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Key CPT and Medicare Changes for Family Medicine in 2022 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2022 - The 2022 updates don’t include massive E/M coding changes like last year, but several changes are much-needed and relevant to family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p9.html

Outpatient E/M Coding Simplified -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Getting clear on the new coding rules can help you eliminate bloated documentation and improve reimbursement to reflect the value of your visits.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p26.html

Combining a Wellness Visit With a Problem-Oriented Visit: a Coding Guide -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - In the exam room, the distinction between one type of visit and another isn’t always clear. It’s important to know when - and how - you can bill for both.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p15.html

Medicare 101: Navigating the Rules for Coverage and Benefits in Clinical Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - From wellness visits to opting out, here are nine commonly asked questions about Medicare.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p21.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2022 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Simplify documentation of history and physical exam for inpatient coding | Capture all of your time for outpatient E/M coding

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p33.html

E/M Coding Since the 2021 Changes: It Really Is Better -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - There’s more work to be done, but the new rules simplified documentation and coding criteria and should result in increased revenue.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p7.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2022 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Problem not addressed until follow-up visit | Incident-to annual wellness visits | Treating second-degree burns | Diagnosis codes for infant with problem ruled out during visit

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p32.html

The Vaccine Dilemma -- FPM

Feb 1, 2022 - In this short poem, a physician processes the dilemma of caring for patients who won’t take advice when it comes to vaccination.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/oa1.html

Improving Time Management Through Modern-Day To-Do Lists -- FPM

Feb 1, 2022 - It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? - Henry David Thoreau

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p5.html

Shouldn't Every Practice Be a "Concierge" Practice? -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Providing excellent patient service isn't an add-on. It's what we're supposed to do.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p36.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2021) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2022 - A list of the FPM peer reviewers for 2021.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p4.html

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Jan 11, 2022 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox

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

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Jan 11, 2022 - 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

Jan 11, 2022 - 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

Jan 11, 2022 - 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

Coding and Documentation -- FPM Toolbox

Jan 11, 2022 - 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

Jan 11, 2022 - 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

FPM Past Issues 2022

FPM issues for the year 2022

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/issues/2022.html

More information on reporting codes for social determinants of health

The National Center for Health Statistics has clarified who can document and assign ICD-10 codes related to patients’ unmet social needs.

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

Updated Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor for 2022 nearly the same as 2021

A law recently passed by Congress wiped out most of a nearly 10% cut in Medicare payments that family physicians would have otherwise incurred in 2022.

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

New modifier for audio-only telehealth in 2022

There has been no indication yet of how Medicare or other payers will handle the new modifier.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Major insurers changing telehealth billing requirement in 2022

Beginning Jan. 1, Anthem and UnitedHealthcare will require plans to use new place of service (POS) code 10 for telehealth provided in the patient’s home.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Clinicians not automatically included in MIPS exception must apply by year's end

Applications for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exceptions for the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year are due Dec. 31.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Congress and President Biden intervene in Medicare payment cuts

With the passage of the new law, most 2022 Medicare payment allowances should remain similar to those in 2021.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Top 10 articles of 2021

It was another tumultuous year in health care, but COVID-19 wasn’t the only topic on physicians’ reading lists. Here's what made FPM’s list of top 10 articles for 2021.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/top_10_articles.html

COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting deadline extended to Dec. 20

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reopened the reporting portal Dec. 13, and it will remain open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Ten coding tips for capturing patient risk and ensuring proper payment

Correctly coding to capture patient risk is one key to succeeding in value-based payment programs. Remembering these 10 tips can help ensure you’re getting proper credit for managing high-risk patients.

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

How to Succeed in Value-Based Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Identifying your patients, sorting them by risk, and managing their chronic conditions as a team can help you make the most of value-based care programs

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p25.html

How to Correctly Capture Patient Risk for Value-Based Care Programs -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Hierarchical condition categories are key for improving health outcomes and getting accurate reimbursements.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p6.html

Office-Based Strategies to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - The goal is not simply to avoid antibiotics but to use them in a judicious manner. Here are 10 steps family physicians, practices, and leaders can take.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p15.html

How to Respond to Unreasonable Patient Expectations -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Sometimes, what the patient wants isn’t what the patient needs.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p36.html

Put Your Clinical Data to Work With a Registry -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Unlike most EHRs, registries can make patient data accessible and actionable, leading to better outcomes and easier quality reporting.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p21.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Two visits with the same patient on the same date | Screening for prediabetes | TCM and CCM in the same month | Time spent reviewing screening scores

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p32.html

Antibiotic Stewardship Throughout the Primary Care Visit: Opportunities for Office ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Engaging office staff will make your practice’s antibiotic stewardship efforts more effective.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p10.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Sort patients by risk using these three methods | Focus on these four areas for value-based care success | Partner with substance use disorder treatment programs

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p33.html

Combatting COVID-19 Information Overload -- FPM

Dec 1, 2021 - In the digital age, patients sometimes have the same access to the latest information as family physicians. But they still need us to filter it for them.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/1100/p5.html

FPM Advertising Specifications

FPM Advertising Specifications

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/advertisers/fpm-advertising-specifications.html

Anthem releases updated lists of covered telehealth services

The telehealth coverage list updates are part of Anthem’s new virtual visits policy, which began Nov. 1.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Change coming for Medicare Advantage COVID-19 vaccine administration claims

Beginning Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require billing clinicians to submit COVID-19 vaccine administration claims for patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans directly to the plans.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

FPM

FPM is the AAFP’s indexed, peer-reviewed, practice improvement journal, offering practical ideas for improving practice, enhancing the patient experience, and developing a rewarding career.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm.html

Value-based care: 10 resources for getting started

Value-based care can lead to better patient outcomes and financial rewards. These 10 resources offer a starting point for physicians.

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

CMS to automatically apply ‘extreme and uncontrollable circumstances’ policy to some ...

The policy will apply to eligible clinicians who are allowed to participate in MIPS as individuals. It will not apply to groups, virtual groups, or alternative payment model entities.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Nov 9, 2021 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

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

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=113

Care Management -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Care management activities facilitate coordinated patient care across the health care system, leading to increased patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, and reduced costs through avoidance of unnecessary hospital and emergency department utilization. Care management activities ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=115

Value-Based Care and Payment -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=105

Billing & Claims -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of billing, claims, collections, and other ways to maximize revenue -- from reducing denials to implementing patient payment policies. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of billing, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=50

Residents and New Physicians -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - If you're just getting started in practice and need help with the basics -- from coding to negotiating a contract -- check out the following FPM resources: If you're just getting started in practice and need help with the basics -- from coding to negotiating a contract -- check out the ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=95

Access to Care -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Providing good care doesn't count for much if patients can't access your care easily. This article collection features popular FPM content on issues in improving access to care, from advanced-access scheduling to after-hours call. Providing good care doesn't count for much if patients ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=48

Virtual Visits -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Virtual Visits Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Virtual Visits Virtual Visits During COVID-19 Other Resources Last Update: 11/09/2021 Virtual Visits 06/01/2020 Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=116

Medicare -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Medicare Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Are you up to date with the latest Medicare rules that affect your patient care? This article collection features popular FPM content on this topic. Categories Medicare Participation...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=102

Cigna changes policy on paying for an E/M visit with cerumen removal

Starting Nov. 14, Cigna will deny office visit evaluation and management (E/M) services as not separately payable when billed with the removal of impacted cerumen if the removal is the sole reason for the visit.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

New OSHA and CMS rules outline vaccination requirements for health care workers

The Biden Administration released details about COVID-19 vaccine rules for businesses with 100 or more employees and certain health facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule for 2022

CMS is repricing clinical labor in a way that will benefit evaluation and management and other services.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare2022_fee_schedule.html

COVID-19 vaccination guidelines

To keep up with the changing requirements related to COVID-19 vaccines — including boosters, coding, and vaccines for kids — practice staff can use the following tables as a quick reference guide.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/covid19-vaccine-guidelines.html

Telehealth: Technical tips to set up yourself and your patients for success

Telehealth use has expanded dramatically during the pandemic, but not every patient is well-equipped for a video visit.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Medicare now covers the 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Medicare began covering the new 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on Oct. 1. Here's how to code for its administration.

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

Blogs

blogs

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs.html

Your 2022 MIPS payment adjustment may have changed. Here’s why.

CMS has identified two issues that prompted it to correct MIPS scoring logic, resulting in changes to 2020 final scores and 2022 payment adjustments.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Navigating Physician Employment Contracts -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Explore information on physician employment contracts including common terms, advice on specific provisions, and key steps to follow before signing a contract.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p17.html

Life After Residency: Exploring Practice Options in Family Medicine -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Your options are limitless, so start your job search with a clear understanding of your personal and professional interests.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p30.html

A Practical Guide to Physician Disability Insurance -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Insurance policies can keep you financially whole if a disability reduces your earning potential, but it’s important to choose the right combination of coverage

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p10.html

The View From the Top: Leadership Lessons From Family Physician Executives -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Family physician leaders share their 10 keys to success.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p6.html

Find Your Side Gig: Extra Income Opportunities for Family Physicians -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Traditional offerings still abound, but advances in technology have also opened up new possibilities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p25.html

How to Spot and Tactfully Handle Discrimination in the Health Care Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - In the moment, it can be difficult to respond effectively, but practicing these four skills and tactics can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p21.html

Tips for Writing Effective CVs and Cover Letters -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Putting a little extra effort into these materials can help you make a good first impression with potential employers.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p4.html

Tips for Balancing Parenthood and Medicine -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - With limits and support, it can be done.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p40.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - New vs. established patients when covering for other physicians | Coding for weekend clinic services | Incident-to rules for Medicare Advantage plans | Correcting scribe documentation | Removing earwax using instrumentation

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2021 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2021 - Delegate more tasks to your team with clinic protocols | Answer these five questions before your next big career move | Bond with patients by asking about their passions

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p37.html

A Bonus, Not a Burden: How Medical Students Can Add Value to Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2021 - When done well, precepting is a win-win-win for physicians, medical students, and patients.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/oa1.html

COVID-19 booster shots: who’s eligible, and how to code them

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that certain groups receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including all patients 65 and older.

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

Seven pitfalls to avoid when choosing disability insurance

The right disability insurance policy can keep you financially whole if an accident or illness limits your earning potential.

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

Questions to ask about work-life balance when job hunting

When comparing potential employers, consider these six questions to assess the work-life balance each offers.

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

Medicare announces influenza vaccine payment rates for 2021-2022

The payment allowances range from about $10 to $66, depending on brand and formulation

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

Five side gigs physicians can do from home to earn extra income

With a wide knowledge base and scope of practice, family physicians are well-suited for many side gigs beyond just seeing patients in a clinic. The internet has only expanded such opportunities.

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

OHSU Primary Care Scappoose Clinic wins 2021 FPM Award for Practice and Quality ...

Oregon Health and Science University's Scappoose Clinic has won this year’s FPM Award for Practice and Quality Improvement for their rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccine in a primary care clinic.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/fpm_award_2021.html

HHS offers another $25.5 billion in provider relief funds and more time to report

The funding includes $8.5 billion for those who serve rural areas and an additional $17 billion for Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

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

Seven strategies for beating the prior authorization blues

Delays in care due to prior authorization can affect patient outcomes. Here’s a list of ways to speed up the approval process and prevent insurers and other payers from causing harm.

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

CMS expands Medicare payments for at-home COVID-19 vaccines

Clinicians will now be able to receive an enhanced payment up to five times when they administer COVID-19 vaccines to multiple residents of the same house.

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

How to code third doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC has recommended third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

How to spot workplace violence before it happens — and how to respond if it occurs

Physicians must be prepared for the possibility that they will face violence on the job. Here are some things to watch out for to spot potential violent behavior before it happens.

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

How to request a review of your MIPS 2022 payment adjustment

Disagree with your MIPS score and corresponding payment adjustment? You have until Oct. 1 to request a review.

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

CMS releases 2022 payment adjustments for 2020 MIPS performance

The Merit-based Incentive Program System final scores for 2020 performance reflect changes put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2022_mips_payment.html

New surprise billing rule takes effect soon. Find out if it applies to you

The rule applies to emergency services, as well as non-emergency care by out-of-network physicians working at in-network facilities.

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

Major insurer reviewing, downgrading some E/M codes for outlier physicians

Claims will be selected from physicians who code at higher E/M levels compared to their peers with similar risk-adjusted patients.

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

A four-step process for quicker, easier evaluation and management coding

The majority of visits can be optimally coded without worrying about data at all, if you follow these four steps.

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

A Step-by-Step Time-Saving Approach to Coding Office Visits -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Follow these four steps to code quickly and accurately, while reducing the need to count up data points.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p21.html

Practical Ways to Manage Your EHR Inbox -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - These 10 tips can help reduce your workload during and after clinic, so you can focus on what matters most.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p27.html

FMLA Does Not Need to Be a Four-Letter Word -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - These tips can help you complete FMLA paperwork quickly and accurately.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p12.html

The Quest for Administrative Simplification: What's Being Done -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Progress has been made on several fronts, including prior authorization reform and reducing documentation burdens. But there’s more work to do.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p8.html

A Compassionate Communication Refresher for Clinicians Experiencing COVID Fatigue -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - If the stress of the pandemic has challenged your patient communication skills, here’s how you can reestablish rapport.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/oa1.html

Resetting Your Priorities in Family Medicine Post-Pandemic -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - What if we stopped saying yes to new demands and reallocated our time based on our priorities? This three-part exercise can help.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p38.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Staff documentation of the patient history | Modifiers for multiple procedures | Counting data for medical decision making | AWV work by medical assistants | What counts when ordering and reviewing tests

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p32.html

Talking About Vaccines During Pregnancy -- FPM

Aug 1, 2021 - Immunization is a vital component of prenatal care, offering protection from preventable diseases to patients who are pregnant and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends immunizing every patient ...

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p17.html

Prioritizing Primary Care Can Save the U.S. Health Care System -- FPM

Aug 1, 2021 - Payers are being asked to commit to a change in primary care financing in the next two years.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p6.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Use dedicated staff to ease prior authorizations | Leverage your EHR to save time on drug recalls | Use reminder slips to simplify follow-up appointment scheduling

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p34.html

Addressing Administrative Simplification -- FPM

Aug 1, 2021 - Physicians are spending too much time on paperwork and EHR-related tasks, but what can be done?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p5.html

New diagnosis codes effective Oct. 1. Here are some family physicians should know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released this year’s slate of changes. Start preparing now, so your claims can be paid smoothly.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

CMS releases 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and QPP proposals

The proposed rule has implications for telehealth, vaccine administration payment, and work RVUs, among other things.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2022_mpfs_proposal.html

Here’s how to find out if you’re a 2021 qualifying participant for Medicare’s ...

CMS updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool this month based on the first snapshot of 2021 Alternative Payment Model data.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

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