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Understanding When to Use Modifier -25 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - A coding expert explains how and why modifier -25 can be used in family practice.

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A Tool For Evaluating Patients With Cold Symptoms -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - The article describes an encounter form that can improve documentation of visits for patients with cold symptoms and reduce the amount of time spent documenting, which sometimes can take longer than the visit itself.

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Asthma Days: An Approach to Planned Asthma Care for Family Physicians -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - Find out how one practice has improved care and outcomes for its asthma patients and increased practice revenue at the same time.

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Practice Diary - Oct 2004 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2004 - ...medication, to go on yet another pill? Truth be told, John cut all the pills I prescribed in half, and he rationalized everything. His hypertension was strictly white coat, his hypercholesterolemia was of minor import because of a negative heart scan five years ago, and his obesity...

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Group Visits Hit the Road -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - By taking group visits to his elderly patients, this physician found a way to meet their needs and those of his practice - and have fun at the same time.

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Billing for Your Work With Surgeons -- FPM

Aug 1, 2004 - Coding and billing for services when a patient is undergoing surgery and is also under the care of a surgeon can be challenging for family physicians; the author explains how to do it right.

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Monitor - Jun 2004 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - ...Those with hypertension received less than 65 percent of recommended care. Those with colorectal cancer received 54 percent of recommended care, but only 38 percent of adults were screened for colorectal cancer. Those with diabetes received 45 percent of recommended care. Those with...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

Acute Otitis Media in Children -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - The article presents an evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating otitis media and provides an encounter form.

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Making Sense of Preventive Medicine Coding -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - Find out how to properly code and bill for the preventive services you provide.

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Coding & Documentation - Apr 2004 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - ...if a physician tells a patient with hypertension to return to the office every six months for a blood-pressure check, 99211 should be used because the blood-pressure check is medically necessary to evaluate and manage the patient’s hypertension. On the other hand, if every patient...

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Recommendations for the Future of Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - Where do you begin the enormous task of retooling family medicine and reforming health care? Family medicine’s leaders offer a road map.

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Using a Tracking Book for Unresolved Issues -- FPM

Apr 1, 2004 - The article outlines a tracking system physicians can use to log problematic patient issues requiring follow-up.

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A Tool for Evaluating Hypertension -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - The article offers an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, based on the seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7), and includes an encounter form to aid physicians ...

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Fighting for Hospital Privileges -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - When faced with a privileging conflict, don’t panic. Follow these tips for a well-fought battle.

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Communicating With Your Patients Online -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - This is the first in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.

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Ask FPM - Mar 2004 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2004 - ...of topics. These can focus on prevention, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation or common conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Some practices have a TV nook where educational videos are available for patients to choose to view. Nature programs, music and art videos...

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Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - Finding the evidence you need is getting easier than you ever thought possible.

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Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Clinical Interventions -- FPM

Jan 1, 2004 - The article discusses the importance of engaging patients in cost-benefit discussions before deciding on their care plan. It also introduces several risk calculators (both paper and online versions) that physicians should become familiar with.

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Coding & Documentation - Nov 2003 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2003 - ...for hip surgery and, subsequent to the surgery, asks you for your opinion and advice regarding evaluation and/or management of the hypertension the patient is having in the hospital, you may code that service as a consultation, provided that you document the request and any services...

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How to Get All the 99214s You Deserve -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - It’s easier than you might think to get what’s coming to you. [FPM Classics issue.]

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Two Tried-and-True Documentation Tools -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - They don’t just help you code better. They also help make the documentation guidelines less annoying.

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Coding & Documentation - Oct 2003 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - ...and separately identifiable from the G0101 service. An example would be if an established Medicare patient with chronic essential hypertension on a multiple-drug regimen presents for a periodic check-up of her condition, you note that the patient is overdue for a screening pelvic...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

Rediscovering the Joy of Family Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2003 - Developing a strong inner world helps us gain a new enthusiasm for our work, which in turn makes us better physicians.

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Coding & Documentation - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...the patient’s fitness for surgery, especially if the patient has chronic or comorbid conditions that may be relevant (e.g., diabetes, hypertension). If the family physician documents the surgeon’s request, the resulting advice and any services ordered or performed and then provides...

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Monitor - Sep 2003 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - ...receiving recommended care for senile cataracts to a low of 10.5 percent receiving recommended care for alcohol dependence. Recommended hypertension care was provided 64.7 percent of the time. Recommended diabetes care was provided 45.4 percent of the time. Only 24 percent of...

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