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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule -- FPM

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

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

Do you know your RVUs? -- FPM

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

How to get support for your health policy goals -- FPM

Apr 17, 2019 - Public officials can be a great resource for helping you achieve changes in local health policy. Here are four steps to get elected leaders on your side.

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

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