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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

New MBI to appear on remittance advices -- FPM

As part of the ongoing switch to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is including the new MBI number on all Medicare remittances.

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

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

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

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

Three keys to motivate care teams -- FPM

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

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

How to code for immunization refusal -- FPM

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

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

Three habits of top-performing medical groups -- FPM

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

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

Four Evidence-Based Communication Strategies to Enhance Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - These communication skills will increase patient engagement and satisfaction without slowing you down.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p13.html

The Case for Medical Chaperones -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - It's time for more discussion about how best to incorporate chaperones in primary care.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p6.html

10 Ways to Keep Your Quality Improvement Team Motivated -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Assembling a dedicated QI team is only half the challenge. Here's how to build and sustain their momentum.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p23.html

How to Have a Good Goodbye -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - When it's time to move on because of a new job, retirement, or a life change, these six things can help you say goodbye well.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p40.html

Six Mobile Apps to Get Patients Started Exercising -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients have many reasons for not being active. These apps can help push past some of those obstacles.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/oa1.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2018 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Add a monitor to improve your productivity | Forget the feedback sandwich | Wipe your computer clean, literally | Track your time to look for efficiencies

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p35.html

How to Excel at Access -- and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

Physician-Patient Communication: A Family Medicine Strength -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - But there is always room for improvement.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p4.html

How Service Agreements Can Improve Referrals and Shrink the Medical Neighborhood -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Defining expectations with consultants can make referrals easier for both you and your patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p18.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2018 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Initiating visits for chronic care management | Flu vaccine coding | Fish hook removal

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p34.html

Next wave of new Medicare cards rolls out -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 6 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_6.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

Use of hurricane-related ICD-10 codes is changing -- FPM

The external cause codes for hurricane-related encounters have existed since ICD-10 was adopted. The important change, beginning Oct. 1, is that the National Center for Health Statistics provided clear definition on how to apply the codes correctly.

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

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

Patient Handouts -- FPM Toolbox

Sep 26, 2018 - Download patient tools such as food and exercise diaries, a chronic pain medication agreement, and a new patient welcome letter.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=22

New resources to ease ordering and prescribing DME under Medicare -- FPM

The DME Medicare administrative contractors are trying to help physicians and recently created some online resources to ease the ordering or prescribing of durable medical equipment for Medicare patients.

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

Six exercise apps to get your patients moving -- FPM

To help your patients get more exercise, recommend these six highly rated mobile apps.

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

Transitional care management: four common questions -- FPM

The rules for coding and billing transitional care management (TCM) services can be confusing. Here are four common questions.

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

Don't forget the immunization administration code -- FPM

To get paid for the costs associated with administering vaccines, including staff time and supplies, be sure to report a code for the administration.

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

A five-step approach to documenting uncertain diagnoses -- FPM

Disciplined note construction is critical to effective communication between physicians and may also contribute to clearer medical decision making.

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

The key to avoiding portal overload -- FPM

Implementing patient portals, particularly managing the higher volumes of patient messages and data they produce, can quickly overwhelm already overloaded physicians.

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

CMS updates MIPS final scores, extends review deadline -- FPM

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has released updated final scores for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period.

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

How to respond when an employee makes a mistake -- FPM

The challenge of responding to employee mistakes is finding a way that not only holds people accountable for their actions but also provides a supportive environment in which they can learn.

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

Still time to request review of your MIPS final score -- FPM

If you believe Medicare has made an error in your 2019 MIPS payment adjustment calculation, you have only a few more weeks to request a targeted review.

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

Five tips to build resilience -- FPM

Building resilience can help you quickly recover from the pressures that cause burnout.

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

Coding for wound care: Is your EHR leading you astray? -- FPM

Remember these tips for properly coding three common types of wounds.

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

Referral Management -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you manage patient referrals.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=26

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

Medicare rolls out new cards to another group of states -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_5.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

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

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

Proper diagnosis coding for malignant neoplasms -- FPM

When selecting diagnosis codes for suspected, current, and personal history of malignant neoplasms, you need to follow specific rules for ICD-10.

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

Four mobile apps for pain management -- FPM

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

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

How does your benefits package stack up? -- FPM

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

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

New demonstration project can exempt physicians from MIPS -- FPM

Looking to avoid the reporting requirements and payment adjustments imposed by the Merit-based Incentive Payment System? A new demonstration project now taking applications may be your opportunity.

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

Three steps to encourage flu vaccinations -- FPM

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

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

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

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

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

10 characteristics of better quality measures -- FPM

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

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

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

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

99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p5.html

Teach-Back: A Simple Technique to Enhance Patients' Understanding -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Half of patients leave their visit without understanding what their physician told them, but this simple technique can help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p20.html

Four Mobile Apps for Pain Management -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - These apps can help you and your patients more effectively manage their acute and chronic pain.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/oa1.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2018 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Medicare billing for well-woman exams | Pediatric hearing screening | Road rash treatment | Peak flow testing | Student documentation

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p31.html

Patient Inducements: The New Dos and Don'ts -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - The limits on giving free goods and services to Medicare and Medicaid patients are complex. Here’s how to avoid regulatory trouble.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p16.html

Quality Measures: How to Get Them Right -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Pay-for-performance programs have produced disappointing results. Fewer and more appropriate, evidence-based quality measures could help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p23.html

Five Ways to Cultivate Resilience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Resilience is a powerful weapon against burnout.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p38.html

How to Create a Culture of Well-Being in Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Every organization has a culture, either by default or by design. Why not cultivate one that helps people thrive?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p11.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2018 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Use a video game mouse to beat your EHR | Build a better meeting | Plan your huddles | Improve your EHR speed

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p32.html

Quality Measurement: A Long Way to Go -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Physician quality shouldn't be subjective. But the current measurement methods need more work.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p4.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

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

Medicare card rollout update -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing new Medicare cards to recipients living in states that represent the Wave 4 of the new card rollout that began this spring.

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

ICD-10 coding for patients with hypertension and heart failure -- FPM

Here’s how to code for heart failure when it is not caused by your patient’s hypertension.

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

Office Policy Samples -- FPM Toolbox

Jul 25, 2018 - Download sample office policies related to patient payment, patient dismissal, and more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=21

How to respond to mid-air medical emergencies -- FPM

There are laws designed to encourage physicians to help if a medical emergency develops on a commercial flight.

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

A simple question for better scheduling -- FPM

This practice found a single question helped save staff and patients time when scheduling a same-day appointment.

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

Evaluation and management (E/M) coding and documentation burden could lighten in 2019 ...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule for the Physician Fee Schedule for 2019 contains significant revisions to the coding, documentation, and payment of office visit evaluation and management services.

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

CMS proposes simpler Medicare documentation guidelines in 2019 fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to use its annual update of the Medicare physician fee schedule to address long-simmering complaints with how the program requires physicians and other clinicians to document evaluation and management visits.

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

Four ways to manage stress and prevent burnout as an employed physician -- FPM

Employed physicians face unique stresses in practice as they often lack autonomy and influence. Here are four ways to protect your well-being.

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

Three tips to optimize care for refugee patients -- FPM

Family physicians are well positioned to care for refugee patients. Three tips can help.

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

QPP feedback reports now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released feedback reports telling eligible physicians and practice groups how they did during the first full year of complying with the Quality Payment Program.

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

QPP websites updated to streamline eligibility checks, review measures -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Quality Payment Program participation tool and QPP website to make it easier to check eligibility and review quality measure data.

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

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 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

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

Looking ahead to this year's new diagnosis codes -- FPM

It’s not too early to start preparing for the annual round of ICD-10 diagnosis coding changes effective for dates of service on or after Oct. 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_ICD10_Codes_Fall_2018.html

A quick reminder about flu shot billing -- FPM

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

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

Five steps for standing orders -- FPM

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

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

UnitedHealthcare to expand payment for after-hours primary care -- FPM

UnitedHealthcare says it will begin on Aug. 18 paying for CPT code 99051, which recognizes the value of primary care practices improving convenience to patients by being open additional hours.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/UHC_code_99051.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four steps to deprescribe unnecessary medications -- FPM

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

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

When is it OK to treat friends and family? -- FPM

At some point during your career as a family physician, a friend or family member has likely asked you for medical advice or treatment, perhaps because they couldn’t reach their regular doctor or didn’t have one.

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

Use this database to answer questions about Medicare noncoverage -- FPM

CMS offers the searchable Medicare Coverage Database to help physicians know when Medicare does not cover a specific service, requiring an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.

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

Five factors that affect patient satisfaction -- FPM

Research shows that physicians can increase patient satisfaction rates by improving the way they interact with patients in five key areas.

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

Three ways to be a better, humbler leader -- FPM

Follow these three steps for becoming a humbler, more effective leader.

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

Which quality measures should you report? -- FPM

Under MIPS, you might think you should report quality measures where your performance is best, but consider these four factors as well.

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

The key to getting beyond blame -- FPM

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

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

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Screening patients to understand their social context is the gateway to addressing barriers and improving health.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p7.html

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - With too many patients taking too many unnecessary medications, deprescribing has become a required skill for primary care physicians. Here’s how to go about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p28.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - ICD-10 coding for hypertension and diabetes | Physician certification of diabetic shoes | Umbilical cauterization

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p33.html

It's Not Hard to Be Humble: The Role of Humility in Leadership -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Here’s how to keep ego from getting in the way of effective teamwork.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p25.html

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: An Opportunity or Unreasonable Burden? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Socioeconomic and environmental factors are the largest contributors to patient health, so is it our duty to address them?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p3.html

Five Mobile Apps for Mindfulness -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Recommend these apps for patients interested in incorporating mindfulness into their care plan.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p21.html

What Needs to Change to Make Deprescribing Doable -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Polypharmacy constitutes a real patient-safety issue. Recognizing that is the first step toward change.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p5.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Improve your spiel about unnecessary antibiotics | Manage your online ratings | Ease the switch to a new EHR system | Make staff more aware of data security

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p34.html

Making Sense of MACRA: Questions to Ask Your Employer -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - This supplement guides employed physicians to learn more about their practice’s Quality Payment Program strategy.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p17.html

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