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Creating a Culture of Intrinsic Motivation -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - External motivators don’t work for long.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p36.html

Rediscovering the Secret of Quality -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - It’s probably not what you think.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p4.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Pave a trail for sedentary patients | Identify what matters to older patients | Reduce the time you spend on email

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p32.html

Five signs of possible medication diversion in your practice -- FPM

The misuse by patients of prescription medications, especially controlled substances, is a major problem for primary care physicians. Look for these signs of potential medical diversion.

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

Why being humble can make you a better leader -- FPM

Physician leaders do not necessarily need big, self-confident personalities to attract and inspire their teams. Here are some reasons why some humility can go a long way.

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

Billing for multiple skin procedures: three steps -- FPM

If you perform more than one skin procedure for the same patient on the same day, follow these three special billing rules to get the correct payment.

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

How to attract more kid patients to your practice: four tips -- FPM

Having young patients on your schedule can add some fun and variety to your workday. To grow this patient population, consider these four tips.

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

Three things to consider before you start screening for social determinants of health ...

Social needs can complicate a patient’s health issues, but before you add another screening, answer these three questions.

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

The secret to motivation at work -- FPM

People who receive extrinsic rewards for doing their jobs learn and produce more slowly, but those with intrinsic motivation invest more deeply and progress farther. Three factors make all the difference.

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

Three principles for improving patient satisfaction with service -- FPM

Practices can focus on improving these three areas to boost patient satisfaction with the quality of their care.

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

How to get sedentary patients to exercise -- FPM

This Maryland-based practice created a special area trail guide to help patients get out of their house and get walking.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

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

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

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

High-maintenance patients: protecting yourself and your practice -- FPM

Every physician has a patient or two (or more) who make frequent and unreasonable demands for treatment, tests, or referrals, treat staff poorly, and drain the physician’s time and energy. Rather than allow these patients’ bad behavior to affect yours, follow this simple advice.

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

Three tips for better risk-adjustment coding -- FPM

Your payment is increasingly tied to the severity of your patients’ conditions. These three guidelines will help you make sure you’re using the codes that best reflect their level of risk.

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

Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p23.html

Using Empowered CMAs and Nursing Staff to Improve Team-based Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Highly trained workers can perform more visit-related tasks, boosting care quality and reducing physician burnout.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p17.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Prescription drug management and E/M code selection | Review of systems: How many systems are too many? | Documenting exams by medical students | Coding for removal of skin lesions: biopsy or no?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p30.html

Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, here’s what you need to know about their rights and your responsibilities.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p7.html

High-Maintenance Patients -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Simplify the checkout process | Ensure your safety during patient visits | Keep your empathy for difficult patients

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p32.html

Changes of Note for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Coding updates are just the tip of the iceberg as we begin 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p4.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2018) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2018.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p6.html

Communication checkup: How many of these skills do you practice? -- FPM

Good communication is the bedrock of good care. In the busyness of day-to-day practice, don’t neglect these seven basic skills.

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

The No. 1 question about team documentation -- FPM

To ease physicians’ administrative burdens, many practices are adopting team documentation, which involves increasing the MA-to-physician ratio and delegating more tasks to MAs. How do you convince your practice to try it?

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

Teen privacy: four rules -- FPM

When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, balancing the patient’s rights with the parent’s rights can be complicated. Keep these rules in mind.

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

Seven tips for encouraging your patients to exercise -- FPM

These seven steps can help you develop personalized physical activity plans for your patients.

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

How to determine what's really urgent -- FPM

Three questions to help you determine if a task truly needs your immediate attention and response or can be delayed or even delegated elsewhere.

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

A tool to smooth out your checkout process -- FPM

A New Mexico family physician uses checkout sheets to highlight what needs to happen before a patient leaves the office.

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

Four apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression -- FPM

Here are four mobile apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression.

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

Tasks your nurse could be doing to boost practice productivity -- FPM

How to expand the roles of your care team registered nurses to help the practice serve more patients and increase revenue.

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

Six tips for a better CV -- FPM

Whether you are looking for your first job out of residency or making a career change, getting your curriculum vitae noticed by potential employers is your goal.

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

Ring in the New Year by submitting your 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

CMS has officially opened the data submission period for MIPS eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/How_to_submit_2018_MIPS_data.html

How to structure the patient visit for better communication -- FPM

Patient visits tend to go better if you and your patient are on the same page. To accomplish this, try structuring your patient visits to start with a brief moment of collaborative agenda-setting.

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

EHRs occupy 24 percent of doctors’ time, says survey -- FPM

Family physicians spend 51 hours in practice each week, with 24 percent of that time spent interacting with the electronic health record (EHR). What can physicians do to make their EHR work less frustrating?

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

Four mistakes to avoid when talking with patients about risk -- FPM

Helping patients understand their risk of developing a certain disease or the risks associated with a screening test can be complicated. Don’t make these four mistakes.

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

New Medicare card lookup tool gets update -- FPM

Even if your Medicare patients haven't yet received their new ID cards, you can lookup their beneficiary identifier online.

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

Five ways to avoid problems with patient satisfaction scores -- FPM

Patient satisfaction scores are being used to grade physician performance and even dictate salary. Here are ways to make sure the scores are correctly generated and used.

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

Coming soon: Medicare payment for virtual encounters -- FPM

Among the new codes going into effect in 2019 are several that reimburse physicians for various types of virtual encounters.

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

Help patients remember to get their flu shot -- FPM

Here's a method for helping your patients remember to get a flu shot in case they forget or don't know you have immunizations available.

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

Johnston Memorial Hospital wins 2018 FPM Award for Practice Improvement -- FPM

The family medicine residency program and family physician-led hospitalist team at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., have won this year’s FPM Award for Practice Improvement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/Johnston_Memorial_2018_Practice_Improvement.html

How to check if you are MIPS-eligible in 2018 -- FPM

CMS has taken a second look at whether physicians are eligible for MIPS in 2018. Find out if you have to report - and if your 2020 payments are at risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_MIPS_eligibility_status.html

Violence in the office: six questions to help you prepare -- FPM

To prepare for potential violent incidents, every practice should develop an Emergency Operations Plan that answers these questions.

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

How to properly code for a pre-op examination -- FPM

Family physicians are often asked to preform pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing procedures. This requires selecting the correct codes.

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

Two mobile apps to help patients lose weight -- FPM

To supplement your normal advice to patients about healthy eating and exercise, you can also recommend these two mobile apps to help patients gain more control.

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

Six Mobile Apps to Make Prescribing Easier -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - These apps can help you more effectively make medication decisions on the go.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p11.html

Five Ways to Communicate Risks So That Patients Understand -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When discussing a patient’s risk of developing a disease or the risks associated with a screening test, these simple techniques can ensure clarity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p28.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the chief complaint is medication refill | 99221 for second hospital encounter? | Staph infection of a wound

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p32.html

How to Prepare for and Survive a Violent Patient Encounter -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the unthinkable happens, having a plan that you have practiced regularly can make all the difference.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p5.html

What Makes a Doctor Truly Great -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - This one skill separates the good from the great.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p40.html

Preparations for Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Office -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Use this guide to plan for offering medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p21.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Know your RVUs | Set antibiotic expectations before a sore throat exam | Use a white board to track high-risk patients

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p34.html

Communicating Risks: Let's Talk Numeracy -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Understanding numeracy will make your risk conversations with patients more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p4.html

Helping compare Medicare costs and copayments gets easier -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers.

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

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests -- FPM

Saying no to these requests while preserving the patient relationship takes skill, but three tips can help.

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

12 ways to work smarter, not harder in practice -- FPM

A primary care physician shares 12 strategies -- rooted in the principle of working smarter, not harder -- that transformed her practice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final rule on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule delays major changes to E/M ...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized its much anticipated Final Rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes simplifications to E/M coding and documentation but delays other major changes.

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

More is not always better for diagnosis coding -- FPM

Some physicians question whether they should report diagnoses beyond those addressed at a patient visit to ensure the best possible HCC score (and thus the best possible risk adjustment).

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

Seventh wave of new Medicare cards hits the mail -- FPM

CMS has begun mailing new Medicare ID cards to recipients living in the Wave 7 states and territories of Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_7.html

CMS releases final rule on 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule -- FPM

On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. Here are the highlights.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/CMS_releases_final_rule_2019.html

Save time, start preparing for 2018 MIPS reporting -- FPM

The 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period is approaching fast. Here's how to be ready to submit your information when it comes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_MIPS_reporting.html

How to code a screening test vs. a monitoring test (and why it matters) -- FPM

At annual exams, patients often expect that any tests ordered will be considered preventive and covered 100 percent by their insurer. To avoid confusion, make sure you follow this ICD-10 rule.

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

Seven essential skills for leading up -- FPM

Leading up is essential to garnering the resources and support physicians need to do their jobs well. Seven skills can help.

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

FPM at 25: Our favorite articles and covers from the last 25 years -- FPM

For the last 25 years, FPM has published practical, authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to better practice, healthier patients, and a rewarding career. To mark this milestone, we’ve picked 25 of our favorite articles from the archives.

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

Chaperoned exams: How to get the conversation started -- FPM

If your practice doesn’t have clear policies and procedures regarding chaperoned exams, or if they aren’t consistently followed, it may be time to revisit this important subject.

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

CMS offers help for identifying 2019 MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

These codes will help physicians understand which Medicare payments in 2019 are affected by their MIPS scores.

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

What does your exam room's appearance say about you? -- FPM

Patients probably spend the most time during a visit in the exam room. Are they receiving a good experience there?

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

Four screening codes you should be using -- FPM

Use these CPT codes to get reimbursed for performing and reporting recommended screening and assessments.

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

Improve preventive care by reducing missed and canceled appointments: four tips -- FPM

Practices can take these steps to improve the rate of successful appointments, which avoids lost revenue and missed opportunities to help patients manage their health.

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

A simple communication technique to increase patient satisfaction and empowerment -- FPM

Quickly obtaining a patient's psychosocial information can improve the physician's connection with the patient. The BATHE technique can help.

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

Five ways to partner with urgent care centers -- FPM

As more patients turn to urgent care, physicians will need to find ways to make their relationship with urgent care centers more productive. Here's how.

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

Three qualities of a patient satisfaction survey that's helpful, not harmful -- FPM

Patient satisfaction surveys have become commonplace, but if they aren’t conducted properly, they can do more harm than good. Look for these three qualities in your next survey.

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

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