• Features

    The 2021 Medicare Payment and CPT Coding Update

    Samuel L. Church, Erin Solis, Kent Moore

    This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.

    Employment and Contract Considerations for Family Physicians in the Era of COVID-19

    TRAVIS SINGLETON, PHILLIP MILLER

    Family physicians may encounter unfamiliar employment challenges in the short-term, but long-term job prospects remain promising.

    “Quick, Grab the Naloxone”: Overdose Preparedness for Ambulatory Clinics

    SARAH LEYDE, TESSA RIFE, IRINA KRYZHANOVSKAYA

    With opioid overdoses rising, practices should consider stocking this safe rescue drug alongside other emergency devices and medications.

    Building Community Well-being Through Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Reframing

    CATHERINE FLORIO PIPAS, ELINA PEPPER

    With communities facing so much unrest, here are two skills you can apply to help promote healing.

    Coding Level 4 Office Visits Using the New E/M Guidelines

    KEITH W. MILLETTE

    Determining whether the visit you've just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers

    Quality peer reviews help the FPM editors select and publish articles that are accurate, authoritative, and useful to family physicians and others in primary care. We would like to thank the following peer reviewers, who completed at least one manuscript review in 2020....

    Systemic Racism and Health Disparities: A Statement from Editors of Family Medicine Journals

    SUMI M. SEXTON, CAROLINE R. RICHARDSON, SARINA B. SCHRAGER, MARJORIE A. BOWMAN, JOHN HICKNER, CHRISTOPHER P. MORLEY, TIMOTHY F. MOTT, NICHOLAS PIMLOTT, JOHN W. SAULTZ, BARRY D. WEISS

    Today there is a renewed call to action for family medicine to both confront systemic racism and eliminate health disparities.

    OPINION

    E/M Changes for 2021: The Beginning, Not the End

    SAMUEL L. CHURCH, MEGAN ADAMSON

    The E/M coding revisions aren't perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians' documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.

    CODING & DOCUMENTATION

    Special Edition: E/M Changes

    CINDY HUGHES

    PROVIDING E/M SERVICES AND A PREVENTIVE PHYSICAL | DISCUSSING DATA WITH AN EXTERNAL PHYSICIAN | WARFARIN MONITORING | E/M OVER THE PHONE

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    PRACTICE PEARLS

    Marc S. Berger, Deepthi Buddha

    TRY THIS MENTAL STATUS EXAM FOR TELEHEALTH VISITS | USE PERSONAL STORIES TO PREPARE PATIENTS FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE | SEND ORDERS DIRECTLY TO PATIENTS' PREFERRED LABS OR IMAGING CENTERS

    THE LAST WORD

    The Ultimate Balancing Act

    ALLISON HOLLEY

    Balancing a family and a career in medicine isn't easy, but these tips can help.



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    All editors and editorial advisory board members in a position to control content for this activity, FPMjournal, are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships. View disclosures.



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