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Taking Team-Based Care to the Next Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2022 - The need to delegate tasks to other members of the health care team has never been more urgent. Here’s how to move toward advanced team-based care.

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Advance Care Planning: Using the Health Care Team to Make Hard Conversations Easier -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2022 - Your office staff can help normalize conversations with patients about critical care options.

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Don't Leave Me! Strategies for Medical Staff Retention -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2022 - These strategies for recruiting and retaining staff can help medical practices survive the Great Resignation.

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Food Is Medicine: Four Lessons From Incorporating Cooking Classes Into Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2022 - This unconventional intervention can improve patients’ quality of life.

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Improving Adult Immunization Rates Within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2022 - Part one of this two-part supplement series highlights QI processes to reduce vaccine disparities, identifies recommended adult vaccines, and discusses their importance among racial and ethnic minority communities.

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Coding clarification: coding for wound care

Selecting the proper code for wound care services requires an understanding of wound care techniques and the code descriptors and guidelines found in CPT.

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FPM is the AAFP’s indexed, peer-reviewed, practice improvement journal, offering practical ideas for improving practice, enhancing the patient experience, and developing a rewarding career.

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More news on late reporting for the Provider Relief Fund

Physicians who requested late reporting for Period 1 of the Provider Relief Fund will hear from HRSA by May 9 and, if approved, will have until May 23 to submit their report. For Reporting Period 2, late reporting requests can be submitted now through May 13.

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COVID-19 vaccine CPT codes just keep coming

The AMA has assigned provisional CPT codes for COVID-19 booster candidates from Pfizer (proposed for use in children ages 5 to 11) and Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline (proposed for use in persons ages 18 and older).

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Medicare now pays physician practices to provide OTC COVID-19 tests

Patients with Medicare Part B coverage, including those enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, can get up to eight tests per calendar month for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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New Survey Examines Effects of SDOH on Doctors, Patients

Results from a survey of more than 1,500 physicians provides new details on the relationship between social determinants of health, patient health, physician practices and physician well-being.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Practice Hacks Offer Simple Ways to Resolve Complex Issues

As host of the AAFP’s Family Medicine Practice Hacks, a video series that tackles a wide range of practice issues, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., FAAFP, shares three lessons from the Practice Hacks videos.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

Moderna COVID-19 booster: codes for new dose option

There are new codes for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine booster after the FDA amended the shot’s emergency use authorization. The previous booster dose can still be used and reported.

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CMS will reweight MIPS cost category for all clinicians

The agency said the reweighting is in response to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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AAFP Performance Improvement CME

View all AAFP Continuing Medical Education on performance Improvement and earn CME credit.

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Three habits that will save you time throughout your workday

Family physicians work 59 hours per week on average — 45 hours during clinic and 14 hours after clinic. You don’t have time to waste. These three habits can help you focus on the right things and be more efficient.

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More time to report COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds, avoid recoupment

Physicians who received more than $10,000 in PRF money and have not submitted their Period 1 report may submit a late reporting request until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 22.

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How to code patients' second COVID-19 booster shots

Up until now, each dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine came with its own administration code. That’s not the case with the second booster.

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How to help patients who are overweight or obese feel welcome in your practice

Weight bias is pervasive in the U.S., including in health care, where its consequences can be particularly damaging. These tips can help practices avoid it.

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COVID-19 vaccine administration claims for underinsured patients must be submitted by ...

Claims submitted by the 11:59 p.m. April 5 deadline will be paid subject to their eligibility and the availability of funds.

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CMS guidance: health plans cannot force physicians to incur fees for receiving ...

If physicians or other health care providers request electronic claims payment via other (fee-free) means, the health plan must comply.

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New CMS code for 600-mg dose of COVID-19 preventative Evusheld

The code is retroactive to Feb. 24, the date the Food and Drug Administration updated its Evusheld dosing recommendations to account for Omicron subvariants.

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Remove Burdens from Surprise Billing Rule, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently gave CMS guidance on fine-tuning a new rule so it protects the physician-patient relationship and prevents unnecessary delays in care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

AAFP Board of Directors

Learn more about the AAFP Board of Directors. Members can access minutes and historical information about the AAFP Board.

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CMS extends some MIPS deadlines

Physicians now have an additional month to submit feedback on several potential MIPS cost measures, and groups have more time to apply for an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances exception.

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New diagnosis codes for COVID-19 immunization status

The CDC and CMS have announced three new diagnosis codes that take effect April 1, including two for COVID-19 immunization status.

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ALSO Provider Course in Washinton, DC | AAFP

Prepare the entire maternity care team to better manage obstetric emergencies through standardized care. September 20 in Washington, DC.

CME : All CME Products

ALSO Provider Course in Denver | AAFP

Prepare the entire maternity care team to better manage obstetric emergencies through standardized care. July 19 in Denver, CO.

CME : All CME Products

COVID-19 vaccination guidelines

To keep up with the changing requirements related to COVID-19 vaccines — including boosters, coding, and vaccines for kids — practice staff can use the following tables as a quick reference guide.

Publications : FPM

Aetna to stop paying for consultation codes

Claims submitted for consultation codes with dates of service on or after March 1 will be mapped to the appropriate office visit E/M code instead.

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CMS creates codes for newly authorized monoclonal antibody injections

The codes are for administering bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody injection recently authorized for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in some patients.

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Delegates Take On Access, Cost Issues and Physician Payment

The 2021 Congress of Delegates addressed a wide range of practice management and payment-related topics, including value-based payment quality metrics and appropriate payment for employed physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

We’re Sharpening Our Focus on Behavioral Health Care

It’s time for policy that recognizes — and properly supports — family physicians’ front-line work against a growing mental health crisis.

AAFP News : Blogs

Four workflow tips for combining E/M services with wellness or preventive medicine visits

When you address a medical problem during a CPT preventive medicine visit or Medicare wellness visit, it takes more time, but you can often bill for both.

Publications : FPM

Major insurer implements new payment policy for APPs, including those working under ...

The policy includes information on how to report services rendered by an advanced practice provider working under physician supervision.

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New CPT codes for vaccinating young kids against COVID-19

The AMA has updated the CPT code set with codes for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children older than six months and younger than five years.

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Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2022 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Problem not addressed until follow-up visit | Incident-to annual wellness visits | Treating second-degree burns | Diagnosis codes for infant with problem ruled out during visit

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

Medicare 101: Navigating the Rules for Coverage and Benefits in Clinical Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2022 - From wellness visits to opting out, here are nine commonly asked questions about Medicare.

Family Practice Management : Articles

CMS seeking physician feedback on new MIPS cost measures

All stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft measures through an online survey until 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 25.

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Supporting Behavioral Health and Preventing Suicide in Family Medicine

Take steps now to gauge your frame of mind and improve your self-care and well-being before you near a breaking point.

Family Physician : Patient Care

Permission to Change

The first in a series of three articles where Dr. Mark Greenawald provides practice tips on how to create a thriving practice culture.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

FPM Past Issues 2022

FPM issues for the year 2022

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More information on reporting codes for social determinants of health

The National Center for Health Statistics has clarified who can document and assign ICD-10 codes related to patients’ unmet social needs.

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Updated Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor for 2022 nearly the same as 2021

A law recently passed by Congress wiped out most of a nearly 10% cut in Medicare payments that family physicians would have otherwise incurred in 2022.

Publications : FPM

New modifier for audio-only telehealth in 2022

There has been no indication yet of how Medicare or other payers will handle the new modifier.

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Major insurers changing telehealth billing requirement in 2022

Beginning Jan. 1, Anthem and UnitedHealthcare will require plans to use new place of service (POS) code 10 for telehealth provided in the patient’s home.

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Report Finds Widespread Health Inequities in United States

A Commonwealth Fund analysis of state health systems found 'pervasive' racial and ethnic inequities throughout the country, even in states that provide high-quality care to their residents. A family physician suggests a way forward.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Clinicians not automatically included in MIPS exception must apply by year's end

Applications for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exceptions for the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year are due Dec. 31.

Publications : FPM

Congress and President Biden intervene in Medicare payment cuts

With the passage of the new law, most 2022 Medicare payment allowances should remain similar to those in 2021.

Publications : FPM

Top 10 articles of 2021

It was another tumultuous year in health care, but COVID-19 wasn’t the only topic on physicians’ reading lists. Here's what made FPM’s list of top 10 articles for 2021.

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Ten coding tips for capturing patient risk and ensuring proper payment

Correctly coding to capture patient risk is one key to succeeding in value-based payment programs. Remembering these 10 tips can help ensure you’re getting proper credit for managing high-risk patients.

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COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting deadline extended to Dec. 20

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reopened the reporting portal Dec. 13, and it will remain open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20.

Publications : FPM

Small Talk About COVID-19 Can Make a Big Difference

In this FPs on the Front Lines post, Maurice Duggins, M.D., shares a success story about his work to get the Wichita State men’s basketball team vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

How to Succeed in Value-Based Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Identifying your patients, sorting them by risk, and managing their chronic conditions as a team can help you make the most of value-based care programs

Family Practice Management : Articles

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Anthem releases updated lists of covered telehealth services

The telehealth coverage list updates are part of Anthem’s new virtual visits policy, which began Nov. 1.

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Team-based Care

Dr. Marie Brown talks about the important shift to team-based care to improve the patient-physician relationship, increase efficiency, and support physician and staff well-being.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Practicing Self-care

Resources for family physicians to increase health, happiness and efficiency by practicing self-care.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Physician Well-being | AAFP

The Physician Health First initiative is devoted to improving your well-being and professional satisfaction by addressing the causes of physician burnout, including the broken U.S. health care system, the organizations employing physicians, the practice environment, individual ...

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Joy in Practice

Resources to help family physicians create and increase joy in practice, improve efficiency, and reduce burnout.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Change coming for Medicare Advantage COVID-19 vaccine administration claims

Beginning Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require billing clinicians to submit COVID-19 vaccine administration claims for patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans directly to the plans.

Publications : FPM

Clinical Practice Culture

Studies show high levels of burnout amongst family physicians. Mark Greenawald, MD, FAAFP, provides resources to help physicians move beyond just surviving to thriving in their practices.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Reframing Common Challenges

Dr. Jay Winner recommends a number of ways to reframe common challenges within family medicine.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Value-based care: 10 resources for getting started

Value-based care can lead to better patient outcomes and financial rewards. These 10 resources offer a starting point for physicians.

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Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

CMS to automatically apply ‘extreme and uncontrollable circumstances’ policy to some ...

The policy will apply to eligible clinicians who are allowed to participate in MIPS as individuals. It will not apply to groups, virtual groups, or alternative payment model entities.

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Value-Based Care and Payment -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

Cigna changes policy on paying for an E/M visit with cerumen removal

Starting Nov. 14, Cigna will deny office visit evaluation and management (E/M) services as not separately payable when billed with the removal of impacted cerumen if the removal is the sole reason for the visit.

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New OSHA and CMS rules outline vaccination requirements for health care workers

The Biden Administration released details about COVID-19 vaccine rules for businesses with 100 or more employees and certain health facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule for 2022

CMS is repricing clinical labor in a way that will benefit evaluation and management and other services.

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Telehealth: Technical tips to set up yourself and your patients for success

Telehealth use has expanded dramatically during the pandemic, but not every patient is well-equipped for a video visit.

Publications : FPM

Medicare now covers the 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Medicare began covering the new 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on Oct. 1. Here's how to code for its administration.

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Your 2022 MIPS payment adjustment may have changed. Here’s why.

CMS has identified two issues that prompted it to correct MIPS scoring logic, resulting in changes to 2020 final scores and 2022 payment adjustments.

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Diabetes-Related Foot Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Diabetes-related foot infections occur in approximately 40% of diabetes-related foot ulcers and cause significant morbidity. Clinicians should consider patient risk factors (e.g., presence of foot ulcers greater than 2 cm, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, poor vascular perfusion, ...

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A Bonus, Not a Burden: How Medical Students Can Add Value to Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2021 - When done well, precepting is a win-win-win for physicians, medical students, and patients.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

COVID-19 booster shots: who’s eligible, and how to code them

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that certain groups receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including all patients 65 and older.

Publications : FPM

Seven pitfalls to avoid when choosing disability insurance

The right disability insurance policy can keep you financially whole if an accident or illness limits your earning potential.

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AAFP Names 2021–2022 Board of Directors

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AAFP News : Media Center

Questions to ask about work-life balance when job hunting

When comparing potential employers, consider these six questions to assess the work-life balance each offers.

Publications : FPM

AAFP Voices Support for Bill to Boost Collaborative Care

The Academy and 17 other medical and health care groups this month endorsed legislation supporting the collaborative care model.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

Medicare announces influenza vaccine payment rates for 2021-2022

The payment allowances range from about $10 to $66, depending on brand and formulation

Publications : FPM

Five side gigs physicians can do from home to earn extra income

With a wide knowledge base and scope of practice, family physicians are well-suited for many side gigs beyond just seeing patients in a clinic. The internet has only expanded such opportunities.

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AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

OHSU Primary Care Scappoose Clinic wins 2021 FPM Award for Practice and Quality ...

Oregon Health and Science University's Scappoose Clinic has won this year’s FPM Award for Practice and Quality Improvement for their rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccine in a primary care clinic.

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HHS offers another $25.5 billion in provider relief funds and more time to report

The funding includes $8.5 billion for those who serve rural areas and an additional $17 billion for Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

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Seven strategies for beating the prior authorization blues

Delays in care due to prior authorization can affect patient outcomes. Here’s a list of ways to speed up the approval process and prevent insurers and other payers from causing harm.

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CMS expands Medicare payments for at-home COVID-19 vaccines

Clinicians will now be able to receive an enhanced payment up to five times when they administer COVID-19 vaccines to multiple residents of the same house.

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How to spot workplace violence before it happens — and how to respond if it occurs

Physicians must be prepared for the possibility that they will face violence on the job. Here are some things to watch out for to spot potential violent behavior before it happens.

Publications : FPM

How to code third doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC has recommended third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

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Hold an ALSO Course | AAFP

Bring the very best training opportunity to maternity care providers in your area when you hold an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course. Begin the process here.

CME : Programs

Sponsor a BLSO Course | AAFP

Bring the Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) Course to your area to equip emergency personnel and first responders with life-saving maternity care knowledge and skills.

CME : Programs

Hold a Provider Course | AAFP ALSO

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Provider Course in your community.

CME : Programs

Hold an Instructor Course | AAFP ALSO

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course in your community.

CME : Programs

How to request a review of your MIPS 2022 payment adjustment

Disagree with your MIPS score and corresponding payment adjustment? You have until Oct. 1 to request a review.

Publications : FPM

CMS releases 2022 payment adjustments for 2020 MIPS performance

The Merit-based Incentive Program System final scores for 2020 performance reflect changes put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publications : FPM

New surprise billing rule takes effect soon. Find out if it applies to you

The rule applies to emergency services, as well as non-emergency care by out-of-network physicians working at in-network facilities.

Publications : FPM

Major insurer reviewing, downgrading some E/M codes for outlier physicians

Claims will be selected from physicians who code at higher E/M levels compared to their peers with similar risk-adjusted patients.

Publications : FPM

A four-step process for quicker, easier evaluation and management coding

The majority of visits can be optimally coded without worrying about data at all, if you follow these four steps.

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Prioritizing Primary Care Can Save the U.S. Health Care System -- FPM

Aug 1, 2021 - Payers are being asked to commit to a change in primary care financing in the next two years.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

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