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Use this database to answer questions about Medicare noncoverage -- FPM

CMS offers the searchable Medicare Coverage Database to help physicians know when Medicare does not cover a specific service, requiring an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.

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

Five factors that affect patient satisfaction -- FPM

Research shows that physicians can increase patient satisfaction rates by improving the way they interact with patients in five key areas.

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

Three ways to be a better, humbler leader -- FPM

Follow these three steps for becoming a humbler, more effective leader.

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

Which quality measures should you report? -- FPM

Under MIPS, you might think you should report quality measures where your performance is best, but consider these four factors as well.

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

The key to getting beyond blame -- FPM

When behaviors such as blame, accusation and finger-pointing surface, improvement efforts are doomed.

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

A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Screening patients to understand their social context is the gateway to addressing barriers and improving health.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p7.html

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - ICD-10 coding for hypertension and diabetes | Physician certification of diabetic shoes | Umbilical cauterization

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p33.html

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - With too many patients taking too many unnecessary medications, deprescribing has become a required skill for primary care physicians. Here’s how to go about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p28.html

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: An Opportunity or Unreasonable Burden? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Socioeconomic and environmental factors are the largest contributors to patient health, so is it our duty to address them?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p3.html

It's Not Hard to Be Humble: The Role of Humility in Leadership -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Here’s how to keep ego from getting in the way of effective teamwork.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p25.html

Five Mobile Apps for Mindfulness -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Recommend these apps for patients interested in incorporating mindfulness into their care plan.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p21.html

How to Be Happy in Practice for 30-Plus Years -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - These eight lessons can help you avoid burnout and enjoy medicine.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p40.html

What Needs to Change to Make Deprescribing Doable -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Polypharmacy constitutes a real patient-safety issue. Recognizing that is the first step toward change.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p5.html

Making Sense of MACRA: Questions to Ask Your Employer -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - This supplement guides employed physicians to learn more about their practice’s Quality Payment Program strategy.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p17.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Improve your spiel about unnecessary antibiotics | Manage your online ratings | Ease the switch to a new EHR system | Make staff more aware of data security

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p34.html

A one-stop shop for Medicare documentation requirements? -- FPM

CMS plans to list all the documentation that’s required for Medicare payment in one central location - the new Provider Documentation Manual.

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

Eight ways to stay happy in practice -- FPM

A solo physician discusses the steps he has taken to avoid burnout and remain engaged in his practice for 43 years.

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

Three questions to ask before implementing a change in your practice -- FPM

To make sure a change you’re considering will actually make things better in your practice, ask three essential questions

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

The seven characteristics of functional work relationships -- FPM

Researchers point to seven characteristics that health care organizations should foster among physicians and staff.

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

A creative solution for helping more patients get the mental health care they need -- FPM

When referred for counseling by their physician, patients may avoid scheduling an appointment because of logistics, stigma, cost, etc. To remove these barriers, one primary care practice tried a new approach.

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

How to find a patient's new Medicare number -- FPM

Starting next month, you’ll be able to look up your Medicare patients’ new Medicare number through the secure web portal of your Medicare Administrative Contractor.

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

How to document newly diagnosed hypertension -- FPM

If a patient’s elevated blood pressure has developed into hypertension, your documentation should clearly describe the basis for the new diagnosis.

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

Avoid mistakes when coding for preventive medicine services -- FPM

Selecting the appropriate code will hopefully facilitate payment for preventive services and reduce some unpleasant questions from patients.

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

Dealing with disruptive minor patients -- FPM

Being direct with the patient and family so they understand the decision can help bring closure and discourage further bad behavior and retaliation on social media websites.

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

One simple question can uncover medication nonadherence -- FPM

Finding instances of medication nonadherence means asking patients more than just if they took their medicine.

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

Properly documenting time in E/M visits -- FPM

Most evaluation and management (E/M) services are selected based on the level of history, exam, and medical decision making documented in the note. But if counseling, coordination of care, or both dominate the visit, CPT instructs physicians to select a code based on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/properly_documenting_time_in_E-M_visits.html

What does "24/7 access" to care really mean? -- FPM

Providing chronic care management services comes with numerous requirements, including 24/7 access to care. But the definition of that access is confusing.

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

Five mobile apps to help patients with anxiety and depression -- FPM

Here are five mobile apps you can recommend to patients with anxiety and depression.

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

Staffing -- FPM Toolbox

Apr 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you clarify staff responsibilities, provide feedback, and more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=28

A checklist of quality measures to help you succeed in value-based payment -- FPM

This checklist of quality measures can help you improve quality and succeed in value-based payment.

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

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

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

How to confront an impaired physician colleague -- FPM

When a physician is suffering from addiction, depression, or another impairment, here's how to confront or intervene.

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

Six documentation tasks your team could be doing -- FPM

Team documentation has been shown to improve patient outcomes and physician satisfaction. Here are six documentation tasks you can delegate.

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

How to know when to bill for both preventive and added services -- FPM

When a patient brings an additional complaint to a preventive visit, here's how to know whether it qualifies as a separate service and get paid for your work.

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

Five steps to diffusing difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Ignoring a patient’s negative emotions, such as rudeness, defensiveness, or anger, can hinder the healing process and complicate the doctor-patient relationship.

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

Make your EHR more efficient -- FPM

In your frustration with your electronic health record system, don’t overlook ways to make it more efficient. These eight tips can help.

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

An efficient workflow for alcohol misuse screening -- FPM

Screening adult patients doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and the service is often billable, particularly when the results lead to a brief intervention.

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

How to communicate bad news to your patients -- FPM

Family physicians are increasingly responsible for giving patients and their families devastating news. A systematic approach can help you feel more confident and reduce your patients’ suffering.

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

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

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

Do your diagnosis codes capture your patients' severity of illness? -- FPM

Accurate diagnosis coding may have a positive effect on your payment in the future as more payers move to risk-adjusted payment models.

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

Updated tool lets physicians lookup 2018 MIPS eligibility -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Merit-based Incentive Payment System Eligibility Lookup Tool to inform physicians if they must report for the program in 2018.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Updated_tool_lets_physicians_lookup_2018_MIPS_eligibility.html

Seven tips for mastering the art of medicine -- FPM

To foster more consistent practice of the art of medicine, physicians should adopt these seven behaviors.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/art-of-medicine.html

Huddles: jump start your practice today -- FPM

A few minutes spent in a morning huddle preparing with your team for the day’s schedule can improve your efficiency.

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

More Medicare money potentially headed to you -- FPM

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 is requiring Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) to reprocess practice claims, which could mean some physicians will see a boost in reimbursement

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

How to immunize against burnout -- FPM

Although nearly two-thirds of family physicians report symptoms of burnout, Philip Kaplan, MD, FAAFP, says he still finds joy in going to the office after more than 40 years in practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/burnout-immunization.html

How to respond to patients’ misconceptions about antidepressants -- FPM

You can play a vital role in dispelling myths and illuminating your patients’ decision making regarding antidepressant treatment.

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

Encouraging Health Behavior Change: Eight Evidence-Based Strategies -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Using these brief interventions, you can help your patients make healthy behavior changes.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p31.html

Diagnosis Coding for Value-Based Payment: A Quick Reference Tool -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Use this cheat sheet to identify diagnosis codes that are weighted for risk adjustment.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p26.html

Is Your Diagnosis Coding Ready for Risk Adjustment? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - As payment models change, diagnosis coding is more important than ever. Here’s how to be sure your codes capture your patients’ severity of illness.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p21.html

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