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12 ways to work smarter, not harder in practice -- FPM

Nov 29, 2018 - A primary care physician shares 12 strategies -- rooted in the principle of working smarter, not harder -- that transformed her practice.

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

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

A checklist for better dementia care plans -- FPM

Feb 15, 2019 - Physicians may not be able to control many facets of dementia care, but this checklist can help you tackle the cognitive, functional, and behavioral losses that most matter to patients and their families.

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

A New Lexicon for Physicians: A Poem for Physicians Who Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - What if EHRs, MIPS, and MACRA all stood for something else--something truly meaningful?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p36.html

A new way to earn MIPS credit in 2019 -- FPM

Apr 5, 2019 - A new study of how physicians collect and report quality measures to Medicare is looking for participants. Successful members will get MIPS credit.

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

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.

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

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

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

A tool to smooth out your checkout process -- FPM

Jan 23, 2019 - A New Mexico family physician uses checkout sheets to highlight what needs to happen before a patient leaves the office.

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

A Week in the Life of a Family Physician (2 of 5) -- FPM

Apr 23, 2019 - A slideshow of family physician work hours, patient visits, etc.

Family Practice Management : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/slideshows/entry/FP-hours-compensation/slide2.html

A Week in the Life of a Family Physician (3 of 5) -- FPM

Apr 23, 2019 - A slideshow of family physician work hours, patient visits, etc.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/slideshows/entry/FP-hours-compensation/slide3.html

A Week in the Life of a Family Physician (4 of 5) -- FPM

Apr 23, 2019 - A slideshow of family physician work hours, patient visits, etc.

Family Practice Management : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/slideshows/entry/FP-hours-compensation/slide4.html

A Week in the Life of a Family Physician (5 of 5) -- FPM

Apr 23, 2019 - A slideshow of family physician work hours, patient visits, etc.

Family Practice Management : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/slideshows/entry/FP-hours-compensation/slide5.html

Add some fun to your practice -- FPM

Jun 19, 2019 - Patients often come to your practice feeling anxious, hurt, or afraid. Adding some levity can help put them at ease, and it can help your stressed-out colleagues as well.

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

Adolescent Vaccination: Protect Their Future -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Strategies to improve your adolescent patients’ immunizations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p9.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

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

Are your patients taking their medications? Seven questions to help you find out -- FPM

May 17, 2019 - Asking your patients directly if they are taking their prescribed medication may not give you an accurate answer. Use these more specific questions to get a better feel for their adherence.

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

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

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

Billing for multiple skin procedures: three steps -- FPM

Mar 27, 2019 - If you perform more than one skin procedure for the same patient on the same day, follow these three special billing rules to get the correct payment.

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

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

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

Changes of Note for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Coding updates are just the tip of the iceberg as we begin 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p4.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

CMS clarifies documentation for teaching physicians' E/M services -- FPM

May 10, 2019 - Physicians who bill for E/M services while teaching medical students may face some changes under newly clarified federal guidelines.

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

CMS finds errors in MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

Mar 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is working to fix errors in how this year's MIPS payment adjustments were applied to some physicians.

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

CMS Primary Care Initiative provides new payment models -- FPM

Apr 26, 2019 - The Primary Care Initiative announced by CMS will give family physicians new payment streams aimed at increasing value-based care.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Prescription drug management and E/M code selection | Review of systems: How many systems are too many? | Documenting exams by medical students | Coding for removal of skin lesions: biopsy or no?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p30.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

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Coding for immunization counseling | How to report after-hours clinic services | Who is eligible for chronic care management?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p31.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Same-day return visit | Modifier for incident-to services | Inpatient care billing by teaching physician | Biopsy of the outer ear | Multiple X-rays

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p31.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the chief complaint is medication refill | 99221 for second hospital encounter? | Staph infection of a wound

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p32.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

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

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

Coming soon: Medicare payment for virtual encounters -- FPM

Dec 13, 2018 - Among the new codes going into effect in 2019 are several that reimburse physicians for various types of virtual encounters.

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

Communicating Risks: Let’s Talk Numeracy -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Understanding numeracy will make your risk conversations with patients more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p4.html

Communication checkup: How many of these skills do you practice? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Good communication is the bedrock of good care. In the busyness of day-to-day practice, don’t neglect these seven basic skills.

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

Creating a Culture of Intrinsic Motivation -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - External motivators don’t work for long.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p36.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

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

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

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

EHRs occupy 24 percent of doctors’ time, says survey -- FPM

Jan 3, 2019 - Family physicians spend 51 hours in practice each week, with 24 percent of that time spent interacting with the electronic health record (EHR). What can physicians do to make their EHR work less frustrating?

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

Eight things to do before you quit your job -- FPM

Apr 25, 2019 - High demand and job dissatisfaction may have family physicians considering leaving their practice for a new one. These eight steps could make the transition easier.

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

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

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.

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

Family physician pay goes up, satisfaction with pay goes down -- FPM

Apr 18, 2019 - An annual survey of physician compensation shows a healthy gain for physicians. How do you compare?

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

Few receive negative payment adjustment in first year of MIPS -- FPM

Mar 26, 2019 - The vast majority of clinicians who were eligible for and participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017 will avoid a negative payment adjustment to their Medicare claims during the 2019 payment year.

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

Five mobile apps to encourage mindfulness -- FPM

Mar 13, 2019 - Five mobile applications to help patients use mindfulness to treat depression, chronic pain, tobacco use disorder, and other problems.

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

Five Mobile Apps to Help You Organize Your Work and Your Life -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - The demands on physicians’ time have never been greater. These apps can help you keep up.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p11.html

Five mobile apps to improve your personal and professional productivity -- FPM

Apr 5, 2019 - Physicians have lots on their plate and limited time. These top-rated mobile apps will help you make the most of it.

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

Five problems with clinic design -- FPM

May 22, 2019 - The success of a clinic is often tied to how it is laid out and operated. If your practice has any of these five features, you could have a problem.

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

Five signs of possible medication diversion in your practice -- FPM

Mar 29, 2019 - The misuse by patients of prescription medications, especially controlled substances, is a major problem for primary care physicians. Look for these signs of potential medical diversion.

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

Five ways to avoid problems with patient satisfaction scores -- FPM

Dec 14, 2018 - Patient satisfaction scores are being used to grade physician performance and even dictate salary. Here are ways to make sure the scores are correctly generated and used.

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

Five Ways to Communicate Risks So That Patients Understand -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When discussing a patient’s risk of developing a disease or the risks associated with a screening test, these simple techniques can ensure clarity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p28.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

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

Focusing on the Patient and Physician Experience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Let FPM help you take care of your patients and find the joy in practice.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p5.html

Four apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression -- FPM

Jan 18, 2019 - Here are four mobile apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression.

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

Four bad habits you need to break when it comes to email -- FPM

May 1, 2019 - To reduce the intrusion of email into your daily work life, stop doing these four things.

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

Four mistakes to avoid when talking with patients about risk -- FPM

Jan 2, 2019 - Helping patients understand their risk of developing a certain disease or the risks associated with a screening test can be complicated. Don’t make these four mistakes.

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

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

Four tools to help you identify patient medications that need to be deprescribed -- FPM

Apr 19, 2019 - If your patient is taking multiple medications, some of which may have become unnecessary or harmful, use these four tools to begin the process of deprescribing.

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

Four ways to better care for patients with a history of childhood trauma -- FPM

Apr 12, 2019 - When caring for patients with a history of childhood trauma, some simple shifts in your communication habits can signal to patients that your practice is a safe space for them and help avoid re-traumatization.

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

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Oct 28, 2019 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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

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

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

Got an idea to reduce physician burden? CMS wants to hear it -- FPM

Jun 13, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has opened a request for information, looking for ways to reduce paperwork and allow physicians to spend more time on patient care.

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

Help patients remember to get their flu shot -- FPM

Dec 12, 2018 - Here's a method for helping your patients remember to get a flu shot in case they forget or don't know you have immunizations available.

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

Helping compare Medicare costs and copayments gets easier -- FPM

Nov 30, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers.

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

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

High-maintenance patients: protecting yourself and your practice -- FPM

Feb 8, 2019 - Every physician has a patient or two (or more) who make frequent and unreasonable demands for treatment, tests, or referrals, treat staff poorly, and drain the physician’s time and energy. Rather than allow these patients’ bad behavior to affect yours, follow this simple advice.

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

How to attract more kid patients to your practice: four tips -- FPM

Mar 22, 2019 - Having young patients on your schedule can add some fun and variety to your workday. To grow this patient population, consider these four tips.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/caring_for_kids.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?

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

How to avoid payment denials on two common diagnostic tests -- FPM

Feb 7, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is advising physician practices on how to avoid billing errors for two common diagnostic tests.

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

How to calculate the value of team documentation -- FPM

Feb 6, 2019 - Having a medical assistant or nurse handle the paperwork related to patient visits can help you be more efficient and increase revenue. Here’s how to calculate the value.

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

How to check if you are MIPS-eligible in 2018 -- FPM

Dec 7, 2018 - CMS has taken a second look at whether physicians are eligible for MIPS in 2018. Find out if you have to report - and if your 2020 payments are at risk.

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

How to create simple annual visit plans for your patients -- FPM

May 23, 2019 - Family physicians often have to think through a patient's future care needs during a visit, which can hurt efficiency and allow things to go unaddressed. Creating annual visit plans with each patient may help.

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

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

How to determine what's really urgent -- FPM

Jan 24, 2019 - Three questions to help you determine if a task truly needs your immediate attention and response or can be delayed or even delegated elsewhere.

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

How to encourage more appropriate quality measures -- FPM

May 29, 2019 - Many quality measure do not help patients or are out of the physician's control. If facing such measures, here are two things physicians can do.

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

How to establish yourself as a physician leader -- FPM

Jun 6, 2019 - Because of their medical authority, every physician is a leader in their organization to some extent. Those who expand their leadership potential tend to have four characteristics.

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

How to find joy in medicine, one day at a time -- FPM

Feb 13, 2019 - A Grand Rapids, Mich., physician discusses what her team does every day to remember why they're in medicine.

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

How to get sedentary patients to exercise -- FPM

Mar 14, 2019 - This Maryland-based practice created a special area trail guide to help patients get out of their house and get walking.

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

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