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Overcoming Overload -- FPM

Mar 1, 2003 - Margin is the space that exists between oneself and one's limits. The author, a physician, describes how focusing on margin in several key areas (emotional energy, physical energy and time) can revitalize physicians who feel overloaded by the demands of their profession.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0300/p76.html

Two Tried-and-True Documentation Tools -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - They don’t just help you code better. They also help make the documentation guidelines less annoying.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1000/p51.html

Time is of the Essence: Coding on the Basis of Time for Physician Services -- Family ...

...is a family physician practicing in Denver and a clinical professor at the University of Colorado Medical School, Department of Family Medicine. Conflicts of interest: Dr. Sophocles discloses he is founder of FCMC Professional Software. Copyright © 2003 Aris Sophocles, MD. Published...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/fpm20030600p27.pdf

Getting the Most From Language Interpreters -- Family Practice Management

...Dr. Herndon is assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She currently works at a community clinic where less than 30 percent of her patients speak English proficiently. Linda Joyce is coordinator for...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0600/fpm20040600p37.pdf

Billing for Medicare Part D Vaccines -- FPM

Aug 1, 2007 - CMS introduced vaccine administration code G0377 for 2007, but what you will report next year is still unknown.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0700/p33.html

Back to the Future: The Telemedicine House Call -- FPM

Jan 1, 1998 - This pilot project showed that high-tech can mean high-touch.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0100/p18.html

Are the Edges of Family Practice Being Worn Away? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2000 - A variety of forces, from hospitalists to burnout, may be chipping away at family physicians' scope of practice. Should you be concerned?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0200/p35.html

Look Beyond Your Practice's Bottom Line -- FPM

Dec 1, 2005 - Two tools - gap analysis and root cause analysis - can work together to tell you where and why you might be lagging financially.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1100/p33.html

How to Spot and Tactfully Handle Discrimination in the Health Care Setting

...director of care management at Erie Division Street Health Center in Chicago. Dr. Wheat is director of the McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Program and a family physician at Erie Humboldt Park Health Center in Chicago. Author disclosures: no relevant financial...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/fpm20210900p21.pdf

How to Plan an Open House for Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - An open house can help you attract new patients and retain existing ones. Here’s how to pull it off in five simple steps.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p50.html

Letters - Mar 2007 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2007 - ...I know the excuse for encumbering highly and expensively trained medical doctors with this clerical chore is that administrators think these numbers are the diagnosis. From a doctor's point of view, codes are not diagnoses. They are a translation of the accurate verbal diagnosis...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0300/p15b.html

Letters - Jun 2006 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - ...medicine [ Reinventing Family Medicine, April 2006]. Lately, every time you open an AAFP publication the themes are the same: unhappiness, declining match numbers, and specialists receiving all the reimbursement. Even worse are the published opinions on how to fix family medicine....

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p16.html

Online Communication With Patients: Making It Work -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - This is the second in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0400/p73.html

Practice Pearls - Mar 2008 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2008 - ...Source: Fleischman M. Improving efficiencies in a small family medicine practice. Talk presented at: AAFP Scientific Assembly; Oct. 3, 2007; Chicago. Use online tools to identify drug seekers Because of past problems with drug-seeking patients, each time our practice sees a new...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0300/p42.html

A Sure Way to Improve Your Dictation -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - The article explains the merits of dictating notes in the exam room with the patient present, as a way to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p55.html

Tuning Up Your Patient Schedule -- FPM

Jan 1, 2002 - These scheduling tips can help you smooth out the peaks and valleys in your patient flow and increase your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0100/p41.html

Coding & Documentation - Oct 2006 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2006 - ...on the same date, see Same-Day E/M Services: What to Do When a Health Plan Won’t Pay, FPM, April 2006, and Making Sense of Preventive Medicine Coding, FPM, April 2004. Discontinued procedures Q How do I code an attempted endometrial biopsy that was unsuccessful because of a stenotic...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/1000/p29.html

The 2021 Medicare Payment and CPT Coding Update

...Dr. Church is a family physician practicing rural medicine in Hiawassee, Ga. He is core faculty for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Family Medicine residency program and an American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) adviser to the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/fpm20210100oa1.pdf

Physician Practice Management Companies: Too Good to Be True? -- FPM

Apr 1, 1998 - More family physicians are joining forces with the likes of PhyCor and MedPartners. Find out what PPMCs have to offer.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0400/p44.html

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Mental Health Care Needs Family Medicine

...projects that by 2030 there will be a shortage of 12,530 adult psychiatrists to meet the demand of behavioral health disorders.4 Family medicine doc- tors can help fill this gap. WHY FAMILY PHYSICIANS SHOULD ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH There are four primary reasons you should...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0500/fpm20210500oa1.pdf

Letters - Jul 2007 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2007 - ...of each week I would ask the office staff to total my office visits. I would accept one or two new patients the following week if my total number of office visits was less than 110. This system kept me busy but not overwhelmed, and my patients liked the continuity. Read the full...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0700/p15b.html

How to respond to patients’ misconceptions about antidepressants

You can play a vital role in dispelling myths and illuminating your patients’ decision making regarding antidepressant treatment.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Dealing With Patients Who Don't Pay -- FPM

May 1, 2002 - Presents strategies that staff can use when dealing with patients who don't want to pay their copayments or other balances at the time of service.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0500/p19.html

Physician Leadership: A New Model for a New Generation -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Today's leaders need more than vision and a high IQ.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p51.html

Apr 2007

...The Right Number: Optimizing Panel Size Robert L. Edsall Opinion Are Your Payers' Fee Schedules Fair? Thomas A. Felger Letters • EHRs Don't Fix Everything • Welcome to Medicare Visit and AAA Screening • Semiformal Attire and a Smile Practice Pearls • Be...

Family Practice Management

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

Apr 2007

...The Right Number: Optimizing Panel Size Robert L. Edsall Opinion Are Your Payers' Fee Schedules Fair? Thomas A. Felger Letters • EHRs Don't Fix Everything • Welcome to Medicare Visit and AAA Screening • Semiformal Attire and a Smile Practice Pearls • Be...

Family Practice Management

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

Coding and Documentation Made Easier -- FPM

Apr 1, 1998 - The author's physician-friendly tool can help you to code more confidently.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0400/p19.html

Making Quality and Service Pay: Part 1, The Internal Environment -- FPM

Oct 1, 2000 - Insurers may not explicitly reward your practice for improved quality and service, but there is a way to make quality and service pay.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/1000/p48.html

Making Your Balance Sheet Work For You -- FPM

Jun 1, 2001 - Once you know how to read it, your balance sheet will tell you volumes about the financial health of your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0600/p27.html

Ask FPM - Jul 2005 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - ...What is the typical overhead percentage for a family medicine office? Is malpractice insurance usually included? And what is the typical compensation as a percentage of collections? A Average overhead for a family medicine practice with or without obstetrics is approximately 64...

Family Practice Management : Q&As

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p65.html

News & Trends - May 2006 -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - ...The AAFP recently informed health plans across the nation that they should anticipate an increase in the number of high-level evaluation and management (E/M) codes billed by family physicians and should pay for them fairly. Recently, Anthem of Southern Ohio announced it would begin...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p26.html

Practicing in the New Millennium: Do You Have What It Takes? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2000 - Tomorrow's family physicians need new knowledge and skills to help them be old-fashioned family doctors.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0100/p35.html

Letters - Oct 2007 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2007 - ...with special needs should be an integral and important part of the huddle agenda. Because of improved life expectancies, we see growing numbers of patients with disabilities in our practices. Taking a few minutes to anticipate and address any special needs these patients may have...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1000/p11a.html

Letters - Nov 2005 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2005 - ...for publishing Dr. Iliff’s editorial. These are exactly the kinds of things we should be talking about. Enough about the Future of Family Medicine project; anyone who actually believes that reimbursement for family physicians will ever approach that of our proceduralist colleagues,...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1100/p18.html

Maintenance of Certification -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - A look at the controversy and flaws surrounding MOC and why it probably isn't going away anytime soon.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p11.html

Tips to Help Take the Hassle Out of Inpatient Utilization Review -- Family Practice ...

...review means, present some typical cases and suggest how you can help minimize your aggravation with the process. The goal is to reduce the number of calls you have to return and the time you have to spend defending your work. What’s being reviewed? Inpatient utilization review...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0300/fpm20010300p33.pdf

Putting Measurement Into Practice With a Clinical Instrument Panel -- FPM

Feb 1, 2003 - A few key measures can help you gauge whether your practice is headed in the right direction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0200/p43.html

Decrease Hassles and Costs by Integrating Your Plans' Formularies -- FPM

Dec 1, 1998 - This practice reduced its plans' drug requirements to one document physicians can use easily to provide quality care less expensively.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/1100/p27.html

News & Trends - Jun 2006 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - ...Small but growing numbers of physicians drop health plans Colonoscopy guideline could aid FPs seeking privileges United tests program to pay patients' share of medical bills Who has the best job in America? "Steep decline" in competition benefits health insurers Researchers examine...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p25.html

Practice Pearls - Feb 2007 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2007 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Can Family Medicine St ... Next article >> Feb 2007 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2007 Feb;14(2):48. Share freebies with employees Manage your perfectionism Offer criticism with care Consider clinical trials Be aware...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0200/p48.html

CPT 2007: New Codes, New Rules and New Opportunities -- FPM

Jan 1, 2007 - Your superbill should reflect revised codes related to anticoagulation management, lesion destruction and more on Jan. 1.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0100/p27.html

Opinion: The Case for Buprenorphine Deregulation

...and certification prior to prescribing (the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 X-waiver) and limit the number of patients for whom they may prescribe buprenorphine for OUD at a given time.5 Current prescribing limits are 30 patients in the first...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/fpm20190700p6.pdf

A Whole Issue of Doctor Tools -- FPM

Sep 1, 2006 - Your practice toolkit isn’t complete without these.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0900/p14.html

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes

...Dr. Millette is a family physician practicing at Altru Family Medicine Center in Grand Forks, N.D. He has been teaching coding to physicians for more than 15 years. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. Say goodbye to counting exam bullet points and...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/fpm20200900p29.pdf

Encouraging News About Family Physician Recruitment -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - Three developments predict a positive trend in job opportunities.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p56.html

10 Ways Family Practices Lose Money -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - Learn how to plug the leaks that deplete your practice’s income.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/p51.html

News & Trends - Feb 2006 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - ...The recent settlement of a number of class-action lawsuits against the nation's major health insurers has not put an end to unfair payment practices, but physicians are continuing their fight. Two E/M codes. Recently, AAFP Board Chair Mary Frank, MD, sent a letter to more than 40...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p24.html

Opinion: The Case for Medical Chaperones

...practice for only a few years, but I have already lost count of how many times I’ve asked that question of my nursing staff. In family medicine, we are taught to be sensitive to patient modesty when providing a thorough physical exam, but best practices for chaperoned exams are...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/fpm20180900p6.pdf

Coding & Documentation - Apr 2006 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2006 - ...code first. List the additional diagnoses, linking each to the related CPT code. In your example, you should link V70.0 to the preventive medicine services, and link the diagnosis codes for hand pain and bursitis to the problem-oriented evaluation and management (E/M) code, if the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0400/p31.html

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018

...Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018 New codes for cognitive assessment and care planning, team-based care management, prolonged preventive services, and anticoagulation management are among this year’s changes. © S Y LV E R A R T S V E C T O R S...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/fpm20180100p5.pdf

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