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How to calculate the value of team documentation

Having a medical assistant or nurse handle the paperwork related to patient visits can help you be more efficient and increase revenue. Here’s how to calculate the value.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.html

Using Empowered CMAs and Nursing Staff to Improve Team-based Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Highly trained workers can perform more visit-related tasks, boosting care quality and reducing physician burnout.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p17.html

Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Should Be Included in Patient Health Care Teams - ...

Feb 1, 2019 - Letters to the Editor from AFP readers regarding previously published articles.

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p142.html

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p23.html

The No. 1 question about team documentation

To ease physicians’ administrative burdens, many practices are adopting team documentation, which involves increasing the MA-to-physician ratio and delegating more tasks to MAs. How do you convince your practice to try it?

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Tasks your nurse could be doing to boost practice productivity

How to expand the roles of your care team registered nurses to help the practice serve more patients and increase revenue.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190111oudprevresearchplan.html

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190102sdohtools.html

People in the News/Awards -- November/December

AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20181221people-novdec.html

Researchers Make the Case for Home-based Medical Care

Noting an increase in the use of home-based medical care in the United States, researchers conclude that more primary care clinicians willing to provide this type of care are needed, and they call for improvements in value-based payment to help fill that gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212homecare.html

Preparations for Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Office -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Use this guide to plan for offering medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p21.html

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-healthlandscape-awarded-seven-million-five-year-hrsa-contract-extension-for-uds-mapper.html

AAFP to HHS: Let Physicians Transform Their Practices

In response to a request for information, the AAFP urged HHS' Office of Inspector General to confirm that any new CMS action would "allow for physician collaboration and partnerships to improve care delivery and appropriate beneficiary incentives."

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181106hhsoigltr.html

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

Take a Look: Three New AAFP TIPS Products Now Available

The AAFP recently added three new topics to the Transformation in Practice Series that the Academy launched last spring: clinical data registries, continuity of care and team documentation.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181019newtips.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Latest Toolkit

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181011everyoneproject.html

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003buprenorphine.html

How to Excel at Access -- and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

10 Ways to Keep Your Quality Improvement Team Motivated -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Assembling a dedicated QI team is only half the challenge. Here's how to build and sustain their momentum.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p23.html

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180919ehrsdoh.html

I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Patients need doctors, but some need more help to achieve better health. Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes about the dramatic difference a community health worker has made in her practice.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180917fp-commhealth.html

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline

Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180910fdf-phillips.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180905twentyfiveby2030.html

Conflicting Beliefs Shouldn't Hinder Patient Care

Recent news of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions raises a question: What happens when the beliefs of a health care professional conflict with those of a patient?

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180828lv-pharmrefusal.html

Physician Culture: Surviving vs. Thriving -- Physician Health First

By improving clinical practice culture, family physicians can improve their own well-being, patient care, and establish a more sustainable business model.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/surviving-to-thriving.html

Physician Culture: Surviving vs. Thriving -- Physician Health First

By improving clinical practice culture, family physicians can improve their own well-being, patient care, and establish a more sustainable business model.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/surviving-to-thriving.acc.html

Team-based Care Needs Greater Support

Intern John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes that students and residents understand the value of learning and working in a team-based model. He says payers need to follow suit.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180813lv-teamcare.html

Why Am I a Family Physician? Because FPs Are the 'Real Docs'

Why family medicine? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for students to choose the specialty and for policymakers to invest more in it.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180803lv-fmchoice.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

Quality Measures: How to Get Them Right -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Pay-for-performance programs have produced disappointing results. Fewer and more appropriate, evidence-based quality measures could help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p23.html

The EveryONE Project Introduces Neighborhood Navigator

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched another user-friendly tool to help family physicians address social determinants of health at the point of care: The Neighborhood Navigator.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725neighbornav.html

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703hlthframewrk.html

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., shares lessons she has learned from the students and residents she trains, saying they give her hope for our future.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180702fp-trainees.html

Office Facilities and Design -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 1, 2018 - ...04/01/2013 Redesigning Your Work Space to Support Team-Based Care Preparing for a Disaster 09/01/1999 Could Your Office Cope With Disaster? 05/01/1998 Five Steps to Recovering Flood-Damaged Records 12/01/2018 How to Prepare for and Survive a Violent Patient...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=100

Three tools for screening for social determinants of health

These screening instruments can aid physicians in identifying social determinants of health in a primary care setting.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline in the Golden State

Jo Marie Reilly, M.D., M.P.H., developed an innovative program at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to draw more medical students to primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180625fdf-reilly.html

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/family-physicians-help-patients-and-families-confront-bullying.html

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory

Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180622gsted-tennafp.html

Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - Family physicians should be proficient in geriatric assessment because, as society ages, older adults will constitute an increasing proportion of patients. Geriatric assessment evaluates medical, social, and environmental factors that influence overall well-being, and addresses ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p776.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

Three ways to be a better, humbler leader

Follow these three steps for becoming a humbler, more effective leader.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Oncologic Emergencies: Recognition and Initial Management - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Most oncologic emergencies can be classified as metabolic, hematologic, structural, or treatment related. Tumor lysis syndrome is a metabolic emergency that presents as severe electrolyte abnormalities. Stabilization is focused on vigorous rehydration, maintaining urine output, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p741.html

The Need for Systems of Care and a Trauma-Informed Approach to Intimate Partner ...

Jun 1, 2018 - ...The Need for Systems of Care and a Trauma-Informed Approach to Intimate Partner Violence Am Fam Physician. 2018 Jun 1;97(11):online. Original Article: Intimate Partner Violence Issue Date: October 15, 2016 Available online at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p646.html To the...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/ol1.html

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

It's Not Hard to Be Humble: The Role of Humility in Leadership -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Here’s how to keep ego from getting in the way of effective teamwork.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p25.html

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