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How to attract more kid patients to your practice: four tips -- FPM

Having young patients on your schedule can add some fun and variety to your workday. To grow this patient population, consider these four tips.

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

Three things to consider before you start screening for social determinants of health ...

Social needs can complicate a patient’s health issues, but before you add another screening, answer these three questions.

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

The secret to motivation at work -- FPM

People who receive extrinsic rewards for doing their jobs learn and produce more slowly, but those with intrinsic motivation invest more deeply and progress farther. Three factors make all the difference.

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

Three principles for improving patient satisfaction with service -- FPM

Practices can focus on improving these three areas to boost patient satisfaction with the quality of their care.

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

How to get sedentary patients to exercise -- FPM

This Maryland-based practice created a special area trail guide to help patients get out of their house and get walking.

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

Five mobile apps to encourage mindfulness -- FPM

Five mobile applications to help patients use mindfulness to treat depression, chronic pain, tobacco use disorder, and other problems.

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

Less than a month left to submit 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

Physicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 have only a few more weeks to report your quality measures.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_2018_deadline.html

CMS finds errors in MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is working to fix errors in how this year's MIPS payment adjustments were applied to some physicians.

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

Two ways to address difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

When patients display negative emotions in the exam room, such as anger or frustration, asking them about their feelings can feel risky. Using these two strategies can help you better address patients’ difficult emotions and protect the healing process.

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

Ten steps to better practice efficiency -- FPM

Proven techniques borrowed from the manufacturing industry could help your practice operate more efficiently. Here are 10 steps to help eliminate bottlenecks in your workflow and save time.

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

How to properly code for a Pap smear -- FPM

Screening for cervical cancer is often included in the physical exam portion of a preventive medicine service. Follow this advice to see when you can bill separately for a Pap smear.

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

The accurate valuation of office visits: one thing you can do -- FPM

The relative value of office-based E/M codes is being reviewed. To help inform that review, family physicians can take this one critical step.

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

New reports look at family medicine office visit billing -- FPM

Here's what to do with that Medicare comparative billing report you may have received analyzing how you bill family medicine office visits.

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

Two simple ways to improve patient satisfaction with visit length -- FPM

How do you prevent the patient complaint My doctor didn’t spend enough time with me, especially if you can’t increase visit length? Research points to two techniques that can help patients feel more satisfied with the amount of time you spend with them.

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

Three myths about HIPAA -- FPM

Although HIPAA has existed for more than 20 years, many organizations still struggle to interpret the law correctly. When their interpretations are too strict, it can make physician and staff jobs harder than they need to be. Here are three common myths about HIPAA.

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

Time to check your 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

If you are unclear whether the Merit-based Incentive Payment System applies to you in 2019, use this tool to check your eligibility.

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

A checklist for better dementia care plans -- FPM

Physicians may not be able to control many facets of dementia care, but this checklist can help you tackle the cognitive, functional, and behavioral losses that most matter to patients and their families.

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

Why did that idea flop? -- FPM

Are you committing one of three key mistakes that can prevent sustainable change from taking hold in your practice?

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

How to find joy in medicine, one day at a time -- FPM

A Grand Rapids, Mich., physician discusses what her team does every day to remember why they're in medicine.

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

High-maintenance patients: protecting yourself and your practice -- FPM

Every physician has a patient or two (or more) who make frequent and unreasonable demands for treatment, tests, or referrals, treat staff poorly, and drain the physician’s time and energy. Rather than allow these patients’ bad behavior to affect yours, follow this simple advice.

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

How to avoid payment denials on two common diagnostic tests -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is advising physician practices on how to avoid billing errors for two common diagnostic tests.

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

Three tips for better risk-adjustment coding -- FPM

Your payment is increasingly tied to the severity of your patients’ conditions. These three guidelines will help you make sure you’re using the codes that best reflect their level of risk.

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

How to calculate the value of team documentation -- FPM

Having a medical assistant or nurse handle the paperwork related to patient visits can help you be more efficient and increase revenue. Here’s how to calculate the value.

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

Using Empowered CMAs and Nursing Staff to Improve Team-based Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Highly trained workers can perform more visit-related tasks, boosting care quality and reducing physician burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p17.html

Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p23.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Prescription drug management and E/M code selection | Review of systems: How many systems are too many? | Documenting exams by medical students | Coding for removal of skin lesions: biopsy or no?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p30.html

Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, here’s what you need to know about their rights and your responsibilities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p7.html

High-Maintenance Patients -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Simplify the checkout process | Ensure your safety during patient visits | Keep your empathy for difficult patients

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p32.html

Changes of Note for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Coding updates are just the tip of the iceberg as we begin 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p4.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2018) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2018.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p6.html

Communication checkup: How many of these skills do you practice? -- FPM

Good communication is the bedrock of good care. In the busyness of day-to-day practice, don’t neglect these seven basic skills.

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

The No. 1 question about team documentation -- FPM

To ease physicians’ administrative burdens, many practices are adopting team documentation, which involves increasing the MA-to-physician ratio and delegating more tasks to MAs. How do you convince your practice to try it?

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

Teen privacy: four rules -- FPM

When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, balancing the patient’s rights with the parent’s rights can be complicated. Keep these rules in mind.

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

UHC moves from denial to downcoding of E/M claims -- FPM

Physicians and their coding staff need to be aware of a change in how United Healthcare approaches and pays claims with problematic documentation.

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

Seven tips for encouraging your patients to exercise -- FPM

These seven steps can help you develop personalized physical activity plans for your patients.

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

How to determine what's really urgent -- FPM

Three questions to help you determine if a task truly needs your immediate attention and response or can be delayed or even delegated elsewhere.

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

A tool to smooth out your checkout process -- FPM

A New Mexico family physician uses checkout sheets to highlight what needs to happen before a patient leaves the office.

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

More than half of Medicare claims use new ID cards -- FPM

Physicians are showing early success using the new identification cards that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supplied to Medicare beneficiaries over the last year.

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

Four apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression -- FPM

Here are four mobile apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression.

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

Tasks your nurse could be doing to boost practice productivity -- FPM

How to expand the roles of your care team registered nurses to help the practice serve more patients and increase revenue.

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

Six tips for a better CV -- FPM

Whether you are looking for your first job out of residency or making a career change, getting your curriculum vitae noticed by potential employers is your goal.

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

Ring in the New Year by submitting your 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

CMS has officially opened the data submission period for MIPS eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/How_to_submit_2018_MIPS_data.html

How to structure the patient visit for better communication -- FPM

Patient visits tend to go better if you and your patient are on the same page. To accomplish this, try structuring your patient visits to start with a brief moment of collaborative agenda-setting.

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

EHRs occupy 24 percent of doctors’ time, says survey -- FPM

Family physicians spend 51 hours in practice each week, with 24 percent of that time spent interacting with the electronic health record (EHR). What can physicians do to make their EHR work less frustrating?

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

Four mistakes to avoid when talking with patients about risk -- FPM

Helping patients understand their risk of developing a certain disease or the risks associated with a screening test can be complicated. Don’t make these four mistakes.

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

New Medicare card lookup tool gets update -- FPM

Even if your Medicare patients haven't yet received their new ID cards, you can lookup their beneficiary identifier online.

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

Five ways to avoid problems with patient satisfaction scores -- FPM

Patient satisfaction scores are being used to grade physician performance and even dictate salary. Here are ways to make sure the scores are correctly generated and used.

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

Coming soon: Medicare payment for virtual encounters -- FPM

Among the new codes going into effect in 2019 are several that reimburse physicians for various types of virtual encounters.

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

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