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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

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

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

A Systematic Approach to Identifying Drug-Seeking Patients -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - When patients present with suspicious complaints of pain, these seven steps can help you prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/pa3.html

Medicare releases proposed rule on 2020 physician fee schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for 2020. Here are some of the highlights affecting family physicians.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_physician_payment_fee_schedule.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

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

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

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.

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

Patient Balances: Getting to the Root of the Problem -- FPM

Mar 1, 2006 - In less than a year, this practice cut its accounts receivable in half by changing its approach to billing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0300/p48.html

Family Medicine Takes Center Stage -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - As part of the Future of Family Medicine project, the specialty put itself under a glaring spotlight to see where it currently stands.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p43.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

The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part 1 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - The law addresses a wide range of services and financial relationships. Find out whether it affects you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/1100/p27.html

Back to School: Options for Learning the Business of Medicine -- FPM

Aug 1, 2001 - From master’s programs to certificate programs to CME courses, the options are plentiful. But what’s right for you?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0700/p27.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

What Every Physician Should Know About the RUC -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - A small group of physicians has a big say in what you get paid.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p36.html

'Oh, by the Way ...': Agenda Setting in Office Visits -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - The article will explain how physicians can deal with patients who present with lists of complaints and how managing these lists effectively can improve patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1100/p63.html

Trouble at the Money/Medicine Interface -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - Argues that the reimbursement system's misalignment of incentives makes the health care system absurdly complicated and points to two articles in this issue as evidence.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/p8.html

A New Model of Charitable Care: The Robin Hood Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - This self-sustaining practice provides concierge care and indigent care in equal amounts. Here's how it works.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p12.html

Getting Off the Collections Treadmill -- FPM

Jun 1, 2006 - After repeatedly sending the same accounts to collection, this practice created a new policy to resolve the problem of patients who don't pay.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0600/p51.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

In Search of a Super Superbill -- FPM

Sep 1, 2006 - This superbill incorporates the best characteristics of superbills submitted by FPM readers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0900/p43.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

Six Payment Opportunities You May Have Overlooked -- FPM

Dec 1, 2008 - The first step to improving your bottom line is to make sure you bill for the services you are already providing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/1100/p27.html

Reliability Science: Reducing the Error Rate in Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - These seven principles can help ensure that your patients receive the right care at the right time every time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p59.html

How to Manage Difficult Patient Encounters -- FPM

Jun 1, 2007 - These strategies will help you turn problematic encounters into productive ones.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0600/p30.html

The Makings of a Good Meeting -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Don't waste time on bad meetings. Here's how to make sure your meetings are necessary and productive.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p35.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

What Do Retail Clinics Mean for Family Medicine? -- FPM

May 1, 2006 - Whatever we do in response to the advent of retail clinics, it seems that they have a place in health care as long as they are able to improve access, decrease costs and improve quality.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0500/p19.html

The Art of Apology: When and How to Seek Forgiveness -- FPM

Aug 1, 2007 - If a medical mistake in your practice is worthy of an apology, make sure you offer it skillfully.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0700/p44.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 You Need To Know About the Prescription Drug Act -- FPM

Mar 1, 2005 - Congress passed the legislation. Now physicians must learn the details.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0300/p49.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

Sharing the Fruits of EHR Experience -- FPM

May 1, 2007 - Family physicians have accumulated a wealth of EHR wisdom. The trick is to get it to those who need it.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0500/p10.html

Becoming a Physician Executive: Where to Look Before Making the Leap -- FPM

Aug 1, 1999 - Would administrative medicine be a good fit for you? Here are some issues you should think about as you consider the switch.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0700/p37.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

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

A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - The PP-ICONS approach will help you separate the clinical wheat from the chaff in mere minutes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p47.html

Survey shows troublesome practice environment could affect patient access

Survey shows troublesome practice environment could affect patient access

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Rediscovering the Paper Planner -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - The author, a time management expert, explains why people are giving up their PDAs and returning to paper planning. She also provides instructions for getting the best of both worlds by combining paper and electronic scheduling.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0300/p100.html

The New AMA President Answers Your Questions -- FPM

Jun 1, 1998 - Doctors and patients must make hard choices or face the dark ages of medicine, warns family physician Nancy Dickey, MD.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0600/p25.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

House Calls: Taking the Practice to the Patient -- FPM

Jun 1, 2000 - Visiting patients where they live is not only good medicine and good marketing. It's also good for the soul.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0600/p49.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

Understanding the Risks of Medical Interventions -- FPM

May 1, 2000 - The article will explore how to assess the benefits and risks of particular interventions, using relative risk reduction (RRR), absolute risk reduction (ARR) and number needed to treat (NNT).

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0500/p59.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

Panel Size: Answers to Physicians' Frequently Asked Questions -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - Does one size fit all? What do you do if your patient panel is too big - or too small? The experts answer these questions and more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p29.html

Have You Really Addressed Your Patient's Concerns? -- FPM

Mar 1, 2008 - These simple strategies will help you structure the medical encounter to ensure that you and your patient are on the same page.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0300/p35.html

What Makes a High-Earning Family Physician? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - The author reports the results of an AAFP survey of 730 members conducted to see what factors separated the high earners ($160,000 or more) from the low earners ($100,000 or less). The strongest influence was number of patient visits.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p16.html

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