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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

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

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

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

Some physicians need to verify billing info with CMS to receive AAPM bonus -- FPM

Physicians who qualified for the Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the Quality Payment Program’s 2018 performance period will receive their payments soon. But some will have to verify their billing information to ensure they get their bonus.

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

Virtual Visits -- FPM Topic Collection

Sep 10, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Virtual Visits Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Virtual Visits Virtual Visits During COVID-19 Other Resources Last Update: 09/10/2020 Virtual Visits 08/01/2015 Should You Treat Patients Virtually?...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=116

Five keys to a happy career in medicine -- FPM

Doctors who need to make money at the expense of work boundaries and professional satisfaction are rarely happy. But prudent management of personal finances leads to a more satisfying career.

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

Tips for talking to reluctant patients about vaccines -- FPM

You can’t convince every patient of the value of vaccines, so focus your efforts and follow these tips.

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

CMS releases software fix for issue that could affect eCQM scores -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released updated database files to correct an issue that could impact scores for some eligible clinician electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) for the 2020 performance period.

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

ICD-10 annual update: what family physicians need to know -- FPM

The ICD-10-CM diagnosis code annual update will take effect Oct. 1, which means it’s time to prepare your practice.

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

Need more time? Train a nurse closer to wrap up patient visits -- FPM

Training a nurse to finish patient visits can make your practice more efficient and improve patient outcomes.

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

CMS finally specifies which service codes are subject to COVID-19 cost-sharing waiver ...

After several months, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finally released a list of specific procedure codes that are subject to rules waiving coinsurance and deductibles for COVID-19 testing.

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

When a newborn is not a new patient -- FPM

In most cases a newborn is considered a new patient under CPT rules for purposes of coding and documenting an office visit. There’s one exception, however.

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

The trait physicians need during times of uncertainty -- FPM

The best response in stressful times isn’t to ramp up urgency but to practice patience.

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

Four steps to succeeding in the coming value-based system -- FPM

The shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value can feel daunting, but it may give family physicians new opportunities to prosper and to provide the kind of care patients want.

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

The deadline to apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds is only days away -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously announced that certain providers would have this opportunity to receive additional Provider Relief Fund payments.

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

Care Management -- FPM Topic Collection

Aug 19, 2020 - Care management activities facilitate coordinated patient care across the health care system, leading to increased patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, and reduced costs through avoidance of unnecessary hospital and emergency department utilization. Care management activities ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=115

CMS delays enforcement of Appropriate Use Criteria program -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced an extension of the education and testing period for its Appropriate Use Criteria program through calendar year 2021.

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

Four tips for maintaining patient relationships despite COVID-19 -- FPM

Fragmentation of care was already making it harder to maintain close ties with patients. Now a viral pandemic has many reluctant to come for office visits. Here are four ways to stay connected.

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

Create an orientation checklist to integrate a new colleague -- FPM

The sooner new physicians get settled, the sooner they will be able to lighten your workload. Try this sample orientation checklist.

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

COVID-19 spurs CMS to delay mandatory use of new noncoverage form -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week it will delay a rule requiring physicians to use a new version of its Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form.

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

Will Medicare give you a pay bump next year? Check your MIPS score -- FPM

Physicians and practices can now access their 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System feedback and final score through the Quality Payment Program website.

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

Medicare taking comments on 2021 physician payment proposals -- FPM

The changes are a mix of good news and bad news for family physicians, but taken as a whole CMS estimates they will result in a 13% increase in family physicians’ Medicare allowed charges in 2021.

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

Medicare unveils influenza vaccine payment allowances for 2020-2021 flu season -- FPM

The allowances range from about $10 to about $60.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Lab tests requiring modifier QW | Newborn: new patient or not? | Shared services for new patients | Coding sex-specific services for transgender patients | Pacemaker due to sick sinus syndrome

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p36.html

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p29.html

Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Applying even one of these 10 strategies can help you reduce frustration, improve productivity, and get home earlier.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p5.html

Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Most teams try to avoid conflict, yet can’t stop focusing on the negative. Healthy teams do the opposite.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p11.html

Understanding Value-Based Payment: A Primer for Family Physicians -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Public and private payers are transitioning away from fee-for-service and emphasizing value-based payment models. This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians describes what you need to know about the transition and how it may affect you and your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p25.html

Developing Your Professional Career Plan -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - The key to a fulfilling career is to know what’s important to you - from your mission, identity, and direction to family, fun, and finances - and then pursue that.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p21.html

Ten Tips for Cultivating Patience During Uncertain Times -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - It’s easy to feel impatient with ourselves and others these days. But research suggests impatience can be bad for our health. Here’s a better way to respond.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p43.html

Maintaining Patient Relationships in the Age of Hospitalists, Urgent Care, and a ...

Aug 1, 2020 - It was already difficult to get enough face-to-face time with patients before COVID-19 hit. Bonding with them now takes even more effort.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p4.html

Increasing Pneumococcal Immunization Rates -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians shares learnings from state chapter quality improvement initiatives designed to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates. The project was supported by a grant from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p17.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Use EHR sticky notes to connect with patients personally | Talking your team through a crisis | Get credit for pre- and post-exam work

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p38.html

CMS and CDC release guidance on counseling patients tested for COVID-19 -- FPM

Counseling patients about the importance of isolating, in particular, can help reduce transmission of the illness.

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

Two strategies to keep healthy teams healthy and get dysfunctional teams functioning --...

TCOVID-19, financial struggles, racial injustice, civil unrest - these are stressful times. If your team has navigated them successfully so far, establishing these two habits can help keep it on track. If your team is falling into backbiting and dysfunction, they can help you turn ...

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

Transitional care management coding requirements -- FPM

The CPT codes for TCM require one face-to-face visit, certain non-face-to-face services, and medication reconciliation and management during the 30-day service period.

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

Three steps to improve preventive service utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic -- FPM

Patients are deferring routine office visits for chronic disease management and preventive services out of concern for their safety during COVID-19. But these visits are important, especially for patients with conditions that require close monitoring, or those who are due for ...

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

Considering direct primary care? Here are five tips to get started -- FPM

Interest in DPC was growing even before the pandemic took a chunk out of fee-for-service revenues. If you’re among those interested in the model, here are five tips for making the switch.

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

Check your QPP participation status with updated CMS tool -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on new data.

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

HHS extends application deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund distribution provider application deadline.

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

Six EHR documentation tips to save you time -- FPM

To reduce your work after clinic, consider ways to make the documentation process more efficient so that you can complete most (if not all) of this work during the visit. Here are six tips to get started.

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

Setting up an outdoor clinic for COVID-19: key steps -- FPM

If you haven’t treated patients with suspected COVID-19 in your parking lot yet, it may only be a matter of time. Four steps can help you get started.

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

How to avoid bias in patient care -- FPM

Implicit bias is the unconscious collection of stereotypes and attitudes that individuals develop toward certain groups of people. If left unchecked, it can affect patient relationships and care decisions.

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

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