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FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Aug 22, 2019 - 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

Encounter Forms -- FPM Toolbox

Jan 7, 2019 - Download encounter forms to help ensure accurate documentation for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions common in primary care.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Encounter Forms

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=12

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.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding and Documentation

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.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Care Management

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

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

Medicare -- FPM Toolbox

Sep 20, 2017 - Download tools to help you comply with Medicare rules for annual wellness visits and more.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Medicare

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=20

Patient Handouts -- FPM Toolbox

Sep 26, 2018 - Download patient tools such as food and exercise diaries, a chronic pain medication agreement, and a new patient welcome letter.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Patient Handouts

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=22

Electronic Health Records -- FPM Toolbox

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

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Electronic Health Records

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.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Disease Management: Diabetes

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

Referral Management -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you manage patient referrals.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Referral Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=26

Office Policy Samples -- FPM Toolbox

Jul 25, 2018 - Download sample office policies related to patient payment, patient dismissal, and more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=21

Billing, Collections and Claims Processing -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download tools such as the FPM superbill to help you optimize your billing, collections, and claims processing.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Billing, Collections and Claims Processing

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=1

Staffing -- FPM Toolbox

Apr 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you clarify staff responsibilities, provide feedback, and more.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Staffing

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=28

Coding: ICD-10 -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download FPM's coding guides and cheat sheets to help you understand ICD-10 coding and select the right codes.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding: ICD-10

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=30

Coding: CPT -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download tools to help you optimize your coding of patient encounters.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding: CPT

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=4

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Nov 8, 2016 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Career Management

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

MACRA and Value-Based Payment -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 8, 2016 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=105

Opioid Management -- FPM Topic Collection

May 16, 2017 - Advertisement Topic Collection Opioid Management Editors' Choice of Best Available Content How do you safely prescribe and manage opioids and other controlled substances for patients with chronic pain? This article collection features popular FPM content on the topic....

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=107

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

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

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

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

A New Approach to New Physician Orientation: Six Key Components -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - In an era of patient-centered medical homes and value-based care, the old approach to physician orientation just doesn’t cut it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p24.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

It's Time to Go RAFing -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - What you don’t know about risk-adjustment factor scores could cost you.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p5.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

Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p36.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

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

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.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Keeping It Fresh -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Variety in our daily work may be a way to improve care and satisfaction with practicing medicine.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p3.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

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

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2019 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Using the new chronic care management code | Pessary care | Documenting an interval history

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p34.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

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

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

Eight tactics to identify and reduce your implicit biases -- FPM

Aug 16, 2019 - Unconscious biases can affect the quality of care and make workplaces more difficult. These tips can help you discover and combat your own biases.

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

Tips for getting more patients to agree to chronic care management services -- FPM

Aug 15, 2019 - Patients eligible for chronic care management services have to agree to receive them before their physicians can get reimbursed. Physicians who have gone through the process share their best practices.

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

Provide employee criticism the right way -- FPM

Aug 14, 2019 - Providing employees with critical feedback can be difficult. One physician shares how he does it, and how to increase the likelihood that the worker listens.

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

Anthem plans to shorten timely filing limit for claims -- FPM

Aug 9, 2019 - Anthem is notifying practices that they may have less time to timely file patient claims.

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

The secret to better communication with patients? Talk less -- FPM

Aug 9, 2019 - Instead of overloading patients with information they won’t remember, focus on communicating just three things your patients need to know.

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

One time-saving task your nurse can do at the end of every visit -- FPM

Aug 8, 2019 - Expanding the role of nurses and medical assistants in your practice can help you be more efficient. Here’s one time-saving task they can start doing at the end of every patient visit.

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

The right way to leave your job -- FPM

Aug 7, 2019 - When it’s time to say goodbye to a job you have invested significant time and energy to, there’s a right way and a wrong way to end things.

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

Three suggestions for addressing patients' sexual assault history -- FPM

Aug 2, 2019 - If your patient has experienced sexual assault as an adult, discussing it with them could lead to improved recovery. Frame that discussion the right way by following these three suggestions.

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

How to help sustain a quality improvement initiative -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Quality improvement efforts require motivated staff. These three suggestions can help keep employees engaged.

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

Is moonlighting right for you? -- FPM

Jul 31, 2019 - Moonlighting can help your pocketbook or your career. But follow these steps to make sure it doesn't cause new problems.

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

Medicare releases proposed rule on 2020 physician fee schedule -- FPM

Jul 30, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for 2020. Here are some of the highlights affecting family physicians.

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

Three things to remember when choosing a code without a diagnosis -- FPM

Jul 26, 2019 - Selecting the appropriate ICD-10 code depends on having a diagnosis. If you don't have a confirmed diagnosis, follow this advice to record your patient's signs and symptoms.

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

The first step to better patient visits and satisfaction -- FPM

Jul 25, 2019 - There are many simple steps physicians can take to make their visits more successful and satisfying for the patient. The first is making sure to sit down.

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

How to remind patients they're due for preventive care -- FPM

Jul 24, 2019 - Patients can forget to schedule preventive care visits. Sending out reminders is a good approach, but you have to be careful not to get too much of a good thing.

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

Five ways to add some warmth and personality to your exam rooms -- FPM

Jul 19, 2019 - Exam rooms don’t have to feel cold and boring. Here are five ideas for adding some personal touches that will make the space more inviting to patients and more comfortable for you and your staff.

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

Three myths about patient access -- FPM

Jul 18, 2019 - Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs is to improve patients’ access to primary care. But many practices are going about access improvement all wrong.

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

Got a new colleague? Do these things on day one -- FPM

Jul 17, 2019 - A well-organized orientation process can help maximize physician performance and retention. Here are three ways you can help.

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

Skin Deep: How to Properly Code for Biopsies and Lesion Removal -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Learn about the new skin biopsy codes, and follow these tips to make sure you get full credit for the skin procedures you perform.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p15.html

In Support of Buprenorphine Deregulation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Family physicians should join the fight to remove limits on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p6.html

Transitional Care Management: Practical Processes for Your Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Helping patients safely bridge the gap from acute care to ambulatory care is good for patients and practices too.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p27.html

2019 qualifying APM participant data now available -- FPM

Jul 12, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its online database to help physicians participating in alternative payment models to determine if they have to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2019_qualifying_APM_participant.html

Three big benefits of small talk -- FPM

Jul 12, 2019 - Making time for a few seconds of friendly conversation at the beginning and end of each patient visit may be more productive than you’d think. Here are three benefits of making small talk with your patients.

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

Communication Tips for Caring for Survivors of Sexual Assault -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - You can support your patients’ recovery from sexual assault by interacting with them in an empowering, compassionate manner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p19.html

How to cultivate a warm handoff for patient referrals -- FPM

Jul 11, 2019 - Both you and your patients can benefit when referrals are characterized by a warm handoff. Focus on these three key elements.

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

Meet FPM’s new medical editor -- FPM

Jul 10, 2019 - FPM's new medical editor lays out her vision for the future of the journal and how it can help physicians make their patient care experience more productive and satisfying.

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

MIPS feedback reports for 2018 now available -- FPM

Jul 5, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released reports showing how physicians fared during the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance year.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_QPP_Feedback_Reports.html

99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p5.html

A Practical Approach to Reducing Patients' Prescription Costs -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - A single screening question and an arsenal of cost-reducing strategies can help you help your patients afford their medications.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p5.html

How to avoid burnout in a broken health care system -- FPM

Jun 28, 2019 - The administrative barriers facing physicians who want to provide quality care keep growing. How do you avoid lose sight of what's important?

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Thirteen ways to reduce the burden of prior authorizations -- FPM

Jun 27, 2019 - If you've spent any time on the phone with an insurer seeking approval for certain medications or procedures, you likely wished for an easier way. Here are a number of possible avenues to shorten the process.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Treating migraines? There's an app for that -- FPM

Jun 26, 2019 - Treating migraines is difficult because of the many factors that can trigger an attack. Suggest this mobile app to patients so they can be more engaged in their own care.

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

A sample workflow to address medication nonadherence related to cost -- FPM

Jun 21, 2019 - To quickly screen for and address prescription cost concerns, use this sample workflow.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Think 99214 if you see these problems or procedures -- FPM

Jun 20, 2019 - The risk component of medical decision making is more subjective and can be difficult to identify, so here’s what to look for.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/99214_presenting_problems.html

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