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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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Hip Pain in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Adults commonly present to their family physicians with hip pain, and diagnosing the cause is important for prescribing effective therapy. Hip pain is usually located anteriorly, laterally, or posteriorly. Anterior hip pain includes referred pain from intra-abdominal or intrapelvic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p81.html

Musculoskeletal Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on musculoskeletal care and related issues, including fracture management, joint aspiration, joint injections, pain in various parts of the body (foot and ankle; neck and back; hip; knee; arm and shoulder; and wrist and hand). This collection ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Dysphagia: Evaluation and Collaborative Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Dysphagia is common but may be underreported. Specific symptoms, rather than their perceived location, should guide the initial evaluation and imaging. Obstructive symptoms that seem to originate in the throat or neck may actually be caused by distal esophageal lesions. Oropharyngeal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p97.html

Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services ...

Jan 15, 2021 - The USPSTF recommends screening by asking questions about unhealthy drug use in adults age 18 years or older. Screening should be implemented when services for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate care can be offered or referred.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p107.html

Diagnostic Imaging: Appropriate and Safe Use - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - The use of diagnostic radiography has doubled in the past two decades. Image Gently (children) and Image Wisely (adults) are multidisciplinary initiatives that seek to reduce radiation exposure by eliminating unnecessary procedures and offering best practices. Patients with an estimated...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p42.html

Eating Disorders in Primary Care: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions characterized by disordered eating and weight-control behaviors that impair physical health and psychosocial functioning. Early intervention may decrease the risk of long-term pathology and disability. Clinicians should ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Letters to the Editor - ...

Jan 1, 2021 - ...Physician article.4 Dialogue should begin by asking if the patient feels safe and valued in their relationship.4 When video is available, physicians should recognize nonverbal indicators of abuse, such as avoidance of eye contact or suspicious injuries on the head, neck, or...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p6.html

Corrections - Jan 1, 2021 - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2021 - ...of people who died from opioid overdoses in 2017. The correct sentence should have read In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose (47,600 involving opioids), making it the leading cause of injury-related death in people 25 to 64 years of age. The online version of...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p8a.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.html

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

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 ...

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Peripheral Neuropathy: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Peripheral neuropathy, a common neurologic problem encountered by family physicians, can be classified clinically by the anatomic pattern of presenting symptoms and, if indicated, by results of electrodiagnostic studies for axonal and demyelinating disease. The prevalence of peripheral ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p732.html

Acute Chest Pain in Adults: Outpatient Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Approximately 1% of primary care office visits are for chest pain, and 2% to 4% of these patients will have unstable angina or myocardial infarction. Initial evaluation is based on determining whether the patient needs to be referred to a higher level of care to rule out acute coronary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p721.html

Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Degenerative cervical myelopathy encompasses a collection of pathologic conditions that result in progressive spinal cord dysfunction secondary to cord compression. Patients are typically male (3: 1 male-to-female ratio), and the average age of presentation is 64 years. The exact ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Shoulder Pain and Stiffness with Abnormal Imaging Findings - Photo Quiz - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - A 51-year-old patient presented with several years of diffuse shoulder pain and abnormal imaging findings.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p695.html

Management of Acute Pain from Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidance for Family Physicians ...

Dec 1, 2020 - Primary care plays a large role in the management of acute pain; therefore, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians developed a clinical practice guideline for the nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management of acute pain from non–low back, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p649.html

Top POEMs of 2019 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - In this article, we discuss the POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) of 2019 judged to be most consistent with the principles of Choosing Wisely, an international campaign to reduce unnecessary testing and treatments. We selected these POEMs through a crowdsourcing strategy of...

American Family Physician : Article

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Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

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

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

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

Management of Acute Pain from Non–Low Back Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidelines from ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians have published guidelines based on a systematic review and network meta-analysis of 207 studies involving 32,959 patients that evaluated treatments for acute musculoskeletal pain other than low back pain.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p697.html

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on kidney disease and related issues, including acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, dialysis, hematuria, proteinuria, and renal disease. This collection features AFP content on kidney disease and related issues, including acute renal ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Case Reports: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with COVID-19 - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...for rhabdomyolysis. The median creatine kinase level on presentation was 4,460 U per L (74.48 μkat per L). Three patients had acute kidney injury on presentation and liver enzymes were elevated in all patients except one. Inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate,...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p645a.html

Cirrhosis, Ureteral Stones, Depression, Sleep Apnea, Scoliosis - AFP Clinical Answers -... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p664.html

Is Cutaneous Cryosurgery the Best Treatment Option for Cutaneous Warts? - Letters to ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...evidence suggesting that it is no better than placebo in a disease process that will likely resolve on its own4 should make us reconsider whether family physicians should offer cryotherapy for cutaneous warts. I believe that the quoted statement from this article is not supported by...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p648.html

Immunogenicity of Childhood Vaccines after Pediatric Cancer - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Children treated for cancer do not retain full immunity from previous vaccinations; therefore, it is likely beneficial for children who survive cancer to be revaccinated six to 12 months after immunosuppressive therapy.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/od1.html

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Common Questions and Answers on Diagnosis and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease in the United States, affecting up to 30% of adults. There are two forms of NAFLD: nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), defined as 5% or greater hepatic steatosis without hepatocellular injury or fibrosis, and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p603.html

ADHD in Children: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a multidimensional chronic neurodevelopmental condition that affects 8.4% of U.S. children between two and 17 years of age and may pose long-term morbidity if untreated. The evaluation for ADHD begins when parents or caregivers present ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p592.html

Augmentation Therapy, Menstrual Bleeding, VTE, Pancreatic Cancer, Acute Kidney Injury -... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p587.html

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Updated Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has published updated guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p629.html

Oral Semaglutide (Rybelsus) for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Oral semaglutide (Rybelsus) is labeled as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p627.html

Evidence to Avoid Overtesting and Overuse in Diabetes Mellitus and Other Diseases - ...

Nov 15, 2020 - What can physicians do to avoid overuse? Start by asking the right questions.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p583.html

Eye Emergencies - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2020 - Central retinal artery occlusions, chemical injuries, mechanical globe injuries, and retinal detachments are eye emergencies that can result in permanent vision loss if not treated urgently. Family physicians should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of each condition and be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p539.html

Eye and Vision Disorders - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on eye and vision disorders, including amblyopia, eye examinations, glaucoma, LASIK surgery, ocular emergencies, red eye, vision loss, and vision screening. This collection features AFP content on eye and vision disorders, including amblyopia, eye ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=66

Travel Medicine - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on travel medicine and related issues, including malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, pretravel consultation, and travel immunizations. This collection features AFP content on travel medicine and related issues, including malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=70

Evidence Against the Routine Use of MRI for Nonoperative Treatment of Chronic ...

Nov 1, 2020 - Physicians should consider the ramifications before ordering an MRI in the setting of chronic pain. An MRI that is not indicated can lead to a procedure that is not necessary as both patient and physician focus on the abnormal study finding. Most patients improve with conservative ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p521.html

Accidental Hypothermia: Guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2020 - The Wilderness Medical Society has published an updated guideline on treating accidental hypothermia outside of hospitals, including a staging classification system based on clinical observation.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p571.html

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are the most common types of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Because no individual therapy has consistent benefit, a multimodal treatment approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain is recommended. Many ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p465.html

Learning Disorders, Perinatal Depression, Infants with GERD, Kidney Injury, Amblyopia -... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p463.html

Inguinal Hernias: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Groin hernias are caused by a defect of the abdominal wall in the groin area and comprise inguinal and femoral hernias. Inguinal hernias are more common in men. Although groin hernias are easily diagnosed on physical examination in men, ultrasonography is often needed in women. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p487.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - M.P. is a 14-year-old patient who comes to your office for a well-child visit. After taking a history and conducting a physical examination, you conclude that the patient is doing well. M.P. eats a healthy diet at home and is part of a local soccer league.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p493.html

Diary of a Family Physician - Oct 15, 2020 - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p460.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use: Recommendation Statement ...

Oct 15, 2020 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, in children, ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od1.html

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

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

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Prevention of Unintentional Childhood Injury - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Unintentional injury accounts for one-third of deaths in children and adolescents each year, primarily from motor vehicle crashes. Children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the back seat, and infants and toddlers should remain rear-facing until at least two years of age. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p411.html

Pregnancy Myths and Practical Tips - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - For many patients, pregnancy is a highly anticipated and exciting phase of life, but it can also be anxiety provoking. Family physicians can resolve some of this anxiety and promote maternal and fetal health by making specific recommendations at prenatal visits. A daily prenatal vitamin...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p420.html

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

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

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Alcohol Use Disorder: Pharmacologic Treatment Options - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Acamprosate and naltrexone should be used as first-line agents for treatment of alcohol use disorder and are effective for reducing relapse rates. Agent selection should be based on comorbid conditions and adherence to the dosing regimen.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/od1.html

Preventing Accidental Injuries in Children - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2020 - ...Preventing Accidental Injuries in Children Am Fam Physician. 2020 Oct 1;102(7):online. See related article on prevention of unintentional childhood injury Car Safety Use a car seat or booster seat until your child is at least nine years old. Children should sit in the back seat...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p411-s1.html

Creating Intentional Professional Connections to Reduce Loneliness, Isolation, and ... Restricted content. Login required.

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Growth in Children with Persistent Asthma - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Inhaled fluticasone (Flovent; 200 mcg per day) is associated with a greater linear growth velocity when compared with beclomethasone (400 mcg per day; an equivalent dose).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p404.html

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