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Coding Nonsense, NOS -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - The absurdity of diagnostic coding can be a source of frustration - and amusement.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p82.html

Practice Pearls - Oct 2005 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - ...Remove clutter, for example, by having reception staff limit the number of personal items they keep in the front office. Use table lamps instead of overhead lighting in waiting areas, and use wall sconces in hallways. Offer a variety of seating options because one style of chair...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p64.html

Letters - Oct 2005 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - ...balancing the books. This vision of family medicine is no less valuable than Dr. Brown’s. Many medical students see overworked physicians in primary care and choose specialties that seem to be more conducive to a balanced life. In family medicine, we should support a diversity of...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p12a.html

Letters - Oct 2005 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - ...High earning in the practice of family medicine Fam Pract Manag. 2005 Oct;12(9):12. What Makes a High-Earning Family Physician? [July/August 2005] makes a particularly sharp contrast with the issue’s second-most interesting article, Chronic Care Guidelines Prove Impossible to...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p12.html

News & Trends - Oct 2005 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2005 - ...entered patients’ data and made necessary process changes. After implementation, physicians benefited from being able the see the same number of patients in less time and from being able to access records from home. This enabled them to go home earlier, spend time with family and...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/1000/p23.html

Coding "Routine" Office Visits: 99213 or 99214? -- FPM

Sep 1, 2005 - Before choosing 99213 for routine visits, consider whether your work qualifies for a 99214.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0900/p52.html

Letters - Sep 2005 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2005 - ...practice physicians) for the demise of family medicine, but in the end we have no one to blame but ourselves. R.A. Hagge, MD Chamberlain, S.D. Your article failed to suggest an important thing family physicians can do to increase the number of children in their practices: learn...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0900/p22.html

Caring for Children: Re-examining the Family Physician's Role -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - New research suggests that the care of children has become less central to family medicine than it used to be, and some family physicians want to reverse the trend.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p45.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

How to Manage a Pertussis Outbreak in Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - A physician shares the lessons he learned after unknowingly exposing patients and staff to whooping cough.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p31.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

How to Answer Your Clinical Questions More Efficiently -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - Asking focused questions and knowing where to look can lead to quicker answers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p37.html

Monitor - Jul 2005 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2005 - ...disease care as outlined in national practice guidelines. But according to a new study in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, physicians aren't to blame. Instead, there simply isn't enough time to do what the guidelines suggest. Researchers applied national...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0700/p25.html

Helping Needy Patients Get Needed Medications -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - The article describes how one practice uses volunteers to implement its patient-assistance program, which helps needy patients receive free or discounted medicines from pharmaceutical companies.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p56.html

Innovation in Practice: Six Ways to Harness the Power of Your Ideas -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - With a clear aim, some basic innovation tools and a willingness to experiment, your team can produce some remarkable ideas.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p37.html

Are You Prepared to Defend Your Coding? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - The authors offer readers an action plan to use in reacting/responding to payers' accusations of incorrect coding.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p17.html

Expanding Your Practice Through Niche Services -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - More and more family physicians are adding new services and getting rave reviews. Here’s how to find the niche that’s right for you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p49.html

Handling Administrative Burdens -- FPM

Jun 1, 2005 - The article suggests five tips for physicians to decrease the amount of administrative work they encounter on a daily basis.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0600/p78.html

Is the New Model of Family Medicine Financially Viable? -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - Findings from the Future of Family Medicine project suggest the New Model could boost your income or enable you to work fewer hours.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p68.html

A New Identity for Family Medicine: Physicians for the Underserved -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - By emphasizing the family physician's role as a caregiver for patients in underserved areas, we can strengthen our specialty.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p14.html

The New Model of Care in Family Medicine: What's In It For You? -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - Team-based, proactive care supported by effective office systems, technology and a culture of improvement will help your patients and your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p59.html

How to Document and Bill Care Plan Oversight -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - This article will describe how to bill for and document care plan oversight, balancing it as a billing opportunity and a compliance risk. It will include a form for documenting CPO.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p23.html

Improving Telephone Management in Your Practice -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - With a few simple changes, you can give your patients better service and your staff a break.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p49.html

Monitor - May 2005 -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - ...For their study, the results of which are published in the March 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers connected staff from the American Cancer Society (ACS) with 127 primary care physicians in New England to identify areas for improvement. Over 29 months,...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p32.html

Beyond Charting: Using Your EHR's Data to Improve Quality -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - Author describes how his residency program uses Crystal Reports to produce reports from their EMR system -- reports that have been useful in QI programs that have improved A1c, LDL and other outcome parameters.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p90.html

Coding & Documentation - May 2005 -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - ...Because the exam is administrative and not problem-focused, you should consider using one of the preventive medicine codes, 99381-99397. Alternatively, you can use a regular office/outpatient visit code (99201-99215). In either case, as appropriate, you may want to code 99080,...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p27.html

The Match and the Future of Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - Argues that the depressing Match results suggest the future of family medicine unless all of family medicine can get behind the FFM initiative.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p8.html

Ten Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - Protecting your patients’ health information is more difficult and more important than ever. The author’s strategy will help you meet this month’s deadline.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p43.html

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

Monitor - Apr 2005 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - ...Day 2005: Family medicine gains positions, loses U.S. seniors Study explores link between physician supply and mortality rates Patients want e-mail access to physicians but don’t want to pay Small practices report success with EHRs Match Day 2005: Family medicine gains positions,...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p37.html

Ask FPM - Apr 2005 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2005 - ...Do a market analysis to find a location that will reach the greatest number of potential patients; Begin applying for provider ID numbers as soon as you have chosen your geographic location. There are two publications devoted specifically two this topic. The AAFP’s On Your Own:...

Family Practice Management : Q&As

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0400/p72.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

Answers to Your Questions About Same-Day Scheduling -- FPM

Mar 1, 2005 - The concept’s founder explains how to do today’s work today and improve patient access to your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0300/p59.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar 2005 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2005 - ...the number of muscles injected, not the number of injections given. Note that you should only submit 20552 or 20553 once per session since either code covers multiple injections. Also note that you should clearly document the location of injections, number of injections and number...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0300/p27.html

Practice Diary - Mar 2005 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2005 - ...after an afternoon hike, my daughter informed me I had a message on her cell phone. Not one to carry a cell phone or beeper, I gave her number to the hospital operator in case of emergencies. The call came from the nursing home. I couldn’t imagine what was up. Dr. Brown, the nurse...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0300/p72.html

Managing the Habitual No-Show Patient -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - The author describes how his practice addressed the problem of patients who frequently missed appointments by implementing an alternative form of scheduling for such patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p65.html

How to Select an Electronic Health Record System -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - These 12 steps will help make the selection process easier and lead you to the EHR that's right for your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p55.html

Purchasing an Affordable Electronic Health Record -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - An economy model may provide all the functionality your practice needs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p31.html

Practicing Without Paper Charts: One Clinic's Experience -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - Their revenues are up. Their quality of care is high. And their doctors are getting home in time for dinner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p37.html

Monitor - Feb 2005 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2005 - ...Physicians who recertified with the American Board of Family Medicine in 2003 have been granted a one-time extension for completing their first self-assessment module (SAM). Under the ABFM's new maintenance of certification program, diplomates are required to complete one SAM per...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0200/p27.html

Working Together: Communities of Practice in Family Medicine -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - By sharing knowledge, concerns and passions, family physicians can use communities of practice as tools for change.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p28.html

Are You Ready for Maintenance of Certification? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - The new board recertification process has garnered mixed reviews from family physicians. Find out how it will impact you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p42.html

CPT 2005: Another Case of Update Now or Pay Later -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2005 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p17.html

How Much Paperwork Is Too Much? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - The author reflects on the causes of unnecessary and burdensome paperwork in doctors' lives.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p12.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

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

Coding & Documentation - Jan 2005 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - ...usually required for the highest level of [E/M] service within a given category, it may be identified by adding modifier -21 to the [E/M] number. Note that the above rules don’t apply when time is considered the key or controlling factor in your selection of the E/M service code....

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p21.html

Why It's Time to Purchase an Electronic Health Record System -- FPM

Dec 1, 2004 - The old reasons for holding off may have lost their validity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1100/p43.html

Letters - Nov 2004 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2004 - Advertisement << Crunching the Numbers Previous article Coding & Documentation Next article >> Nov 2004 Issue LETTERS Listen article inspires med student Fam Pract Manag. 2004 Nov-Dec;11(10):24. To the Editor: I just read Dr. James Dykes’ article Making Time to Listen. I’m a...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1100/p21g.html

Spoofing Spurious Science -- FPM

Dec 1, 2004 - A send-up of retrospective studies.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1100/p15.html

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