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Difficult patient visits: five questions to help you manage them more effectively -- FPM

Nov 16, 2018 - An estimated 15 percent of patient encounters are considered difficult by physicians. But these challenging visits can be professionally rewarding if you take the right approach.

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

Four Evidence-Based Communication Strategies to Enhance Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - These communication skills will increase patient engagement and satisfaction without slowing you down.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p13.html

Four prescribing apps to improve your medication decisions -- FPM

Nov 15, 2018 - Many physicians are turning to mobile prescription applications for help making medication decisions at the point of care, but which ones are worth considering? Here are four apps that topped our list.

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

How to boost your efficiency with team rooming -- FPM

Nov 15, 2018 - Team rooming can improve practice efficiency by reversing some traditional roles in the exam room.

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

Final rule on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule delays major changes to E/M ...

Nov 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized its much anticipated Final Rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes simplifications to E/M coding and documentation but delays other major changes.

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

More is not always better for diagnosis coding -- FPM

Nov 9, 2018 - Some physicians question whether they should report diagnoses beyond those addressed at a patient visit to ensure the best possible HCC score (and thus the best possible risk adjustment).

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

Seventh wave of new Medicare cards hits the mail -- FPM

Nov 9, 2018 - CMS has begun mailing new Medicare ID cards to recipients living in the Wave 7 states and territories of Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_7.html

Save time, start preparing for 2018 MIPS reporting -- FPM

Nov 2, 2018 - The 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period is approaching fast. Here's how to be ready to submit your information when it comes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_MIPS_reporting.html

CMS releases final rule on 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule -- FPM

Nov 2, 2018 - On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. Here are the highlights.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/CMS_releases_final_rule_2019.html

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

Seven essential skills for leading up -- FPM

Oct 31, 2018 - Leading up is essential to garnering the resources and support physicians need to do their jobs well. Seven skills can help.

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

Finding clinical information quickly at the point of care: four tips and shortcuts -- FPM

Oct 31, 2018 - How can you efficiently search for clinical information during a patient visit? These tips can help.

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

FPM at 25: Our favorite articles and covers from the last 25 years -- FPM

Oct 29, 2018 - For the last 25 years, FPM has published practical, authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to better practice, healthier patients, and a rewarding career. To mark this milestone, we’ve picked 25 of our favorite articles from the archives.

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

CMS offers help for identifying 2019 MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

Oct 26, 2018 - These codes will help physicians understand which Medicare payments in 2019 are affected by their MIPS scores.

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

Chaperoned exams: How to get the conversation started -- FPM

Oct 26, 2018 - If your practice doesn’t have clear policies and procedures regarding chaperoned exams, or if they aren’t consistently followed, it may be time to revisit this important subject.

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

What does your exam room's appearance say about you? -- FPM

Oct 25, 2018 - Patients probably spend the most time during a visit in the exam room. Are they receiving a good experience there?

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

Four screening codes you should be using -- FPM

Oct 24, 2018 - Use these CPT codes to get reimbursed for performing and reporting recommended screening and assessments.

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

CMS looks for feedback on new MIPS cost measures -- FPM

Oct 19, 2018 - CMS is testing several new cost measures that could later be added to the cost category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and is looking for help.

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

Improve preventive care by reducing missed and canceled appointments: four tips -- FPM

Oct 19, 2018 - Practices can take these steps to improve the rate of successful appointments, which avoids lost revenue and missed opportunities to help patients manage their health.

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

A simple communication technique to increase patient satisfaction and empowerment -- FPM

Oct 18, 2018 - Quickly obtaining a patient's psychosocial information can improve the physician's connection with the patient. The BATHE technique can help.

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

Five ways to partner with urgent care centers -- FPM

Oct 17, 2018 - As more patients turn to urgent care, physicians will need to find ways to make their relationship with urgent care centers more productive. Here's how.

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

Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, here’s what you need to know about their rights and your responsibilities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p7.html

Time to form virtual groups for the MIPS 2019 performance year -- FPM

Oct 15, 2018 - Follow these instructions to create or join a virtual group to better comply with the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/virtual_groups_MIPS_2019.html

Three qualities of a patient satisfaction survey that's helpful, not harmful -- FPM

Oct 12, 2018 - Patient satisfaction surveys have become commonplace, but if they aren’t conducted properly, they can do more harm than good. Look for these three qualities in your next survey.

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

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