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States to lose ability to divert Medicaid payments -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is eliminating a 2014 rule that allowed states to divert Medicaid payments to third parties.

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

One way to increase physician autonomy and job satisfaction -- FPM

Physician autonomy is crucial to fostering job satisfaction and a culture of continuous quality improvement and creative problem solving. Unfortunately, physician autonomy is shrinking in many health care organizations. Here's one solution.

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

Motivational interviewing: four steps to get started -- FPM

Motivational interviewing is a brief counseling technique that can be effective at helping patients overcome reluctance and make behavioral changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. The OARS acronym highlights four essential aspects.

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

Four bad habits you need to break when it comes to email -- FPM

To reduce the intrusion of email into your daily work life, stop doing these four things.

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

CMS Primary Care Initiative provides new payment models -- FPM

The Primary Care Initiative announced by CMS will give family physicians new payment streams aimed at increasing value-based care.

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

Three steps to coding for Medicare wellness visits -- FPM

The Medicare annual wellness visit and the initial preventive physical examination provide a number of benefits to patients and physicians. Follow these suggestions to get properly reimbursed.

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

Eight things to do before you quit your job -- FPM

High demand and job dissatisfaction may have family physicians considering leaving their practice for a new one. These eight steps could make the transition easier.

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

What standing orders can do for your practice -- FPM

Standing orders allow nurses, medical assistants, or other health care team members to perform certain clinical tasks, freeing the physician to focus on complex care. Here's how to make standing orders work for you.

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

Four tools to help you identify patient medications that need to be deprescribed -- FPM

If your patient is taking multiple medications, some of which may have become unnecessary or harmful, use these four tools to begin the process of deprescribing.

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

Family physician pay goes up, satisfaction with pay goes down -- FPM

An annual survey of physician compensation shows a healthy gain for physicians. How do you compare?

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

How to get support for your health policy goals -- FPM

Public officials can be a great resource for helping you achieve changes in local health policy. Here are four steps to get elected leaders on your side.

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

Four ways to better care for patients with a history of childhood trauma -- FPM

When caring for patients with a history of childhood trauma, some simple shifts in your communication habits can signal to patients that your practice is a safe space for them and help avoid re-traumatization.

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

Stop multitasking, and do this instead -- FPM

Constantly switching your focus from one task to another comes at a cost, decreasing your cognitive ability and productivity. What’s a better approach?

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

Practices gain a second chance to review 2017 QPP results -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is giving practices additional time to review 2017 Quality Payment Program performance data before making it available for public view.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2017_performance_data_review.html

How to handle negative reviews -- FPM

As patients increasingly use online reviews to express their opinions about their medical care and search for doctors, practices need to be paying attention to this information.

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

A new way to earn MIPS credit in 2019 -- FPM

A new study of how physicians collect and report quality measures to Medicare is looking for participants. Successful members will get MIPS credit.

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

Five mobile apps to improve your personal and professional productivity -- FPM

Physicians have lots on their plate and limited time. These top-rated mobile apps will help you make the most of it.

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

Three ways to get patients to use your portal -- FPM

If you want more of your patients to communicate with you through your online portal, follow these three strategies.

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

What to say when antibiotics are unnecessary -- FPM

This Oregon-based physician discusses how she handles discussions with patients who demand antibiotics when they are not necessary or useful.

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

Skin Deep: How to Properly Code for Biopsies and Lesion Removal -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Learn about the new skin biopsy codes, and follow these tips to make sure you get full credit for the skin procedures you perform.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p15.html

Medicare Wellness Visits: Reassessing Their Value to Your Patients and Your Practice --...

Apr 1, 2019 - Providing Medicare wellness visits can be challenging but can improve quality and practice revenue.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p25.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Coding for immunization counseling | How to report after-hours clinic services | Who is eligible for chronic care management?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p31.html

Unlocking Clues to Current Health in Past History: Childhood Trauma and Healing -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Adverse childhood events can have enduring effects on patients’ health, but these four steps can help promote healing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p5.html

Five Mobile Apps to Help You Organize Your Work and Your Life -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - The demands on physicians’ time have never been greater. These apps can help you keep up.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p11.html

Rediscovering the Secret of Quality -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - It’s probably not what you think.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p4.html

Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - As a physician, you can have a powerful voice in bringing about change in your community. Here’s how to go about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p20.html

Creating a Culture of Intrinsic Motivation -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - External motivators don’t work for long.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Pave a trail for sedentary patients | Identify what matters to older patients | Reduce the time you spend on email

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p32.html

Five signs of possible medication diversion in your practice -- FPM

The misuse by patients of prescription medications, especially controlled substances, is a major problem for primary care physicians. Look for these signs of potential medical diversion.

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

Why being humble can make you a better leader -- FPM

Physician leaders do not necessarily need big, self-confident personalities to attract and inspire their teams. Here are some reasons why some humility can go a long way.

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

Billing for multiple skin procedures: three steps -- FPM

If you perform more than one skin procedure for the same patient on the same day, follow these three special billing rules to get the correct payment.

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

Few receive negative payment adjustment in first year of MIPS -- FPM

The vast majority of clinicians who were eligible for and participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017 will avoid a negative payment adjustment to their Medicare claims during the 2019 payment year.

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

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

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