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How to find a patient's new Medicare number -- FPM

May 25, 2018 - Starting next month, you’ll be able to look up your Medicare patients’ new Medicare number through the secure web portal of your Medicare Administrative Contractor.

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

How to document newly diagnosed hypertension -- FPM

May 21, 2018 - If a patient’s elevated blood pressure has developed into hypertension, your documentation should clearly describe the basis for the new diagnosis.

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

Avoid mistakes when coding for preventive medicine services -- FPM

May 18, 2018 - Selecting the appropriate code will hopefully facilitate payment for preventive services and reduce some unpleasant questions from patients.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2018 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Medicare billing for well-woman exams | Pediatric hearing screening | Road rash treatment | Peak flow testing | Student documentation

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p31.html

Dealing with disruptive minor patients -- FPM

May 17, 2018 - Being direct with the patient and family so they understand the decision can help bring closure and discourage further bad behavior and retaliation on social media websites.

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

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

One simple question can uncover medication nonadherence -- FPM

May 7, 2018 - Finding instances of medication nonadherence means asking patients more than just if they took their medicine.

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

How to Create a Culture of Well-Being in Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Every organization has a culture, either by default or by design. Why not cultivate one that helps people thrive?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p11.html

Quality Measures: How to Get Them Right -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Pay-for-performance programs have produced disappointing results. Fewer and more appropriate, evidence-based quality measures could help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p23.html

Properly documenting time in E/M visits -- FPM

May 4, 2018 - Most evaluation and management (E/M) services are selected based on the level of history, exam, and medical decision making documented in the note. But if counseling, coordination of care, or both dominate the visit, CPT instructs physicians to select a code based on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/properly_documenting_time_in_E-M_visits.html

What does "24/7 access" to care really mean? -- FPM

May 4, 2018 - Providing chronic care management services comes with numerous requirements, including 24/7 access to care. But the definition of that access is confusing.

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

Five mobile apps to help patients with anxiety and depression -- FPM

May 3, 2018 - Here are five mobile apps you can recommend to patients with anxiety and depression.

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

Teach-Back: A Simple Technique to Enhance Patients’ Understanding -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Half of patients leave their visit without understanding what their physician told them, but this simple technique can help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p20.html

A checklist of quality measures to help you succeed in value-based payment -- FPM

Apr 27, 2018 - This checklist of quality measures can help you improve quality and succeed in value-based payment.

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

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

Apr 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

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

How to confront an impaired physician colleague -- FPM

Apr 26, 2018 - When a physician is suffering from addiction, depression, or another impairment, here's how to confront or intervene.

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

Six documentation tasks your team could be doing -- FPM

Apr 25, 2018 - Team documentation has been shown to improve patient outcomes and physician satisfaction. Here are six documentation tasks you can delegate.

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

How to know when to bill for both preventive and added services -- FPM

Apr 19, 2018 - When a patient brings an additional complaint to a preventive visit, here's how to know whether it qualifies as a separate service and get paid for your work.

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

Five steps to diffusing difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Apr 19, 2018 - Ignoring a patient’s negative emotions, such as rudeness, defensiveness, or anger, can hinder the healing process and complicate the doctor-patient relationship.

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

Make your EHR more efficient -- FPM

Apr 18, 2018 - In your frustration with your electronic health record system, don’t overlook ways to make it more efficient. These eight tips can help.

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

An efficient workflow for alcohol misuse screening -- FPM

Apr 16, 2018 - Screening adult patients doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and the service is often billable, particularly when the results lead to a brief intervention.

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

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - With too many patients taking too many unnecessary medications, deprescribing has become a required skill for primary care physicians. Here’s how to go about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p28.html

How to communicate bad news to your patients -- FPM

Apr 13, 2018 - Family physicians are increasingly responsible for giving patients and their families devastating news. A systematic approach can help you feel more confident and reduce your patients’ suffering.

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

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Apr 12, 2018 - Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

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

Do your diagnosis codes capture your patients' severity of illness? -- FPM

Apr 12, 2018 - Accurate diagnosis coding may have a positive effect on your payment in the future as more payers move to risk-adjusted payment models.

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

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