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Three quick tips for exam room safety

You don't typically enter the exam worried about the potential for violence, but increased awareness of your surroundings can help keep you safe during visits.

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

When should you code for marijuana use?

If patients report marijuana use in their social history, but have no related complaints, should you list an ICD-10 code for it?

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

What to do when an MBI changes

It's time to start using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers, if you aren't already. But how will you know if a patient's MBI changes?

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

A technique for easing advance care planning conversations

Advance care planning conversations can get emotional. Here's one way to prepare.

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

What can a care team coordinator do for you?

In some practices coordinators lighten the load by taking on administrative and clinical duties so physicians can focus on patients.

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

Five ways to orbit the "hairball" of red tape and regulations

Within your organizational boundaries, try to find new, invigorating, and satisfying ways to practice medicine.

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

Time is running out to transition to new Medicare numbers

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, you must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) when billing Medicare, regardless of the date of service.

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

HHS taking applications for Primary Care First alternative payment model

The bundled services model will offer performance bonuses of up to 50%, with downside risk of just -10%.

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

Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program for 2020

Highlights from the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule include new codes for chronic care management and principal care management.

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

Two tasks highly efficient practices delegate to their patients

Achieving greater practice efficiency often requires addressing key workflows, rethinking who does what, and delegating appropriately. In some instances, this can mean delegating tasks to patients.

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

Talking with patients about risks: do's and don'ts

To improve your communication with patients about risk, follow these do's and don'ts.

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

Three practical skills that can help you be a better doctor

Good doctors have not only excellent clinical skills but also practical skills they likely learned outside of medical school.

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

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Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=3

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors

CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

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

Four quick tips for bringing humor to your practice

Medicine is serious business. Some comic relief may be just what you and those around you need to get through a tough day.

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

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule

If the time of service listed in a CPT code descriptor exceeds the time you spend providing the service, you may still be able to bill for it.

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

Do you know your RVUs?

Knowing how many relative value units (RVUs) you generate for each service can help improve your productivity and your payment.

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

The first thing to do before you see your next patient

Here's how to take a minute to calm your mind during a hectic day and refocus before you move on to your next patient.

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

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations

Preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics by having this quick conversation with patients before you examine them.

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

Six steps to start a group visit program for chronic care

Group visits can help people with chronic conditions like obesity improve their health.

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

More Medicare claims problems

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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

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