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E/M Coding and the Documentation Guidelines: Putting It All Together -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - It's time to test your E/M coding skills.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p33.html

What Family Physicians Need to Know About ACOs -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Accountable care organizations could be the next big thing in health care delivery. Here's what you need to know - and what you need to do - now.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p17.html

Remove Roadblocks and Improve Access to Preventive Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Learn how a few procedural changes dramatically increased this practice's visit rates for well-child care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p26.html

Five Signs You May Have Joined the Wrong Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - If you see these warning signs, run - don't walk - away from the practice.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p44.html

The 2011 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 2,719 Family Physicians -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - If you're shopping for an EHR system, you might appreciate this advice from several hundred colleagues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p23.html

Structure and Synchronicity for Better Charting -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - Two key characteristics will help you to ensure that your notes communicate not only what you did, but also what you were thinking.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p15.html

Encouraging Patients to Change Unhealthy Behaviors With Motivational Interviewing -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - This simple interviewing technique is designed to stimulate patients' desire to change and give them the confidence to do so.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p21.html

An Organized Approach to Chronic Disease Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - Delivering better chronic disease care is a team sport that requires a clear game plan.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p27.html

Registries Made Simple -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - Organizing chronic illness care with a registry will streamline your workflow, improve patient outcomes and provide data for quality improvement.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p11.html

Keys to High-Functioning Office Teams -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - Trying to do it all yourself is not only unwise but increasingly impractical.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p15.html

Answers to Your Questions About Medicare Annual Wellness Visits -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - Our previous issue described the requirements and introduced an encounter form for documenting these visits. Now we answer your questions about this newest Medicare benefit.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0300/p13.html

Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - Fix these problems to increase your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0300/p31.html

CPT Update for 2011: Immunizations, Observations and More -- FPM

Feb 1, 2011 - Changes include new codes for pediatric vaccine administration and subsequent hospital observation care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0100/p5.html

The secret to getting a 10 percent Medicare bonus in 2011 -- FPM

The secret to getting a 10 percent Medicare bonus in 2011

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

A Proactive Approach to Controlled Substance Refills -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - Using the recurring-calendar-event function in Microsoft Outlook, this practice created a systematic approach that ensures patient refills on the day they're due.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/p22.html

Addressing Common Inefficiencies in Office Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - A well-organized workflow will save you time, money and aggravation.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/p28.html

Before You Sign That Office Lease -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - Here's what to look for - and what to avoid.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/p17.html

Successful EHR Implementations: Attitude Is Everything -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - Commitment to success, engagement from all concerned and a shared interest in continuing improvement can take you far.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/p9.html

Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - Does your practice give patients a fish or teach patients to fish?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p24.html

Thinking on Paper: Documenting Decision Making -- FPM

Aug 1, 2010 - The third article in our series on Medicare's documentation guidelines will help you determine whether what's on your mind is what's on the patient's record.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0700/p10.html

Stay Out of the "Teachers' Lounge" -- FPM

Aug 1, 2010 - You have to be vigilant, or the complainers will eat you alive.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0700/p40.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2010 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2010 - ...The family physicians who work in our hospital network's urgent care centers and primary care practices share the same tax ID number. Are we considered part of the same group? Let's say a patient has an initial encounter at one of the urgent care centers. The family physician...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0700/p33.html

Three Bright Ideas for Improving Electronic Health Record Usability -- FPM

Aug 1, 2010 - Don't just complain about your EHR system; help make it better.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0700/p7.html

Exam Documentation: Charting Within the Guidelines -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - Yes, it's complicated, but don't make it harder than it has to be.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0500/p24.html

The 12-Step Way to Reduce Practice Expenses: Part 2, Operational Efficiencies -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - Even small cuts in your operational expenses can add up to big savings for your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0500/p30.html

How to Be an Efficient and Effective Preceptor -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - It is possible to do the important work of precepting students and still get home in time for dinner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0500/p18.html

How Health Care Reform Will Affect Family Physicians -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - The legislation isn't perfect, but it makes an important point - that primary care deserves more attention.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0500/p14.html

The 12-Step Way to Reduce Practice Expenses: Part 1, Staffing Efficiencies -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - Staff-related expenses consume the largest portion of your overhead, so that's where this 12-month plan begins.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p38.html

Should Doctors Reject the Government's EHR Incentive Plan? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p8.html

How to Solve Problems in Your Practice With a New Meeting Approach -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - Your practice members have the answers; they just need to be heard.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p31.html

CPT 2010: Ring in the New Decade With These New Codes -- FPM

Feb 1, 2010 - The changes take effect Jan. 1.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0100/p13.html

Tools and Strategies for Improving Asthma Management -- FPM

Feb 1, 2010 - A clear goal, staff buy-in and simple tools - such as an asthma flow sheet - can help your practice follow asthma guidelines more consistently.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0100/p16.html

The 2009 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 2,012 Family Physicians -- FPM

Dec 1, 2009 - If you're shopping for an EHR system, you might appreciate this advice from a couple of thousand colleagues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p10.html

Step-by-Step Practice Transformation -- FPM

Dec 1, 2009 - Can you walk there, or do you need to fly?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p6.html

Ten Steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home -- FPM

Dec 1, 2009 - Start with steps that increase practice revenue. Then you'll be better able to afford the steps that just make practice better and more satisfying.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p18.html

"Vital Signs" for Assessing Your Practice's Financial Health -- FPM

Dec 1, 2009 - Paying attention to key metrics can help keep your practice operationally and financially healthy.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p25.html

What You Can Do to Help Your Uninsured Patients -- FPM

Oct 1, 2009 - Here's how to patients who might otherwise miss getting the services they need.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p21.html

Letters - Sep-Oct 2009 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2009 - ...As a family physician with almost 30 years of practice experience, I read Why I Give My Cell Phone Number to My Patients [July/August 2009] with a critical eye. Even though I have had devoted and loyal patients, some still tended to call after-hours for non-critical matters (and...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p6b.html

Immediate Action Protocol: A Tool to Help Your Practice Assess Suicidal Patients -- FPM

Oct 1, 2009 - If you've cared for patients with suicidal ideation, you'll know how valuable this tool can be.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p17.html

Why I Give My Cell Phone Number to My Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2009 - You may gain more rapport without losing sleep.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0700/p24.html

The Medical Home Grows Up -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - Like many a promising idea, the medical home may be unrecognizable once the world has its way with it.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p5.html

The Problem With Diet and Exercise Plans -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - Patients don't need more knowledge; they need a number to shoot for.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p6.html

Online Reviews of Physicians: What Are Your Patients Posting About You? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - A growing number of Web sites enable patients to publicly rant or rave about their physicians. Here's what you need to know.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p9.html

What Should You Do When Your Patient Brings a List? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - Follow these five steps if your patient unfurls a long list of issues to discuss at today's visit.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p23.html

Eleven Patient Misconceptions About Antidepressants: How to Respond -- FPM

Jun 1, 2009 - Here's how to help your patients separate fact from fiction and make an informed decision.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0500/p15.html

Tying the Partnership Knot: Making It a Win for Both Practice and Associate -- FPM

Apr 1, 2009 - A sense of fair play and a carefully drawn buy-sell agreement can make the addition of a partnership-track associate a success for everyone involved.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0300/p23.html

Chart Audit: Is Your Practice Billing What It Should? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2009 - A simple review may save your practice loads of money.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0300/p15.html

Four Reasons Our Office is Pharma-Free -- FPM

Apr 1, 2009 - Those free gifts and samples might be costing you more than you realize.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0300/p6.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2009 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2009 - ...How should we code Pap tests for non-Medicare patients? We currently use a preventive medicine services code. Should we use 88142? A The codes for preventive medicine services, 99381–99397, include an age- and gender-appropriate exam. Collection of the Pap test specimen is part of...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0300/p32.html

Building the Case for the Patient-Centered Medical Home -- FPM

Feb 1, 2009 - A coalition is working to prove the concept and create an imperative for change. Payers and policymakers are getting on board. Are you?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0100/p14.html

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