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FPM and AAFP resources to help you create a better practice

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/practice-management.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

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

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

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 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

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

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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.

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

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