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FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Jan 7, 2020 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm

Patient Surveys/Questionnaires -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download sample patient satisfaction surveys and other questionnaires.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Patient Surveys/Questionnaires

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=23

Coding and Documentation -- FPM Toolbox

May 14, 2019 - Download tools to help you understand coding and documentation requirements for new and established patient visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=6

Care Management -- FPM Toolbox

May 14, 2019 - Download tools to help you manage patient care tasks, from agenda-setting to controlled substance refills.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=2

Life Balance -- FPM Toolbox

Jan 7, 2020 - Download tools to help you manage your time and prevent burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=18

Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Productivity

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=3

Practice Improvement -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download worksheets and self-assessments to aid practice improvement.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Practice Improvement

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=24

Electronic Health Records -- FPM Toolbox

May 14, 2019 - Download tools to help you evaluate, select, and optimize your electronic health record system.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=7

Disease Management: Diabetes -- FPM Toolbox

May 14, 2019 - Download encounter forms, patient agreements, and flow sheets to help you manage diabetes care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=10

Behavioral Health -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 14, 2019 - Advertisement Topic Collection Behavioral Health Editors' Choice of Best Available Content This article collection features popular FPM content on topics such as substance use disorders or other addictions and mental health conditions. Categories Mental Health...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=111

Practical Ways to Address Physician Burnout and Improve Joy in Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - It starts with one simple principle: Get rid of stupid stuff in your practice. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p7.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Bringing Behavioral Health Into Your Practice Through a Psychiatric Collaborative Care ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Learn how to implement an integrated behavioral health program that will more than pay for itself while increasing patients’ access to care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p11.html

Advance Care Planning: How to Have the Conversation You Want With Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - More patients are receiving intensive care in their last days of life, even though studies show that most don’t want it. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to make sure patients’ wishes are recorded and respected.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p18.html

High-Maintenance Patients -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p36.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Work relative value units | Vaccination refusal | Marijuana use | Lesion treatment for new patients | Patient discharge without seeing patient

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p30.html

Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon, we need a better term that puts the blame where it belongs and reminds us that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p4.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Liven up your exam rooms | Be prepared for last-minute gynecologic exams | Use nudges to encourage behavior change

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p31.html

Seven Habits for Reducing Work After Clinic -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Imagine shutting your office door at the end of the day and not having any work that you need to take home. These shifts in practice can help you reclaim your time.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p10.html

A template for referring patients to community organizations -- FPM

Jan 16, 2020 - Community partners can help geriatric patients stay healthy. Here’s a ready-made template for referring patients to services offered by organizations near you.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/community_organization_referrals.html

Wanted: Bank information to pay APM bonuses -- FPM

Jan 13, 2020 - The federal government has posted a list of clinicians it owes bonus money. Here's how to find out if you're on it, and how to claim your cash if you are.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/APM_banking_info.html

Burnout prevention: get rid of stupid stuff in your practice -- FPM

Jan 6, 2020 - Although burnout in health care is largely a system problem, individual physicians can take steps to lighten their burden. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/burnout_prevention.html

The right way to respond to high-maintenance patients -- FPM

Jan 5, 2020 - When patients are pushy, needy, or entitled, you may be tempted to give in to their demands or refer them away, but there’s a better way to respond.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/high_maintenance_patients.html

Four tips for writing visit notes suitable for your patients to see -- FPM

Jan 4, 2020 - As transparency increases and more patients gain access to their health records, make sure your visit notes follow four best practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/transparent_visit_notes.html

Risk Stratification: A Two-Step Process for Identifying Your Sickest Patients -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Assessing the health risk of your patients can yield improvements in efficiency and use of resources.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p21.html

The top Medicare changes to know for 2020 -- FPM

Dec 18, 2019 - The annual Medicare update includes changes to documentation requirements, coding and payment.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_Medicare_update.html

Five changes that will affect physician payment and productivity in 2020 and beyond -- FPM

Dec 14, 2019 - There are new codes for online digital E/M, blood pressure monitoring and other common services.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/medicare_update_2020.html

Four ways to target blood pressure control -- FPM

Dec 13, 2019 - Four steps to get your patients on the path to better blood pressure.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/blood_pressure_control.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Established vs. new patient codes | Office visits for immunization | Advance care planning and time

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p32.html

A quick tip for last-minute gynecologic exams -- FPM

Dec 12, 2019 - This prep method can save time when a patient needs an unplanned Pap smear.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/pap_bundles.html

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

Dec 11, 2019 - The QPP Participation Status Tool tells physicians if they are required to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 performance year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/QPP_participation_status.html

Nine measurements for evaluating the quality of your dementia care -- FPM

Dec 7, 2019 - A nationally recognized, evidence-based, group of metrics physicians can use to evaluate their current level of dementia care and improve upon it.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/dementia_care_quality.html

Taking the Fear Out of Error Disclosure -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - What if we could talk about medical mistakes without fear of judgment or punishment?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p36.html

A Jury of One’s Peers -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - FPM depends on readers like you to review submitted manuscripts and help us deliver useful, high-quality content.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p6.html

A basic model for behavioral health integration -- FPM

Dec 6, 2019 - You can get paid to integrate basic behavioral health check-ins into your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/basic_behavioral_health.html

FPM/STFM award goes to MedStar Franklin Square for innovative care coordination program...

Dec 6, 2019 - The 2019 Practice Improvement Award recognizes Medstar Franklin Square Family Health Center for its efforts to improve care and reduce utilization for high-risk patients through intensive care coordination.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/practice_improvement_award_winner_2019.html

How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p29.html

Three questions to ask before making a major change -- FPM

Dec 5, 2019 - Asking these three questions before making a big change in your practice can help everyone affected stay united.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/major_change_questions.html

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders -- FPM

Dec 4, 2019 - Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/home_health_coding.html

Five reasons you can’t get things done in your organization -- FPM

Dec 2, 2019 - Author Peter Senge offers several laws that govern organizational behavior. Five of them are particularly apropos to physicians who are trying to build something new within their organizations but facing resistance.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/five_laws_of_organizations.html

A tool for calculating the right-sized patient panel -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Here's a five-step method for right-sizing your patient panel.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/right_sized_patient_panel.html

How to respond if a teen patient’s parent wants access to records -- FPM

Nov 30, 2019 - If the parent of an adolescent patient contacts you or your staff wanting to know why the teen visited your practice, the teen patient’s information must be kept private if any of these situations apply.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/adolescent_patient_privacy.html

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020 -- FPM

Nov 25, 2019 - Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_Medicare_status.html

Medicare Wellness Visits: Reassessing Their Value to Your Patients and Your Practice --...

Apr 1, 2019 - Providing Medicare wellness visits can be challenging but can improve quality and practice revenue.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p25.html

Four reasons your team doesn't get along -- FPM

Nov 23, 2019 - Health care can be a high-stress environment, but if infighting, negativity, cliques, and back-biting are pervasive, the underlying issues need to be identified and addressed.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/team_conflict.html

Three quick tips for exam room safety -- FPM

Nov 22, 2019 - You don't typically enter the exam worried about the potential for violence, but increased awareness of your surroundings can help keep you safe during visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/exam_room_safety.html

When should you code for marijuana use? -- FPM

Nov 21, 2019 - If patients report marijuana use in their social history, but have no related complaints, should you list an ICD-10 code for it?

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/marijuana_use.html

What to do when an MBI changes -- FPM

Nov 18, 2019 - It's time to start using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers, if you aren't already. But how will you know if a patient's MBI changes?

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MBI_changes.html

Incivility in Health Care: Strategies for De-escalating Troubling Encounters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - With rudeness, discrimination, and violence on the rise, how do we take care of our patients while protecting ourselves?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p8.html

A technique for easing advance care planning conversations -- FPM

Nov 16, 2019 - Advance care planning conversations can get emotional. Here's one way to prepare.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/advance_planning_technique.html

What can a care team coordinator do for you? -- FPM

Nov 15, 2019 - In some practices coordinators lighten the load by taking on administrative and clinical duties so physicians can focus on patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/care_team_coordinators.html

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p23.html

Five ways to orbit the "hairball" of red tape and regulations -- FPM

Nov 14, 2019 - Within your organizational boundaries, try to find new, invigorating, and satisfying ways to practice medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/health_care_hairball.html

HHS taking applications for Primary Care First alternative payment model -- FPM

Nov 13, 2019 - The bundled services model will offer performance bonuses of up to 50%, with downside risk of just -10%.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/primary_care_first.html

Time is running out to transition to new Medicare numbers -- FPM

Nov 11, 2019 - Soon physicians will no longer be able to use Medicare Health Insurance Claim Numbers and will have to switch to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_identifiers_changing.html

Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program for 2020 -- FPM

Nov 6, 2019 - Highlights from the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule include new codes for chronic care management and principal care management.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_physician_fee_schedule.html

The Feasibility of Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Seven Lessons Learned ...

Oct 1, 2019 - If addressing patients’ social needs sounds overwhelming, the results of this pilot project might surprise you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p13.html

Two tasks highly efficient practices delegate to their patients -- FPM

Nov 1, 2019 - Achieving greater practice efficiency often requires addressing key workflows, rethinking who does what, and delegating appropriately. In some instances, this can mean delegating tasks to patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/efficient_practice_delegation.html

Talking with patients about risks: do's and don'ts -- FPM

Oct 31, 2019 - To improve your communication with patients about risk, follow these do's and don'ts.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/talking_about_risk.html

Three practical skills that can help you be a better doctor -- FPM

Oct 30, 2019 - Good doctors have not only excellent clinical skills but also practical skills they likely learned outside of medical school.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/practical_skills_doctors_need.html

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors -- FPM

Oct 28, 2019 - CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_errors_fix.html

Four quick tips for bringing humor to your practice -- FPM

Oct 26, 2019 - Medicine is serious business. Some comic relief may be just what you and those around you need to get through a tough day.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/humor.html

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance -- FPM

Oct 25, 2019 - The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/vaping_coding_guidance.html

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule -- FPM

Oct 25, 2019 - If the time of service listed in a CPT code descriptor exceeds the time you spend providing the service, you may still be able to bill for it.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/cpt_midpoint_rule.html

Do you know your RVUs? -- FPM

Oct 24, 2019 - Knowing how many relative value units (RVUs) you generate for each service can help improve your productivity and your payment.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/know_your_rvus.html

How to Use Group Visits to Manage Obesity -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Clinic and community resources combine to support patients in this unique group-visit model.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p20.html

The first thing to do before you see your next patient -- FPM

Oct 18, 2019 - Here's how to take a minute to calm your mind during a hectic day and refocus before you move on to your next patient.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/focus_on_next_patient.html

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations -- FPM

Oct 17, 2019 - Preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics by having this quick conversation with patients before you examine them.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/preempt_antibiotic_requests.html

Six steps to start a group visit program for chronic care -- FPM

Oct 16, 2019 - Group visits can help people with chronic conditions like obesity improve their health.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/setup_group_visits.html

More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

Oct 11, 2019 - An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_claims_problems.html

How to de-escalate troubling patient encounters -- FPM

Oct 11, 2019 - Here are four techniques to try when you face stressful or demeaning exchanges with patients or their families.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/incivility_in_the_exam_room.html

Four tips to help you spend less time charting -- FPM

Oct 10, 2019 - To get through your routine documentation more efficiently and reduce work after clinic, try these tips.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/spend_less_time_on_charting.html

A side-by-side comparison of six apps for easier prescribing -- FPM

Oct 9, 2019 - A family physician reviews six commonly used pharmaceutical apps to identify which ones offered the most critical features.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/prescribing_time_saver.html

Reduce malpractice risk with a SOOOAAP note -- FPM

Oct 5, 2019 - You can improve the quality of your communication and decrease malpractice risk with this revised version of SOAP.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/documentation_tips.html

Three nasal spray mistakes your patients are probably making -- FPM

Oct 4, 2019 - If patients say their nasal spray isn’t working, they might just need some instruction about how to use it correctly.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/nasal_spray.html

A tool for more efficient Welcome to Medicare physicals -- FPM

Oct 3, 2019 - An encounter form that details the many requirements of a Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination can help these visits go much more smoothly.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/welcome_to_medicare_encounter_form.html

Incentive payments coming soon for APM qualifying participants -- FPM

Sep 30, 2019 - For clinicians participating in an advanced alternative payment model, 2019 incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be headed your way soon.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/apm_incentive_payment.html

Medicare instructs contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits ...

Sep 27, 2019 - Have you had inappropriately denied claims for pneumococcal vaccination? Here's what to do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pneumococcal_vaccination_frequency_edits.html

When being right makes things go wrong -- FPM

Sep 27, 2019 - It's important to be right, but sometimes it's more important to be effective. Recognizing which battles to fight and which are counterproductive is the first step to implementing this leadership strategy.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/effective_communication.html

How to get more young patients into your practice -- FPM

Sep 26, 2019 - Try these six steps to get more young people in your patient panel.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/young_patients.html

Get certified to prescribe opioid withdrawal meds in four steps -- FPM

Sep 25, 2019 - Family physicians write more opioid prescriptions by volume than any other specialty, but most don’t have the federal waiver required to prescribe medications that treat opioid addiction. Here’s how to get it.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/opioid_abuse_waiver.html

Flu resources and payment allowances: Medicare releases updates for the 2019-2020 ...

Sep 24, 2019 - Updated influenza vaccine payment allowances went into effect August 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/flu_season_updates.html

Ask your patients with chronic disease this key question -- FPM

Sep 20, 2019 - Help patients with chronic disease make needed behavior change by asking them this one question that helps them set goals.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/behavior_change_question.html

The skill that differentiates good doctors and great doctors -- FPM

Sep 19, 2019 - Being a great doctor may have more to do with biography than biology. Here’s how to cultivate this critical skill.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/good_to_great_doctor.html

Three ways to make social determinants screening doable -- FPM

Sep 18, 2019 - A recent pilot project highlights three ways to lessen the workload related to screening for and addressing social determinants of health.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sdoh_screening_pilot.html

The problem with the term physician burnout -- FPM

Sep 16, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon and address it effectively, a new term is needed, one that puts the blame where it belongs and also acknowledges that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/burnout_term.html

Seven security measures to help prevent workplace violence -- FPM

Sep 15, 2019 - Appropriate security measures can help prevent workplace violence. Consider whether these seven measures are present in your clinic.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/security_measures.html

Why a cover letter is important -- FPM

Sep 14, 2019 - A cover letter that quickly tells potential employers and recruiters who you are, what you can do for them, and why you are interested in their opportunity is as important as your CV.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/cover_letter.html

Scope of Practice: Reclaiming Young Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Caring for the whole family is a defining aspect of family medicine, yet many physicians have stopped seeing young patients. Here’s why and how to welcome them back.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p26.html

Is your MIPS score/Medicare payment adjustment incorrect? Time is running out to ...

Sep 10, 2019 - Physicians must submit a targeted review request by Sept. 30, 2019, if they feel their 2018 MIPS final score/2020 MIPS payment adjustments are incorrect.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_review.html

Three phrases you can use to help patient visits stay on track -- FPM

Aug 30, 2019 - When a patient visit goes on too long and puts you behind schedule, the rest of the day can feel rushed, chaotic, and frustrating. To keep visits running on time as you meet patients’ needs, try using these three phrases.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/key_phrases.html

How to code flu shots correctly -- FPM

Aug 29, 2019 - New flu shot codes and payment allowances go into effect each year on Aug. 1 for Medicare, allowing vaccination efforts to begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_flu_shots.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Check for fractures with your phone | Two ways to better handle transitional care management | Ensure patients’ proper use of nasal sprays | Schedule a ‘Happy Hour’ to share EHR tips

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p33.html

The problem with sharing patients -- FPM

Aug 28, 2019 - When patients seek primary care from multiple sources, it may seem convenient, but it ultimately fragments their health care. Here’s one way to address the issue.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sharing_patients.html

Cigna to stop paying for consultation codes -- FPM

Aug 27, 2019 - Cigna is set to stop paying CPT codes for consultations provided to their customers. Here's how to avoid losing that revenue.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cigna_stops_paying_consultation_codes.html

Drowning in paperwork requests? Try redirecting these three types -- FPM

Aug 23, 2019 - Having to fill out paperwork for patients you haven't treated or diagnosed can be a burden. Follow this advice for sending that work where it belongs.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/paperwork_requests.html

Six simple symptom diaries to help your patients help you -- FPM

Aug 22, 2019 - Patients who keep track of their symptoms or activities can make diagnosis and treatment much easier. These examples of patient diaries can get you started.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/symptom_diaries.html

The Nurse Closer: Using Nonclinician Staff to Make Patient Visits More Efficient -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - With a little training, nurses can wrap up the patient visit, reducing errors, improving patient satisfaction, and freeing up time for providers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p13.html

Your next job: How to find the right work environment -- FPM

Aug 21, 2019 - Physicians investigating a new job will naturally be concerned about compensation. But you should also ask these five questions to see if the new workplace is right for you.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/job_hunting.html

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