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Improving the Waiting Room Experience -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2020 - Adding a touch of tech, a dose of education, and plenty of creature comforts to your waiting room can make it more palatable for patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p14.html

Primary Care First: Practice Assessment Checklist -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2020 - Starting in 2021, PCF will be open to primary care clinicians practicing in 26 participating states and regions. Use this checklist to assess your practice’s readiness to participate in PCF, including care delivery capabilities, data infrastructure, and potential financial impact.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p25.html

Why Family Physicians Should Not Just Be Family Physicians: Rethinking Roles in ...

Feb 1, 2020 - In some settings, the cause of burnout isn’t having too much work - it’s having the wrong type of work.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p5.html

Goal-Setting Theory for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Research points to four factors that will help make your goals more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p3.html

Listening to the Little Voice Inside -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2020 - That nagging little voice can sometimes save you from a medical mistake, so don’t ignore it.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p38.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2019) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p4.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2020 - Navigate patients’ anxiety about pelvic exams | Ask older patients these questions to assess dementia risk | Tell patients up front how much time you have

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p34.html

Five ways to stop making excuses and start practicing self-care -- FPM

You cannot effectively take care of others or sustain a career in medicine unless you take care of yourself. Here are five ways to start.

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

Team documentation: who does what during the visit? -- FPM

Team documentation can boost physician efficiency, but which tasks should you delegate and which tasks should you keep?

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

One thing every physician can do to help change health policy -- FPM

Physicians, who see firsthand the effects poor health policy can have on a community, can be a powerful voice to help bring about change. Here’s how.

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

Six ways to make your practice more efficient and your patients more satisfied -- FPM

Tips for making sure patient phone calls are returned, appointment scheduling is user-friendly, insurance changes have been logged, and more.

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

Screening for childhood trauma history -- FPM

Several screening tools can help you identify patients whose health may be affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

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

CMS testing diagnostic imaging referrals program in preparation for mandate -- FPM

The Appropriate Use Criteria program will require an extra step before ordering advanced imaging starting in 2021, unless it's repealed.

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

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

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

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

Wanted: Bank information to pay APM bonuses -- FPM

The federal government has posted a list of clinicians it owes bonus money. Here's how to find out if you're on it, and how to claim your cash if you are.

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

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

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

The top Medicare changes to know for 2020 -- FPM

The annual Medicare update includes changes to documentation requirements, coding and payment.

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

Five changes that will affect physician payment and productivity in 2020 and beyond -- FPM

There are new codes for online digital E/M, blood pressure monitoring and other common services.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/medicare_update_2020.html

Four ways to target blood pressure control -- FPM

Four steps to get your patients on the path to better blood pressure.

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

A quick tip for last-minute gynecologic exams -- FPM

This prep method can save time when a patient needs an unplanned Pap smear.

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

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

The QPP Participation Status Tool tells physicians if they are required to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 performance year.

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

Nine measurements for evaluating the quality of your dementia care -- FPM

A nationally recognized, evidence-based, group of metrics physicians can use to evaluate their current level of dementia care and improve upon it.

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

A basic model for behavioral health integration -- FPM

You can get paid to integrate basic behavioral health check-ins into your practice.

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

FPM/STFM award goes to MedStar Franklin Square for innovative care coordination program...

The 2019 Practice Improvement Award recognizes Medstar Franklin Square Family Health Center for its efforts to improve care and reduce utilization for high-risk patients through intensive care coordination.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/practice_improvement_award_winner_2019.html

Three questions to ask before making a major change -- FPM

Asking these three questions before making a big change in your practice can help everyone affected stay united.

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

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders -- FPM

Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.

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

Five reasons you can’t get things done in your organization -- FPM

Author Peter Senge offers several laws that govern organizational behavior. Five of them are particularly apropos to physicians who are trying to build something new within their organizations but facing resistance.

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

Practical Ways to Address Physician Burnout and Improve Joy in Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - It starts with one simple principle: Get rid of stupid stuff in your practice. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p7.html

Advance Care Planning: How to Have the Conversation You Want With Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - More patients are receiving intensive care in their last days of life, even though studies show that most don’t want it. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to make sure patients’ wishes are recorded and respected.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p18.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Bringing Behavioral Health Into Your Practice Through a Psychiatric Collaborative Care ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Learn how to implement an integrated behavioral health program that will more than pay for itself while increasing patients’ access to care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p11.html

Taking the Fear Out of Error Disclosure -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - What if we could talk about medical mistakes without fear of judgment or punishment?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p36.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Work relative value units | Vaccination refusal | Marijuana use | Lesion treatment for new patients | Patient discharge without seeing patient

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p30.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Liven up your exam rooms | Be prepared for last-minute gynecologic exams | Use nudges to encourage behavior change

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p31.html

A Jury of One's Peers -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - FPM depends on readers like you to review submitted manuscripts and help us deliver useful, high-quality content.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p6.html

A tool for calculating the right-sized patient panel -- FPM

Here's a five-step method for right-sizing your patient panel.

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

How to respond if a teen patient’s parent wants access to records -- FPM

If the parent of an adolescent patient contacts you or your staff wanting to know why the teen visited your practice, the teen patient’s information must be kept private if any of these situations apply.

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

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020 -- FPM

Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.

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

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

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

What to do when an MBI changes -- FPM

It's time to start using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers, if you aren't already. But how will you know if a patient's MBI changes?

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

What can a care team coordinator do for you? -- FPM

In some practices coordinators lighten the load by taking on administrative and clinical duties so physicians can focus on patients.

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

Behavioral Health -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 14, 2019 - Advertisement Topic Collection Behavioral Health Editors' Choice of Best Available Content This article collection features popular FPM content on topics such as substance use disorders or other addictions and mental health conditions. Categories Mental Health...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=111

Five ways to orbit the "hairball" of red tape and regulations -- FPM

Within your organizational boundaries, try to find new, invigorating, and satisfying ways to practice medicine.

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

Time is running out to transition to new Medicare numbers -- FPM

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, you must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) when billing Medicare, regardless of the date of service.

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

HHS taking applications for Primary Care First alternative payment model -- FPM

The bundled services model will offer performance bonuses of up to 50%, with downside risk of just -10%.

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

Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program for 2020 -- FPM

Highlights from the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule include new codes for chronic care management and principal care management.

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

Two tasks highly efficient practices delegate to their patients -- FPM

Achieving greater practice efficiency often requires addressing key workflows, rethinking who does what, and delegating appropriately. In some instances, this can mean delegating tasks to patients.

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

Talking with patients about risks: do's and don'ts -- FPM

To improve your communication with patients about risk, follow these do's and don'ts.

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

Three practical skills that can help you be a better doctor -- FPM

Good doctors have not only excellent clinical skills but also practical skills they likely learned outside of medical school.

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

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=3

Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors -- FPM

CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

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

Four quick tips for bringing humor to your practice -- FPM

Medicine is serious business. Some comic relief may be just what you and those around you need to get through a tough day.

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

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance -- FPM

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule -- FPM

If the time of service listed in a CPT code descriptor exceeds the time you spend providing the service, you may still be able to bill for it.

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

Do you know your RVUs? -- FPM

Knowing how many relative value units (RVUs) you generate for each service can help improve your productivity and your payment.

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

The first thing to do before you see your next patient -- FPM

Here's how to take a minute to calm your mind during a hectic day and refocus before you move on to your next patient.

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

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations -- FPM

Preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics by having this quick conversation with patients before you examine them.

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

Six steps to start a group visit program for chronic care -- FPM

Group visits can help people with chronic conditions like obesity improve their health.

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

More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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

How to de-escalate troubling patient encounters -- FPM

Here are four techniques to try when you face stressful or demeaning exchanges with patients or their families.

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

Four tips to help you spend less time charting -- FPM

To get through your routine documentation more efficiently and reduce work after clinic, try these tips.

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

A side-by-side comparison of six apps for easier prescribing -- FPM

A family physician reviews six commonly used pharmaceutical apps to identify which ones offered the most critical features.

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

Reduce malpractice risk with a SOOOAAP note -- FPM

You can improve the quality of your communication and decrease malpractice risk with this revised version of SOAP.

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

Three nasal spray mistakes your patients are probably making -- FPM

If patients say their nasal spray isn’t working, they might just need some instruction about how to use it correctly.

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

A tool for more efficient Welcome to Medicare physicals -- FPM

An encounter form that details the many requirements of a Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination can help these visits go much more smoothly.

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

The Feasibility of Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Seven Lessons Learned ...

Oct 1, 2019 - If addressing patients’ social needs sounds overwhelming, the results of this pilot project might surprise you.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p13.html

Incivility in Health Care: Strategies for De-escalating Troubling Encounters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - With rudeness, discrimination, and violence on the rise, how do we take care of our patients while protecting ourselves?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p8.html

Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon, we need a better term that puts the blame where it belongs and reminds us that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p4.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Established vs. new patient codes | Office visits for immunization | Advance care planning and time

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p32.html

How to Use Group Visits to Manage Obesity -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Clinic and community resources combine to support patients in this unique group-visit model.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p20.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Check for fractures with your phone | Two ways to better handle transitional care management | Ensure patients’ proper use of nasal sprays | Schedule a ‘Happy Hour’ to share EHR tips

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p33.html

Scope of Practice: Reclaiming Young Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Caring for the whole family is a defining aspect of family medicine, yet many physicians have stopped seeing young patients. Here’s why and how to welcome them back.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p26.html

Keeping It Fresh -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Variety in our daily work may be a way to improve care and satisfaction with practicing medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p3.html

Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p36.html

Incentive payments coming soon for APM qualifying participants -- FPM

For clinicians participating in an advanced alternative payment model, 2019 incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be headed your way soon.

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

Medicare instructs contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits ...

Have you had inappropriately denied claims for pneumococcal vaccination? Here's what to do.

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

When being right makes things go wrong -- FPM

It's important to be right, but sometimes it's more important to be effective. Recognizing which battles to fight and which are counterproductive is the first step to implementing this leadership strategy.

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

How to get more young patients into your practice -- FPM

Try these six steps to get more young people in your patient panel.

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

Get certified to prescribe opioid withdrawal meds in four steps -- FPM

Family physicians write more opioid prescriptions by volume than any other specialty, but most don’t have the federal waiver required to prescribe medications that treat opioid addiction. Here’s how to get it.

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

Flu resources and payment allowances: Medicare releases updates for the 2019-2020 ...

Updated influenza vaccine payment allowances went into effect August 1.

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

Ask your patients with chronic disease this key question -- FPM

Help patients with chronic disease make needed behavior change by asking them this one question that helps them set goals.

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

The skill that differentiates good doctors and great doctors -- FPM

Being a great doctor may have more to do with biography than biology. Here’s how to cultivate this critical skill.

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

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

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

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

Is your MIPS score/Medicare payment adjustment incorrect? Time is running out to ...

Physicians must submit a targeted review request by Sept. 30, 2019, if they feel their 2018 MIPS final score/2020 MIPS payment adjustments are incorrect.

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

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

Cigna to stop paying for consultation codes -- FPM

Cigna is set to stop paying CPT codes for consultations provided to their customers. Here's how to avoid losing that revenue.

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

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