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How to code a screening test vs. a monitoring test (and why it matters) -- FPM

At annual exams, patients often expect that any tests ordered will be considered preventive and covered 100 percent by their insurer. To avoid confusion, make sure you follow this ICD-10 rule.

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

Seven essential skills for leading up -- FPM

Leading up is essential to garnering the resources and support physicians need to do their jobs well. Seven skills can help.

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

Finding clinical information quickly at the point of care: four tips and shortcuts -- FPM

How can you efficiently search for clinical information during a patient visit? These tips can help.

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

FPM at 25: Our favorite articles and covers from the last 25 years -- FPM

For the last 25 years, FPM has published practical, authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to better practice, healthier patients, and a rewarding career. To mark this milestone, we’ve picked 25 of our favorite articles from the archives.

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

CMS offers help for identifying 2019 MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

These codes will help physicians understand which Medicare payments in 2019 are affected by their MIPS scores.

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

Chaperoned exams: How to get the conversation started -- FPM

If your practice doesn’t have clear policies and procedures regarding chaperoned exams, or if they aren’t consistently followed, it may be time to revisit this important subject.

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

What does your exam room's appearance say about you? -- FPM

Patients probably spend the most time during a visit in the exam room. Are they receiving a good experience there?

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

Four screening codes you should be using -- FPM

Use these CPT codes to get reimbursed for performing and reporting recommended screening and assessments.

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

CMS looks for feedback on new MIPS cost measures -- FPM

CMS is testing several new cost measures that could later be added to the cost category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and is looking for help.

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

Improve preventive care by reducing missed and canceled appointments: four tips -- FPM

Practices can take these steps to improve the rate of successful appointments, which avoids lost revenue and missed opportunities to help patients manage their health.

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

A simple communication technique to increase patient satisfaction and empowerment -- FPM

Quickly obtaining a patient's psychosocial information can improve the physician's connection with the patient. The BATHE technique can help.

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

Five ways to partner with urgent care centers -- FPM

As more patients turn to urgent care, physicians will need to find ways to make their relationship with urgent care centers more productive. Here's how.

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

Time to form virtual groups for the MIPS 2019 performance year -- FPM

Follow these instructions to create or join a virtual group to better comply with the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/virtual_groups_MIPS_2019.html

Three qualities of a patient satisfaction survey that's helpful, not harmful -- FPM

Patient satisfaction surveys have become commonplace, but if they aren’t conducted properly, they can do more harm than good. Look for these three qualities in your next survey.

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

How to get your staff or colleagues to make a change -- FPM

Even when the status quo is no longer working, it can be difficult to change. These seven strategies can help your group move toward needed change.

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

When it’s time to leave: six ways to say goodbye well -- FPM

When you have to say goodbye to a job, organization, or relationship you have invested so much of your life, energy, and self into, such endings need to be handled with care. Here’s how.

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

New MBI to appear on remittance advices -- FPM

As part of the ongoing switch to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is including the new MBI number on all Medicare remittances.

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

Three keys to motivate care teams -- FPM

Follow these steps to get team members' buy-in o quality improvement initiatives.

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

Two quick questions to assess patients' readiness for change -- FPM

Do your patients need to make better health decisions? Use these questions to determine how ready they are to change.

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

How to code for immunization refusal -- FPM

Uses these ICD-10 codes to document why a patient refuses an immunization.

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

Three habits of top-performing medical groups -- FPM

A new report highlights the habits of better-performing medical practices and shows that they focus their time, effort, and resources on three key areas.

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

Four Evidence-Based Communication Strategies to Enhance Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - These communication skills will increase patient engagement and satisfaction without slowing you down.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p13.html

Six Mobile Apps to Get Patients Started Exercising -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients have many reasons for not being active. These apps can help push past some of those obstacles.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/oa1.html

The Case for Medical Chaperones -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - It's time for more discussion about how best to incorporate chaperones in primary care.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p6.html

10 Ways to Keep Your Quality Improvement Team Motivated -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Assembling a dedicated QI team is only half the challenge. Here's how to build and sustain their momentum.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p23.html

How Service Agreements Can Improve Referrals and Shrink the Medical Neighborhood -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Defining expectations with consultants can make referrals easier for both you and your patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p18.html

How to Have a Good Goodbye -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - When it's time to move on because of a new job, retirement, or a life change, these six things can help you say goodbye well.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p40.html

How to Excel at Access -- and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

Physician-Patient Communication: A Family Medicine Strength -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - But there is always room for improvement.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p4.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2018 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Initiating visits for chronic care management | Flu vaccine coding | Fish hook removal

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p34.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2018 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Add a monitor to improve your productivity | Forget the feedback sandwich | Wipe your computer clean, literally | Track your time to look for efficiencies

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p35.html

Next wave of new Medicare cards rolls out -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 6 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_6.html

Three ways to help patients choose more effective care -- FPM

Many patient interventions are unnecessary or unhelpful. Here's how to help patients choose more meaningful care.

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

Use of hurricane-related ICD-10 codes is changing -- FPM

The external cause codes for hurricane-related encounters have existed since ICD-10 was adopted. The important change, beginning Oct. 1, is that the National Center for Health Statistics provided clear definition on how to apply the codes correctly.

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

How to opt out of Medicare -- FPM

These steps will help you opt out of Medicare safely.

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

Six questions to ask your consultants -- FPM

Addressing these six areas when negotiating a service agreement with consultants can make patient referrals easier for everyone.

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

Patient Handouts -- FPM Toolbox

Sep 26, 2018 - Download patient tools such as food and exercise diaries, a chronic pain medication agreement, and a new patient welcome letter.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=22

New resources to ease ordering and prescribing DME under Medicare -- FPM

The DME Medicare administrative contractors are trying to help physicians and recently created some online resources to ease the ordering or prescribing of durable medical equipment for Medicare patients.

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

Four tips for better medication adherence -- FPM

These tips can help your patients improve their medication adherence.

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

Six exercise apps to get your patients moving -- FPM

To help your patients get more exercise, recommend these six highly rated mobile apps.

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

Transitional care management: four common questions -- FPM

The rules for coding and billing transitional care management (TCM) services can be confusing. Here are four common questions.

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

A five-step approach to documenting uncertain diagnoses -- FPM

Disciplined note construction is critical to effective communication between physicians and may also contribute to clearer medical decision making.

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

Don't forget the immunization administration code -- FPM

To get paid for the costs associated with administering vaccines, including staff time and supplies, be sure to report a code for the administration.

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

CMS updates MIPS final scores, extends review deadline -- FPM

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has released updated final scores for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period.

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

The key to avoiding portal overload -- FPM

Implementing patient portals, particularly managing the higher volumes of patient messages and data they produce, can quickly overwhelm already overloaded physicians.

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

How to respond when an employee makes a mistake -- FPM

The challenge of responding to employee mistakes is finding a way that not only holds people accountable for their actions but also provides a supportive environment in which they can learn.

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

Still time to request review of your MIPS final score -- FPM

If you believe Medicare has made an error in your 2019 MIPS payment adjustment calculation, you have only a few more weeks to request a targeted review.

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

Five tips to build resilience -- FPM

Building resilience can help you quickly recover from the pressures that cause burnout.

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

Coding for wound care: Is your EHR leading you astray? -- FPM

Remember these tips for properly coding three common types of wounds.

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

Referral Management -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you manage patient referrals.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=26

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