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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patients will soon have expanded rights to read your clinical notes: how to make them ...

Next year, the 21st Century Cures Act goes into effect, giving patients the right to immediate electronic access to their health records. Here are four tips for writing patient-friendly notes in an open notes world.

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

The best way to handle medical misinformation -- FPM

The key? Don’t get defensive or drawn into a debate with your patients. Instead, briefly state the facts and then move on with the rest of the visit.

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

Big changes in E/M coding: 10 tools to help you prepare -- FPM

To help you prepare for the coming change in E/M coding, here are 10 resources from FPM and the AAFP.

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

Six resources for physicians who want to learn about racial equity -- FPM

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests have brought new attention to longstanding race-based disparities in health outcomes. These online resources can help physicians become stronger advocates for change.

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

New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing -- FPM

The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved new and revised codes for COVID-19 testing this week. The updates to the CPT code set take effect immediately.

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

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

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The application period is Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.

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

Five ways to fight system-induced distress before it causes burnout -- FPM

A multilevel approach to resisting a health care system that relies on overworking physicians to make up for its own inefficiencies.

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

A brief method for triaging patients during a pandemic -- FPM

When the leaders of Eglin Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Florida opened an outdoor clinic in their parking lot in response to COVID-19, they established a triage process for deciding which patients would be sent there, as opposed to being seen virtually or inside the clinic.

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

Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans -- FPM

President Trump has signed legislation that relaxes loan repayment terms for family physicians who received COVID-19 relief funds via the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program.

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

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p29.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Coding for COVID-19 when testing isn't available | Diagnosis codes for recovered patients| Coding symptoms that linger | Diagnosis codes for antibody testing| CPT codes for antigen testing

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p41.html

Creating Intentional Professional Connections to Reduce Loneliness, Isolation, and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Pretending we have it together and can do it all on our own is the fastest way to professional isolation and burnout. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p20.html

Emotional Intelligence: Five Ways to Have Better Interactions and Improve Your Work ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - These simple tools can help you respond effectively when you feel emotionally hijacked by difficult people or circumstances.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p9.html

Building an Outdoor Urgent Care Clinic During a Pandemic: One Clinic's Experience -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - When an infectious disease outbreak strikes, an outdoor clinic can reduce the risk of transmission and conserve personal protective equipment.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p14.html

Racism in Health Care: Creating a More Equitable Health Care Experience -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - Imagine how it would feel to walk into a doctor’s office and see that everyone else looks different from you.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p3.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Provide patient letters describing the diagnosis rather than the need for accommodation |Reduce pain of deltoid injection | Test your staff's phone etiquette by calling your own office |Prevent staff burnout due to COVID-19

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p43.html

How to Handle Misinformation in the Age of Dr. Google -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Sometimes the medical information patients find on the internet is correct. But when it’s not, we need to practice a new skillset.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p48.html

Keys to High-Quality, Low-Cost Care: Empanelment, Attribution, and Risk Stratification ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Understand attribution and alignment methodologies in VBP arrangements to know which patients are assigned to you. Use empanelment and risk stratification to better understand where to expend a practice's care management and care coordination resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p37.html

Maternal Immunization Task Force for Pregnant Women: A Call to Action -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - << Racism in Health Care: ... Previous article Emotional Intelligence ... Next article >> Sep-Oct 2020 Issue SUPPLEMENT Maternal Immunization Task Force for Pregnant Women: A Call to Action Download in PDF format Supplement sponsors: American Academy of Family Physicians; American...

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Feds release new info on COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released detailed reporting requirements for health care providers that receive payments from the $175 billion COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

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

How to respond more effectively to difficult patients or colleagues -- FPM

When you are emotionally hijacked by difficult people, you tend to have less perspective and poorer judgment, while making more errors - and feeling certain you are right. Here’s a better response.

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

Surprising findings about social determinants of health -- FPM

Addressing patients' social needs can seem overwhelming, but this clinic found otherwise.

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

COVID-19 is increasing physician burnout -- FPM

Physician burnout was already a growing problem, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse

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

Is a pandemic the perfect time to start group visits? -- FPM

Are group visits a good idea during a global pandemic? Probably not in-person, but this might be the perfect time to establish a virtual group visit program.

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

Three things to know about the coming E/M coding changes -- FPM

The most consequential changes to evaluation and management (E/M) coding in decades are coming soon, and it’s time to prepare now.

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

Some physicians need to verify billing info with CMS to receive AAPM bonus -- FPM

Physicians who qualified for the Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the Quality Payment Program’s 2018 performance period will receive their payments soon. But some will have to verify their billing information to ensure they get their bonus.

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

Virtual Visits -- FPM Topic Collection

Sep 10, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Virtual Visits Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Virtual Visits Virtual Visits During COVID-19 Other Resources Last Update: 09/10/2020 Virtual Visits 08/01/2015 Should You Treat Patients Virtually?...

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

Five keys to a happy career in medicine -- FPM

Doctors who need to make money at the expense of work boundaries and professional satisfaction are rarely happy. But prudent management of personal finances leads to a more satisfying career.

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

CMS releases software fix for issue that could affect eCQM scores -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released updated database files to correct an issue that could impact scores for some eligible clinician electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) for the 2020 performance period.

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

ICD-10 annual update: what family physicians need to know -- FPM

The ICD-10-CM diagnosis code annual update will take effect Oct. 1, which means it’s time to prepare your practice.

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

CMS finally specifies which service codes are subject to COVID-19 cost-sharing waiver ...

After several months, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finally released a list of specific procedure codes that are subject to rules waiving coinsurance and deductibles for COVID-19 testing.

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

Four steps to succeeding in the coming value-based system -- FPM

The shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value can feel daunting, but it may give family physicians new opportunities to prosper and to provide the kind of care patients want.

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

The deadline to apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds is only days away -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously announced that certain providers would have this opportunity to receive additional Provider Relief Fund payments.

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

Care Management -- FPM Topic Collection

Aug 19, 2020 - 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 ...

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

CMS delays enforcement of Appropriate Use Criteria program -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced an extension of the education and testing period for its Appropriate Use Criteria program through calendar year 2021.

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

Four tips for maintaining patient relationships despite COVID-19 -- FPM

Fragmentation of care was already making it harder to maintain close ties with patients. Now a viral pandemic has many reluctant to come for office visits. Here are four ways to stay connected.

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

Create an orientation checklist to integrate a new colleague -- FPM

The sooner new physicians get settled, the sooner they will be able to lighten your workload. Try this sample orientation checklist.

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

COVID-19 spurs CMS to delay mandatory use of new noncoverage form -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week it will delay a rule requiring physicians to use a new version of its Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form.

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

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