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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John K. Larson, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This 80-page, softcover monograph on practice management is prepared by the American Psychiatric Association's Office of Economic Affairs and Practice Management. It contains 13 sections that briefly cover such topics as building a practice, medical office operation, regulatory issues, financial issues, management information systems, marketing, various practice models, and a glossary.
Purpose: The stated purpose of the volume is to provide basic information regarding the administrative and clinical operations of psychiatric practice considered essential to survival in today's financial environment.
Audience: The intended audience is the psychiatrist beginning practice or contemplating a change in practice structure.
Features: The book is organized in outline form, with bullet points and focuses on practical issues of practice management. It contains a useful glossary and a brief, excellent, and up-to-date bibliography.
Assessment: This monograph is crisply written and provides a concise introduction to the topics. It should serve as an excellent outline for residents desiring an overview of the issues they'll be grappling with in practice. It will also be helpful for the veteran practitioner who needs a quick refresher course in business-related issues essential to successful practice management in today's health care environment. Readers desiring an in-depth exploration of these same topics will need to look elsewhere, although this little book is a good place to start.