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Five ways to reduce errors based on reliability science -- FPM

The key to reducing errors isn’t simply to try harder but to put processes in place that make it easy to do the right thing at the right time. Here are five ways to achieve this.

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

Medicare rolls out new cards to another group of states -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_5.html

How to handle a rude patient -- FPM

When you encounter patient rudeness or other difficult behaviors, the technique of reframing can help.

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

99213 vs. 99214: Three tips for spotting the difference -- FPM

One of the most confounding aspects of evaluation and management (E/M) coding is the distinction between a 99213 and a 99214 established patient office visit. The following tips can help you recognize when a visit meets the requirements of a 99214, as opposed to a 99213.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_99214.html

Six keys to coding 99211 visits -- FPM

Using CPT code 99211 can boost your practice’s revenue and improve documentation. Here's how to determine if a service qualifies.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_99211.html

Proper diagnosis coding for malignant neoplasms -- FPM

When selecting diagnosis codes for suspected, current, and personal history of malignant neoplasms, you need to follow specific rules for ICD-10.

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

Four mobile apps for pain management -- FPM

Mobile apps can help patients better understand the causes of their pain, which can help them better cope with their conditions, and provide you with data you need to recommend or alter treatment

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

How does your benefits package stack up? -- FPM

Aspects other than salary and bonuses must be reviewed to ensure a physician's employment contract is fair and competitive.

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

New demonstration project can exempt physicians from MIPS -- FPM

Looking to avoid the reporting requirements and payment adjustments imposed by the Merit-based Incentive Payment System? A new demonstration project now taking applications may be your opportunity.

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

Three steps to encourage flu vaccinations -- FPM

Patients have numerous reasons for not wanting an influenza vaccination. To help them overcome their reluctance, Colleen Fogarty, MD, uses the ask-tell-ask technique.

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

Leaving a practice? This checklist will help you prepare -- FPM

If you’re considering a change in practice, following this 10-step checklist can help you prepare and make the change less stressful.

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

10 characteristics of better quality measures -- FPM

To advocate for care measures that better measure physician quality, make sure they meet these criteria.

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

A four-step approach to clinical decision making -- FPM

Although there is no one correct method for clinical decision making, it can be helpful to think about your approach so you can refine it as needed and improve patient care.

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

Value-based care: Where to begin -- FPM

To get started in value-based care, focus your efforts where they’ll have the most impact - on your high-need patients who have critical gaps in care, never come in, or drive up costs.

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

99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p5.html

Teach-Back: A Simple Technique to Enhance Patients' Understanding -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Half of patients leave their visit without understanding what their physician told them, but this simple technique can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p20.html

Patient Inducements: The New Dos and Don'ts -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - The limits on giving free goods and services to Medicare and Medicaid patients are complex. Here’s how to avoid regulatory trouble.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p16.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2018 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Medicare billing for well-woman exams | Pediatric hearing screening | Road rash treatment | Peak flow testing | Student documentation

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p31.html

Four Mobile Apps for Pain Management -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - These apps can help you and your patients more effectively manage their acute and chronic pain.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/oa1.html

Quality Measures: How to Get Them Right -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Pay-for-performance programs have produced disappointing results. Fewer and more appropriate, evidence-based quality measures could help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p23.html

How to Create a Culture of Well-Being in Your Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Every organization has a culture, either by default or by design. Why not cultivate one that helps people thrive?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p11.html

Five Ways to Cultivate Resilience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Resilience is a powerful weapon against burnout.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p38.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2018 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Use a video game mouse to beat your EHR | Build a better meeting | Plan your huddles | Improve your EHR speed

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p32.html

Quality Measurement: A Long Way to Go -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Physician quality shouldn't be subjective. But the current measurement methods need more work.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p4.html

Six ways to get the practice culture you’ve always wanted -- FPM

A practice’s culture develops in one of two ways: by design or by default. Here's how to create a culture in which people can thrive.

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

Five habits for a more vital practice -- FPM

Successful practices have some striking similarities. Consultant Betsy Nicoletti describes five distinguishing characteristics and advice for how to improve your practice’s performance.

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

Medicare card rollout update -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing new Medicare cards to recipients living in states that represent the Wave 4 of the new card rollout that began this spring.

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

ICD-10 coding for patients with hypertension and heart failure -- FPM

Here’s how to code for heart failure when it is not caused by your patient’s hypertension.

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

Teach-back: A simple way to enhance patients' understanding -- FPM

Evidence shows that the teach-back technique benefits patient outcomes, but time constraints, fear that the patient will take offense, and a lack of training keep some physicians from using it. Here’s how to use teach-back quickly and sensitively.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/teach-back.html

Office Policy Samples -- FPM Toolbox

Jul 25, 2018 - Download sample office policies related to patient payment, patient dismissal, and more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=21

How to respond to mid-air medical emergencies -- FPM

There are laws designed to encourage physicians to help if a medical emergency develops on a commercial flight.

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

A simple question for better scheduling -- FPM

This practice found a single question helped save staff and patients time when scheduling a same-day appointment.

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

CMS proposes simpler Medicare documentation guidelines in 2019 fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to use its annual update of the Medicare physician fee schedule to address long-simmering complaints with how the program requires physicians and other clinicians to document evaluation and management visits.

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

Evaluation and management (E/M) coding and documentation burden could lighten in 2019 ...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule for the Physician Fee Schedule for 2019 contains significant revisions to the coding, documentation, and payment of office visit evaluation and management services.

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

Four ways to manage stress and prevent burnout as an employed physician -- FPM

Employed physicians face unique stresses in practice as they often lack autonomy and influence. Here are four ways to protect your well-being.

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

Three tips to optimize care for refugee patients -- FPM

Family physicians are well positioned to care for refugee patients. Three tips can help.

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

QPP feedback reports now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released feedback reports telling eligible physicians and practice groups how they did during the first full year of complying with the Quality Payment Program.

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

QPP websites updated to streamline eligibility checks, review measures -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Quality Payment Program participation tool and QPP website to make it easier to check eligibility and review quality measure data.

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

A quick and simple technique for delivering negative feedback -- FPM

A feedback sandwich can help you to organize feedback in a way that makes it more effective and easier to deliver.

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

Two ways to find meaning in medicine -- FPM

Mindful interactions can help you feel more effective and fulfilled. To practice mindfulness during patient visits, focus on cultivating connection and curiosity.

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

Three tools for screening for social determinants of health -- FPM

These screening instruments can aid physicians in identifying social determinants of health in a primary care setting.

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

Three documentation tips to reduce your malpractice risk -- FPM

Careful documentation can mean the difference between a guilty verdict in a medical malpractice case and the case being thrown out. It’s worth the trouble to ensure you do it right.

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

Looking ahead to this year's new diagnosis codes -- FPM

It’s not too early to start preparing for the annual round of ICD-10 diagnosis coding changes effective for dates of service on or after Oct. 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_ICD10_Codes_Fall_2018.html

A quick reminder about flu shot billing -- FPM

A quick reminder: Medicare covers influenza immunizations as soon as new seasonal vaccines are received.

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

Five steps for standing orders -- FPM

Whether you are writing a standing order from scratch or evaluating an existing one for use in your practice, be sure to address these issues.

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

UnitedHealthcare to expand payment for after-hours primary care -- FPM

UnitedHealthcare says it will begin on Aug. 18 paying for CPT code 99051, which recognizes the value of primary care practices improving convenience to patients by being open additional hours.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/UHC_code_99051.html

What family physicians are earning by region and by setting -- FPM

Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem, particularly among older patients who may be taking multiple medications, many of which have become unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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

A simple test for spotting stress before it becomes a crisis -- FPM

To spot the warning signs of stress overload in yourself or your team, take the Stress-APGAR test.

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

Four steps to deprescribe unnecessary medications -- FPM

Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem, particularly among older patients who may be taking multiple medications, many of which have become unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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

When is it OK to treat friends and family? -- FPM

At some point during your career as a family physician, a friend or family member has likely asked you for medical advice or treatment, perhaps because they couldn’t reach their regular doctor or didn’t have one.

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

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