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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

Three myths about patient access -- FPM

Jul 18, 2019 - Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs is to improve patients’ access to primary care. But many practices are going about access improvement all wrong.

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

Three big benefits of small talk -- FPM

Jul 12, 2019 - Making time for a few seconds of friendly conversation at the beginning and end of each patient visit may be more productive than you’d think. Here are three benefits of making small talk with your patients.

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

Meet FPM’s new medical editor -- FPM

Jul 10, 2019 - FPM's new medical editor lays out her vision for the future of the journal and how it can help physicians make their patient care experience more productive and satisfying.

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

Thirteen ways to reduce the burden of prior authorizations -- FPM

Jun 27, 2019 - If you've spent any time on the phone with an insurer seeking approval for certain medications or procedures, you likely wished for an easier way. Here are a number of possible avenues to shorten the process.

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

Treating migraines? There's an app for that -- FPM

Jun 26, 2019 - Treating migraines is difficult because of the many factors that can trigger an attack. Suggest this mobile app to patients so they can be more engaged in their own care.

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

Think 99214 if you see these problems or procedures -- FPM

Jun 20, 2019 - The risk component of medical decision making is more subjective and can be difficult to identify, so here’s what to look for.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/99214_presenting_problems.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

Is your EHR slowing you down? -- FPM

Jun 14, 2019 - No one got into medicine for the typing. Here are ways to speed up your use of electronic health record systems.

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

Three tips for making a referral for counseling -- FPM

Jun 13, 2019 - Some patients may still believe there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. But if you believe it would benefit him or her, here are some suggestions to help make the process easier.

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

Test your E/M coding skills -- FPM

Jun 12, 2019 - E/M coding for repeat patient visits during the same day can be tricky. How would you code this scenario?

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

Work after clinic: seven ideas for regaining control over your time -- FPM

Jun 7, 2019 - Although changes are needed to address the underlying problem of administrative complexity in health care, individual physicians can take practical steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of time they spend working after hours.

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

The right (and wrong) way to make sure patients understand your instructions -- FPM

Jun 6, 2019 - An estimated 50 percent of patients leave their medical visits without understanding what their physician told them. The teach-back technique can help.

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

Seven ways your medical assistant can help you provide patient-centered care -- FPM

May 31, 2019 - Need new resources to provide better patient care? How about following these seven strategies to better use the medical assistants you already have?

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

Transitional care management: four areas to improve -- FPM

May 30, 2019 - Patients sometimes fall through the gaps when moving from an acute care environment to home. Improve these four areas to prevent that from happening.

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

The first step to changing your practice culture -- FPM

May 24, 2019 - If your practice's culture isn't inspiring you and your colleagues to do their best work, change it. Start by sitting down and answering this key question.

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

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

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

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