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Patient Attribution: Why It Matters More Than Ever -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - How payers assign patients to you will affect how your practice is evaluated and paid for value in the future.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/1100/p25.html

Using Health Confidence to Improve Patient Outcomes -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - Tracking patient engagement is a key step to enhancing health and reducing costs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/1100/p21.html

Some tips on MIPS included in the final MACRA rule -- FPM

Some tips on MIPS included in the final MACRA rule

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

In Defense of Direct Primary Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - Direct primary care will continue to grow because it empowers price transparency, quality, and patient satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p12.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2016 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - ...Most of the changes were requested by medical specialty organizations to fill gaps in diagnosis reporting. Changes that will affect family medicine include new codes for hypertensive crisis or emergency, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic bladder pain, prediabetes, bacteriuria,...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p40.html

Instant Messaging: A Simple Tool to Improve Teamwork and Wait Times -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - On-screen alerts can help a spread-out staff work together to keep patient care moving smoothly.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p28.html

Survey shows troublesome practice environment could affect patient access -- FPM

Survey shows troublesome practice environment could affect patient access

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

How to Document and Code Medicare Preventive Services -- FPM

Aug 1, 2016 - Think of this as your field guide to the rules surrounding Medicare preventive services.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0700/p9.html

Five Lessons for Working With a Scribe -- FPM

Aug 1, 2016 - Documentation personnel can free up physicians during visits to do what we do best.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0700/p23.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2016 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2016 - ...the information down in the progress note. During follow-up visits, I refer to these notes and ask my patients about these events. A good number of patients are surprised and appreciate that I am paying attention to their lives, not just their health. Mohammed Basha, MD Gainesville,...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0700/p39.html

Four Coding and Payment Opportunities You Might Be Missing -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - You’re likely already doing the work, so why not get paid for it?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p30.html

Seven Principles for Improving Service and Patient Satisfaction -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - A systematic approach that follows these seven principles can help you translate patient feedback into improved service.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p15.html

Encouraging Children’s Literacy in Your Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Providing free books to your youngest patients can improve literacy and patient satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p20.html

Lower Your Overhead With a Patient Portal -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Patients connecting with your practice through the Internet require fewer staff and generate lower costs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p21.html

Screening Your Adult Patients for Depression -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Family physicians are well-placed to catch depression in patients early - and get reimbursed for it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p16.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2016 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - ...When advance care planning is provided in conjunction with a Medicare annual wellness visit, is it paid as a preventive medicine service? A Yes. Advance care planning is a preventive service only when provided in conjunction with an annual wellness visit and reported with modifier...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p32.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2016 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - ...task list, and the volume can be unpredictable. Each day, we review the task list on the whiteboard, noting two things: 1) the overall number of tasks and 2) the oldest referral. We can then decide how to allocate staff time to efficiently complete the tasks. Tracking safety. We...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p34.html

The Problem With Patient Satisfaction Scores -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - Scoring of individual physicians is becoming more widespread. Here’s how to improve the process.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p23.html

Coding and Billing Rules in 2016: Out With the Old, In With the New -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - Incident-to rules and advance care planning top the list of changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p14.html

An Overlooked Cause of Physician Burnout -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - When we cannot give patients the care they need, we all suffer. But the converse is also true.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p6.html

Surveyed physicans say burnout is increasing -- FPM

Surveyed physicans say burnout is increasing

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Establishing and Protecting Your Online Reputation -- FPM

Dec 1, 2015 - Proactively building a positive Internet presence for your practice can blunt the effect of a few bad reviews.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/1100/p29.html

Chronic Care Management in the Real World -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Physicians share their actual experiences, successes, and stumbles as they implement chronic care management in their practices.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/p35.html

ICD-10: Major Differences for Five Common Diagnoses -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Test your knowledge of ICD-10 coding and documentation requirements for five diagnoses you're likely to encounter in family medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/p15.html

Addressing Ambulatory Patient Safety in Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Reducing errors in care requires establishing a culture of safety, systematic reporting, consistent follow-up, and sustained commitment.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/p23.html

The Physician Employment Trend: What You Need to Know -- FPM

Aug 1, 2015 - How will the emerging trend take shape? Is it good for medicine - for doctors? And will there still be a place for independent physicians?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0700/p11.html

Patient Advisory Councils: Giving Patients a Seat at the Table -- FPM

Aug 1, 2015 - This model can make patients true partners in improving their care and that of others.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0700/p22.html

Survey shows rise in solo practice physician searches -- FPM

Survey shows rise in solo practice physician searches

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

How to Provide More Access Without Working More Hours -- FPM

Jun 1, 2015 - Working differently can be the key to greater access and satisfaction for both you and your patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0500/p24.html

Treating Dementia With Shared Group Visits -- FPM

Jun 1, 2015 - Seeing patients with dementia in a group setting can streamline visits and help provide support for caregivers and families.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0500/p16.html

Time to bust some ICD-10 myths -- FPM

Time to bust some ICD-10 myths

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

21st Century Medicine, 20th Century People -- FPM

Apr 1, 2015 - Sometimes technology isn't the problem.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0300/p40.html

Immunizations: How to Protect Patients and the Bottom Line -- FPM

Apr 1, 2015 - Minimizing costs and maximizing reimbursement can make immunizations profitable.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0300/p24.html

Electronic Access to Adolescents' Health Records: Legal, Policy, and Practice ...

Apr 1, 2015 - Letting minors view their health records online means finding a compromise between patient privacy and parental rights.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0300/p11.html

Inefficiency in Primary Care: Common Causes and Potential Solutions -- FPM

Apr 1, 2015 - This practice-based research project highlights key sources of inefficiency in primary care and real-world suggestions for how to improve.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0300/p18.html

Removing Six Key Barriers to Online Portal Use -- FPM

Feb 1, 2015 - Portals can benefit your practice and your patients, but you have to get them using the technology first.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0100/p26.html

VisualDx -- FPM

Feb 1, 2015 - VisualDx is a decision support and clinical reference tool focused on skin diseases. It allows health care professionals to make dermatological differential diagnoses based on patient-specific findings, review medication-induced adverse effects, and search for specific diagnoses to ...

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0100/p33.html

Five issues to watch in 2015 -- FPM

Five issues to watch in 2015

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

When Is It Right to Code 99215? -- FPM

Dec 1, 2014 - Knowing the rules will give you the confidence to submit this seldom-used code.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/1100/p12.html

How to Monitor Opioid Use for Your Patients With Chronic Pain -- FPM

Dec 1, 2014 - A written policy, systematic process, and simple tools can help you to prescribe opioids safely and securely.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/1100/p6.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2014 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2014 - ...To help patients avoid spreading tinea when they're getting dressed, I recommend that before they put on their underwear, they first put medicine on their feet and put on their socks. That way, they don't accidentally catch their toes in their underpants and spread the fungus...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/1100/p32.html

Applying the "Theory of Constraints" to Solve Your Practice's Most Vexing Problem -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - What stands in the way of your practice achieving its goal?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p18.html

Controlling Hypertension: Focusing on "Why" Makes "How" a Lot Easier -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - Understanding the power of quality data and then starting with a few specific measures leads to improved blood pressure rates.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p23.html

Cardiac Risk Assessment -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - The Cardiac Risk Assist app allows health care professionals to calculate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) disease.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p32.html

Achieving Sustainable Increases in Childhood Immunization Rates -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Analyzing and eliminating physical and procedural barriers to immunization allowed this practice to improve its performance.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0700/p13.html

Social Media: Strategies for Building Greater Connections With Your Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Joining patients' Internet networks can lead to faster and better communication.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0700/p7.html

Solo Practice: Can It Survive? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - The environment is tougher than ever. Proactive revenue management and direct pay models provide opportunities for small practices

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p4.html

Dealing with the opportunities and threats of the new Medicare data release -- FPM

Dealing with the opportunities and threats of the new Medicare data release

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Incorporating Medical Interpretation Into Your Practice -- FPM

Apr 1, 2014 - Making sure you can understand your patients not only improves their care but avoids legal trouble.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0300/p16.html

Resolving Patients' Vaccination Uncertainty: Going From "No Thanks!" to "Of Course!" --...

Apr 1, 2014 - Immunizations can help prevent disease breakouts but require being mindful of patient concerns and misconceptions.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0300/p22.html

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