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Five mobile apps to encourage mindfulness -- FPM

Five mobile applications to help patients use mindfulness to treat depression, chronic pain, tobacco use disorder, and other problems.

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

A quick and simple technique for delivering negative feedback -- FPM

A feedback sandwich can help you to organize feedback in a way that makes it more effective and easier to deliver.

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

Got a new colleague? Do these things on day one -- FPM

A well-organized orientation process can help maximize physician performance and retention. Here are three ways you can help.

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

How to legally provide free transportation to patients -- FPM

Federal rules allow physicians to provide free transportation to Medicare and Medicaid patients. But the rules are strict. Here's how to stay out of trouble.

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

Lack of peer connection leads to a soulless efficiency in medicine -- FPM

Lacking time for - or not valuing - peer connection has serious consequences for physicians.

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

Teach-back: A simple way to enhance patients' understanding -- FPM

Evidence shows that the teach-back technique benefits patient outcomes, but time constraints, fear that the patient will take offense, and a lack of training keep some physicians from using it. Here’s how to use teach-back quickly and sensitively.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/teach-back.html

New codes for responding to portal messages -- FPM

The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule update includes new payment opportunities for addressing medical needs through an online patient portal.

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

Five ways to reduce errors based on reliability science -- FPM

The key to reducing errors isn’t simply to try harder but to put processes in place that make it easy to do the right thing at the right time. Here are five ways to achieve this.

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

The problem with sharing patients -- FPM

When patients seek primary care from multiple sources, it may seem convenient, but it ultimately fragments their health care. Here’s one way to address the issue.

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

Seven best practices for doctors on social media -- FPM

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be an effective means for professional and patient engagement, but to avoid pitfalls, make sure you follow these seven best practices.

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

Four tips for writing visit notes suitable for your patients to see -- FPM

As transparency increases and more patients gain access to their health records, make sure your visit notes follow four best practices.

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

Practices gain a second chance to review 2017 QPP results -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is giving practices additional time to review 2017 Quality Payment Program performance data before making it available for public view.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2017_performance_data_review.html

2019 qualifying APM participant data now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its online database to help physicians participating in alternative payment models to determine if they have to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year.

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

How to know when to bill for both preventive and added services -- FPM

When a patient brings an additional complaint to a preventive visit, here's how to know whether it qualifies as a separate service and get paid for your work.

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

More than half of Medicare claims use new ID cards -- FPM

Physicians are showing early success using the new identification cards that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supplied to Medicare beneficiaries over the last year.

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

Medicare releases proposed rule on 2020 physician fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for 2020. Here are some of the highlights affecting family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_physician_payment_fee_schedule.html

QPP hardship application now open -- FPM

The application for a hardship exception to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2017 transition year is now available on the QPP website.

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

Patients and physicians agree: not enough time for care -- FPM

If you don’t feel you’re spending enough time with your patients during appointments to provide the best care, it’s likely your patients agree with you.

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

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

Time to form virtual groups for the MIPS 2019 performance year -- FPM

Follow these instructions to create or join a virtual group to better comply with the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/virtual_groups_MIPS_2019.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

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

How to get your staff or colleagues to make a change -- FPM

Even when the status quo is no longer working, it can be difficult to change. These seven strategies can help your group move toward needed change.

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

Fewer kids are getting vaccinations during COVID-19: what you can do -- FPM

The CDC reports a troubling drop in childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying home during the pandemic. Here are two ways practices can help reverse this trend.

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

Two ways to address difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

When patients display negative emotions in the exam room, such as anger or frustration, asking them about their feelings can feel risky. Using these two strategies can help you better address patients’ difficult emotions and protect the healing process.

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

Big changes in E/M coding: 10 tools to help you prepare -- FPM

To help you prepare for the coming change in E/M coding, here are 10 resources from FPM and the AAFP.

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

Four things to focus on as you set new goals for the new year -- FPM

Four evidence-based factors can guide you to goals that are attainable and sustainable, but also challenging and meaningful.

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

Four tips for better medication adherence -- FPM

These tips can help your patients improve their medication adherence.

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

Eight things to do before you quit your job -- FPM

High demand and job dissatisfaction may have family physicians considering leaving their practice for a new one. These eight steps could make the transition easier.

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

The right way to respond to high-maintenance patients -- FPM

When patients are pushy, needy, or entitled, you may be tempted to give in to their demands or refer them away, but there’s a better way to respond.

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

Two ways to find meaning in medicine -- FPM

Mindful interactions can help you feel more effective and fulfilled. To practice mindfulness during patient visits, focus on cultivating connection and curiosity.

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

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

Three practical ways to assign risk levels to your patients -- FPM

Determining who your sickest patients are ahead of time can help you more proactively manage them and make better use of limited resources. Here's how.

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

Four reasons your team doesn't get along -- FPM

Health care can be a high-stress environment, but if infighting, negativity, cliques, and back-biting are pervasive, the underlying issues need to be identified and addressed.

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

How to handle a rude patient -- FPM

When you encounter patient rudeness or other difficult behaviors, the technique of reframing can help.

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

Finding clinical information quickly at the point of care: four tips and shortcuts -- FPM

How can you efficiently search for clinical information during a patient visit? These tips can help.

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

What to say when antibiotics are unnecessary -- FPM

This Oregon-based physician discusses how she handles discussions with patients who demand antibiotics when they are not necessary or useful.

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

Five habits for a more vital practice -- FPM

Successful practices have some striking similarities. Consultant Betsy Nicoletti describes five distinguishing characteristics and advice for how to improve your practice’s performance.

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

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

A new way to earn MIPS credit in 2019 -- FPM

A new study of how physicians collect and report quality measures to Medicare is looking for participants. Successful members will get MIPS credit.

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

Burnout prevention: get rid of stupid stuff in your practice -- FPM

Although burnout in health care is largely a system problem, individual physicians can take steps to lighten their burden. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

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

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

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

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

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

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 quick tips for exam room safety -- FPM

You don't typically enter the exam worried about the potential for violence, but increased awareness of your surroundings can help keep you safe during visits.

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

Are your patients taking their medications? Seven questions to help you find out -- FPM

Asking your patients directly if they are taking their prescribed medication may not give you an accurate answer. Use these more specific questions to get a better feel for their adherence.

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

This app tracks licenses, certifications, and CME -- FPM

This free mobile app can keep track of your state licenses and certifications and send you alerts when they’re close to expiring.

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

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

Coding E/M visits by medical decision making -- FPM

Starting Jan. 1, physicians will be able to code evaluation and management visits based solely on medical decision making, which is made up of three elements.

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

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

What standing orders can do for your practice -- FPM

Standing orders allow nurses, medical assistants, or other health care team members to perform certain clinical tasks, freeing the physician to focus on complex care. Here's how to make standing orders work for you.

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

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

Six resources for physicians who want to learn about racial equity -- FPM

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests have brought new attention to longstanding race-based disparities in health outcomes. These online resources can help physicians become stronger advocates for change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A template for referring seniors to community organizations -- FPM

Community partners can help geriatric patients stay healthy. Here’s a ready-made template for referring patients to services offered by organizations near you.

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

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

Five problems with clinic design -- FPM

The success of a clinic is often tied to how it is laid out and operated. If your practice has any of these five features, you could have a problem.

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

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

When should you code for marijuana use? -- FPM

If patients report marijuana use in their social history, but have no related complaints, should you list an ICD-10 code for it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

A technique for easing advance care planning conversations -- FPM

Advance care planning conversations can get emotional. Here's one way to prepare.

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

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

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