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The right way to respond to high-maintenance patients

When patients are pushy, needy, or entitled, you may be tempted to give in to their demands or refer them away, but there’s a better way to respond.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Four tips for writing visit notes suitable for your patients to see

As transparency increases and more patients gain access to their health records, make sure your visit notes follow four best practices.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

The top Medicare changes to know for 2020

The annual Medicare update includes changes to documentation requirements, coding and payment.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Five changes that will affect physician payment and productivity in 2020 and beyond

There are new codes for online digital E/M, blood pressure monitoring and other common services.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/medicare_update_2020.html

Four ways to target blood pressure control

Four steps to get your patients on the path to better blood pressure.

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

A quick tip for last-minute gynecologic exams

This prep method can save time when a patient needs an unplanned Pap smear.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status

The QPP Participation Status Tool tells physicians if they are required to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 performance year.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Nine measurements for evaluating the quality of your dementia care

A nationally recognized, evidence-based, group of metrics physicians can use to evaluate their current level of dementia care and improve upon it.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

A basic model for behavioral health integration

You can get paid to integrate basic behavioral health check-ins into your practice.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

FPM/STFM award goes to MedStar Franklin Square for innovative care coordination program

The 2019 Practice Improvement Award recognizes Medstar Franklin Square Family Health Center for its efforts to improve care and reduce utilization for high-risk patients through intensive care coordination.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/practice_improvement_award_winner_2019.html

Three questions to ask before making a major change

Asking these three questions before making a big change in your practice can help everyone affected stay united.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders

Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Five reasons you can’t get things done in your organization

Author Peter Senge offers several laws that govern organizational behavior. Five of them are particularly apropos to physicians who are trying to build something new within their organizations but facing resistance.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Advance Care Planning: How to Have the Conversation You Want With Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - More patients are receiving intensive care in their last days of life, even though studies show that most don’t want it. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to make sure patients’ wishes are recorded and respected.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p18.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Bringing Behavioral Health Into Your Practice Through a Psychiatric Collaborative Care ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Learn how to implement an integrated behavioral health program that will more than pay for itself while increasing patients’ access to care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p11.html

Practical Ways to Address Physician Burnout and Improve Joy in Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - It starts with one simple principle: Get rid of stupid stuff in your practice. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p7.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Work relative value units | Vaccination refusal | Marijuana use | Lesion treatment for new patients | Patient discharge without seeing patient

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p30.html

Taking the Fear Out of Error Disclosure -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - What if we could talk about medical mistakes without fear of judgment or punishment?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Liven up your exam rooms | Be prepared for last-minute gynecologic exams | Use nudges to encourage behavior change

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p31.html

A Jury of One's Peers -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - FPM depends on readers like you to review submitted manuscripts and help us deliver useful, high-quality content.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p6.html

A tool for calculating the right-sized patient panel

Here's a five-step method for right-sizing your patient panel.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

How to respond if a teen patient’s parent wants access to records

If the parent of an adolescent patient contacts you or your staff wanting to know why the teen visited your practice, the teen patient’s information must be kept private if any of these situations apply.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020

Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Four reasons your team doesn't get along

Health care can be a high-stress environment, but if infighting, negativity, cliques, and back-biting are pervasive, the underlying issues need to be identified and addressed.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

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