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Stop wasting time looking for medical supplies and equipment

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests, such as requests for opioids or work excuses.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Anthem rescinds modifier 25 cuts

Last week, Anthem, one of the nation's largest commercial health plans, notified the American Medical Association it has decided to not proceed with a policy to reduce payments by 25 percent for evaluation and management codes appropriately reported with CPT modifier 25.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/anthem_rescinds_modifier_25_cuts.html

How to respond to inappropriate patient requests

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests, such as requests for opioids or work excuses.

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

How to decide whether your patient is new or established

If coding rules followed common sense, this would be easy. You would just have to ask: Have I seen the patient before? Unfortunately, that straightforward approach does not work.

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

Billing, Collections and Claims Processing -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download tools such as the FPM superbill to help you optimize your billing, collections, and claims processing.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Billing, Collections and Claims Processing

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=1

Coding: ICD-10 -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download FPM's coding guides and cheat sheets to help you understand ICD-10 coding and select the right codes.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding: ICD-10

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=30

Performance scores for 2017 QPP claims data are now available

If you used claims to submit 2017 quality data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, you can now find out how you did.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/performance_scores_for_2017_claims_data.html

Nine tips for managing your boss

Here's how to work together to advance your goals, their goals, and your organization.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Four apps to encourage healthy habits

Family physician David Rebedew, MD, used FPM's "SPPACES" app review criteria to find apps that best support patients' positive health behaviors.

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

Earn MIPS credit for participating in CMS study

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking for physicians to participate in a study measuring the burdens of collecting and reporting care quality data. Participants can receive credit under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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

Two tips for faster chart completion

Here's a quick dose of encouragement to keep your EHR from consuming more of your valuable time than it should.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Is your advanced alternative payment model recognized by CMS?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this month published a table displaying the APMs that it operates.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Medical emergencies: Do you have these items at the ready?

The availability of certain equipment and medications in your office is key to your ability to respond effectively to a medical emergency.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Beyond IQ: How's your EQ?

EQ involves the ability to accurately recognize emotions in yourself and others and then manage those emotions as they are occurring.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Ten things to know as you prepare for 2017 MIPS reporting

Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period. Here are the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Ten_things_to_know_for_2017_MIPS_reporting.html

How to evaluate patients for opioid therapy

Following a standard process for determining whether a patient is a good candidate for opioid therapy is a key component of a patient-centered approach to treating patients with chronic pain.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Medicare eases burden for E/M documentation involving medical students

If you are a physician who teaches medical students in your practice and involves them in your evaluation and management encounters, your documentation burden for their work is getting easier.

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

Coding office visits the easy way - based on time

An E/M office visit may be coded based solely on face-to-face time when more than half is devoted to counseling or coordination of care.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

When is it ethical to accept gifts from patients?

Rejecting a gift is never easy, but most patients will understand.

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

Time to educate your patients about new Medicare cards

CMS has published free resources to help notify your patients that the new Medicare beneficiary cards are coming.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

When it's time to part ways with a patient

When problematic patient behaviors strain your relationship or your practice, a standardized approach can help you to decide whether dismissal is warranted and terminate the relationship without running afoul of contractual guidelines.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

What's your coding profile?

Comparing your E/M coding distribution with national benchmarks will help you identify aberrant coding patterns and make adjustments before they raise a red flag with payers or cost your practice money.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Is It Ethical to Accept Gifts From Patients? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - To make the right decision, first consider the patient’s motives.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p40.html

Ten Strategies for Building Emotional Intelligence and Preventing Burnout -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - You couldn’t have made it through medical school and residency without a high intellect, but have you developed your emotional intelligence?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p11.html

Getting to No: How to Respond to Inappropriate Patient Requests -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - The five-step FAVER approach can help you say no to uncomfortable requests while preserving the patient relationship.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p25.html

Rethinking Workflow: Team Rooming for Greater Efficiency -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - This physician and medical assistant jump-start patient visits by teaming up and reversing some traditional roles in the exam room.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p15.html

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - New codes for cognitive assessment and care planning, team-based care management, prolonged preventive services, and anticoagulation management are among this year’s changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p5.html

Four Mobile Apps to Encourage Healthy Habits -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Recommend these mobile apps to patients as a way to reinforce recommended lifestyle changes.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/oa1.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Reciprocal billing during extended absences | ICD-10 coding for accidents without injury | Removal of impacted cerumen

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p33.html

Making Sense of MACRA in 2018: Six Things You Need to Know -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - The rules for complying with Medicare’s Quality Payment Program are getting stricter.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p21.html

FPM: Your Partner in Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Practicing medicine may be more challenging than ever, but FPM is here to help - redesigned and focused on what family physicians need today.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p4.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2017) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2017.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p36.html

Making Sense of MACRA: Advance Care Planning -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - You can get paid for advance care planning and satisfy a high-priority quality measure for MACRA.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p9.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Warn patients about privacy issues associated with genetic testing | Use text messages to boost flu shots | Encourage employee recognition

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p34.html

Help patients protect genetic testing results

Patients look to us for health care advice. We can also help them in protecting themselves and their health care information.

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

How not to be "that doctor"

You have heard your patients describe bad experiences with other physicians. Deserved or not, their complaints should cause all of us to strive not to be "that doctor."

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Why a top-down approach doesn't work

Instead of applying a top-down, cookie-cutter approach, leaders should give clinics a playbook not to simply copy but to "copy-improve."

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Recruitment strategies for medicare annual wellness visits

To increase the number of patients who receive Medicare annual wellness visits, physicians and staff both have a role to play.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

The Medicare Quality Payment Program: Four things to do now

The following steps will help you to participate more successfully in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Medicare Quality Payment Program.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Connecting with your patients despite the EHR

The following tips can help you to keep the EHR from dominating your patient visits.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

A quick intervention for helping your depressed patients

To help patients break the depression cycle -- sad mood, low energy, avoidance of pleasurable activities, and social isolation -- start by helping them recognize it.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

CMS: rate of physicians receiving Value Modifier penalties falls in final year

CMS has announced that fewer physicians will receive a negative payment adjustment under the Value Modifier program this year than in the past two years.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Tips for better communication with older patients

These tips for communicating with older adults can help improve care and the doctor-patient relationship.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Don’t miss these four important coding changes for 2018

Several noteworthy new payment opportunities and code revisions took effect on Jan. 1.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/four_important_coding_changes_for_2018.html

How to respond to a negative online review

Patients and employers are checking on your online reputation, and you should be too.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

An easier way to report data for QPP has arrived

Physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can now submit all of their MIPS data through a single platform. Here's how.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Resolved! Eight goals for the new year for family physicians

Family physicians share their practice-related resolutions for the new year.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/new-year-resolutions.html

How to practice mindfulness and increase your fulfillment at work

Mindfulness: Would you rather go to work each day feeling stressed, rushed, and distracted or fully present, engaged, and fulfilled? You have a choice.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Are you getting paid for non-face-to-face prolonged care?

CMS in January created a set of CPT codes that allows physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to bill for non-face-to-face prolonged care of patients.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/are_you_getting_paid_for_non-face-to-face_prolonged.html

Getting Paid for Screening and Assessment Services -- FPM

Dec 1, 2017 - If you're not coding and billing for these services, you might be leaving money on the table.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/1100/p25.html

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