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Coding & Documentation - Jul 2003 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2003 - ...services codes (99201–99215). For example, if a surgeon calls you in to evaluate and manage pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., hypertension and diabetes) for which you have previously seen the patient, an established patient office or other outpatient services code (99211–99215)...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0700/p25.html

Practice Diary - Jun 2003 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - ...for vomiting when I noted that his creatinine had risen from a baseline of 1.5 to 2.4. Earl was a 78-year-old man with diabetes and mild hypertension and was on two potentially nephrotoxic drugs, Glucophage and Zestril. The ER doctor had told him to stop the Glucophage. Two weeks...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/p62.html

Practice Diary - May 2003 -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - ...personal physician, had a blood-pressure reading of 210/120. Has anyone ever told you that you have severe hypertension? I asked him. They always said it was white-coat hypertension, Mark said. In case you haven’t noticed, Mark, I don’t wear a white coat. Insurance companies like...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0500/p71.html

Group Visits 101 -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0500/p66.html

Evidence-Based-Medicine Tools for Your Palm-Top Computer -- FPM

May 1, 2003 - The author evaluates a list of evidence-based resources for the personal digital assistant and offers tips for better utilization of these resources at the point of care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0500/p73.html

The Integrated Summary: A Documentation Tool to Improve Patient Care -- FPM

Apr 1, 2003 - This easy-to-use template enables you to see the full context of a patient’s health on a single page.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0400/p33.html

The Challenge of Urban Family Medicine -- FPM

Apr 1, 2003 - Traditional medical training reflects a somewhat diverse population but, on average, does not expose students to the harsh realities of urban environments. After an eye-opening move to an urban practice, the author discovered that she had to be more than just a doctor to her patients.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0400/p18.html

Coding & Documentation - Feb 2003 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2003 - ...In the documentation guidelines, what constitutes status of a chronic disease, and how should it be documented (e.g., pt has diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or pt has well-controlled dm on X with glucoses X, etc. )? A The documentation guidelines don’t address your point...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0200/p23.html

Coding Better for Better Reimbursement -- FPM

Jan 1, 2003 - Your work is worth more than you think. You just need to document and code it better.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0100/p29.html

Practice Diary - Jan 2003 -- FPM

Jan 1, 2003 - ...my office with a new complaint. It wasn’t as though she didn’t have enough problems already – chronic atrial fibrillation, recalcitrant hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity and a history of congestive heart failure. Now she noticed her belly had swollen markedly during the past...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0100/p69.html

How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - Accessing affordable medications can be a hassle. Here's how you and your patients can make the most of the available resources.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1100/p51.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov 2002 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - ...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 checkup of her condition, you note that the patient is overdue for a screening pelvic and...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1100/p30.html

New ICD-9 Codes Take Effect This Month -- FPM

Oct 1, 2002 - Our summary of the changes and updated coding tools will help you to code more accurately and efficiently.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1000/p21.html

The Elephant in the Room -- FPM

Oct 1, 2002 - Complains that boutique medicine gets undeserved attention while truly important issues such as health care for all go undiscussed.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1000/p15.html

Can We Avoid Errors in Family Practice? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2002 - FPM's medical editor writes about research to identify sources of error in family practice.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0700/p15.html

Practice Diary - Jul 2002 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2002 - ...that was it. Her office chart revealed her mother had died of emphysema at age 65 and her father of cirrhosis at age 44. She had neither hypertension nor diabetes, and her cholesterol was 187 with an HDL of 48. She had moderate COPD, a bipolar disorder and arthritis, but she had...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0700/p55.html

New Medicare Payment Opportunities -- FPM

Jun 1, 2002 - On April 1, 2002, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) became a Medicare-covered service. Effective January 1, 2002, Congress extended Medicare coverage for MNT to beneficiaries with diabetes or a renal disease. The author explains how to take advantage of these new payment ...

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0600/p18.html

Letters - May 2002 -- FPM

May 1, 2002 - ...diagnoses, for example, in the case of a patient with chronic hypertension and diabetes who presents with a cough and whose subsequent X-ray indicates pneumonia. In the example given, would you report pneumonia, hypertension and diabetes? Obviously not at the initial visit if the...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0500/p17.html

Monitor - May 2002 -- FPM

May 1, 2002 - ...Hypertension and diabetes topped the list of the most commonly used diagnosis codes in family practice in 2000. The full list is shown below. Enlarge Family practice match numbers drop slightly; fill rate goes up Although the number of medical students matching with family practice...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0500/p26.html

Letters - Apr 2002 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2002 - ...00–4084; October 2000; available online at rover.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/practgde.htm). The same is not true for patients with hypertension, diabetes mellitus or most other chronic diseases. The article never advocated that physicians encourage patients not to lose weight...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0400/p15a.html

Going Solo: One Doc, One Room, One Year Later -- FPM

Mar 1, 2002 - This unorthodox practice, built on four ideal principles, is steadily proving itself a success.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0300/p25.html

Seven Tips to Improve Your ICD-9 Coding for Diagnostic Tests -- FPM

Feb 1, 2002 - The article explains recent instructions issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that clarify current diagnosis coding guidelines for reporting diagnostic tests.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0200/p16.html

Precepting: Help Yourself While Helping Medical Students -- FPM

Feb 1, 2002 - The author describes how precepting medical students can reenergize you and help prevent burnout.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0200/p68.html

Improving Anticoagulation Management at the Point of Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2002 - Stop treating lab results. These easy-to-use devices return the focus of warfarin therapy to treating the patient.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0200/p35.html

"You Should See My Doctor": Cost-Effective Marketing Ideas for Your Practice -- FPM

Jan 1, 2002 - Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated or unethical. To begin, simply treat your current patients right.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0100/p33.html

How to Get All the 99214s You Deserve [2001] -- FPM

Oct 1, 2001 - It’s easier than you might think to get what’s coming to you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/1000/p43.html

Starting a Revolution in Office-Based Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2001 - A nationwide experiment is asking practices to forget the way they’ve always done it and pursue the ideal in patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/1000/p29.html

Monitor - Oct 2001 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2001 - ...feel prepared or very prepared to care for ambulatory and hospitalized patients and to diagnose and treat conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and depression, according to research published in the Sept. 5 Journal of the American Medical Association. However, over 25 percent...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/1000/p25.html

Medicare Clarifies Preoperative Services Reimbursement Policy -- FPM

Sep 1, 2001 - The author explains instructions recently issue by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about how to code for preoperative medical evaluations performed by family physicians at the request of surgeons outside the Medicare global surgical period.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0900/p16.html

Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients -- FPM

Sep 1, 2001 - By simply moving dictation into the exam room, you may improve your practice in at least seven ways.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0900/p37.html

Electronic Paper & Pencil: How to Develop Your Own Low-Cost Electronic Medical Record ...

May 1, 2001 - If you know how to use modern word-processing software, you can create your own electronic medical records.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0500/p33.html

Putting Clinical Guidelines Into Practice -- FPM

May 1, 2001 - The article follows a family practice through its quality improvement project to increase physician use of clinical guidelines for asthma.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0500/p45.html

Coding & Documentation - Apr 2001 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2001 - ...FPM, especially as it pertains to an established patient. It is not rare to have an elderly patient come into the office with diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and a new onset of dizziness or fatigue. The work-up requires level-V history and level-V decision making,...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0400/p16.html

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer -- FPM

Mar 1, 2001 - You may be surprised by the number of your patients using CAM therapy. This primer provides the background and tips you’ll need to have a productive conversation about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0300/p37.html

Coding & Documentation - Feb 2001 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2001 - ...or concerns about hypertension and elevated triglycerides that we address, can we charge the biopsy code plus an office visit code? A Yes. If the work otherwise associated with an E/M service, such as 99212, is done to address his concerns about hypertension and elevated...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0200/p14.html

13 Months of Quality Improvement: Did It Work? -- FPM

Jan 1, 2001 - The article completes a series on one group's participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's chronic care quality improvement project. This article offers lessons learned from the project and explores whether the principles of quality improvement were effective.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0100/p55.html

Panning for Gold: How to Find Money in Your Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2000 - Here are some tips for cutting your expenses and increasing your revenue - without losing staff.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/1100/p37.html

Coding & Documentation - Oct 2000 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2000 - ...chest pain and he answers no, does our exchange count toward the HPI or ROS? What about when I ask the same question of a patient with hypertension or diabetes? For a patient with diabetes, should questions about polyuria and thirst count toward the HPI while questions about visual...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/1000/p23.html

Practice Diary - Oct 2000 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2000 - ...I would have predicted to call with that complaint. She was only 45 years old, and her sole risk factors for heart disease were mild hypertension adequately controlled with atenolol and an LDL of 145. Does it feel like pressure? I asked. No, she said. Does it radiate? No. Does...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/1000/p63.html

Monitor - Sep 2000 -- FPM

Sep 1, 2000 - ...would categorize physicians as platinum, gold or silver based on clinical outcomes for 10 conditions, including diabetes, depression, hypertension and chest pain. Becky Cherney, president and chief operating officer of the coalition, said that under the plan, reimbursement rates...

Family Practice Management : News Briefs

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0900/p24.html

Finding Success in a Capitated Environment -- FPM

Aug 1, 2000 - Success for this group means taking all the risk they can get, targeting chronic diseases and rewarding physicians for quality.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0700/p49.html

Planning Group Visits for High-Risk Patients -- FPM

Jun 1, 2000 - You'll not only have more satisfied patients and better compliance, but you'll also be compensated for your services.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0600/p33.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

Overcoming Compassion Fatigue -- FPM

Apr 1, 2000 - When practicing medicine feels more like labor than a labor of love, take steps to heal the healer.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0400/p39.html

Practice Diary - Mar 2000 -- FPM

Mar 1, 2000 - ...valve replacement and double CABG four years ago. Since then she has been largely non-compliant with medicines that I prescribed for her hypertension. One morning several weeks ago, she called me to say she was having severe chest pain unrelieved with baking soda. She sounded like...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0300/p57.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov 1999 -- FPM

Dec 1, 1999 - ...We perform yearly comprehensive exams in which we mostly discuss and review patients' chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and CHF. We also discuss prevention of osteoporosis, colon cancer, cholesterol problems, etc. How should we code these visits, and do the...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/1100/p14.html

Practice Diary - Sep 1999 -- FPM

Sep 1, 1999 - ...years ago I referred him to a liver specialist, who did a biopsy, which showed fibrotic changes. Since then he has developed diabetes and hypertension. At his last visit, his enzymes were still in the 200 range and his platelets were decreased, but his prothrombin time and albumin...

Family Practice Management : Practice Diary

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0900/p48.html

What Your Body, Mind and Spirit Can Tell You -- FPM

Sep 1, 1999 - This article encourages physicians to recognize signs of stress and care for themselves so that they may be better equipped both physically and mentally to practice medicine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0900/p66.html

Improve Your ICD-9 Coding Accuracy -- FPM

Aug 1, 1999 - Reviewing the fundamentals can strengthen your ICD-9 coding and streamline the reimbursement process.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0700/p27.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul 1999 -- FPM

Aug 1, 1999 - ...How do I bill for obstetric services provided in the hospital — such as evaluating a patient with preterm contractions or hypertension, or ruling out rupture of membranes — when the evaluation doesn't lead to admission? By my reading of the global maternity care codes, these...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0700/p12.html

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