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COVID-19 lessons learned: one health system’s story -- FPM

The pandemic has taught us the importance of compassionate leadership, communication, and transparency, among other lessons.

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

A sample workflow for transitional care management -- FPM

Transitional care management can improve patient health outcomes, reduce the cost of care, and increase practice revenue. But getting started can be challenging if you don’t have a clear workflow in place.

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

Care Management and the Quadruple Aim -- FPM

Apr 1, 2021 - Care management not only addresses the Triple Aim. It could also help improve our work life.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p5.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Alternative codes for chronic care management | Online digital E/M by non-physicians | Remote monitoring with CCM | Retinal imaging

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p37.html

Five Steps to Mastering Agenda Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Use this guide to up-front agenda setting to help you strike a balance between meeting complex patient needs and staying on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p27.html

Care Management in the Real World: A Small, Private Practice's Journey -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Through the addition of a care management function, practices can help high-risk patients navigate complex conditions and vulnerable care transitions.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p33.html

Implementing Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Clinical Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Finger-stick blood glucose measurements provide a snapshot in time. Continuous glucose monitoring gives patients with diabetes a bigger picture.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p7.html

Durable Medical Equipment: A Streamlined Approach -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Durable medical equipment helps patients live healthier, more independent lives. Here’s how to minimize the hassles of getting it to them.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p15.html

Paving the Path to Value: Care Management and Coordination -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Explore how care management and coordination can improve quality and reduce unnecessary utilization for success in value-based payment arrangements with all payers.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p21.html

A Method for Establishing Patient Rapport -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - It starts with being mindful - not only of what we say, but also of how it is being heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p42.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Coordinate care of high-risk patients with regular team check-ins | Respond to positive and negative online reviews | This guide helps diabetic patients fast safely

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p38.html

Medicare claims may be delayed in April, as Congress mulls postponing cut -- FPM

Medicare claims may be delayed as contractors hold them rather than process them with the 2% cut only to have to then reprocess them if the U.S. House of Representatives reverses the cut.

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

Three easy ways to add risk stratification to your workflow -- FPM

As value-based payment models grow, identifying at-risk patients has become even more important.

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

Agenda setting: start visits this way, and they’re more likely to end on time -- FPM

How do you keep patients from bringing up more concerns late in a visit and making it difficult for you to get to the next visit on schedule? Comprehensive agenda setting. Here’s how get started.

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

Adding care management to your practice: four steps -- FPM

Care management has the potential to improve the health of a practice’s most at-risk patients while reducing costs. But how do you get started?

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

When and how to count data under the revised E/M office guidelines -- FPM

When the new rules for evaluation and management office visits went into effect at the beginning of the year, they immediately caused confusion about how to count data to determine the level of medical decision making.

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

Primary Care First alternative payment model applications open, deadline in April -- FPM

The Primary Care First model offers a multi-payer system for practices ready to take on more risk through payments based on utilization and outcomes.

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

CMS raises payment for COVID-19 vaccine administration -- FPM

The increase, which the American Academy of Family Physicians and other groups advocated for, reflects the additional resources and work required to safely store and administer the vaccines.

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

Clarifications issued for new E/M office visit rules -- FPM

The revisions include more guidance about what counts toward the data portion of medical decision making.

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

Add continuous glucose monitoring to your practice: a step-by-step guide -- FPM

Continuous glucose monitoring provides more data about daily glucose trends than finger-stick measurements. Here’s how to start a CGM program in your practice.

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

Seven tips for starting your workday the right way -- FPM

Starting on time may mean something different for each physician, depending on the practice.

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

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_194

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_686

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_195

Care Management -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 12, 2021 - Download tools to help you manage patient care tasks, from agenda-setting to controlled substance refills.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=2

Coding and Documentation -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 9, 2021 - Download tools to help you understand coding and documentation requirements for new and established patient visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=6

Coding: CPT -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 9, 2021 - Download tools to help you optimize your coding of patient encounters.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=4

Responses to common concerns about the new E/M guidelines -- FPM

As family physicians adjust to the new CPT guidelines for office/outpatient evaluation and management services, some common themes are beginning to emerge.

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

CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for 2020 performance year -- FPM

CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exemption in most cases, but there are some caveats.

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

A rule to remember when administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicare Advantage patients ...

When you file a COVID-19 vaccine administration claim for a Medicare Advantage patient, you have to know the patient's traditional Medicare ID number.

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

Coping with COVID stress -- FPM

Feelings of grief, anger, fear, and guilt are real, but these tips can help you navigate them.

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

Three factors that cause difficult patient encounters, and how to manage them -- FPM

The causes of difficult patient encounters can be broken down into three categories: patient factors, physician factors, and situational factors.

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

Using cognitive reframing to encourage behavior change -- FPM

Negative experiences can lead to negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. But cognitive reframing can stop the pattern.

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

Three common reasons for level 5 E/M office visits in primary care -- FPM

To quickly identify and correctly code most level 5 office visits, keep in mind these three common reasons for level 5 work

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/level5_visits.html

Three steps to prepare for an opioid overdose in your clinic -- FPM

An overdose inside your medical clinic may not be a common occurrence, but it's still one to be prepared for.

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

How to avoid Medicare annual wellness visit denials -- FPM

Identifying whether to code for an Initial Preventive Physical Exam (aka the Welcome to Medicare visit), an Initial Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) or a Subsequent Medicare AWV can be tricky.

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

Coding Level 4 Office Visits Using the New E/M Guidelines -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p27.html

E/M Changes for 2021: The Beginning, Not the End -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p8.html

The 2021 Medicare Payment and CPT Coding Update -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/oa1.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Providing E/M services and a preventive physical | Discussing data with an external physician | Warfarin monitoring | E/M over the phone

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p35.html

Employment and Contract Considerations for Family Physicians in the Era of COVID-19 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Family physicians may encounter unfamiliar employment challenges in the short-term, but long-term job prospects remain promising.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p11.html

Building Community Well-being Through Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Reframing --... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - With communities facing so much unrest, here are two skills you can apply to help promote healing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p23.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Try this mental status exam for telehealth visits | Use personal stories to prepare patients for a COVID-19 vaccine | Send orders directly to patients' preferred labs or imaging centers

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p36.html

"Quick, Grab the Naloxone": Overdose Preparedness for Ambulatory Clinics -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - With opioid overdoses rising, practices should consider stocking this safe rescue drug alongside other emergency devices and medications.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p17.html

Systemic Racism and Health Disparities: A Statement from Editors of Family Medicine ...

Feb 1, 2021 - Today there is a renewed call to action for family medicine to both confront systemic racism and eliminate health disparities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p5.html

The Ultimate Balancing Act -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Balancing a family and a career in medicine isn’t easy, but these tips can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p40.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2020) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - << The 2021 Medicare Paym ... Previous article Systemic Racism and He ... Next article >> Jan-Feb 2021 Issue FROM THE EDITOR Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers Fam Pract Manag. 2021 Jan-Feb;28(1):4. Quality peer reviews help the FPM editors select and publish articles that are accurate,...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p4.html

Physician employment trends: salaries, compensation models, benefits, and more -- FPM

Hiring is down, starting salaries are flat, but the long-term job prospects remain promising for family physicians. Here’s what to expect.

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

New MIPS participation option has streamlined reporting -- FPM

Beginning this year, Medicare is offering a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation option intended to streamline reporting requirements.

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

What you need to know about MIPS eligibility for 2021 -- FPM

As you wrap up the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2020 performance year, here are some important things to remember about MIPS eligibility for performance year 2021.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_mips_eligibility.html

MDM data FAQs: Don’t double-count the order and review of a single test -- FPM

The new rules for coding outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) office visits have drawn questions about what physicians can count toward the data portion of medical decision making (MDM).

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

Was that a level 4 E/M visit? Find the answer in just three questions -- FPM

Under-coding level 4 evaluation and management (E/M) visits is a costly mistake. The new E/M coding rules offer an easier way to code these visits and capture the value of your work.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/level4_emcoding.html

Cigna institutes new reimbursement policy for virtual care -- FPM

Cigna, one of the country’s largest private health insurers, has implemented a new virtual care reimbursement policy as of Jan. 1. The policy builds on billing and coding flexibilities spurred by COVID-19.

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

Important MIPS deadlines approaching -- FPM

Here are some important dates and deadlines to keep in mind as you wrap up the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2020 performance year.

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

How the E/M code RVU increases could affect family physicians’ pay -- FPM

The relative value units (RVUs) for several key E/M codes increased on Jan. 1. Here’s how this could affect your payment rates.

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

Practical lessons learned from administering COVID vaccine in a small office setting --...

Administering the COVID vaccine takes more effort than doing flu shots. Here are 13 lessons to help you prepare.

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

COVID-19 vaccines coding guide -- FPM

The CPT Editorial Panel has approved unique codes for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, as well as administration codes for each dose of those vaccines.

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

More new CPT codes approved for COVID-19 vaccines -- FPM

The CPT Editorial Panel has approved a new unique code for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

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

UnitedHealthcare modifies telehealth reimbursement policy for 2021 -- FPM

UHC, one of the nation's largest insurers, has instituted a new place of service coding requirement and other changes.

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

What’s new with E/M coding? This chart can help you remember -- FPM

Physicians and other qualified health professionals will now be able to level visits based solely on either medical decision making or total time.

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

COVID-19 is causing a mental health crisis: here’s one model to help these patients -- FPM

Family physicians can play a key role in managing behavioral health conditions, especially in areas where psychiatric resources are scarce.

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

COVID-19: New ICD-10 codes for the new year -- FPM

The new codes will change prior CDC guidelines for reporting certain encounters.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_covid_codes.html

The new Medicare G code: Everything you need to know to take advantage of it -- FPM

On Dec. 21, Congress delayed implementation of the primary care add-on code, G2211, for three years as part of the 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding, and it applied the savings to increase Medicare base payments for all services and specialties by an additional ...

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/g2211_summary.html

How to talk to your patients about COVID-19: symptoms, exposure, the vaccine, and ...

Especially now, engaging our patients is an even more critical part of our job: dispelling misinformation and giving our patients solid, evidence-based guidance.

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

2021 Medicare physician fee schedule has good news for family medicine -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized simplified rules for billing and coding E/M visits and increased values for several codes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_fee_schedule.html

First COVID-19 vaccine CPT codes published -- FPM

The first COVID-19 vaccine and administration codes are for products produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

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

Regulatory relief coming for Stark and anti-kickback self-referral laws -- FPM

The changes include new safe harbor protections for coordinated care and value-based payment arrangements.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/regulatory-relief-for-stark-and-anti-kickback-self-referral-laws.html

Four things your team can do to help you save time and avoid burnout -- FPM

While there are many problems in the health care system causing physicians to burn out, one possible solution is to lean on your care team as much as possible.

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

Coding COVID-19 exposure -- FPM

Use this diagnosis code for encounters with patients who have suspected exposure to the coronavirus but do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

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

When to speak up: A guiding principle for public advocacy -- FPM

Family physicians have a distinct mission that extends outside the clinic to matters of public concern.

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

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p6.html

Point-of-Care Ultrasound: A Practical Guide for Primary Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Ultrasound has head-to-toe applications for primary care, and the newest machines are portable and affordable enough to fit into almost any practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p33.html

What Can a Scribe Do for You? -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Evidence suggests that documentation support provided by scribes can help relieve physician burnout and increase practice productivity.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p17.html

Improving Physician Well-Being Through Organizational Change -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Wellness Wednesdays and yoga breaks aren’t sufficient. Here’s how health care organizations can begin to address physician well-being.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p23.html

Understanding and Improving Risk Adjustment in Team-Based Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Understand the basics of risk adjustment and how it is used in value-based payment (VBP) arrangements. Learn strategies to thrive in VBP and risk-adjustment models to optimize payment while providing high-quality patient care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p29.html

Tobacco Cessation Telehealth Guide -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Smoking cessation counseling and pharmacotherapy options are cost-effective ways to help patients quit smoking. Learn the role telehealth can play in your practice’s efforts, along with billing, coding, and documentation tips.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p13.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Suspected exposure to communicable disease | Diabetes type 1.5 | Remote patient monitoring | Tetanus immunization due to injury | Performing venipuncture on a child

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p45.html

Incorporating Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Into Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Incorporating alcohol screening and brief intervention benefits your patients and family medicine practice. Follow these steps to reduce risky alcohol use by choosing a screening test, establishing a practice workflow, and appropriately coding and billing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p41.html

Patient Advocacy: Family Medicine's Founding Principle, and Still Its North Star -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - The pandemic and protests have underscored family physicians’ enduring role as a voice for patients in and out of the clinic.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p5.html

What Primary Care Physicians Want for Christmas -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Dear Santa, all we want is some help to do our jobs.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p52.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Ask three questions before using race-based clinical algorithms | What to do when a patient makes a discriminatory remark | Address inequity by supporting Black-owned businesses

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p47.html

Advance care planning: do’s and don'ts -- FPM

If you’ve been avoiding these difficult but important conversations, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started.

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

How organizations cause burnout — and what can be done -- FPM

A National Academy of Medicine report identified numerous factors that contribute to physician burnout, many of which were organizational in nature.

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

Tips for using total time to code E/M office visits in 2021 -- FPM

Some tips for coding using total time under the new rules for E/M office visits that take effect Jan. 1, plus an example of a visit well-suited for time-based coding.

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

Haven't received your AAPM bonus? There's still time to fix your billing info -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline to Dec. 13. Check this public notice to find out if you need to verify your info.

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

Five simple procedures for point-of-care ultrasound beginners -- FPM

Ultrasound devices are more portable and affordable than ever and have head-to-toe applications for primary care. But primary care physicians shouldn’t start with complicated, high-stakes procedures.

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

Three questions to ask before using race-adjusted clinical algorithms -- FPM

There is mounting evidence that race is not a reliable proxy for genetic variation and some race corrections may make health disparities worse.

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

A different way to measure primary care performance -- FPM

The Person-Centered Primary Care Measure survey has a low data collection burden for physicians.

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

Deadlines approaching for Medicare alternative payment programs -- FPM

The end of the year will bring several important deadlines for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

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

Are scribes effective? -- FPM

This summary of the literature on scribes shows improvement in key metrics and no change in others.

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

Medicare announces coverage for new COVID-19 treatment that can be provided in doctors'...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set coverage for a monoclonal antibodies therapy that doctors should be able to eventually provide in outpatient office settings.

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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Nov 11, 2020 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

Physician Leadership -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Physician leadership is more important now than ever before. Here are the skills you need to be an effective leader at any level in your organization. Physician leadership is more important now than ever before. Here are the skills you need to be an effective leader at any level in your...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=118

Practice Finances -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Practice Finances Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Financial Issues Financial Issues 04/01/2010 The 12-Step Way to Reduce Practice Expenses: Part 1, Staffing Efficiencies 06/01/2010 The 12-Step Way to...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=120

Compensation & Productivity -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Compensation & Productivity Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Productivity Compensation and Incentives Productivity 04/01/2020 Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=119

2021 outpatient office E/M changes FAQ -- FPM

Documentation and coding requirements for outpatient evaluation and management services will change starting Jan. 1. Here are some answers to common questions about the changes.

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

Six codes to remember as COVID-19 cases surge across the country -- FPM

COVID-19 cases are surging again in many states, with the U.S. setting new records for daily infections. These are the key codes to remember when testing for or diagnosing the illness.

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

Check flu vaccine codes to avoid claim denials -- FPM

If you are receiving denials on your Medicare claims for influenza vaccinations this season, it may be due to inadvertent coding errors.

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

Safely treat respiratory illness during flu season -- FPM

Outdoor patient care has become less feasible in many parts of the country as cold weather sets in, but there are several ways to increase safety while providing respiratory care within clinic buildings.

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

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