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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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

High-Maintenance Patients -- FPM

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

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

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

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

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

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

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

Help patients remember to get their flu shot -- FPM

Here's a method for helping your patients remember to get a flu shot in case they forget or don't know you have immunizations available.

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

Johnston Memorial Hospital wins 2018 FPM Award for Practice Improvement -- FPM

The family medicine residency program and family physician-led hospitalist team at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., have won this year’s FPM Award for Practice Improvement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/Johnston_Memorial_2018_Practice_Improvement.html

How to check if you are MIPS-eligible in 2018 -- FPM

CMS has taken a second look at whether physicians are eligible for MIPS in 2018. Find out if you have to report - and if your 2020 payments are at risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_MIPS_eligibility_status.html

Violence in the office: six questions to help you prepare -- FPM

To prepare for potential violent incidents, every practice should develop an Emergency Operations Plan that answers these questions.

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

How to properly code for a pre-op examination -- FPM

Family physicians are often asked to preform pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing procedures. This requires selecting the correct codes.

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

Two mobile apps to help patients lose weight -- FPM

To supplement your normal advice to patients about healthy eating and exercise, you can also recommend these two mobile apps to help patients gain more control.

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

Six Mobile Apps to Make Prescribing Easier -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - These apps can help you more effectively make medication decisions on the go.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p11.html

Five Ways to Communicate Risks So That Patients Understand -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When discussing a patient’s risk of developing a disease or the risks associated with a screening test, these simple techniques can ensure clarity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p28.html

Preparations for Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Office -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Use this guide to plan for offering medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p21.html

How to Prepare for and Survive a Violent Patient Encounter -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the unthinkable happens, having a plan that you have practiced regularly can make all the difference.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p5.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When the chief complaint is medication refill | 99221 for second hospital encounter? | Staph infection of a wound

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p32.html

What Makes a Doctor Truly Great -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - This one skill separates the good from the great.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p40.html

Communicating Risks: Let's Talk Numeracy -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Understanding numeracy will make your risk conversations with patients more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p4.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2018 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - Know your RVUs | Set antibiotic expectations before a sore throat exam | Use a white board to track high-risk patients

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p34.html

Helping compare Medicare costs and copayments gets easier -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers.

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

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests -- FPM

Saying no to these requests while preserving the patient relationship takes skill, but three tips can help.

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

12 ways to work smarter, not harder in practice -- FPM

A primary care physician shares 12 strategies -- rooted in the principle of working smarter, not harder -- that transformed her practice.

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

The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor -- FPM

Yes, clinical knowledge, procedural expertise, and bedside manner are important. But what one skill differentiates a good doctor from a truly great doctor?

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

What to do when your patient brings a list -- FPM

Following these five steps can help bring a patient's long list of items under control and create a useful agenda for the encounter.

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

How to obtain a waiver to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine -- FPM

Here are the five steps to securing a waiver to administer buprenorphine from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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

Difficult patient visits: five questions to help you manage them more effectively -- FPM

An estimated 15 percent of patient encounters are considered difficult by physicians. But these challenging visits can be professionally rewarding if you take the right approach.

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

Four prescribing apps to improve your medication decisions -- FPM

Many physicians are turning to mobile prescription applications for help making medication decisions at the point of care, but which ones are worth considering? Here are four apps that topped our list.

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

How to boost your efficiency with team rooming -- FPM

Team rooming can improve practice efficiency by reversing some traditional roles in the exam room.

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

Final rule on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule delays major changes to E/M ...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized its much anticipated Final Rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes simplifications to E/M coding and documentation but delays other major changes.

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

More is not always better for diagnosis coding -- FPM

Some physicians question whether they should report diagnoses beyond those addressed at a patient visit to ensure the best possible HCC score (and thus the best possible risk adjustment).

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

Seventh wave of new Medicare cards hits the mail -- FPM

CMS has begun mailing new Medicare ID cards to recipients living in the Wave 7 states and territories of Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_7.html

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