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Cigna institutes new reimbursement policy for virtual care -- FPM

Cigna, one of the country’s largest private health insurers, has implemented a new virtual care reimbursement policy as of Jan. 1. The policy builds on billing and coding flexibilities spurred by COVID-19.

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

Important MIPS deadlines approaching -- FPM

Here are some important dates and deadlines to keep in mind as you wrap up the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2020 performance year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_mips_deadlines.html

How the E/M code RVU increases could affect family physicians’ pay -- FPM

The relative value units (RVUs) for several key E/M codes increased on Jan. 1. Here’s how this could affect your payment rates.

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

Documentation Guidelines -- FPM Topic Collection

Jan 13, 2021 - This collection of articles from FPM will help you comply with Medicare's E/M documentation guidelines. This collection of articles from FPM will help you comply with Medicare's E/M documentation guidelines.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=52

Compensation & Productivity -- FPM Topic Collection

Jan 13, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Compensation & Productivity Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Productivity Compensation and Incentives Last Update: 01/13/2021 Productivity 04/01/2020 Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and...

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

Coding -- FPM Topic Collection

Jan 12, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of coding -- from getting all the 99214s you deserve to differentiating between new and established patient visits. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of coding -- from getting all the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=49

Employed Practice -- FPM Topic Collection

Jan 11, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content specifically related to employed practice -- from negotiating employment agreements to developing your leadership skills. This article collection features popular FPM content specifically related to employed practice -- from ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=78

Health Equity, Diversity, and Social Determinants of Health -- FPM Topic Collection

Jan 11, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Health Equity, Diversity, and Social Determinants of Health Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Addressing Discrimination Social Determinants of Health Cultural Competence Other Resources Last Update: 01/11/2021...

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Practical lessons learned from administering COVID vaccine in a small office setting --...

Administering the COVID vaccine takes more effort than doing flu shots. Here are 13 lessons to help you prepare.

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

COVID-19 vaccines coding guide -- FPM

The CPT Editorial Panel has approved unique codes for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, as well as administration codes for each dose of those vaccines.

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

More new CPT codes approved for COVID-19 vaccines -- FPM

The CPT Editorial Panel has approved a new unique code for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

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

UnitedHealthcare modifies telehealth reimbursement policy for 2021 -- FPM

UHC, one of the nation's largest insurers, has instituted a new place of service coding requirement and other changes.

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

What’s new with E/M coding? This chart can help you remember -- FPM

Physicians and other qualified health professionals will now be able to level visits based solely on either medical decision making or total time.

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

COVID-19 is causing a mental health crisis: here’s one model to help these patients -- FPM

Family physicians can play a key role in managing behavioral health conditions, especially in areas where psychiatric resources are scarce.

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

COVID-19: New ICD-10 codes for the new year -- FPM

The new codes will change prior CDC guidelines for reporting certain encounters.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_covid_codes.html

The new Medicare G code: Everything you need to know to take advantage of it -- FPM

On Dec. 21, Congress delayed implementation of the primary care add-on code, G2211, for three years as part of the 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding, and it applied the savings to increase Medicare base payments for all services and specialties by an additional ...

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/g2211_summary.html

How to talk to your patients about COVID-19: symptoms, exposure, the vaccine, and ...

Especially now, engaging our patients is an even more critical part of our job: dispelling misinformation and giving our patients solid, evidence-based guidance.

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

2021 Medicare physician fee schedule has good news for family medicine -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized simplified rules for billing and coding E/M visits and increased values for several codes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_fee_schedule.html

First COVID-19 vaccine CPT codes published -- FPM

The first COVID-19 vaccine and administration codes are for products produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

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

Regulatory relief coming for Stark and anti-kickback self-referral laws -- FPM

The changes include new safe harbor protections for coordinated care and value-based payment arrangements.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/regulatory-relief-for-stark-and-anti-kickback-self-referral-laws.html

Four things your team can do to help you save time and avoid burnout -- FPM

While there are many problems in the health care system causing physicians to burn out, one possible solution is to lean on your care team as much as possible.

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

Coding COVID-19 exposure -- FPM

Use this diagnosis code for encounters with patients who have suspected exposure to the coronavirus but do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

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

When to speak up: A guiding principle for public advocacy -- FPM

Family physicians have a distinct mission that extends outside the clinic to matters of public concern.

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

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p6.html

Point-of-Care Ultrasound: A Practical Guide for Primary Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Ultrasound has head-to-toe applications for primary care, and the newest machines are portable and affordable enough to fit into almost any practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p33.html

Understanding and Improving Risk Adjustment in Team-Based Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Understand the basics of risk adjustment and how it is used in value-based payment (VBP) arrangements. Learn strategies to thrive in VBP and risk-adjustment models to optimize payment while providing high-quality patient care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p29.html

Improving Physician Well-Being Through Organizational Change -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Wellness Wednesdays and yoga breaks aren’t sufficient. Here’s how health care organizations can begin to address physician well-being.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p23.html

Incorporating Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Into Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Incorporating alcohol screening and brief intervention benefits your patients and family medicine practice. Follow these steps to reduce risky alcohol use by choosing a screening test, establishing a practice workflow, and appropriately coding and billing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p41.html

What Can a Scribe Do for You? -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Evidence suggests that documentation support provided by scribes can help relieve physician burnout and increase practice productivity.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p17.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.

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

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

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

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

Tobacco Cessation Telehealth Guide -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Smoking cessation counseling and pharmacotherapy options are cost-effective ways to help patients quit smoking. Learn the role telehealth can play in your practice’s efforts, along with billing, coding, and documentation tips.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p13.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

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

Care Team & Staffing -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 13, 2020 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of teamwork and staffing -- from implementing team This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of teamwork and staffing -- from implementing team huddles to retaining good employees.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=37

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

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...

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

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

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