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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p5.html

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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Sep 10, 2020 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

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

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

Will Medicare give you a pay bump next year? Check your MIPS score -- FPM

Physicians and practices can now access their 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System feedback and final score through the Quality Payment Program website.

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

Medicare taking comments on 2021 physician payment proposals -- FPM

The changes are a mix of good news and bad news for family physicians, but taken as a whole CMS estimates they will result in a 13% increase in family physicians’ Medicare allowed charges in 2021.

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

Medicare unveils influenza vaccine payment allowances for 2020-2021 flu season -- FPM

The allowances range from about $10 to about $60.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Lab tests requiring modifier QW | Newborn: new patient or not? | Shared services for new patients | Coding sex-specific services for transgender patients | Pacemaker due to sick sinus syndrome

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p36.html

Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Applying even one of these 10 strategies can help you reduce frustration, improve productivity, and get home earlier.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p5.html

Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Most teams try to avoid conflict, yet can’t stop focusing on the negative. Healthy teams do the opposite.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p11.html

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p29.html

Developing Your Professional Career Plan -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - The key to a fulfilling career is to know what’s important to you - from your mission, identity, and direction to family, fun, and finances - and then pursue that.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p21.html

Understanding Value-Based Payment: A Primer for Family Physicians -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Public and private payers are transitioning away from fee-for-service and emphasizing value-based payment models. This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians describes what you need to know about the transition and how it may affect you and your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p25.html

Maintaining Patient Relationships in the Age of Hospitalists, Urgent Care, and a ...

Aug 1, 2020 - It was already difficult to get enough face-to-face time with patients before COVID-19 hit. Bonding with them now takes even more effort.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p4.html

Increasing Pneumococcal Immunization Rates -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians shares learnings from state chapter quality improvement initiatives designed to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates. The project was supported by a grant from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p17.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Use EHR sticky notes to connect with patients personally | Talking your team through a crisis | Get credit for pre- and post-exam work

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p38.html

Ten Tips for Cultivating Patience During Uncertain Times -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - It’s easy to feel impatient with ourselves and others these days. But research suggests impatience can be bad for our health. Here’s a better way to respond.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p43.html

CMS and CDC release guidance on counseling patients tested for COVID-19 -- FPM

Counseling patients about the importance of isolating, in particular, can help reduce transmission of the illness.

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

Two strategies to keep healthy teams healthy and get dysfunctional teams functioning --...

TCOVID-19, financial struggles, racial injustice, civil unrest - these are stressful times. If your team has navigated them successfully so far, establishing these two habits can help keep it on track. If your team is falling into backbiting and dysfunction, they can help you turn ...

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

Transitional care management coding requirements -- FPM

The CPT codes for TCM require one face-to-face visit, certain non-face-to-face services, and medication reconciliation and management during the 30-day service period.

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

Three steps to improve preventive service utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic -- FPM

Patients are deferring routine office visits for chronic disease management and preventive services out of concern for their safety during COVID-19. But these visits are important, especially for patients with conditions that require close monitoring, or those who are due for ...

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

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

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

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

Check your QPP participation status with updated CMS tool -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on new data.

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

HHS extends application deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund distribution provider application deadline.

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

Six EHR documentation tips to save you time -- FPM

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

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

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

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

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

How to avoid bias in patient care -- FPM

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

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

IRS says these COVID-19 relief funds are taxable -- FPM

Money that doctors receive from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will be subject to income tax in most cases.

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

New CPT code for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antigen testing -- FPM

Antigen testing is designed to be quicker and simpler than other tests for the coronavirus and can be conducted at the point of care.

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

Medicare to require new Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form -- FPM

When you expect Medicare to deny payment, an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form is useful. A new version of the form will soon be required.

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

COVID-19 diagnosis coding explained in a flowchart -- FPM

Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions still remain about how to code these cases. This flowchart has the answers.

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

Assigning patient risk levels in two steps -- FPM

Identifying which of your patients are at high risk can help you provide them with better care.

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

How your team can help you finish your documentation -- FPM

If you prefer taking visit notes with pen and paper, your staff can transfer them to the EHR. But make sure you do this.

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

CMS again offers QPP data reporting relief, but this time it's not automatic -- FPM

Practices participating in MIPS that have been significantly impacted by the public health emergency can apply for the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception.

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

Health Equity, Diversity, and Social Determinants of Health -- FPM Topic Collection

Jun 29, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Health Equity, Diversity, and Social Determinants of Health Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Addressing Discrimination Social Determinants of Health Cultural Competence Other Resources Addressing...

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Major insurer extends COVID-related telehealth expansion through September -- FPM

One of the nation's largest insurance companies announced it will continue to reimburse telehealth visits at the same level as in-person visits for several more months.

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

Reopening your practice during COVID-19: where to begin -- FPM

New workflows and other changes are now critical to maintaining social distancing and keeping facilities clean and safe. But where should practices begin?

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

The key to reducing work after clinic -- FPM

Physicians spend one to two hours nightly on EHR tasks or paperwork. To reduce work after clinic, focus on this one thing.

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

Three ways to nurture the family in family medicine -- FPM

Your well-being is affected by not only the quality of your workplace but also the quality of your family life. Here are three ways physicians can protect family well-being.

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

Medicare payment for some physician services may be impacted by prior authorization -- FPM

Certain hospital outpatient department services will require prior authorization as a condition of Medicare payment beginning July 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four strategies to reduce patients' prescription drug costs -- FPM

The cost of medications has long been a concern for patients. With unemployment spiking due to COVID-19, they may need your help saving money on meds.

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

CMS opens Direct Contracting alternative payment program applications -- FPM

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has opened applications for its Direct Contracting program.

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

How to respond to incivility -- FPM

When you encounter rudeness, discrimination, or violence in your practice, stay calm and apply these seven strategies.

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

Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips -- FPM

Patient volume has dropped 60% since the start of the pandemic, and practice revenues have declined 55%. Here’s what practices can do to recover.

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

Three things physician leaders need to clarify -- FPM

To manage all the tasks, projects, and requests for your time, you have to be clear on three things.

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

Operationalizing Virtual Visits During a Public Health Emergency -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Providing options for remote access to care can keep your practice running and your patients healthy when an infectious disease outbreak prevents you from seeing them in person.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p5.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Mental health screenings | Reporting multiple management services | Transferring paper notes to the medical record

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p31.html

Implementing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Primary Care Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - In-office blood pressure readings are often inaccurate or insufficient. Here’s a way to get a better picture of how your patients are doing and get paid for it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p19.html

Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips for Effective Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Doctoring by phone is a skill I never thought I’d have to learn.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p4.html

A Physician’s Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

Protecting Family Well-Being Through Social Connectivity and Time Management -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Families are a physician’s core source of support. Making time to nurture family connections is crucial to keeping that support system strong.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p13.html

Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times: Seven Tips -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - As a physician leader, you can help provide clarity, calm, and cohesion.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p36.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Check for COVID-19 updates on home isolation and work notes | Ask patients to submit vitals before telehealth | Adapt your documentation setup for telehealth

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p32.html

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19 -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated a frequently asked questions page with new guidance on billing Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video -- FPM

Patients may be leery about coming into your office during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how many safety measures you take. Here are four ways to treat them remotely even if they don’t have the equipment or technological know-how to do video visits.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently clarified how physicians can collect biometric data for Medicare annual wellness visits from patients who are in their homes.

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

CMS: Patients can self-report vitals for Medicare AWV telehealth visits -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified that during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) patients may self-report vital signs and other biometric data for Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) done via telehealth.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Gallows humor in the time of COVID-19 -- FPM

Gallows humor has long been a part of medicine, and research shows that when deployed appropriately, it can relieve tension in stressful situations.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

The secret to job satisfaction? Ask for what you need -- FPM

Many practices exist within a vast bureaucracy of rules and policies. To create a more satisfying practice, you must ask for what you need. Here's how.

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

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