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How to code a screening test vs. a monitoring test (and why it matters) -- FPM

Oct 31, 2018 - At annual exams, patients often expect that any tests ordered will be considered preventive and covered 100 percent by their insurer. To avoid confusion, make sure you follow this ICD-10 rule.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/screening_vs_monitoring.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 code for immunization refusal -- FPM

Oct 4, 2018 - Uses these ICD-10 codes to document why a patient refuses an immunization.

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

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

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?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p11.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 decide whether your patient is new or established -- FPM

Feb 26, 2018 - If coding rules followed common sense, this would be easy. You would just have to ask: Have I seen the patient before? Unfortunately, that straightforward approach does not work.

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

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 evaluate patients for opioid therapy -- FPM

Feb 12, 2018 - Following a standard process for determining whether a patient is a good candidate for opioid therapy is a key component of a patient-centered approach to treating patients with chronic pain.

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

How to Excel at Access—and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

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 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 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

How to get your staff or colleagues to make a change -- FPM

Oct 11, 2018 - Even when the status quo is no longer working, it can be difficult to change. These seven strategies can help your group move toward needed change.

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

How to handle a rude patient -- FPM

Aug 23, 2018 - When you encounter patient rudeness or other difficult behaviors, the technique of reframing can help.

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

How to handle negative reviews -- FPM

Apr 10, 2019 - As patients increasingly use online reviews to express their opinions about their medical care and search for doctors, practices need to be paying attention to this information.

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

How to Have a Good Goodbye -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - When it's time to move on because of a new job, retirement, or a life change, these six things can help you say goodbye well.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p40.html

How to help sustain a quality improvement initiative -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Quality improvement efforts require motivated staff. These three suggestions can help keep employees engaged.

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

How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p29.html

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