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Billing for Your Work With Surgeons -- FPM

Aug 1, 2004 - Coding and billing for services when a patient is undergoing surgery and is also under the care of a surgeon can be challenging for family physicians; the author explains how to do it right.

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Coding & Documentation - Apr 2004 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - ...if a physician tells a patient with hypertension to return to the office every six months for a blood-pressure check, 99211 should be used because the blood-pressure check is medically necessary to evaluate and manage the patient’s hypertension. On the other hand, if every patient...

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Acute Otitis Media in Children -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - The article presents an evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating otitis media and provides an encounter form.

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Monitor - Jun 2004 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - ...Those with hypertension received less than 65 percent of recommended care. Those with colorectal cancer received 54 percent of recommended care, but only 38 percent of adults were screened for colorectal cancer. Those with diabetes received 45 percent of recommended care. Those with...

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Coding & Documentation - Nov 2003 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - ...for hip surgery and, subsequent to the surgery, asks you for your opinion and advice regarding evaluation and/or management of the hypertension the patient is having in the hospital, you may code that service as a consultation, provided that you document the request and any services...

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Recommendations for the Future of Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - Where do you begin the enormous task of retooling family medicine and reforming health care? Family medicine’s leaders offer a road map.

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Fighting for Hospital Privileges -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - When faced with a privileging conflict, don’t panic. Follow these tips for a well-fought battle.

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Two Tried-and-True Documentation Tools -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - They don’t just help you code better. They also help make the documentation guidelines less annoying.

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Using a Tracking Book for Unresolved Issues -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - The article outlines a tracking system physicians can use to log problematic patient issues requiring follow-up.

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Coding Better for Better Reimbursement -- FPM

Jan 1, 2003 - Your work is worth more than you think. You just need to document and code it better.

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Ask FPM - Mar 2004 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - ...of topics. These can focus on prevention, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation or common conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Some practices have a TV nook where educational videos are available for patients to choose to view. Nature programs, music and art videos...

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Communicating With Your Patients Online -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - This is the first in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.

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Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Clinical Interventions -- FPM

Jan 1, 2004 - The article discusses the importance of engaging patients in cost-benefit discussions before deciding on their care plan. It also introduces several risk calculators (both paper and online versions) that physicians should become familiar with.

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The Integrated Summary: A Documentation Tool to Improve Patient Care -- FPM

Apr 1, 2003 - This easy-to-use template enables you to see the full context of a patient’s health on a single page.

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Coding & Documentation - Oct 2003 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - ...and separately identifiable from the G0101 service. An example would be if an established Medicare patient with chronic essential hypertension on a multiple-drug regimen presents for a periodic check-up of her condition, you note that the patient is overdue for a screening pelvic...

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Rediscovering the Joy of Family Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - Developing a strong inner world helps us gain a new enthusiasm for our work, which in turn makes us better physicians.

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Coding & Documentation - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...the patient’s fitness for surgery, especially if the patient has chronic or comorbid conditions that may be relevant (e.g., diabetes, hypertension). If the family physician documents the surgeon’s request, the resulting advice and any services ordered or performed and then provides...

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Monitor - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...receiving recommended care for senile cataracts to a low of 10.5 percent receiving recommended care for alcohol dependence. Recommended hypertension care was provided 64.7 percent of the time. Recommended diabetes care was provided 45.4 percent of the time. Only 24 percent of...

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How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - Accessing affordable medications can be a hassle. Here's how you and your patients can make the most of the available resources.

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Coding & Documentation - Jul 2003 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2003 - codes (99201–99215). For example, if a surgeon calls you in to evaluate and manage pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., hypertension and diabetes) for which you have previously seen the patient, an established patient office or other outpatient services code (99211–99215)...

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Practice Diary - May 2003 -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - ...personal physician, had a blood-pressure reading of 210/120. Has anyone ever told you that you have severe hypertension? I asked him. They always said it was white-coat hypertension, Mark said. In case you haven’t noticed, Mark, I don’t wear a white coat. Insurance companies like...

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Practice Diary - Jun 2003 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - ...for vomiting when I noted that his creatinine had risen from a baseline of 1.5 to 2.4. Earl was a 78-year-old man with diabetes and mild hypertension and was on two potentially nephrotoxic drugs, Glucophage and Zestril. The ER doctor had told him to stop the Glucophage. Two weeks...

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Coding & Documentation - Feb 2003 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2003 - ...In the documentation guidelines, what constitutes status of a chronic disease, and how should it be documented (e.g., pt has diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or pt has well-controlled dm on X with glucoses X, etc. )? A The documentation guidelines don’t address your point...

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Group Visits 101 -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.

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Evidence-Based-Medicine Tools for Your Palm-Top Computer -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - The author evaluates a list of evidence-based resources for the personal digital assistant and offers tips for better utilization of these resources at the point of care.

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