vacation on the Internet.Sept. 4, p. 92

  • How to find it—fast—on the Internet. Oct. 9, p. 30

  • Clinical connectivity: The future is already here. Nov. 20 (Supp), p. 6

  • Group practice intranets: Getting physicians to use them. Nov. 20 (Supp), p. 12

  • Online consults: Faster, easier, more complete. Nov. 20 (Supp), p. 18

  • Secure messaging: Much more than e-mail. Nov. 20 (Supp), p. 24

  • The big payers: They want you online now. Nov. 20 (Supp), p. 30

  • Putting your practice online is easier than ever. Dec. 4, p. 45

  • Trade online for higher returns—but don't trade too much. Dec. 18, p. 46

  • Get ready for the new privacy rules. Dec. 18, p. 90

Investments

  • Money-saving answers to your tax questions: Investment income and capital gains. Feb. 7, p. 233

  • Hitch your CDs to a bucking stock market? March 20, p. 82

  • Ride the Baby Boomer Express to investment profits? April 10, p. 75

  • Online investment scams: Coming to a screen near you. April 10, p. 184

  • How the investment rules are changing: Will the "new economy" revert to the old? May 22, p. 68

  • Oops! Doctors' worst financial blunders. Aug. 7, p. 50

  • Time to invest in gold? Aug. 21, p. 117

  • Are limited partnerships worth another try? Sept. 4, p. 134

  • Smart places to stash your cash. Nov. 6, p. 76

  • Investing for thrills. Nov. 20, p. 53

  • Trade online for higher returns—but don't trade too much. Dec. 18, p. 46

  • Why dividend payers deserve another look. Dec. 18, p. 64

Investments—Bonds

  • Smart places to stash your cash. Nov. 6, p. 76

  • Where bonds are headed—and why you need to go there. Nov. 6, p. 95

Investments—Mutual Funds

  • Investment Derby: A high-tech gamble pays off. Feb. 21, p. 140

  • An effortless way to play the market. March 20, p. 75

  • Investment Derby: A tech-stock portfolio leaves the others in the dust.May 22, p. 113

  • Bolster your portfolio with US regional funds? June 19, p. 128

  • Investment Derby: Tech stocks hit a wall. Aug. 21, p. 80

  • Time to invest in gold? Aug. 21, p. 117

  • Where the market's headed now. Nov. 6, p. 10

  • Investment Derby: Here come the tortoises! Nov. 6, p. 30

  • What makes a mutual fund a winner. Nov. 6, p. 34

  • Tech funds to electrify your portfolio. Nov. 6, p. 49

  • Wise ways to invest abroad. Nov. 6, p. 54

  • Our '99 fund picks: WOW! Nov. 6, p. 68

  • Where bonds are headed—and why you need to go there. Nov. 6, p. 95

Investments—Real Estate

  • Are limited partnerships worth another try? Sept. 4, p. 134

  • Who'll buy your medical building, Doctor? Dec. 4, p. 77

 

Investments—Stocks

  • Stock picks to start the millennium off right. Feb. 7, p. 71

  • Your brokerage agreement: Watch out for that fine print. Feb. 21, p. 99

  • Investment Derby: A high-tech gamble pays off. Feb. 21, p. 140

  • Ride the Baby Boomer Express to investment profits? April 10, p. 75

  • My "deadbeat" patient made me a bundle. May 8, p. 116

  • Investment Derby: A tech-stock portfolio leaves the others in the dust. May 22, p. 113

  • Will that IPO soar to the moon—or fizzle back to earth? July 10, p. 50

  • Investment Derby: Tech stocks hit a wall. Aug. 21, p. 80

  • Where the market's headed now. Nov. 6, p. 10

  • Finding winners in the swarm of tech stocks. Nov. 6, p. 20

  • Investment Derby: Here come the tortoises! Nov. 6, p. 30

  • Wise ways to invest abroad. Nov. 6, p. 54

  • Investing for thrills. Nov. 20, p. 53

  • Why dividend payers deserve another look. Dec. 18, p. 64

Law

  • Hospital peer review is a kangaroo court. Feb. 7, p. 133

  • Treating pain: Can doctors put their fears to rest? Feb. 21, p. 46

  • The new generation of providers. March 20, p. 169

  • Straightforward UR—or a "machine of denial"? May 8, p. 180

  • Supreme Court: Your office can be searched without a warrant. June 5, p. 43

  • Malpractice fakery: How high-tech private eyes catch malingering plaintiffs. July 24, p. 122

  • Malpractice fakery: Patient fraud—or an invasion of privacy? July 24, p. 144

  • My second specialty? It's suing lawyers. Aug. 7, p. 79

 

Legislation

  • Turf wars? In the trenches, it's cooperation that matters. March 20, p. 194

  • Will health care decide who goes to the White House? April 10, p. 263

  • Managed care reform? Sure—but don't look to Washington. Aug. 21, p. 40

Location & Distribution

  • How location can make or break your practice. June 19, p. 107

 

Malpractice

  • I wish I'd fought my malpractice suit. Jan. 10, p. 171

  • Malpractice: Who's on the hook when a hospitalist discharges your patients? March 6, p. 40

  • NPs and PAs: What's the malpractice risk? March 20, p. 205

  • How to cut loose from a troublesome patient. April 10, p. 54

  • My malpractice case was a blessing in disguise. April 10, p. 181

  • My fellow doctors hurt my child. April 24, p. 85

  • How plaintiffs' lawyers pick their targets. April 24, p. 94

  • The way to win: Teach the jury about medicine. April 24, p. 112

  • Don't settle too quickly—I know from experience. April 24, p. 124

  • The new rules on informed consent. June 19, p. 161

  • How to squash a small malpractice claim. July 10, p. 121

  • Malpractice fakery: How high-tech private eyes catch malingering plaintiffs. July 24, p. 122

  • Malpractice fakery: Patient fraud—or an invasion of privacy? July 24, p. 144

  • Medical mistakes: Must doctors take the rap? Looking beyond the IOM report. Nov. 20, p. 108

  • Message to plaintiffs' lawyers: Sue me at your own risk! Dec. 4, p. 30

 

Managed Care

  • The California nightmare: Is this where managed care is taking us? Jan. 24, p. 48

  • Do doctors give HMO patients a fair shake? Feb. 21, p. 160

  • Managed care holdouts: How are they doing now? March 6, p. 61

  • HMNo: The name of this practice says it all. March 6, p. 78

  • My ethical beacons: Plato, Aristotle . . . and Mr. Phillips. April 10, p. 86

  • Where's managed care headed? April 10, p. 244

  • Stiffed by an HMO (sound familiar?) May 8, p. 100

  • Straightforward UR—or a "machine of denial"? May 8, p. 180

  • Discounted Medicare? It's already here. May 22, p. 53

  • "Internists are losers." May 22, p. 163

  • Don't sign a sucker dea.l June 5, p. 190

  • Are you being paid less than you should? June 5, p. 201

  • Plain and simple: Denying payment denies care. June 5, p. 213

  • Risk adjustment: Medicare's latest move to tinker with your income. June 19, p. 45

  • A managed care sting. July 10, p. 140

  • Managed care reform? Sure—but don't look to Washington. Aug. 21, p. 40

  • What's in the box? Is UnitedHealthcare delivering on its promises? Sept. 4, p. 158

  • What the Texas-Aetna agreement really means. Sept. 4, p. 172

 

Medical Economics Interview

  • Let's stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. Feb. 21, p. 129

  • How plaintiffs' lawyers pick their targets. April 24, p. 94

Medical Economics Surveys

  • Yikes! Primary care earnings plummet. Sept. 18, p. 140

  • Getting personal: Who is today's doctor, anyway? Oct. 9, p. 42

  • Marriages: Stronger than ever. Oct. 9, p. 47

  • Sex and the satisfied doctor. Oct. 9, p. 62

  • Parenting: The hardest, happiest job of all. Oct. 9, p. 83

  • You never stop being a provider. Oct. 9, p. 103

  • Is there life after work? You bet! Oct. 9, p. 110

  • Pop culture: No fluff, please, we're doctors. Oct. 9, p. 121

  • Where you go to get away from it all. Oct. 9, p. 132

  • Politics: Labels can be misleading. Oct. 9, p. 143

  • How many doctors own guns? Oct. 9, p. 151

  • Physicians are true believers. Oct. 9, p. 160

  • Do-gooders—and proud of it. Oct. 9, p. 171

  • Vices: Who needs them? Oct. 9, p. 189

  • What would you do with an extra $100,000? Oct. 9, p. 199

  • Not enough hours in the day? Here's two more. Oct. 9, p. 207

  • Doctors say, and do, the darndest things. Oct. 9, p. 209

  • Reimbursements: Inching closer to actual charges. Nov. 20, p. 32

  • Who's your biggest payer? Like it or not, it's managed care. Dec. 4, p. 130

  • Spending too much time in the office? Dec. 18, p. 28

Medical Profession

  • Now what? 7 tasks for a new beginning. Jan. 10, p. 30

  • Your own five-year plan: What do you want to accomplish? Jan. 10, p. 52

  • The challenge for each of us: Finding a way to achieve our best. Jan. 10, p. 66

  • Could a "coach" get you motivated about medicine? Jan. 10, p. 71

  • Still practicing after all these years Jan. 10, p. 81

  • Would you want your kids to follow in your footsteps? Jan. 10, p. 98

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Opening doors to the uninsured. Jan. 10, p. 161

  • How to stay sane in the crazy world of medicine. Jan. 24, p. 140

  • Everything I need to know about medicine I learned as a senior medical student. Jan. 24, p. 159

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Need a doctor? Try city hall Feb. 7, p. 109

  • If you weren't a doctor, what would you be? Feb. 7, p. 259

  • Patients helped me keep my promise to the poor. March 6, p. 95

  • Folk medicine deserves our respect. March 6, p. 119

  • How the animal rights zealots threaten medical progress. March 6, p. 217

  • They labeled me a "questionable doctor"—and I fought like hell to clear my name. March 20, p. 66

  • Why must we always "do something" for the patient? March 20, p. 145

  • Dr. Mom—an oxymoron? April 10, p. 198

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Treating his far-flung patients like family. April 10, p. 201

  • Now patients will rate you online. April 24, p. 42

  • Why politics—like medicine—is a noble calling April 24, p. 89

  • Osler: The saint of Baltimore. April 24, p. 137

  • Call is a waste of time. May 8, p. 91

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: "She gives of her very soul." May 8, p. 121

  • "Keep it simple, stupid!" May 8, p. 208

  • Scapegoating won't reduce medical errors. May 22, p. 92

  • Giving medicine your best: Hang it up at 55? No way! June 5, p. 49

  • Giving medicine your best: What are you really good at? June 5, p. 60

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: From private tragedy to public activism. June 5, p. 93

  • Let's stop subsidizing lawyers at medical meetings. June 5, p. 98

  • How unhappy are women doctors? July 10, p. 80

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: A lifelong ally for cystic fibrosis patients. Aug. 7, p. 93

  • Things to do in Denver when your practice is dead. Aug. 21, p. 73

  • The night I met penicillin. Sept. 18, p. 98

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: Yes, you can make a difference. Oct. 23, p. 40

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: No safe haven—especially in pregnancy. Nov. 20, p. 92

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: How a "difficult" patient opened my eyes. Nov. 20, p. 100

  • Medical mistakes: Must doctors take the rap? Looking beyond the IOM report. Nov. 20, p. 108

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Always ready to ride—or dive—to the rescue. Dec. 4, p. 73

  • How patients really choose their doctors. Dec. 4, p. 154

Medical Care Costs

  • Medical education has become an assembly line. Jan. 10, p. 108

  • The bottom-line case for making house calls. Feb. 21, p. 114

  • Health spending is soaring. What's so bad about that? March 6, p. 150

Medicare/Medicaid

  • Warm-hearted care—or cold-hearted rationing? Jan. 24, p. 96

  • The bottom-line case for making house calls. Feb. 21, p. 114

  • Discounted Medicare? It's already here. May 22, p. 53

  • Risk adjustment: Medicare's latest move to tinker with your income. June 19, p. 45

  • Medicare's new red flag: Same-day readmissions. July 10, p. 41

  • Compliance guidelines for small practices: No more excuses. Aug. 7, p. 42

  • Our patient pulled a fast one on Medicare—and on us. Aug. 7, p. 170

Midlevel Providers

  • What do PA, NP, and CNM spell? A revolution in health care. March 20, p. 156

  • The new generation of providers. March 20, p. 169

  • CNMs: "We don't just catch babies." March 20, p. 186

  • NPs: "There are plenty of patients for all providers." March 20, p. 192

  • Turf wars? In the trenches, it's cooperation that matters. March 20, p. 194

  • Are NPs and primary care doctors interchangeable? March 20, p. 198

  • PAs: "Our role is to help out physicians." March 20, p. 203

  • NPs and PAs: What's the malpractice risk? March 20, p. 205

  • How to harmonize with PAs and NPs. Aug. 21, p. 69

Office

  • How we'll survive our next computer switchover. April 10, p. 47

  • Make your office layout serve your needs. June 19, p. 60

  • How location can make or break your practice. June 19, p. 107

 

Organized Medicine

  • Doctor unions: Time to join the parade? Jan. 24, p. 76

  • What the Texas-Aetna agreement really means Sept. 4, p. 172

  • What have medical lobbyists done for you lately? Sept. 18, p. 46

  • Why doctors could desert the GOP. Oct. 23, p. 28

Patients

  • Now what? 7 tasks for a new beginning. Jan. 10, p. 30

  • The challenge for each of us: Finding a way to achieve our best. Jan. 10, p. 66

  • The man with a 3-inch nail in his head. Jan. 10, p. 137

  • Should doctors prescribe religion? Jan. 10, p. 143

  • "Go to Mexico," I told my patient. "I'll go with you." Jan. 24, p. 91

  • Warm-hearted care—or cold-hearted rationing? Jan. 24, p. 96

  • Want to uncover a patient's real problem? BATHE him! Jan. 24, p. 117

  • My patient paid me with a treasure. Jan. 24, p. 153

  • Everything I need to know about medicine I learned as a senior medical student. Jan. 24, p. 159

  • Face-to-face—once more—with a childhood bully. Jan. 24, p. 191

  • How many of your patients have returned from the dead? Feb. 7, p. 93

  • Don't get stuck by thorny family situations. Feb. 7, p. 121

  • The word I couldn't bring myself to use. Feb. 7, p. 153

  • Your patient thought you said what? Feb. 7, p. 249

  • Was this cowboy's story a lot of bull? Feb. 7, p. 253

  • My patient's car is his castle. Feb. 21, p. 87

  • Being Dr. Nice Guy can backfire. Feb. 21, p. 125

  • Welcoming the menopausal woman to your practice. Feb. 21, p. 148

  • Do doctors give HMO patients a fair shake? Feb. 21, p. 160

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: Defeating death's sting. March 6, p. 91

  • What the heart of a young champion taught me. March 6, p. 143

  • The doctor who taught me how not to treat patients. March 6, p. 166

  • Help your patients surf the Net safely. March 6, p. 186

  • The best $1,000 I ever spent. March 20, p. 87

  • Why must we always "do something" for the patient? March 20, p. 145

  • How to cut loose from a troublesome patient. April 10, p. 54

  • My ethical beacons: Plato, Aristotle . . . and Mr. Phillips. April 10, p. 86

  • Who'd have thought it? Patients are putting their records online. April 10, p. 93

  • If they treat a doctor this way, what must patients endure? April 10, p. 149

  • Now patients will rate you online. April 24, p. 42

  • Could Occam's razor save my patient? April 24, p. 129

  • "Dad always was a fighter." May 8, p. 110

  • My "deadbeat" patient made me a bundle. May 8, p. 116

  • "I cut myself, Doctor—but it doesn't look quite right." May 8, p. 141

  • When a DNR order can be therapeutic. May 8, p. 144

  • How the dead help me care for the living. May 22, p. 125

  • Giving medicine your best: Hang it up at 55? No way! June 5, p. 49

  • What a behavioral specialist could add to your practice. June 5, p. 149

  • When I treated Grace, I also treated myself. June 5, p. 172

  • "Don't let go." June 19, p. 96

  • I opened my home to a homeless patient. June 19, p. 131

  • Why didn't I speak up for this patient? July 10, p. 129

  • Doctors who go the extra mile: A lifelong ally for cystic fibrosis patients. Aug. 7, p. 93

  • Get the most out of every patient visit. Aug. 21, p. 96

  • How I almost killed Otis. Aug. 21, p. 113

  • Do patients love you, but hate your phones? Sept. 18, p. 77

  • The awful truth about my patient's past. Sept. 18, p. 165

  • Now I know why patients hate tests. Sept. 18, p. 169

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: Yes, you can make a difference. Oct. 23, p. 40

  • Do more for your patients by seeing some of them less. Oct. 23, p. 65

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: No safe haven—especially in pregnancy. Nov. 20, p. 92

  • Doctors vs domestic violence: How a "difficult" patient opened my eyes. Nov. 20, p. 100

  • When we label patients, we mistreat them. Dec. 4, p. 89

  • Sometimes, tough love is the best care. Dec. 4, p. 144

  • How patients really choose their doctors, Dec. 4, p. 154

Personal Finances

  • Pay debts and save for retirement—on a fellow's stipend? Jan. 24, p. 69

  • Your 1040: Negotiating the maze. Feb. 7, p. 182

  • Money-saving answers to your tax questions: Personal expenses. Feb. 7, p. 203

  • Money-saving answers to your tax questions: Retirement savings and family matters. Feb. 7, p. 247

  • There's a viper in your wallet. March 6, p. 101

  • "Why are we struggling on an income like ours?" March 6, p. 125

  • An effortless way to play the market. March 20, p. 75

  • The doctor who manages his own investments has a fool for a client. March 20, p. 224

  • Ride the Baby Boomer Express to investment profits? April 10, p. 75

  • Will your heirs hate you for trying to do good? April 10, p. 165

  • If you're so smart, Doctor, why aren't you rich? April 10, p. 204

  • Your best career move: Learn to network. May 8, p. 212

  • How the investment rules are changing: Paint a rose-colored retirement. May 22, p. 78

  • Oops! Doctors' worst financial blunders. Aug. 7, p. 50

  • The 150 best financial advisers for doctors. Aug. 7, p. 140

  • How much do your kids know about credit? Aug. 21, p. 58

  • A big new break for pension plans. But act fast! Sept. 4, p. 60

  • What would you do with an extra $100,000? Oct. 9, p. 199

  • Long-range planning: One doctor, three very different financial plans. Nov. 6, p. 104

  • Quicken vs Money: Time to upgrade or switch? Nov. 6, p. 127

  • Cut this year's taxes—it's not too late. Nov. 6, p. 144

  • Let your kids save you money, for a change. Nov. 6, p. 155

Personal Life

  • Your own five-year plan: What do you want to accomplish? Jan. 10, p. 52

  • Could a "coach" get you motivated about medicine? Jan. 10, p. 71

  • Still practicing after all these years. Jan. 10, p. 81

  • Something was wrong with me—but I had work to do. Jan. 24, p. 134

  • How to stay sane in the crazy world of medicine. Jan. 24, p. 140

  • Face-to-face—once more—with a childhood bully. Jan. 24, p. 191

  • From specialist to generalist: Nothing comes easy. Feb. 7, p. 84

  • I learned my bedside manner the hard way. Feb. 7, p. 112

  • If you weren't a doctor, what would you be? Feb. 7, p. 259

  • Could the doctors heal our baby's heart? March 6, p. 204

  • They labeled me a "questionable doctor"—and I fought like hell to clear my name. March 20, p. 66

  • "I'm fine," I said. But of course I wasn't. March 20, p. 116

  • The job paid nothing, but the rewards were great. April 10, p. 114

  • My brief, upside-down career as a guinea pig. April 24, p. 71

  • Why politics—like medicine—is a noble calling. April 24, p. 89

  • My fiance was a fortune hunter. May 8, p. 72

  • Don't treat a relative? I'm glad I did. May 8, p. 159

  • "Keep it simple, stupid!" May 8, p. 208

  • Your best career move: Learn to network. May 8, p. 212

  • Who could resist a time-share in paradise? May 8, p. 214

  • Why I'll never travel incognito. May 22, p. 105

  • My depression has made me a better doctor. May 22, p. 151

  • Giving medicine your best: What are you really good at? June 5, p. 60

  • The fourth pearl of internship. June 5, p. 122

  • I opened my home to a homeless patient. June 19, p. 131

  • Keep up with old friends—but don't treat them. June 19, p. 138

  • Disabled by my illness and my insurer. July 10, p. 115

  • Living—and practicing—with hepatitis C. Aug. 7, p. 163

  • I hit the brakes—and a nightmare began. Sept. 4, p. 144

  • Getting personal: Who is today's doctor, anyway? Oct. 9, p. 42

  • Marriages: Stronger than ever. Oct. 9, p. 47

  • Sex and the satisfied doctor. Oct. 9, p. 62

  • Parenting: The hardest, happiest job of all. Oct. 9, p. 83

  • You never stop being a provider. Oct. 9, p. 103

  • Is there life after work? You bet! Oct. 9, p. 110

  • Pop culture: No fluff, please, we're doctors. Oct. 9, p. 121

  • Where you go to get away from it all. Oct. 9, p. 132

  • Politics: Labels can be misleading. Oct. 9, p. 143

  • How many doctors own guns? Oct. 9, p. 151

  • Physicians are true believers. Oct. 9, p. 160

  • Do-gooders—and proud of it. Oct. 9, p. 171

  • Vices: Who needs them? Oct. 9, p. 189

  • What would you do with an extra $100,000? Oct. 9, p. 199

  • Not enough hours in the day? Here's two more. Oct. 9, p. 207

  • Doctors say, and do, the darndest things. Oct. 9, p. 209

  • My brief but exhilarating ride in the fast lane. Dec. 4, p. 106

  • Child care: Hiring—and keeping—someone who'll do it right. Dec. 4, p. 112

  • A precious gift from my dying son. Dec. 18, p. 71

  • Spending too much time in the office? Dec. 18, p. 28

Practice Management

  • Your own five-year plan: What do you want to accomplish? Jan. 10, p. 52

  • Re-engineer your practice—starting today. Jan. 24, p. 174

  • Pick the team, and write the game plan. Feb. 21, p. 74

  • Being Dr. Nice Guy can backfire. Feb. 21, p. 125

  • Welcoming the menopausal woman to your practice. Feb. 21, p. 148

  • Managed care holdouts: How are they doing now? March 6, p. 61

  • You mean I can see the doctor today? March 20, p. 114

  • Make the most of your staff. April 24, p. 56

  • Happy together: What makes a practice endure? May 8, p. 38

  • Save thousands a year on medical supplies. May 8, p. 55

  • Call is a waste of time. May 8, p. 91

  • I hung out my shingle—and waited. May 8, p. 149

  • Easy ways to track your progress. May 22, p. 131

  • Make your office layout serve your needs. June 19, p. 60

  • When to hire another doctor—and how to make it pay. July 10, p. 61

  • Will the Internet finally put an end to paperwork? July 10, p. 152

  • How connectivity is changing practice. July 10, p. 166

  • How I learned to be a better boss. Aug. 7, p. 112

  • Get the most out of every patient visit. Aug. 21, p. 96

  • Do patients love you, but hate your phones? Sept. 18, p. 77

  • The "perfect" office manager cost this practice $100,000. Sept. 18, p. 102

  • Do more for your patients by seeing some of them less. Oct. 23, p. 65

  • Are you fighting over new patients? Nov. 20, p. 71

  • Keep close tabs on your chronic disease patients. Nov. 20, p. 81

  • Who'll buy your medical building, Doctor? Dec. 4, p. 77

  • Everything I know about medical management I learned from my kids. Dec. 18, p.61

  • Re-engineering your practice: Will all that effort really pay off? Dec. 18, p.81

Practice, Special Types

  • The bottom-line case for making house calls. Feb. 21, p. 114

  • "Boutique" practices: Good medicine—or ethical swamp. July 24, p. 52

  • What makes a physician an expert in CAM? July 24, p. 109

  • The job offer of a lifetime: Would you have taken it? Dec. 4, p. 158

Primary Care

  • Malpractice: Who's on the hook when a hospitalist discharges your patients? March 6, p. 40

  • HMNo: The name of this practice says it all. March 6, p. 78

  • Are NPs and primary care doctors interchangeable? March 20, p. 198

  • Call is a waste of time. May 8, p. 91

  • Now I know how patients get lost in the system. May 8, p. 130

  • Is primary care paying its way? May 22, p. 156

  • "Internists are losers." May 22, p. 163

  • Where students pledge themselves to primary care. June 19, p. 80

  • We can't let them devalue primary care. Sept. 4, p. 117

  • Keep close tabs on your chronic disease patients. Nov. 20, p. 81

Professions, Other

  • How plaintiffs' lawyers pick their targets. April 24, p. 94

  • Let's stop subsidizing lawyers at medical meetings. June 5, p. 98

  • What a behavioral specialist could add to your practice. June 5, p. 149

  • The snake in the ER. June 19, p. 71

  • The 150 best financial advisers for doctors. Aug. 7, p. 140

  • The "perfect" office manager cost this practice $100,000. Sept. 18, p. 102

Records

  • Who'd have thought it? Patients are putting their records online. April 10, p. 93

  • Never lose a chart again. July 24, p. 95

  • Our patient pulled a fast one on Medicare—and on us. Aug. 7, p. 170

  • The good news—and bad—about Web-based EMRs. Sept. 4, p. 73

  • Get ready for the new privacy rules. Dec. 18, p. 90

Retirement

  • Money-saving answers to your tax questions: Retirement savings and family matters. Feb. 7, p. 247

  • Get a medical license? It's easier to get a gun. Feb. 7, p. 262

  • Cut your 2000 tax bill—starting right now. April 24, p. 53

  • How the investment rules are changing: Paint a rose-colored retirement. May 22, p. 78

  • A big new break for pension plans. But act fast! Sept. 4, p. 60

  • Long range planning: One doctor, three very different financial plans. Nov. 6, p. 104

  • Fuel-inject your retirement plan. Nov. 6, p. 135

Taxes

  • Answers to your tax questions. Jan. 10, p. 133; Jan. 24, p. 129; Feb. 7, pp. 203, 216, 233, 247;
    Feb. 21, p. 65; March 6, p. 56; March 20, p. 98

  • Steer clear of these audit minefields. Feb. 7, p. 222

  • Your 1040: Negotiating the maze. Feb. 7, p. 182

  • The best Web sites for tazpayers. Feb. 7, p. 209

  • Take this tax quiz. You might win $2,000! Feb. 7, p. 236

  • Our Tax Quiz: And the winner is . . . March 20, p. 133

  • Cut your 2000 tax bil—starting right now. April 24, p. 53

  • Cut this year's taxes—it's not too late. Nov. 6, p. 144

  • Let your kids save you money, for a change. Nov. 6, p. 155

Travel

  • "Go to Mexico," I told my patient. "I'll go with you." Jan. 24, p. 91

  • In search of Hippocrates. Feb. 7, p. 146

  • In Italy, do as the Italians do—head for the hills. March 6, p. 109

  • Europe your way: Who needs a hotel? April 10, p. 125

  • Europe your way: Read this before you drive in Europe. April 10, p. 139

  • Endoscopy at 35,000 feet: Hand me that duct tape! April 10, p. 235

  • Who could resist a time-share in paradise? May 8, p. 214

  • Why I'll never travel incognito. May 22, p. 105

  • Plan your next vacation on the Internet. Sept. 4, p. 92

  • Take your kids on call—the call of the wild. Sept. 18, p. 88

  • Where you go to get away from it all. Oct. 9, p. 132

  • Scuba diving for fun and credit. Dec. 4, p. 64

Unions

  • Doctor unions: Time to join the parade? Jan. 24, p. 76



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