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Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Suspected exposure to communicable disease | Diabetes type 1.5 | Remote patient monitoring | Tetanus immunization due to injury | Performing venipuncture on a child

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p45.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Ask three questions before using race-based clinical algorithms | What to do when a patient makes a discriminatory remark | Address inequity by supporting Black-owned businesses

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p47.html

What Primary Care Physicians Want for Christmas -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Dear Santa, all we want is some help to do our jobs.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p52.html

Patient Advocacy: Family Medicine's Founding Principle, and Still Its North Star -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - The pandemic and protests have underscored family physicians’ enduring role as a voice for patients in and out of the clinic.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p5.html

Advance care planning: do’s and don'ts -- FPM

If you’ve been avoiding these difficult but important conversations, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started.

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

How organizations cause burnout — and what can be done -- FPM

A National Academy of Medicine report identified numerous factors that contribute to physician burnout, many of which were organizational in nature.

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

Tips for using total time to code E/M office visits in 2021 -- FPM

Some tips for coding using total time under the new rules for E/M office visits that take effect Jan. 1, plus an example of a visit well-suited for time-based coding.

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

Haven't received your AAPM bonus? There's still time to fix your billing info -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline to Dec. 13. Check this public notice to find out if you need to verify your info.

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

Five simple procedures for point-of-care ultrasound beginners -- FPM

Ultrasound devices are more portable and affordable than ever and have head-to-toe applications for primary care. But primary care physicians shouldn’t start with complicated, high-stakes procedures.

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

Three questions to ask before using race-adjusted clinical algorithms -- FPM

There is mounting evidence that race is not a reliable proxy for genetic variation and some race corrections may make health disparities worse.

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

A different way to measure primary care performance -- FPM

The Person-Centered Primary Care Measure survey has a low data collection burden for physicians.

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

Deadlines approaching for Medicare alternative payment programs -- FPM

The end of the year will bring several important deadlines for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

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

Are scribes effective? -- FPM

This summary of the literature on scribes shows improvement in key metrics and no change in others.

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

Medicare announces coverage for new COVID-19 treatment that can be provided in doctors'...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set coverage for a monoclonal antibodies therapy that doctors should be able to eventually provide in outpatient office settings.

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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Nov 11, 2020 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

Physician Leadership -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Physician leadership is more important now than ever before. Here are the skills you need to be an effective leader at any level in your organization. Physician leadership is more important now than ever before. Here are the skills you need to be an effective leader at any level in your...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=118

Compensation & Productivity -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Compensation & Productivity Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Productivity Compensation and Incentives Productivity 04/01/2020 Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=119

Practice Finances -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 11, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Practice Finances Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Financial Issues Financial Issues 04/01/2010 The 12-Step Way to Reduce Practice Expenses: Part 1, Staffing Efficiencies 06/01/2010 The 12-Step Way to...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=120

2021 outpatient office E/M changes FAQ -- FPM

Documentation and coding requirements for outpatient evaluation and management services will change starting Jan. 1. Here are some answers to common questions about the changes.

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

Six codes to remember as COVID-19 cases surge across the country -- FPM

COVID-19 cases are surging again in many states, with the U.S. setting new records for daily infections. These are the key codes to remember when testing for or diagnosing the illness.

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

Check flu vaccine codes to avoid claim denials -- FPM

If you are receiving denials on your Medicare claims for influenza vaccinations this season, it may be due to inadvertent coding errors.

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

Safely treat respiratory illness during flu season -- FPM

Outdoor patient care has become less feasible in many parts of the country as cold weather sets in, but there are several ways to increase safety while providing respiratory care within clinic buildings.

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

Big changes in E/M coding: 10 tools to help you prepare -- FPM

To help you prepare for the coming change in E/M coding, here are 10 resources from FPM and the AAFP.

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

The best way to handle medical misinformation -- FPM

The key? Don’t get defensive or drawn into a debate with your patients. Instead, briefly state the facts and then move on with the rest of the visit.

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

Patients will soon have expanded rights to read your clinical notes: how to make them ...

Next year, the 21st Century Cures Act goes into effect, giving patients the right to immediate electronic access to their health records. Here are four tips for writing patient-friendly notes in an open notes world.

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

Six resources for physicians who want to learn about racial equity -- FPM

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests have brought new attention to longstanding race-based disparities in health outcomes. These online resources can help physicians become stronger advocates for change.

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

Coding E/M visits by medical decision making -- FPM

Starting Jan. 1, physicians will be able to code evaluation and management visits based solely on medical decision making, which is made up of three elements.

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

New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing -- FPM

The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved new and revised codes for COVID-19 testing this week. The updates to the CPT code set take effect immediately.

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

Fewer kids are getting vaccinations during COVID-19: what you can do -- FPM

The CDC reports a troubling drop in childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying home during the pandemic. Here are two ways practices can help reverse this trend.

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

Lack of peer connection leads to a soulless efficiency in medicine -- FPM

Lacking time for - or not valuing - peer connection has serious consequences for physicians.

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

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The application period is Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.

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

Five ways to fight system-induced distress before it causes burnout -- FPM

A multilevel approach to resisting a health care system that relies on overworking physicians to make up for its own inefficiencies.

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

A brief method for triaging patients during a pandemic -- FPM

When the leaders of Eglin Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Florida opened an outdoor clinic in their parking lot in response to COVID-19, they established a triage process for deciding which patients would be sent there, as opposed to being seen virtually or inside the clinic.

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

Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans -- FPM

President Trump has signed legislation that relaxes loan repayment terms for family physicians who received COVID-19 relief funds via the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program.

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

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p29.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Coding for COVID-19 when testing isn't available | Diagnosis codes for recovered patients| Coding symptoms that linger | Diagnosis codes for antibody testing| CPT codes for antigen testing

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p41.html

Racism in Health Care: Creating a More Equitable Health Care Experience -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - Imagine how it would feel to walk into a doctor’s office and see that everyone else looks different from you.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p3.html

Emotional Intelligence: Five Ways to Have Better Interactions and Improve Your Work ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - These simple tools can help you respond effectively when you feel emotionally hijacked by difficult people or circumstances.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p9.html

Creating Intentional Professional Connections to Reduce Loneliness, Isolation, and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Pretending we have it together and can do it all on our own is the fastest way to professional isolation and burnout. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p20.html

Building an Outdoor Urgent Care Clinic During a Pandemic: One Clinic's Experience -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - When an infectious disease outbreak strikes, an outdoor clinic can reduce the risk of transmission and conserve personal protective equipment.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p14.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Provide patient letters describing the diagnosis rather than the need for accommodation |Reduce pain of deltoid injection | Test your staff's phone etiquette by calling your own office |Prevent staff burnout due to COVID-19

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p43.html

How to Handle Misinformation in the Age of Dr. Google -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Sometimes the medical information patients find on the internet is correct. But when it’s not, we need to practice a new skillset.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p48.html

Keys to High-Quality, Low-Cost Care: Empanelment, Attribution, and Risk Stratification ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Understand attribution and alignment methodologies in VBP arrangements to know which patients are assigned to you. Use empanelment and risk stratification to better understand where to expend a practice's care management and care coordination resources.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p37.html

Maternal Immunization Task Force for Pregnant Women: A Call to Action -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - << Racism in Health Care: ... Previous article Emotional Intelligence ... Next article >> Sep-Oct 2020 Issue SUPPLEMENT Maternal Immunization Task Force for Pregnant Women: A Call to Action Download in PDF format Supplement sponsors: American Academy of Family Physicians; American...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p5.html

Feds release new info on COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released detailed reporting requirements for health care providers that receive payments from the $175 billion COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

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

How to respond more effectively to difficult patients or colleagues -- FPM

When you are emotionally hijacked by difficult people, you tend to have less perspective and poorer judgment, while making more errors - and feeling certain you are right. Here’s a better response.

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

Surprising findings about social determinants of health -- FPM

Addressing patients' social needs can seem overwhelming, but this clinic found otherwise.

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

COVID-19 is increasing physician burnout -- FPM

Physician burnout was already a growing problem, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse

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

Is a pandemic the perfect time to start group visits? -- FPM

Are group visits a good idea during a global pandemic? Probably not in-person, but this might be the perfect time to establish a virtual group visit program.

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

Three things to know about the coming E/M coding changes -- FPM

The most consequential changes to evaluation and management (E/M) coding in decades are coming soon, and it’s time to prepare now.

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

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