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How to Correctly Capture Patient Risk for Value-Based Care Programs -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Hierarchical condition categories are key for improving health outcomes and getting accurate reimbursements.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p6.html

A Practical Guide to Physician Disability Insurance -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Insurance policies can keep you financially whole if a disability reduces your earning potential, but it’s important to choose the right combination of coverage

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p10.html

A Step-by-Step Time-Saving Approach to Coding Office Visits -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Follow these four steps to code quickly and accurately, while reducing the need to count up data points.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p21.html

FMLA Does Not Need to Be a Four-Letter Word -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - These tips can help you complete FMLA paperwork quickly and accurately.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p12.html

Resetting Your Priorities in Family Medicine Post-Pandemic -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - What if we stopped saying yes to new demands and reallocated our time based on our priorities? This three-part exercise can help.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p38.html

House Calls: Providing Care Beyond the Office Walls -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Interest in home-based primary care is growing as payments increase, technology improves, and the population ages.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0500/oa2.html

Demystifying Documentation and Billing for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Osteopathic manipulative treatment is indicated for several common ailments, but documenting and coding it can be daunting for beginners. Here’s how it’s done.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0500/p18.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Home health or hospice care supervision | Advance care planning via telehealth | Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring | Counseling patients about foreign travel | Catching up on children's vaccines

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0500/p34.html

Four tips for adding house calls to your practice

As payment rates for house calls increase, technology improves, and the population ages, interest in home-based primary care is growing. Here are four tips for getting started.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/house_calls.html

Coding Level 4 Office Visits Using the New E/M Guidelines -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p27.html

The new Medicare G code: Everything you need to know to take advantage of it

On Dec. 21, Congress delayed implementation of the primary care add-on code, G2211, for three years as part of the 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding, and it applied the savings to increase Medicare base payments for all services and specialties by an additional ...

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/g2211_summary.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Suspected exposure to communicable disease | Diabetes type 1.5 | Remote patient monitoring | Tetanus immunization due to injury | Performing venipuncture on a child

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p45.html

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p6.html

Five ways to fight system-induced distress before it causes burnout

A multilevel approach to resisting a health care system that relies on overworking physicians to make up for its own inefficiencies.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/fight_system_distress.html

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p29.html

Creating Intentional Professional Connections to Reduce Loneliness, Isolation, and ...

Oct 1, 2020 - Pretending we have it together and can do it all on our own is the fastest way to professional isolation and burnout. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p20.html

Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Applying even one of these 10 strategies can help you reduce frustration, improve productivity, and get home earlier.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p5.html

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/issues/2005.html

Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

Given how quickly the first round of funding was exhausted, businesses are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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

How to access small business loans for COVID-19 financial relief

Some of the loans now available offer 1% interest or even full loan forgiveness if you keep your employees on the payroll.

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

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2020 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Make office redesign a collaborative project | Designate a vaccine update expert | Handle disability exams with empathy and practicality

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p32.html

New code for vaping-related illness may require a billing system update

Update your electronic health record and billing systems for a new diagnosis code for vaping-related illness that takes effect April 1.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Vaping-related illness | Billing Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries | Electrocardiogram recorded by a Holter monitor | Lung function tests

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p33.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2019) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p4.html

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders

Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.

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

A Jury of One's Peers -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - FPM depends on readers like you to review submitted manuscripts and help us deliver useful, high-quality content.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p6.html

Practical Ways to Address Physician Burnout and Improve Joy in Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - It starts with one simple principle: Get rid of stupid stuff in your practice. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p7.html

Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon, we need a better term that puts the blame where it belongs and reminds us that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p4.html

Communication Tips for Caring for Survivors of Sexual Assault -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - You can support your patients’ recovery from sexual assault by interacting with them in an empowering, compassionate manner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p19.html

Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - As a physician, you can have a powerful voice in bringing about change in your community. Here’s how to go about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p20.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2018 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Initiating visits for chronic care management | Flu vaccine coding | Fish hook removal

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p34.html

Use of hurricane-related ICD-10 codes is changing

The external cause codes for hurricane-related encounters have existed since ICD-10 was adopted. The important change, beginning Oct. 1, is that the National Center for Health Statistics provided clear definition on how to apply the codes correctly.

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

99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p5.html

Patient Inducements: The New Dos and Don'ts -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - The limits on giving free goods and services to Medicare and Medicaid patients are complex. Here’s how to avoid regulatory trouble.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p16.html

Three documentation tips to reduce your malpractice risk

Careful documentation can mean the difference between a guilty verdict in a medical malpractice case and the case being thrown out. It’s worth the trouble to ensure you do it right.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/reduce_malpractice_risk.html

How to know when to bill for both preventive and added services

When a patient brings an additional complaint to a preventive visit, here's how to know whether it qualifies as a separate service and get paid for your work.

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

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2018 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Time spent on chronic care management vs. time spent on E/M services | ICD-10 coding for bug bites | Billing for palliative care visits

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p41.html

Diagnosis Coding for Value-Based Payment: A Quick Reference Tool -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Use this cheat sheet to identify diagnosis codes that are weighted for risk adjustment.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p26.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Reciprocal billing during extended absences | ICD-10 coding for accidents without injury | Removal of impacted cerumen

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p33.html

Getting to No: How to Respond to Inappropriate Patient Requests -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - The five-step FAVER approach can help you say no to uncomfortable requests while preserving the patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p25.html

Preparing for Value-Based Payment: Five Essential Skills for Success -- FPM

Jun 1, 2017 - As physician payment increasingly becomes tied to value, these five habits can help you succeed.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0500/p25.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2016) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2017 - We would like to thank peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2016.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0100/p5.html

It’s Time for ICD-10 Changes -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - The ICD-10 grace period has ended, so avoid using out-of-date and unspecified codes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/1100/p17.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2016 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - ...When reporting bilateral procedures to Medicare, should we use modifier 50 or 59? A For Medicare and other payers that have adopted the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI), bilateral surgical procedures for which no bilateral code exists must be reported using modifier 50...

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

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2015 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2015 - ...earrings, and I performed an incision of the pinna for removal of the earrings. Should I report this procedure as removal of a foreign body, and if so, what ICD-10 codes are applicable? A The earrings should be considered superficial foreign bodies, and codes S00.451A (right ear)...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/1100/p39.html

A Mélange of Helpful Advice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2015 - Need to improve your leadership skills, workflow, marketing, stress levels, or quality scores? Read on.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/1100/p4.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.

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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.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2015 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2015 - ...Injury encounters in ICD-10 Commonly missed charges Q We would like to conduct a chart review to determine if we are billing appropriately. Are there particular services that tend to go unreported and should be the focus of our chart review? A Chart reviews are necessary for...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0700/p35.html

ICD-10 Sprains, Strains, and Automobile Accidents -- FPM

Jun 1, 2015 - Our tour of ICD-10 continues with the minor injury codes you’re likely to use in family medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0500/p12.html

Blinded by a Patient's Age -- FPM

Jun 1, 2015 - When you see an 18-year-old patient, you don't expect to deliver bad news.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0500/p40.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

Caring for Seniors: How Community-Based Organizations Can Help -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - Partnering with local groups that work with seniors can help you meet the special needs of older patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p13.html

Offering Oral Health Services in Your Office -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Health problems of the mouth can affect the whole patient, making primary care physicians a natural ally.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0700/p21.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

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2014 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - ...also addresses a significant, separately identifiable and documented problem, we bill for the additional E/M service with modifier 25. Should we bill a new patient code for the E/M service or an established patient code? A Report both services as new patient encounters because the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p29.html

Medicare clarifies expectations for certifying home health eligibility

Medicare clarifies expectations for certifying home health eligibility

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

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

Practical Realities of Doing Volunteer Medical Work in the Developing World -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - International medicine offers challenges and rewards while working in a setting far removed from home.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p22.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2013 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - ...However, you should typically report only one E/M code for the encounter. Emergency department visits Q As a patient's primary care physician, if I see a patient in the emergency department (ED) but that visit was not requested by the attending ED physician, how should I bill the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

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

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2013 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2013 - ...the date of administration. Hopefully, my patients can avoid an unnecessary shot and charge the next time they present somewhere with an injury. Tomm Vander Horst, MD Wheat Ridge, Colo. A is for asthma When trying to assess over the p hone whether a preschool- or school-age child...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0700/p32.html

The Use of Symptom Diaries in Outpatient Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2013 - Symptom diaries can help organize the details of a patient's history.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0500/p24.html

Physicians' ability to provide DOT physicals gets added twists and turns

Physicians' ability to provide DOT physicals gets added twists and turns

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

Physician Resilience and Burnout: Can You Make the Switch? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - Recognizing the signs of professional exhaustion is the first step to reintroducing joy and purpose to your career.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p25.html

Is FPM Serving Your Needs? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2013 - What do you like most about FPM? What do you like least? Share your ideas for improvement with us.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0100/p5.html

Letters - Nov-Dec 2012 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - ...visit algorithm that accompanied the article Documenting and Coding Preventive Visits: A Physician's Perspective [July/August 2012] should have included counseling regarding the use of daily aspirin by men ages 45 to 64 years when the potential benefit due to a reduction in...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p6c.html

Managing Messages -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - Three principles helped this small primary care practice conquer the dreaded inbox and its mountain of messages.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p25.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

How to Reduce Your Malpractice Risk -- FPM

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

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

The Anatomy of an ICD-10 Code -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - An ICD-10 code is one thing you can’t assemble without consulting the instruction book.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p27.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

It's Time to Get Serious About ICD-10 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - Our article series will help prepare you, and so will a sense of humor.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p7.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2012 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - ...orthopedist for further care, how should I code my services? A If you provide initial care to stabilize or protect a fracture, injury, or dislocation, but you refer the patient to an orthopedist for the definitive care or restorative care, you should report CPT codes 29000-29550 for...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

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

Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Made Easier -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - A systematic approach will help prevent these visits from overwhelming your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p10.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2011 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - ...of wrongdoing. In reality, illegible notes provide no protection and are viewed by juries as reflecting sloppy writing and, perhaps, sloppy care. Years later, when the case finally gets to the jury, the medical record can be the doctor's best, and often only, friend as memories fade...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p39.html

Four Strategies for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Your Practice -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - When practices promote fitness as the treatment of choice for all patients, good things happen.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0300/p16.html

Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You -- FPM

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

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

What You Need to Know About the Medicare Preventive Services Expansion -- FPM

Feb 1, 2011 - This guidance and our downloadable tools will make the new rules easier to implement.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0100/p22.html

ICD-9 Update 2011: Approaching the Change to ICD-10 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - It's that time again, but this ICD-9 update is almost the last.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p15.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.

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

FPM: Read It As You Like It -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - With four versions, there's at least one FPM for you.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p7.html

Reaching Out to an Impaired Physician -- FPM

Feb 1, 2010 - Effectively addressing a colleague's impairment requires care, planning and courage.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0100/p27.html

ICD-9 Updates 2010: New and Noteworthy Codes -- FPM

Oct 1, 2009 - The changes take effect October 1.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p8.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2009 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2009 - ...Think like an athlete when assessing injuries Give cash-paying patients some cash back I have a lot of cash-paying patients, and I reward them for taking good care of themselves by charging them less when appropriate. If I can see them for a five- or 10-minute visit to manage their...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0900/p31.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2009 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2009 - ...What services are most commonly overlooked but should be billed for, in your experience? A Services that involve multiple codes seem to create the most confusion. For instance, a medication may be supplied and injected but only one of the two codes gets reported, leaving either the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0700/p26.html

E-Prescribing: Why the Fuss? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2009 - If its increased safety and other benefits haven’t convinced you to get into e-prescribing, maybe Medicare’s promised financial incentives will.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/0100/p22.html

FPM Enters the Blogosphere -- FPM

Dec 1, 2008 - It's a new way to get you news, tips and insights.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/1100/p8.html

Patient History and Malpractice Defense -- FPM

Oct 1, 2008 - Good records can help defend against a meritless malpractice suit, but it takes more than good records to prevent one.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0900/p11.html

Coding & Documentation - Jun 2008 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2008 - ...Yes, the order does matter. The physician should list on the encounter form the diagnosis (ICD-9) code that is associated with the main reason for the visit. This is the primary diagnosis, and in most cases it should be listed first on the claim form, followed by codes that describe...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0600/p35.html

Coding & Documentation - May 2008 -- FPM

May 1, 2008 - ...Yes. You should bill for these services using codes 93016 (for physician supervision only, without interpretation and report) and 93018 (interpretation and report only), and the facility may report code 93017 (tracing only, without interpretation and report) for the technical...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0500/p38.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

What You Need to Know When Called Upon to Be a Good Samaritan -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - Understanding your legal protections and ethical obligations can make it easier to respond when duty calls.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p37.html

Coding & Documentation - Apr 2008 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - ...The code should be selected based on the amount of time devoted to the counseling; use 99406 for 3 to 10 minutes or 99407 for more than 10 minutes. When providing these services on the same date as a significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service,...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p42.html

Defending the Real Standard of Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - When a strep test led to a lawsuit, this physician took the stand in defense of common sense.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p48.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan 2008 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - ...Denials for injury codes Requirements for 99374 Coding for cosmetic procedures Medicaid and G codes Instructions for inhaler use Diagnosis codes for PPD test Q What is the correct ICD-9 code for the purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test, CPT code 86580? A ICD-9 code V74.1...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p43.html

Preventive Medicine: Giving Patients the Hard Sell -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - Your patients will be better off if you take a more active approach and consistently advocate for prevention.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p22.html

Does Primary Care Need Medicare? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2008 - Its payment system undervalues primary care, and its regulations include jail time for physicians' mistakes. What's not to love?

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0100/p7.html

Letters - Nov 2007 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2007 - ...The title of Dr. Blackman's article asks readers to decide if they should bother learning the subject. The title is a typical marketing ploy complete with the implied judgment that CAM is a good thing and that family physicians are obliged to become knowledgeable enough to discuss...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/1100/p9.html

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