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Taking Team-Based Care to the Next Level -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0500/p25.html

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0500/p10.html

Don't Leave Me! Strategies for Medical Staff Retention -- FPM

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

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0500/p5.html

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.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0500/p40.html

Improving Adult Immunization Rates Within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities -- FPM

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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0500/p21.html

Coding Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for young kids

The AMA has announced codes for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for children older than 6 months through 5 years old.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/moderna-kids-covid.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/wound-care-coding-clarification.html

FPM

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm.html

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).

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/more-covid-19-vaccine-cpt-codes.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/provider-relief-fund-late-reporting.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare-covid-tests.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/social-determinants-health-survey.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/jbm-practice-hacks-cb.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/moderna-covid-booster.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips-category-reweight.html

AAFP Performance Improvement CME

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

CME : AAFP CME by Topic

https://www.aafp.org/cme/topic/performance-improvement.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/three-habits-save-time.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/prf-reporting-extension.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/covid-second-boosters.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/reducing-weight-bias.html

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FPM sponsored content from U.S. Department of State.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/sponsored-content/us-department-of-state.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/underinsured-covid-deadline.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cms-eft-guidance.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/covid_evusheld_codes.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/simplify-surprise-billing-rule.html

AAFP Board of Directors

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

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_mips_deadlines.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/covid_immunization_codes.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/also-provider/live-course.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/also-provider/course.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/covid19-vaccine-guidelines.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/aetna_consultation_codes.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/monoclonal_antibody_codes.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/2021-cod-practice-enhancement.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/trenches-behavioral-health-policy.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/combining_visits_tips.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cigna_app_payments.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/young_kid_vaccine.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p32.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p21.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_mips_measures.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-physician-wellbeing/supporting-behavioral-health-preventing-suicide-in-family-medicine.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/clinical-practice-culture/permission-to-change.html

FPM Past Issues 2022

FPM issues for the year 2022

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/issues/2022.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/sdoh_coding_clarified.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/updated_fee_schedule.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/audio_telehealth_modifier.html

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.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/telehealth_pos_change.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211223inequityreport.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_application_deadline.html

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