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Is This Some Kind of Joke? Understanding and Using Humor in the Clinical Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - The wrong joke at the wrong time can shatter the doctor-patient relationship, but humor used wisely has health benefits and strengthens bonds in stressful situations.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p11.html

Caring for Me Is Caring for You: The Power of Self-Care and Personal Transformation -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - Want to see change in your team, your organization, or beyond? Start by filling your own tank.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p17.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - New code for vaping-related illness | Ultrasound services in the office | Autism screening | Does your documentation need codes or modifiers?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p31.html

Looking Beyond Diagnostic Criteria -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - The power of family medicine is seeing patients as more than just signs and symptoms.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p36.html

On Baby Pictures and Empty Nests -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Sharing life transitions is both a challenge and a joy of long-standing patient relationships.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p5.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2020 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Make office redesign a collaborative project | Designate a vaccine update expert | Handle disability exams with empathy and practicality

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p32.html

Three federal telehealth rules that no longer apply during the COVID-19 pandemic -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is waiving a number of telehealth rules during the COVID-19 public health emergency to encourage physicians to evaluate and treat patients remotely, when possible.

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

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- FPM Topic Collection

Mar 30, 2020 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=113

Medicare expanding accelerated and advance payments due to COVID-19 -- FPM

The payments are typically offered during natural disasters. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS is expanding the program for all Medicare providers and suppliers throughout the country.

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

How to leave coronavirus behind when you come home -- FPM

Providing patient care during the pandemic means you and your family are at risk for exposure. Here's how to limit the risk as you return home at the end of your workday.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_home.html

The parking lot visit: how it works -- FPM

In an effort to minimize patient and staff exposure to infectious pathogens (such as COVID-19), some clinics are conducting parts or the entirety of the encounter in the parking lot or even in the patient's car.

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

When can recovering COVID-19 patients leave isolation, and do they need return-to-work ...

As the COVID-19 outbreaks continues, more physicians may be fielding calls from recovering patients who want to know when they can return to daily activities, including work.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_work_notes.html

CMS offers data reporting relief in response to COVID-19 -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline to submit 2019 performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System due to COVID-19.

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

A virtual visit algorithm: how to differentiate and code telehealth visits, e-visits, ...

There are three options for providing virtual visits: telehealth visits, e-visits, and virtual check-ins. Here's how to tell them apart, and how to code for them.

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

Patient triage, scheduling, and rooming: three ways to adapt your workflows for ...

As increasing numbers of patients contact physicians’ offices to report symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory infection, practices need to adapt their workflows to minimize exposure. Here are three recommended changes.

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

How to tell policymakers what you need to fight COVID-19 -- FPM

Telling state or federal representatives what’s going on in your practices can not only make them better informed, it can also help ward off feelings of helplessness.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_advocacy_tips.html

Making self-care a priority, even now -- FPM

Now more than ever, physicians need to be practicing self-care so they can continue to care for others. Here are four things you can do - but just pick one.

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

New code for vaping-related illness may require a billing system update -- FPM

Update your electronic health record and billing systems for a new diagnosis code for vaping-related illness that takes effect April 1.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules and procedure codes for testing -- FPM

CMS has loosened restrictions on telehealth reimbursement for areas where the spread of the new coronavirus has been deemed an emergency.

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

Chronic care management coding updates for 2020 -- FPM

Chronic care management has been hampered by reimbursements that don't match costs and complex rules for care plans. Some relief is coming this year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/ccm_changes_2020.html

Coding for the new coronavirus and COVID-19 illness -- FPM

There is no specific diagnosis code in the U.S. yet for COVID-19. Here's what to use instead.

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

When you’re more current than Medicare -- FPM

Claims getting denied because of Medicare's outdated national coverage determination codes? Here's what to do.

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

Deadline to submit MIPS data fast approaching -- FPM

Failure to report Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data will result in a -7% adjustment to Medicare claims.

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

Coronavirus: six ways to prepare your practice now -- FPM

After months of successful containment, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they expect to see widespread transmission of the illness known as COVID-19 in the United States soon

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

A checklist for starting virtual visits -- FPM

The ability to see patients virtually can be useful, especially during outbreaks of infectious disease. Here’s how to get started.

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

Learn more about electronic attachments for claims -- FPM

Electronic attachments can simplify and optimize revenue cycle management by reducing payment time cycles.

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

Two reasons to provide Medicare annual wellness visits -- FPM

With less than 16 percent of eligible patients receiving a Medicare annual wellness visit, patients and practices are missing out on two key benefits.

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

Physician autonomy: the missing ingredient for motivation at work -- FPM

Research suggests that professionals are primarily motivated by three things at work: purpose, mastery, and autonomy. But for most physicians, self-directing their work is a struggle because their organizations don’t make it easy. Here’s what groups should do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/physician_autonomy1.html

CMS reiterates physicians’ central role in home health planning -- FPM

The agency's guidance comes as it implements a new home health payment system called the Patient-Driven Groupings Model.

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

Unhealthy family dynamics in the exam room: how to respond -- FPM

When family members complicate a patient visit, consider these five questions to get to the root of the problem and respond appropriately.

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

Seven best practices for doctors on social media -- FPM

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be an effective means for professional and patient engagement, but to avoid pitfalls, make sure you follow these seven best practices.

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

The 4Ms: Simplifying complex care decision making for older adults -- FPM

Medical training focuses on curing or treating as many of a patient's health problems as possible, but when providing complex care for older patients with multiple chronic diseases, it can be easy to lose focus on what outcomes matter most to the patient.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/4Ms_decision_making.html

Three tips for being present -- FPM

When demands and distractions intrude on your patient encounters, practice these three tips for being fully present.

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

Administrative Simplification -- FPM Topic Collection

Feb 13, 2020 - The documentation, paperwork, and quality reporting burden on physicians is immense. What can physicians do to reduce their administrative hassles, and what are organizations doing on their behalf? This FPM topic collection explores these issues. The documentation, paperwork, and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=112

Why family physicians should not just be physicians -- FPM

Beware of physician roles that focus predominantly on outpatient visits and separate physicians from most organizational innovation and strategy, as well as the colleagues, staff, and communities they serve.

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

A three-step guide to coding for multiple skin procedures in a single visit -- FPM

Follow these three steps to bill correctly, avoid denials, and make sure you’re not leaving revenue on the table when you perform skin biopsies and lesion removals.

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

What a waiting room liaison can do for your office -- FPM

An existing staff member might be able to take on these duties to keep your waiting room clean and running smoothly.

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

Medicare webinar on glucose supplies scheduled for Feb. 11 -- FPM

The webinar will include guidelines for coverage along with the information patients and suppliers need from physicians.

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

A simple way to build trust with young patients -- FPM

Doing this one thing during a visit can get pediatric appointments off to a good start by showing kids you care about them and respect them.

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

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Vaping-related illness | Billing Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries | Electrocardiogram recorded by a Holter monitor | Lung function tests

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p33.html

The 2020 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is trying to make Medicare documentation less burdensome and planning more changes that should result in a pay raise for family physicians in the future.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p8.html

Social Media for Doctors: Taking Professional and Patient Engagement to the Next Level ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Some of the top family physicians on social media share their best practices for building a following and avoiding common pitfalls.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p19.html

Physician Well-Being: Prioritizing Your Own Health Through a Personal Health ...

Feb 1, 2020 - You can’t take care of others optimally unless you first take care of yourself. Start today.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p27.html

Improving the Waiting Room Experience -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Adding a touch of tech, a dose of education, and plenty of creature comforts to your waiting room can make it more palatable for patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p14.html

Primary Care First: Practice Assessment Checklist -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Starting in 2021, PCF will be open to primary care clinicians practicing in 26 participating states and regions. Use this checklist to assess your practice’s readiness to participate in PCF, including care delivery capabilities, data infrastructure, and potential financial impact.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p25.html

Why Family Physicians Should Not Just Be Family Physicians: Rethinking Roles in ...

Feb 1, 2020 - In some settings, the cause of burnout isn’t having too much work - it’s having the wrong type of work.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p5.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Navigate patients’ anxiety about pelvic exams | Ask older patients these questions to assess dementia risk | Tell patients up front how much time you have

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p34.html

Listening to the Little Voice Inside -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - That nagging little voice can sometimes save you from a medical mistake, so don’t ignore it.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p38.html

Goal-Setting Theory for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Research points to four factors that will help make your goals more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p3.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2019) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p4.html

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