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Three questions to ask before making a major change -- FPM

Dec 5, 2019 - Asking these three questions before making a big change in your practice can help everyone affected stay united.

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

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders -- FPM

Dec 4, 2019 - Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.

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

Five reasons you can’t get things done in your organization -- FPM

Dec 2, 2019 - Author Peter Senge offers several laws that govern organizational behavior. Five of them are particularly apropos to physicians who are trying to build something new within their organizations but facing resistance.

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

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Practical Ways to Address Physician Burnout and Improve Joy in Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - It starts with one simple principle: Get rid of stupid stuff in your practice. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p7.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.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p18.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.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p11.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

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Liven up your exam rooms | Be prepared for last-minute gynecologic exams | Use nudges to encourage behavior change

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p31.html

Taking the Fear Out of Error Disclosure -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - What if we could talk about medical mistakes without fear of judgment or punishment?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p36.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 tool for calculating the right-sized patient panel -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Here's a five-step method for right-sizing your patient panel.

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

How to respond if a teen patient’s parent wants access to records -- FPM

Nov 30, 2019 - If the parent of an adolescent patient contacts you or your staff wanting to know why the teen visited your practice, the teen patient’s information must be kept private if any of these situations apply.

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

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020 -- FPM

Nov 25, 2019 - Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.

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

Four reasons your team doesn't get along -- FPM

Nov 23, 2019 - Health care can be a high-stress environment, but if infighting, negativity, cliques, and back-biting are pervasive, the underlying issues need to be identified and addressed.

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

Three quick tips for exam room safety -- FPM

Nov 22, 2019 - You don't typically enter the exam worried about the potential for violence, but increased awareness of your surroundings can help keep you safe during visits.

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

When should you code for marijuana use? -- FPM

Nov 21, 2019 - If patients report marijuana use in their social history, but have no related complaints, should you list an ICD-10 code for it?

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

What to do when an MBI changes -- FPM

Nov 18, 2019 - It's time to start using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers, if you aren't already. But how will you know if a patient's MBI changes?

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

What can a care team coordinator do for you? -- FPM

Nov 15, 2019 - In some practices coordinators lighten the load by taking on administrative and clinical duties so physicians can focus on patients.

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

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

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

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

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

Submit a Practice Pearl -- FPM

Nov 6, 2019 - Submit a practice pearl to FPM journal.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/about/practice-pearls.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

Talking with patients about risks: do's and don'ts -- FPM

Oct 31, 2019 - To improve your communication with patients about risk, follow these do's and don'ts.

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

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

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

Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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