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Provide employee criticism the right way -- FPM

Providing employees with critical feedback can be difficult. One physician shares how he does it, and how to increase the likelihood that the worker listens.

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

What does "24/7 access" to care really mean? -- FPM

Providing chronic care management services comes with numerous requirements, including 24/7 access to care. But the definition of that access is confusing.

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

Considering direct primary care? Here are five tips to get started -- FPM

Interest in DPC was growing even before the pandemic took a chunk out of fee-for-service revenues. If you’re among those interested in the model, here are five tips for making the switch.

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

The trait physicians need during times of uncertainty -- FPM

The best response in stressful times isn’t to ramp up urgency but to practice patience.

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

Unconventional career advice: a physician reflects on her dad -- FPM

With Father’s Day approaching, one family physician looks back on her father’s words of wisdom that inspired her quest to become a doctor.

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

How to legally provide free transportation to patients -- FPM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physician autonomy: the missing ingredient for motivation at work -- FPM

Research suggests that professionals are primarily motivated by three things at work: purpose, mastery, and autonomy. But for most physicians, self-directing their work is a struggle because their organizations don’t make it easy. Here’s what groups should do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/physician_autonomy1.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

Six simple symptom diaries to help your patients help you -- FPM

Patients who keep track of their symptoms or activities can make diagnosis and treatment much easier. These examples of patient diaries can get you started.

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

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

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

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

Tips for talking to reluctant patients about vaccines -- FPM

You can’t convince every patient of the value of vaccines, so focus your efforts and follow these tips.

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

Six documentation tasks your team could be doing -- FPM

Team documentation has been shown to improve patient outcomes and physician satisfaction. Here are six documentation tasks you can delegate.

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

One item that makes documentation easier during a telehealth visit -- FPM

Telehealth visits have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s hard to document a visit on a computer while you’re also using it to communicate with a patient via video.

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

How to cultivate a warm handoff for patient referrals -- FPM

Both you and your patients can benefit when referrals are characterized by a warm handoff. Focus on these three key elements.

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

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

Family physician pay goes up, satisfaction with pay goes down -- FPM

An annual survey of physician compensation shows a healthy gain for physicians. How do you compare?

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

MIPS feedback reports for 2018 now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released reports showing how physicians fared during the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance year.

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

Wait times coming down for physician visits -- FPM

Physician offices in the U.S. have cut visit wait times for patients by five minutes in the past year, according to a new survey.

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

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

Properly documenting time in E/M visits -- FPM

Most evaluation and management (E/M) services are selected based on the level of history, exam, and medical decision making documented in the note. But if counseling, coordination of care, or both dominate the visit, CPT instructs physicians to select a code based on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/properly_documenting_time_in_E-M_visits.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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 2 represents key 2017 MIPS deadline for some physicians -- FPM

If you or your practice plans to participate fully or partially in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017, and you plan to report 90 consecutive days of data for the year, then Monday, Oct. 2, is the last day you can begin.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_90_days_deadline_Oct_2.html

Updated tool lets physicians lookup 2018 MIPS eligibility -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Merit-based Incentive Payment System Eligibility Lookup Tool to inform physicians if they must report for the program in 2018.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Updated_tool_lets_physicians_lookup_2018_MIPS_eligibility.html

How to avoid bias in patient care -- FPM

Implicit bias is the unconscious collection of stereotypes and attitudes that individuals develop toward certain groups of people. If left unchecked, it can affect patient relationships and care decisions.

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

Use 30-day window to review what Physician Compare says about you -- FPM

Beginning, Oct. 18, CMS is giving physicians 30 days to preview the information about them on Physician Compare before publicly releasing it online.

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

Six EHR documentation tips to save you time -- FPM

To reduce your work after clinic, consider ways to make the documentation process more efficient so that you can complete most (if not all) of this work during the visit. Here are six tips to get started.

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

Five steps to diffusing difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Ignoring a patient’s negative emotions, such as rudeness, defensiveness, or anger, can hinder the healing process and complicate the doctor-patient relationship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Southern California program wins 2017 FPM Award for Practice Improvement ...

The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine has won this year’s FPM Award for Practice Improvement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/USC_program_wins_2017_FPM_Award_Practice_Improvement.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

One simple question can uncover medication nonadherence -- FPM

Finding instances of medication nonadherence means asking patients more than just if they took their medicine.

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

Unhealthy family dynamics in the exam room: how to respond -- FPM

When family members complicate a patient visit, consider these five questions to get to the root of the problem and respond appropriately.

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

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

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

Need more time? Train a nurse closer to wrap up patient visits -- FPM

Training a nurse to finish patient visits can make your practice more efficient and improve patient outcomes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three big benefits of small talk -- FPM

Making time for a few seconds of friendly conversation at the beginning and end of each patient visit may be more productive than you’d think. Here are three benefits of making small talk with your patients.

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

When a newborn is not a new patient -- FPM

In most cases a newborn is considered a new patient under CPT rules for purposes of coding and documenting an office visit. There’s one exception, however.

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

Drowning in paperwork requests? Try redirecting these three types -- FPM

Having to fill out paperwork for patients you haven't treated or diagnosed can be a burden. Follow this advice for sending that work where it belongs.

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

The secret to better communication with patients? Talk less -- FPM

Instead of overloading patients with information they won’t remember, focus on communicating just three things your patients need to know.

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

Add some fun to your practice -- FPM

Patients often come to your practice feeling anxious, hurt, or afraid. Adding some levity can help put them at ease, and it can help your stressed-out colleagues as well.

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

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

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

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

Anthem plans to shorten timely filing limit for claims -- FPM

Anthem is notifying practices that they may have less time to timely file patient claims.

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

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

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

2019 qualifying APM participant data now available -- FPM

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

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

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

In a small group? Combine with others now to participate in MIPS -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says physicians in solo or small group practices have until Dec. 1 to formally notify Medicare that they are participating in a virtual group. These groups make it easier for small practices to participate fully in MIPS.

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

Medicare payments for lab tests to change in 2018 -- FPM

Does your office perform lab tests for Medicare beneficiaries? The amount of Medicare reimbursement your office receives for those tests is likely changing, and not positively.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_lab_payments_to_change_in_2018.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

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

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

One time-saving task your nurse can do at the end of every visit -- FPM

Expanding the role of nurses and medical assistants in your practice can help you be more efficient. Here’s one time-saving task they can start doing at the end of every patient visit.

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

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

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

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

CMS: health plans can't force you to take virtual credit cards -- FPM

Physicians who have been confused or concerned about health plans wanting to use virtual credit cards to pay them for patient care are learning they have more say in the matter than they thought.

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

Dealing with disruptive minor patients -- FPM

Being direct with the patient and family so they understand the decision can help bring closure and discourage further bad behavior and retaliation on social media websites.

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

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

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

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

Setting up an outdoor clinic for COVID-19: key steps -- FPM

If you haven’t treated patients with suspected COVID-19 in your parking lot yet, it may only be a matter of time. Four steps can help you get started.

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

What standing orders can do for your practice -- FPM

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

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

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

Seven best practices for doctors on social media -- FPM

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

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

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

Is your EHR slowing you down? -- FPM

No one got into medicine for the typing. Here are ways to speed up your use of electronic health record systems.

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

Make your EHR more efficient -- FPM

In your frustration with your electronic health record system, don’t overlook ways to make it more efficient. These eight tips can help.

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

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

What to say when antibiotics are unnecessary -- FPM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five problems with clinic design -- FPM

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

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

QPP hardship application now open -- FPM

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

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

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