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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

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.

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

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.

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

Three myths about HIPAA -- FPM

Feb 21, 2019 - Although HIPAA has existed for more than 20 years, many organizations still struggle to interpret the law correctly. When their interpretations are too strict, it can make physician and staff jobs harder than they need to be. Here are three common myths about HIPAA.

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

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

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

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

Three practical ways to assign risk levels to your patients -- FPM

May 16, 2019 - Determining who your sickest patients are ahead of time can help you more proactively manage them and make better use of limited resources. Here's how.

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

Three principles for improving patient satisfaction with service -- FPM

Mar 15, 2019 - Practices can focus on improving these three areas to boost patient satisfaction with the quality of their care.

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

Three steps to coding for Medicare wellness visits -- FPM

Apr 26, 2019 - The Medicare annual wellness visit and the initial preventive physical examination provide a number of benefits to patients and physicians. Follow these suggestions to get properly reimbursed.

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

Three things to consider before you start screening for social determinants of health ...

Mar 21, 2019 - Social needs can complicate a patient’s health issues, but before you add another screening, answer these three questions.

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

Three tips for better risk-adjustment coding -- FPM

Feb 7, 2019 - Your payment is increasingly tied to the severity of your patients’ conditions. These three guidelines will help you make sure you’re using the codes that best reflect their level of risk.

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

Three tips for making a referral for counseling -- FPM

Jun 13, 2019 - Some patients may still believe there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. But if you believe it would benefit him or her, here are some suggestions to help make the process easier.

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

Three ways to get patients to use your portal -- FPM

Apr 4, 2019 - If you want more of your patients to communicate with you through your online portal, follow these three strategies.

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

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

Time to check your 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

Feb 15, 2019 - If you are unclear whether the Merit-based Incentive Payment System applies to you in 2019, use this tool to check your eligibility.

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

Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

Transitional care management: four areas to improve -- FPM

May 30, 2019 - Patients sometimes fall through the gaps when moving from an acute care environment to home. Improve these four areas to prevent that from happening.

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

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

Two mobile apps to help patients lose weight -- FPM

Dec 5, 2018 - To supplement your normal advice to patients about healthy eating and exercise, you can also recommend these two mobile apps to help patients gain more control.

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

Two simple ways to improve patient satisfaction with visit length -- FPM

Feb 22, 2019 - How do you prevent the patient complaint My doctor didn’t spend enough time with me, especially if you can’t increase visit length? Research points to two techniques that can help patients feel more satisfied with the amount of time you spend with them.

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

Two ways to address difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Mar 1, 2019 - When patients display negative emotions in the exam room, such as anger or frustration, asking them about their feelings can feel risky. Using these two strategies can help you better address patients’ difficult emotions and protect the healing process.

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

UHC moves from denial to downcoding of E/M claims -- FPM

Jan 28, 2019 - Physicians and their coding staff need to be aware of a change in how United Healthcare approaches and pays claims with problematic documentation.

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

Unlocking Clues to Current Health in Past History: Childhood Trauma and Healing -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Adverse childhood events can have enduring effects on patients’ health, but these four steps can help promote healing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p5.html

Using Empowered CMAs and Nursing Staff to Improve Team-based Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Highly trained workers can perform more visit-related tasks, boosting care quality and reducing physician burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p17.html

Violence in the office: six questions to help you prepare -- FPM

Dec 7, 2018 - To prepare for potential violent incidents, every practice should develop an Emergency Operations Plan that answers these questions.

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

What Makes a Doctor Truly Great -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - This one skill separates the good from the great.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p40.html

What standing orders can do for your practice -- FPM

Apr 24, 2019 - Standing orders allow nurses, medical assistants, or other health care team members to perform certain clinical tasks, freeing the physician to focus on complex care. Here's how to make standing orders work for you.

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

What to do when your patient brings a list -- FPM

Nov 23, 2018 - Following these five steps can help bring a patient's long list of items under control and create a useful agenda for the encounter.

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

What to say when antibiotics are unnecessary -- FPM

Apr 3, 2019 - This Oregon-based physician discusses how she handles discussions with patients who demand antibiotics when they are not necessary or useful.

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

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

Why being humble can make you a better leader -- FPM

Mar 28, 2019 - Physician leaders do not necessarily need big, self-confident personalities to attract and inspire their teams. Here are some reasons why some humility can go a long way.

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

Why did that idea flop? -- FPM

Feb 14, 2019 - Are you committing one of three key mistakes that can prevent sustainable change from taking hold in your practice?

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

Why I Don’t Share Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Health care is fragmented enough, so why would we want to fragment it even more?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p40.html

Work after clinic: seven ideas for regaining control over your time -- FPM

Jun 7, 2019 - Although changes are needed to address the underlying problem of administrative complexity in health care, individual physicians can take practical steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of time they spend working after hours.

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