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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

How to obtain a waiver to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine -- FPM

Nov 21, 2018 - Here are the five steps to securing a waiver to administer buprenorphine from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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

How to Prepare for and Survive a Violent Patient Encounter -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the unthinkable happens, having a plan that you have practiced regularly can make all the difference.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p5.html

How to properly code for a Pap smear -- FPM

Feb 27, 2019 - Screening for cervical cancer is often included in the physical exam portion of a preventive medicine service. Follow this advice to see when you can bill separately for a Pap smear.

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

How to properly code for a pre-op examination -- FPM

Dec 6, 2018 - Family physicians are often asked to preform pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing procedures. This requires selecting the correct codes.

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

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests -- FPM

Nov 30, 2018 - Saying no to these requests while preserving the patient relationship takes skill, but three tips can help.

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

How to structure the patient visit for better communication -- FPM

Jan 4, 2019 - Patient visits tend to go better if you and your patient are on the same page. To accomplish this, try structuring your patient visits to start with a brief moment of collaborative agenda-setting.

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

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

Improving Vaccination Rates for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - This organizational supplement summarizes information and resources the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) develops, utilizes, and disseminates to family physicians and their health care teams to increase influenza vaccination rates.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p17.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

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

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

Introducing FPM’s New Medical Editor -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - We welcome Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, to the FPM editorial team.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p4.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

Is your EHR slowing you down? -- FPM

Jun 14, 2019 - No one got into medicine for the typing. Here are ways to speed up your use of electronic health record systems.

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

Johnston Memorial Hospital wins 2018 FPM Award for Practice Improvement -- FPM

Dec 11, 2018 - The family medicine residency program and family physician-led hospitalist team at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., have won this year’s FPM Award for Practice Improvement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/Johnston_Memorial_2018_Practice_Improvement.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

Less than a month left to submit 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

Mar 8, 2019 - Physicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 have only a few more weeks to report your quality measures.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_2018_deadline.html

Medicare changing rules for modifiers to override claims edits -- FPM

Jun 6, 2019 - Medicare and some private payers are set to make it easier to use modifiers to override claims edits.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

More than half of Medicare claims use new ID cards -- FPM

Jan 18, 2019 - Physicians are showing early success using the new identification cards that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supplied to Medicare beneficiaries over the last year.

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

Motivational interviewing: four steps to get started -- FPM

May 2, 2019 - Motivational interviewing is a brief counseling technique that can be effective at helping patients overcome reluctance and make behavioral changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. The OARS acronym highlights four essential aspects.

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

Multimedia -- FPM

Jun 20, 2019 - Videos, Slideshows, and Infographics from FPM

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/explore/multimedia.html

New Medicare card lookup tool gets update -- FPM

Dec 19, 2018 - Even if your Medicare patients haven't yet received their new ID cards, you can lookup their beneficiary identifier online.

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

New reports look at family medicine office visit billing -- FPM

Feb 22, 2019 - Here's what to do with that Medicare comparative billing report you may have received analyzing how you bill family medicine office visits.

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

One way to increase physician autonomy and job satisfaction -- FPM

May 3, 2019 - Physician autonomy is crucial to fostering job satisfaction and a culture of continuous quality improvement and creative problem solving. Unfortunately, physician autonomy is shrinking in many health care organizations. Here's one solution.

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

Patient Surveys/Questionnaires -- FPM Toolbox

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

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

Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - As a physician, you can have a powerful voice in bringing about change in your community. Here’s how to go about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p20.html

Practice Improvement -- FPM Toolbox

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

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

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Simplify the checkout process | Ensure your safety during patient visits | Keep your empathy for difficult patients

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p32.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2019 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Reduce time spent doing other physicians’ paperwork | Send preventive service reminders according to birth months | Help put patients at ease during visits | Identify patients’ unmet social needs to facilitate referrals

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p35.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Pave a trail for sedentary patients | Identify what matters to older patients | Reduce the time you spend on email

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p32.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Create annual visit plans for your patients | Use your EHR to close care gaps | Use passwords to practice mindfulness

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p32.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Know your RVUs | Set antibiotic expectations before a sore throat exam | Use a white board to track high-risk patients

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p34.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

Practices gain a second chance to review 2017 QPP results -- FPM

Apr 10, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is giving practices additional time to review 2017 Quality Payment Program performance data before making it available for public view.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2017_performance_data_review.html

Preparations for Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Office -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Use this guide to plan for offering medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p21.html

Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, here’s what you need to know about their rights and your responsibilities.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p7.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

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