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Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2014 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2014 - ...Look at your documentation for services provided for your practices' most common diagnoses. Start with a manageable number of conditions and charts per physician or other qualified health care professional. You can pull a report of the most commonly reported ICD-9 diagnosis codes...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0300/p27.html

10 Steps to Preparing Your Office for ICD-10 -- Now -- FPM

Feb 1, 2014 - Don't wait any longer. You need to take steps now to meet the Oct. 1 deadline.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p9.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2014 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2014 - ...Is a group class considered a service reportable with CPT code 97804? Is there a limit on the number of people who may be in a group? A Code 97804 is for Medical nutrition therapy; group (two or more individuals), each 30 minutes. According to CPT, Group therapy is applicable to...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p25.html

Getting Ready for ICD-10: How It Will Affect Your Documentation -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - Once you understand the basic structure of ICD-10, you'll be able to capture the details needed to assign a correct code.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p22.html

Physicians Assemble: Integrating Small Groups to Preserve Independent Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - In the face of industry consolidation and employment, small practices are joining forces to control their own destinies and remain competitive.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p12.html

How to Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - Creating and keeping the right documents is key to answering reviewers' questions about electronic health record compliance.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p7.html

Getting Through to Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - A simple mnemonic will help you focus on your patients' communication style.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p36.html

Family physicians among the largest group getting EHR incentives -- FPM

Family physicians among the largest group getting EHR incentives

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

The Sunshine Act: How to Avoid Getting Burned -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - Physicians will have to ensure that disclosures of transfers of value by drug and device companies don’t cast them in a negative light.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p8.html

There Is No Free Lunch -- Really -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - How will the Sunshine Act affect your relationship with pharma?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p5.html

Practice Transformation: Running Your Business Like a Business -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - This medical practice uses technology and automaker-inspired productivity steps to modernize and rapidly grow its business.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p18.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2013 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - ...No. The chief complaints are not treated as separate evaluation and management (E/M) codes. If the number and complexity of the problems increase your history, exam, and medical decision-making, you may be able to report a higher level of code than if you were addressing a single...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p32.html

Three Building Blocks for Improving Access to Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - Your efforts to give patients same-day appointments won't succeed until you address three critical issues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p12.html

Optimizing the Role of Nursing Staff to Enhance Physician Productivity: One Physician's...

Aug 1, 2013 - When capable nurses are given greater responsibility for each patient encounter, good results follow.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0700/p18.html

Do You Know What Is (or Isn't) in Your Documentation? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2013 - Leaving out key information in patient documentation can compromise quality and cost you money.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0700/p23.html

HIPAA Again: Confronting the Updated Privacy and Security Rules -- FPM

Jun 1, 2013 - New regulations will require practices to revisit and adapt their privacy policies.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0500/p18.html

Engaging Patients in Collaborative Care Plans -- FPM

Jun 1, 2013 - This important self-management support strategy can produce quality outcomes for your patients and your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0500/p35.html

Making EHR Notes More Readable -- FPM

Jun 1, 2013 - A filtered display would make notes easier to read, assimilate, and use.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0500/p8.html

Medication Adherence: We Didn't Ask and They Didn't Tell -- FPM

Apr 1, 2013 - Sometimes the best way to solve our patients' medical problems is to make sure they're taking their medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0300/p25.html

A Practical Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Office-Based Family Physicians -- FPM

Apr 1, 2013 - Medical emergencies may not be common in the office setting, but that's precisely why you need to practice your response to them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0300/p13.html

Redesigning Your Work Space to Support Team-Based Care -- FPM

Apr 1, 2013 - Four key design elements could make your team more effective.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0300/p20.html

Lies, damned lies, and statistics -- FPM

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Leadership in a Health Care Organization: Not Like Private Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - A family physician shares what he learned about leadership when he was no longer captain of the ship.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p17.html

Secure Messaging: Myths, Facts, and Pitfalls -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - We assumed that our patients weren't ready for secure messaging or that, if they were, it would overburden our staff. We couldn't have been more wrong.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p21.html

Coming Home -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - Even patients with specialized conditions such as sickle cell disease need primary care physicians.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p6.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2013 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - ...Assuming the patient is established and the number of diagnostic problems led you to perform and document the key components required for a level-5 office visit, you should start by reporting code 99215, which typically represents 40 minutes of face-to-face time. Because the visit...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p33.html

The 2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 3,088 Family Physicians -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Where else can you get EHR advice from a few thousand colleagues?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p23.html

A Team-Building Model for Team-Based Care -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Focusing on their strengths and borrowing concepts from family therapy helped bring this family medicine group together in pursuit of a common goal.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p19.html

A Streamlined Approach to Prescription Management -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Synchronizing each patient's prescriptions so they're handled all at once could save your practice at least an hour a day.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p11.html

CPT Update for 2013 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - This year's changes include some promising new codes for care coordination.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p8.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2012 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - ...making it difficult for their physicians to compile a complete medication history. A simple solution is to instruct patients to go to their medicine cabinet when they get home, write the name and dosage of each medication they are taking on a little piece of paper, fold it up, and...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p32.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2012 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - ...dates has saved the military millions of dollars, and it could save you and your patients a few dollars as well. I don't recommend keeping medicines for decades, of course, but there's no need to throw out a bottle of aspirin that expired a few months ago. Nathan Hitzeman, MD...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p32.html

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule -- FPM

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Documenting and Coding Preventive Visits: A Physician's Perspective -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - It’s not hard, once you get the hang of it, but the differences from E/M coding can be confusing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p12.html

Evaluating Employment Agreements -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - The first challenge of employed practice is to analyze your contract - before you sign.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p6.html

How to Reduce Your Malpractice Risk -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - Recognizing warning signs and documenting with care are two keys.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p21.html

Letters - Jul-Aug 2012 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - ...I’ve used PEPID (http://www.pepid.com/) for a number of years in both family medicine and emergency medicine. I have found it to be an indispensable point-of-care tool that I use multiple times daily. It has an integrated database of medical and drug information. It also has an...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p5b.html

Preparing for and Recovering From a Natural Disaster -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Three days after an EF5 tornado hit the town of Joplin, Mo., this small family medicine practice was up and running.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p15.html

Back to the Future: The Way Forward in Health Care Reform -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - It's 1995 all over again. Let's get it right this time.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p5.html

Six Characteristics of Effective Practice Teams -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - With a little effort, your team can take its performance to new heights.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p26.html

Letters - May-Jun 2012 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - ...The state of family medicine Although I appreciated the article The State of Family Medicine [January/February 2012], I cannot agree with the conclusion that the ability to manage the dynamic tension between the challenges and rewards of family medicine signals a first-rate...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p7.html

Medical Apps: Making Your Mobile Device a Medical Device -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Here's how to make your smartphone or tablet an indispensable practice tool.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p10.html

ICD-10: What You Need to Know Now -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - The government is considering a delay, but that doesn't mean you should.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p29.html

The State of Family Medicine -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - This special report reviews the value of family medicine, the challenges it faces, and AAFP data on the nature of family medicine practice today.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p20.html

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: What You Need to Know -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - A promising new multipayer demonstration project led by Medicare brings a blended payment model closer to reality.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p12.html

How to Avoid Conflicts Between Your New EHR and Your Old Billing Company -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - A proactive approach will help you get the most out of your investment.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p14.html

How Inclusive Leadership Can Help Your Practice Adapt to Change -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - The most effective leaders realize that everyone's input is valuable.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p8.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2012 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - ...Medicare accepts G0434 with modifier QW for CLIA-waived tests that detect drugs. Bill one unit per patient encounter regardless of the number of drug classes tested. Your Medicare administrative contractor may have a local coverage determination that specifies coverage conditions...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p29.html

CPT 2012: Updated & Clarified -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - It's mostly small changes this year, but small changes can trip you up too.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p6.html

The RUC Under Fire -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Time may be running out for the group that helps divide the Medicare pie.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p10.html

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