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News & Trends - Jul 2007 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2007 - ...Health insurers are also becoming increasingly interested in price transparency. Earlier this year, Aetna expanded the number of regions in which it gives members online access to participating physicians' negotiated prices for common services. The affected regions are now Atlanta;...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0700/p19.html

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together

...rural medicine in Hiawassee, Ga. He is core faculty for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Family Medicine residency program and an AAFP adviser to the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel. Author disclosures: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed....

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/fpm20201100p6.pdf

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule

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

News & Trends - Apr 2007 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2007 - ...medicine stays flat New CMS-1500 claim form delayed by formatting error Conn. bill seeks to limit claim denials So many topics, so little time during office visits 2007 Match results: Family medicine stays flat The number of medical school seniors who matched with a family medicine...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0400/p20.html

How to Analyze Your E/M Coding Profile -- FPM

Apr 1, 2007 - Your peers have been coding more 99214s. Is it time to review your coding habits?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0400/p39.html

The Future of Health Care Financing -- Family Practice Management

...not perfect system for simple times, and as far as historians can tell, it lasted from the beginning of man to the early 20th century, when medicine became sophisticated enough to affect clinical outcomes consistently.1 During World War II, health care financ- ing as we know it...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0100/fpm20010100p31.pdf

Optimizing Referrals & Consults With a Standardized Process -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Successful referrals and consultations depend on open and succinct communication between you, your patients and your consultants.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p38.html

Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice -- Family Practice Management

...1990s, a group of clinicians and epidemiologists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, official-ly coined the term evidence-based medicine. From the get-go, the concept faced mixed reviews: excitement from those in the academic and research worlds and suspicion from those in...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/fpm20040200p51.pdf

The 2020 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update

...2021, when several changes in evalu- ation and management (E/M) coding and payment are projected to result in a 12% increase for family medicine.1 But there are still a host of things family physicians should know for 2020, including new codes to help you get paid for interacting...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/fpm20200100p8.pdf

Sep 2007

...Is Family Medicine Ready for the Home? Robert L. Edsall Letters • Enjoying the Commute • OB Care in Family Medicine • A Revolution in the Making • Clarification Practice Pearls • Encourage Employees to Increase Flu Shot Numbers • Start a Farmer's Market at...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0900/

Sep 2007

...Is Family Medicine Ready for the Home? Robert L. Edsall Letters • Enjoying the Commute • OB Care in Family Medicine • A Revolution in the Making • Clarification Practice Pearls • Encourage Employees to Increase Flu Shot Numbers • Start a Farmer's Market at...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0900

Browse FPM Documents on Topic: org.aafp.jms.model.TaxonomyTerm@11492ee6

...What a Patient's Numbers Don't Tell [The Last Word] Sometimes, what matters most is how far a patient has come. September/October 2010 Issue Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness [Feature] Does your practice give patients a fish or teach patients to fish?...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/viewRelatedDocumentsByTaxonomy.htm?taxonomyId=162&page=1

Family Medicine Takes Center Stage -- Family Practice Management

...together initiated the Future of Fam-ily Medicine project. As a first step, the project leaders hired a national market research firm to provide them with an objective understanding of the current state of family medicine. The research produced a wealth of interesting and sometimes...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/fpm20031100p43.pdf

Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels

...The ideal panel size is the holy grail of primary care redesign. If we could cap our panels at just the right number, we would provide better care for our patients and have more joy in our work, or so the conventional wisdom goes. But in leading the empanelment effort in our health...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/fpm20200300p7.pdf

New Options for Billing for PA Services -- FPM

Aug 1, 1998 - The author explains Medicare rules related to reimbursement for patient care provided by physician assistants.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0700/p23.html

Are You Ready for Maintenance of Certification? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - The new board recertification process has garnered mixed reviews from family physicians. Find out how it will impact you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p42.html

Why We're in the Mess We're In -- Family Practice Management

...Polls have repeatedly shown that Americans are less satisfied with their medical care than are citizens of com- parable nations.3 The number of individuals totally without health care coverage exceeds 40 million and continues to rise.1 Family practice is affected by all of the...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0400/fpm20020400p27.pdf

Quick Ways to Maximize Your Office Space -- FPM

Sep 1, 2007 - Try these strategies today that have worked for TransforMED practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0900/p32.html

Browse FPM Documents on Topic: org.aafp.jms.model.TaxonomyTerm@6031baf6

...Evidence-based medicine May 2001 Issue Putting Clinical Guidelines Into Practice [Improving Patient Care] The article follows a family practice through its quality improvement project to increase physician use of clinical guidelines for asthma. May 2000 Issue...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/viewRelatedDocumentsByTaxonomy.htm?taxonomyId=228&page=2

Screening for childhood trauma history

Several screening tools can help you identify patients whose health may be affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Reducing Waits and Delays in the Referral Process -- Family Practice Management

...is that these agreements generally result in a higher surgical yield, more robust relative value units (RVUs) and an increase in the number of referrals occurring with the appropriate work-up completed, which translates into more work being done by the primary care physicians. 2....

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0300/fpm20020300p39.pdf

How to Make the Media Your Public Health Partner -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - Your local media can help you promote good health care to your entire community.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p40.html

Browse FPM Documents on Topic: org.aafp.jms.model.TaxonomyTerm@38dc5cd6

...Big Business and Bad Medicine [Editorial] Editorial arguing that efforts to make medicine into big business are doomed to failure because they are economically unsound and because medicine is an art, not a business, and an art that depends on the doctor being set apart as...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/viewRelatedDocumentsByTaxonomy.htm?taxonomyId=235&page=3

Chronic Care Management in the Real World

...said building each care plan gave her a rare chance to study each patient’s chart in depth, which allowed her to notice a sur- prising number of care gaps, such as missed wellness exams, pneumonia shots, or mam- mograms. She makes sure to add these services to the list of follow-up...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/fpm20150900p35.pdf

Asthma Days: An Approach to Planned Asthma Care for Family Physicians -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - Find out how one practice has improved care and outcomes for its asthma patients and increased practice revenue at the same time.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1000/p43.html

Downloading Applications for Your PDA -- FPM

Oct 1, 2001 - The author provides step-by-step instructions for downloading medical information, databases, charts, forms and more from the Internet to a personal digital assistant.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/1000/p53.html

How to Bill for Services Performed by Nonphysician Practitioners -- Family Practice ...

...rom physician assistants to clinical nurse spe-cialists, nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) offer a variety of services in family medicine practic-es. Some NPPs see acute visits and walk-in patients; some care for patients who are chronically ill and who need longer visits and care...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/fpm20060500p45.pdf

How to Document and Bill Care Plan Oversight -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - This article will describe how to bill for and document care plan oversight, balancing it as a billing opportunity and a compliance risk. It will include a form for documenting CPO.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p23.html

FPM Past Issues 2010

FPM issues 2010

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/issues/2010.html

Patient Balances: Getting to the Root of the Problem -- Family Practice Management

...About the Author Dr. Dillon is a practicing family physician and man- aging partner at Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, a four-physician private practice in Hood River, Ore. She would like to thank Diana Lee-Greene, Anjelica Padilla, Wanda Whitehurst, Cara Salazar and Joyce Gidley...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/fpm20060300p48.pdf

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

...enced an income reduction of 26% or more.2 Additionally, 8% of physicians reported closing their practices as a result of COVID- 19, a number that unfortunately is likely to grow as the pandemic continues. It is probable that many of the independent practices that cannot weather the...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/fpm20210100p11.pdf

The Feasibility of Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Seven Lessons Learned

...at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency program and leads the community engagement committee at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver. Dr. Lyon is the associate program director of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program and an...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/fpm20190900p13.pdf

News & Trends - Nov 2006 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2006 - ...of providers' notes, electronic viewing of lab and radiology results, and electronic prescribing, as identified by the Institute of Medicine), the adoption rate dropped to 9 percent of physicians. Source: Jha AK, Ferris TG, Donelan K, et al. How common are electronic health records...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/1100/p22.html

Making Quality and Service Pay: Part 2, The External Environment -- FPM

Dec 1, 2000 - Across the country, insurers are beginning to pay physicians for improved quality and service. They'll get there faster with your help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/1100/p25.html

EHRs Fix Everything - and Nine Other Myths -- FPM

Mar 1, 2007 - Realistic expectations can help your conversion to electronic health records succeed.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0300/p26.html

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update

...participating in MIPS, accountability for the cost of care has increased slightly, along with the performance threshold (i.e., the minimum number of points a physician must earn in 2019 to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2021). www.aafp.org/fpm January/February 2019 | FPM |...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/fpm20190100p23.pdf

How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - Accessing affordable medications can be a hassle. Here's how you and your patients can make the most of the available resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1100/p51.html

Reliability Science: Reducing the Error Rate in Your Practice -- Family Practice ...

...Reliability can be quantified as the number of actions that achieve the intended result divided by the total number of actions taken. Using our coffee example, say you have pur- chased 1,000 cups of coffee over the past four years. In three instances, you did not receive your...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/fpm20051000p59.pdf

Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients -- Family Practice Management

...Dr. Teichman is an assistant professor of family medicine at the West Virginia University Harpers Ferry Rural Family Practice Residency program. Conflicts of interest: none reported. Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients By simply moving dictation into the...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0900/fpm20010900p37.pdf

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

...Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Rachel Weber is principal consultant of HealthcareIE, which specializes in using industrial...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/fpm20191100p23.pdf

Group Visits 101 -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0500/p66.html

Implementing Preventive Care Flow Sheets -- FPM

Feb 1, 2001 - The article describes how one practice improved its delivery of preventive services, in part by increasing physicians' use of preventive care flowsheets.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0200/p51.html

A Job-Share Model for the New Millennium -- Family Practice Management

...has fragmented care, stressed the doctor-patient relationship and placed heavy productivity demands on physicians, who must provide a high number of office visits to meet the high overhead costs typical- ly associated with family practice. Family physicians who want to provide...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0900/fpm20020900p29.pdf

Ten Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - Protecting your patients’ health information is more difficult and more important than ever. The author’s strategy will help you meet this month’s deadline.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p43.html

A Team Approach to Quality Improvement -- FPM

Apr 1, 1999 - To realize change, rely on the knowledge and experience of a team such as the authors', which improved the care of patients with diabetes.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0400/p25.html

How to Select an Electronic Health Record System -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - These 12 steps will help make the selection process easier and lead you to the EHR that's right for your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p55.html

Coding & Documentation - Feb 2007 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2007 - ...to deny the claim on the basis that the work associated with the problem-oriented service is not distinct from that of the preventive medicine service. Coding for venipuncture Q If a patient presents to my office for fasting blood work only, with no E/M service needed, can we charge...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0200/p23.html

Working Together: Communities of Practice in Family Medicine -- Family Practice Management

...T wo heads are better than one, and growing numbers of family physi-cians are discovering that a com-munity of practice is better yet. Defined by organizational theorist Etienne Wenger as groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/fpm20050100p28.pdf

Getting Off the Collections Treadmill - Family Practice Management

...group of patients: the collection regulars. Each month, our staff referred dozens of past- due accounts to the collection agency because no number of phone calls or letters had produced payments from these patients. With the low rate of collections and hefty collection agency fees,...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/fpm20060600p51.pdf

Helping Your Patients Avoid Counterfeit Medications -- FPM

Mar 1, 2007 - Four simple steps will help safeguard patients from this growing threat to their pocketbooks and their health.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0300/p33.html

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