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99213 vs. 99214: Three tips for spotting the difference -- FPM

One of the most confounding aspects of evaluation and management (E/M) coding is the distinction between a 99213 and a 99214 established patient office visit. The following tips can help you recognize when a visit meets the requirements of a 99214, as opposed to a 99213.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_99214.html

Medicare claim review to become more targeted -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is expanding its medical review strategy, called Targeted Probe and Educate later this year. This actually appears to offer some advantages to physicians.

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

CMS looks for feedback on new MIPS cost measures -- FPM

CMS is testing several new cost measures that could later be added to the cost category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and is looking for help.

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

The 4Ms: Simplifying complex care decision making for older adults -- FPM

Medical training focuses on curing or treating as many of a patient's health problems as possible, but when providing complex care for older patients with multiple chronic diseases, it can be easy to lose focus on what outcomes matter most to the patient.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/4Ms_decision_making.html

An efficient workflow for alcohol misuse screening -- FPM

Screening adult patients doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and the service is often billable, particularly when the results lead to a brief intervention.

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

How to code flu shots correctly -- FPM

New flu shot codes and payment allowances go into effect each year on Aug. 1 for Medicare, allowing vaccination efforts to begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available.

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

Four tools to help you identify patient medications that need to be deprescribed -- FPM

If your patient is taking multiple medications, some of which may have become unnecessary or harmful, use these four tools to begin the process of deprescribing.

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

Six ways to get the practice culture you’ve always wanted -- FPM

A practice’s culture develops in one of two ways: by design or by default. Here's how to create a culture in which people can thrive.

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

How to opt out of Medicare -- FPM

These steps will help you opt out of Medicare safely.

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

How to document newly diagnosed hypertension -- FPM

If a patient’s elevated blood pressure has developed into hypertension, your documentation should clearly describe the basis for the new diagnosis.

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

When it’s time to leave: six ways to say goodbye well -- FPM

When you have to say goodbye to a job, organization, or relationship you have invested so much of your life, energy, and self into, such endings need to be handled with care. Here’s how.

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

Three tips for making a referral for counseling -- FPM

Some patients may still believe there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. But if you believe it would benefit him or her, here are some suggestions to help make the process easier.

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

Three tools for screening for social determinants of health -- FPM

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

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

The right way to leave your job -- FPM

When it’s time to say goodbye to a job you have invested significant time and energy to, there’s a right way and a wrong way to end things.

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

Ten steps to better practice efficiency -- FPM

Proven techniques borrowed from the manufacturing industry could help your practice operate more efficiently. Here are 10 steps to help eliminate bottlenecks in your workflow and save time.

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

Three myths about patient access -- FPM

Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs is to improve patients’ access to primary care. But many practices are going about access improvement all wrong.

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

Three ways to get patients to use your portal -- FPM

If you want more of your patients to communicate with you through your online portal, follow these three strategies.

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

How to boost your efficiency with team rooming -- FPM

Team rooming can improve practice efficiency by reversing some traditional roles in the exam room.

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

Are you ready to provide FAA BasicMed exams to pilots? -- FPM

As of May 1, pilots of small private planes can receive medical clearance to fly through their personal physician, rather than undergoing the full FAA-sanctioned physician exam.

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

UHC moves from denial to downcoding of E/M claims -- FPM

Physicians and their coding staff need to be aware of a change in how United Healthcare approaches and pays claims with problematic documentation.

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

Few receive negative payment adjustment in first year of MIPS -- FPM

The vast majority of clinicians who were eligible for and participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017 will avoid a negative payment adjustment to their Medicare claims during the 2019 payment year.

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

MIPS tops list of most burdensome regulations for group practices -- FPM

A new survey of group medical practices shows that while many physicians expect they will be able to meet at least the minimum requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, most see it as a huge burden that affects their ability to care for patients.

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

Six keys to coding 99211 visits -- FPM

Using CPT code 99211 can boost your practice’s revenue and improve documentation. Here's how to determine if a service qualifies.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_99211.html

How to get support for your health policy goals -- FPM

Public officials can be a great resource for helping you achieve changes in local health policy. Here are four steps to get elected leaders on your side.

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

Five ways to add some warmth and personality to your exam rooms -- FPM

Exam rooms don’t have to feel cold and boring. Here are five ideas for adding some personal touches that will make the space more inviting to patients and more comfortable for you and your staff.

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

Three phrases you can use to help patient visits stay on track -- FPM

When a patient visit goes on too long and puts you behind schedule, the rest of the day can feel rushed, chaotic, and frustrating. To keep visits running on time as you meet patients’ needs, try using these three phrases.

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

How to create simple annual visit plans for your patients -- FPM

Family physicians often have to think through a patient's future care needs during a visit, which can hurt efficiency and allow things to go unaddressed. Creating annual visit plans with each patient may help.

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

Three tips for being present -- FPM

When demands and distractions intrude on your patient encounters, practice these three tips for being fully present.

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

A creative solution for helping more patients get the mental health care they need -- FPM

When referred for counseling by their physician, patients may avoid scheduling an appointment because of logistics, stigma, cost, etc. To remove these barriers, one primary care practice tried a new approach.

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

Test your E/M coding skills -- FPM

E/M coding for repeat patient visits during the same day can be tricky. How would you code this scenario?

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

Four prescribing apps to improve your medication decisions -- FPM

Many physicians are turning to mobile prescription applications for help making medication decisions at the point of care, but which ones are worth considering? Here are four apps that topped our list.

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

How to communicate bad news to your patients -- FPM

Family physicians are increasingly responsible for giving patients and their families devastating news. A systematic approach can help you feel more confident and reduce your patients’ suffering.

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

Two quick questions to assess patients' readiness for change -- FPM

Do your patients need to make better health decisions? Use these questions to determine how ready they are to change.

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

Three suggestions for addressing patients' sexual assault history -- FPM

If your patient has experienced sexual assault as an adult, discussing it with them could lead to improved recovery. Frame that discussion the right way by following these three suggestions.

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

Value-based care: Where to begin -- FPM

To get started in value-based care, focus your efforts where they’ll have the most impact - on your high-need patients who have critical gaps in care, never come in, or drive up costs.

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

Five mobile apps to improve your personal and professional productivity -- FPM

Physicians have lots on their plate and limited time. These top-rated mobile apps will help you make the most of it.

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

Three documentation tips to reduce your malpractice risk -- FPM

Careful documentation can mean the difference between a guilty verdict in a medical malpractice case and the case being thrown out. It’s worth the trouble to ensure you do it right.

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

Six questions to ask your consultants -- FPM

Addressing these six areas when negotiating a service agreement with consultants can make patient referrals easier for everyone.

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

Two simple ways to improve patient satisfaction with visit length -- FPM

How do you prevent the patient complaint My doctor didn’t spend enough time with me, especially if you can’t increase visit length? Research points to two techniques that can help patients feel more satisfied with the amount of time you spend with them.

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

Less than a month left to submit 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

Physicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 have only a few more weeks to report your quality measures.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_2018_deadline.html

Time to check your 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

If you are unclear whether the Merit-based Incentive Payment System applies to you in 2019, use this tool to check your eligibility.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2019_MIPS_eligibility.html

How to calculate the value of team documentation -- FPM

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.

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

A four-step approach to clinical decision making -- FPM

Although there is no one correct method for clinical decision making, it can be helpful to think about your approach so you can refine it as needed and improve patient care.

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

Difficult patient visits: five questions to help you manage them more effectively -- FPM

An estimated 15 percent of patient encounters are considered difficult by physicians. But these challenging visits can be professionally rewarding if you take the right approach.

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

A quick reminder about flu shot billing -- FPM

A quick reminder: Medicare covers influenza immunizations as soon as new seasonal vaccines are received.

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

Three myths about HIPAA -- FPM

Although HIPAA has existed for more than 20 years, many organizations still struggle to interpret the law correctly. When their interpretations are too strict, it can make physician and staff jobs harder than they need to be. Here are three common myths about HIPAA.

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

Four ways to better care for patients with a history of childhood trauma -- FPM

When caring for patients with a history of childhood trauma, some simple shifts in your communication habits can signal to patients that your practice is a safe space for them and help avoid re-traumatization.

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

Why a cover letter is important -- FPM

A cover letter that quickly tells potential employers and recruiters who you are, what you can do for them, and why you are interested in their opportunity is as important as your CV.

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

Three ways to help patients choose more effective care -- FPM

Many patient interventions are unnecessary or unhelpful. Here's how to help patients choose more meaningful care.

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

Do your diagnosis codes capture your patients' severity of illness? -- FPM

Accurate diagnosis coding may have a positive effect on your payment in the future as more payers move to risk-adjusted payment models.

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

How to handle negative reviews -- FPM

As patients increasingly use online reviews to express their opinions about their medical care and search for doctors, practices need to be paying attention to this information.

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

How to remind patients they're due for preventive care -- FPM

Patients can forget to schedule preventive care visits. Sending out reminders is a good approach, but you have to be careful not to get too much of a good thing.

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

Four mobile apps for pain management -- FPM

Mobile apps can help patients better understand the causes of their pain, which can help them better cope with their conditions, and provide you with data you need to recommend or alter treatment

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

The first step to changing your practice culture -- FPM

If your practice's culture isn't inspiring you and your colleagues to do their best work, change it. Start by sitting down and answering this key question.

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

Three keys to motivate care teams -- FPM

Follow these steps to get team members' buy-in o quality improvement initiatives.

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

Why family physicians should not just be physicians -- FPM

Beware of physician roles that focus predominantly on outpatient visits and separate physicians from most organizational innovation and strategy, as well as the colleagues, staff, and communities they serve.

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

How to help sustain a quality improvement initiative -- FPM

Quality improvement efforts require motivated staff. These three suggestions can help keep employees engaged.

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

Work after clinic: seven ideas for regaining control over your time -- FPM

Although changes are needed to address the underlying problem of administrative complexity in health care, individual physicians can take practical steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of time they spend working after hours.

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

The seven characteristics of functional work relationships -- FPM

Researchers point to seven characteristics that health care organizations should foster among physicians and staff.

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

CMS finds errors in MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is working to fix errors in how this year's MIPS payment adjustments were applied to some physicians.

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

New reports look at family medicine office visit billing -- FPM

Here's what to do with that Medicare comparative billing report you may have received analyzing how you bill family medicine office visits.

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

How to avoid payment denials on two common diagnostic tests -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is advising physician practices on how to avoid billing errors for two common diagnostic tests.

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

How to encourage more appropriate quality measures -- FPM

Many quality measure do not help patients or are out of the physician's control. If facing such measures, here are two things physicians can do.

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

10 characteristics of better quality measures -- FPM

To advocate for care measures that better measure physician quality, make sure they meet these criteria.

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

Seven tips for mastering the art of medicine -- FPM

To foster more consistent practice of the art of medicine, physicians should adopt these seven behaviors.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/art-of-medicine.html

A checklist for better dementia care plans -- FPM

Physicians may not be able to control many facets of dementia care, but this checklist can help you tackle the cognitive, functional, and behavioral losses that most matter to patients and their families.

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

Three habits of top-performing medical groups -- FPM

A new report highlights the habits of better-performing medical practices and shows that they focus their time, effort, and resources on three key areas.

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

Three questions to ask before implementing a change in your practice -- FPM

To make sure a change you’re considering will actually make things better in your practice, ask three essential questions

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

How to code for immunization refusal -- FPM

Uses these ICD-10 codes to document why a patient refuses an immunization.

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

Is moonlighting right for you? -- FPM

Moonlighting can help your pocketbook or your career. But follow these steps to make sure it doesn't cause new problems.

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

How to obtain a waiver to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine -- FPM

Here are the five steps to securing a waiver to administer buprenorphine from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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

Seven security measures to help prevent workplace violence -- FPM

Appropriate security measures can help prevent workplace violence. Consider whether these seven measures are present in your clinic.

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

How does your benefits package stack up? -- FPM

Aspects other than salary and bonuses must be reviewed to ensure a physician's employment contract is fair and competitive.

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

Five steps for standing orders -- FPM

Whether you are writing a standing order from scratch or evaluating an existing one for use in your practice, be sure to address these issues.

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

The right (and wrong) way to make sure patients understand your instructions -- FPM

An estimated 50 percent of patients leave their medical visits without understanding what their physician told them. The teach-back technique can help.

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

The first step to better patient visits and satisfaction -- FPM

There are many simple steps physicians can take to make their visits more successful and satisfying for the patient. The first is making sure to sit down.

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

Stop multitasking, and do this instead -- FPM

Constantly switching your focus from one task to another comes at a cost, decreasing your cognitive ability and productivity. What’s a better approach?

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

A three-step guide to coding for multiple skin procedures in a single visit -- FPM

Follow these three steps to bill correctly, avoid denials, and make sure you’re not leaving revenue on the table when you perform skin biopsies and lesion removals.

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

How to properly code for a Pap smear -- FPM

Screening for cervical cancer is often included in the physical exam portion of a preventive medicine service. Follow this advice to see when you can bill separately for a Pap smear.

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

The accurate valuation of office visits: one thing you can do -- FPM

The relative value of office-based E/M codes is being reviewed. To help inform that review, family physicians can take this one critical step.

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

Three things to remember when choosing a code without a diagnosis -- FPM

Selecting the appropriate ICD-10 code depends on having a diagnosis. If you don't have a confirmed diagnosis, follow this advice to record your patient's signs and symptoms.

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

Leaving a practice? This checklist will help you prepare -- FPM

If you’re considering a change in practice, following this 10-step checklist can help you prepare and make the change less stressful.

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

Eight ways to stay happy in practice -- FPM

A solo physician discusses the steps he has taken to avoid burnout and remain engaged in his practice for 43 years.

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

What to do when your patient brings a list -- FPM

Following these five steps can help bring a patient's long list of items under control and create a useful agenda for the encounter.

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

Why did that idea flop? -- FPM

Are you committing one of three key mistakes that can prevent sustainable change from taking hold in your practice?

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

The problem with the term physician burnout -- FPM

To describe the current phenomenon and address it effectively, a new term is needed, one that puts the blame where it belongs and also acknowledges that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

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

What family physicians are earning by region and by setting -- FPM

Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem, particularly among older patients who may be taking multiple medications, many of which have become unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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

Three steps to encourage flu vaccinations -- FPM

Patients have numerous reasons for not wanting an influenza vaccination. To help them overcome their reluctance, Colleen Fogarty, MD, uses the ask-tell-ask technique.

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

Transitional care management: four areas to improve -- FPM

Patients sometimes fall through the gaps when moving from an acute care environment to home. Improve these four areas to prevent that from happening.

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

What a waiting room liaison can do for your office -- FPM

An existing staff member might be able to take on these duties to keep your waiting room clean and running smoothly.

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

Huddles: jump start your practice today -- FPM

A few minutes spent in a morning huddle preparing with your team for the day’s schedule can improve your efficiency.

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

How to establish yourself as a physician leader -- FPM

Because of their medical authority, every physician is a leader in their organization to some extent. Those who expand their leadership potential tend to have four characteristics.

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

The key to getting beyond blame -- FPM

When behaviors such as blame, accusation and finger-pointing surface, improvement efforts are doomed.

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

The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor -- FPM

Yes, clinical knowledge, procedural expertise, and bedside manner are important. But what one skill differentiates a good doctor from a truly great doctor?

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

Seven ways your medical assistant can help you provide patient-centered care -- FPM

Need new resources to provide better patient care? How about following these seven strategies to better use the medical assistants you already have?

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

How to immunize against burnout -- FPM

Although nearly two-thirds of family physicians report symptoms of burnout, Philip Kaplan, MD, FAAFP, says he still finds joy in going to the office after more than 40 years in practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/burnout-immunization.html

A simple way to build trust with young patients -- FPM

Doing this one thing during a visit can get pediatric appointments off to a good start by showing kids you care about them and respect them.

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

How to find joy in medicine, one day at a time -- FPM

A Grand Rapids, Mich., physician discusses what her team does every day to remember why they're in medicine.

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

Three ways to make social determinants screening doable -- FPM

A recent pilot project highlights three ways to lessen the workload related to screening for and addressing social determinants of health.

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

A simple test for spotting stress before it becomes a crisis -- FPM

To spot the warning signs of stress overload in yourself or your team, take the Stress-APGAR test.

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

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