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Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=3

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors -- FPM

CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

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

Four quick tips for bringing humor to your practice -- FPM

Medicine is serious business. Some comic relief may be just what you and those around you need to get through a tough day.

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

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance -- FPM

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule -- FPM

If the time of service listed in a CPT code descriptor exceeds the time you spend providing the service, you may still be able to bill for it.

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

Do you know your RVUs? -- FPM

Knowing how many relative value units (RVUs) you generate for each service can help improve your productivity and your payment.

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

The first thing to do before you see your next patient -- FPM

Here's how to take a minute to calm your mind during a hectic day and refocus before you move on to your next patient.

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

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations -- FPM

Preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics by having this quick conversation with patients before you examine them.

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

Six steps to start a group visit program for chronic care -- FPM

Group visits can help people with chronic conditions like obesity improve their health.

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

More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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

How to de-escalate troubling patient encounters -- FPM

Here are four techniques to try when you face stressful or demeaning exchanges with patients or their families.

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

Four tips to help you spend less time charting -- FPM

To get through your routine documentation more efficiently and reduce work after clinic, try these tips.

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

A side-by-side comparison of six apps for easier prescribing -- FPM

A family physician reviews six commonly used pharmaceutical apps to identify which ones offered the most critical features.

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

Reduce malpractice risk with a SOOOAAP note -- FPM

You can improve the quality of your communication and decrease malpractice risk with this revised version of SOAP.

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

Three nasal spray mistakes your patients are probably making -- FPM

If patients say their nasal spray isn’t working, they might just need some instruction about how to use it correctly.

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

A tool for more efficient Welcome to Medicare physicals -- FPM

An encounter form that details the many requirements of a Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination can help these visits go much more smoothly.

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

Incivility in Health Care: Strategies for De-escalating Troubling Encounters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - With rudeness, discrimination, and violence on the rise, how do we take care of our patients while protecting ourselves?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p8.html

The Feasibility of Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Seven Lessons Learned ...

Oct 1, 2019 - If addressing patients’ social needs sounds overwhelming, the results of this pilot project might surprise you.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p13.html

Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon, we need a better term that puts the blame where it belongs and reminds us that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p4.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Established vs. new patient codes | Office visits for immunization | Advance care planning and time

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p32.html

Scope of Practice: Reclaiming Young Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Caring for the whole family is a defining aspect of family medicine, yet many physicians have stopped seeing young patients. Here’s why and how to welcome them back.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p26.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Check for fractures with your phone | Two ways to better handle transitional care management | Ensure patients’ proper use of nasal sprays | Schedule a ‘Happy Hour’ to share EHR tips

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p33.html

How to Use Group Visits to Manage Obesity -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Clinic and community resources combine to support patients in this unique group-visit model.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p20.html

Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p36.html

Keeping It Fresh -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Variety in our daily work may be a way to improve care and satisfaction with practicing medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p3.html

Incentive payments coming soon for APM qualifying participants -- FPM

For clinicians participating in an advanced alternative payment model, 2019 incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be headed your way soon.

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

Medicare instructs contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits ...

Have you had inappropriately denied claims for pneumococcal vaccination? Here's what to do.

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

When being right makes things go wrong -- FPM

It's important to be right, but sometimes it's more important to be effective. Recognizing which battles to fight and which are counterproductive is the first step to implementing this leadership strategy.

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

How to get more young patients into your practice -- FPM

Try these six steps to get more young people in your patient panel.

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

Get certified to prescribe opioid withdrawal meds in four steps -- FPM

Family physicians write more opioid prescriptions by volume than any other specialty, but most don’t have the federal waiver required to prescribe medications that treat opioid addiction. Here’s how to get it.

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

Flu resources and payment allowances: Medicare releases updates for the 2019-2020 ...

Updated influenza vaccine payment allowances went into effect August 1.

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

Ask your patients with chronic disease this key question -- FPM

Help patients with chronic disease make needed behavior change by asking them this one question that helps them set goals.

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

The skill that differentiates good doctors and great doctors -- FPM

Being a great doctor may have more to do with biography than biology. Here’s how to cultivate this critical skill.

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

Three ways to make social determinants screening doable -- FPM

A recent pilot project highlights three ways to lessen the workload related to screening for and addressing social determinants of health.

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

The problem with the term physician burnout -- FPM

To describe the current phenomenon and address it effectively, a new term is needed, one that puts the blame where it belongs and also acknowledges that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

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

Seven security measures to help prevent workplace violence -- FPM

Appropriate security measures can help prevent workplace violence. Consider whether these seven measures are present in your clinic.

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

Why a cover letter is important -- FPM

A cover letter that quickly tells potential employers and recruiters who you are, what you can do for them, and why you are interested in their opportunity is as important as your CV.

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

Is your MIPS score/Medicare payment adjustment incorrect? Time is running out to ...

Physicians must submit a targeted review request by Sept. 30, 2019, if they feel their 2018 MIPS final score/2020 MIPS payment adjustments are incorrect.

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

Three phrases you can use to help patient visits stay on track -- FPM

When a patient visit goes on too long and puts you behind schedule, the rest of the day can feel rushed, chaotic, and frustrating. To keep visits running on time as you meet patients’ needs, try using these three phrases.

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

How to code flu shots correctly -- FPM

New flu shot codes and payment allowances go into effect each year on Aug. 1 for Medicare, allowing vaccination efforts to begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available.

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

The problem with sharing patients -- FPM

When patients seek primary care from multiple sources, it may seem convenient, but it ultimately fragments their health care. Here’s one way to address the issue.

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

Cigna to stop paying for consultation codes -- FPM

Cigna is set to stop paying CPT codes for consultations provided to their customers. Here's how to avoid losing that revenue.

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

Drowning in paperwork requests? Try redirecting these three types -- FPM

Having to fill out paperwork for patients you haven't treated or diagnosed can be a burden. Follow this advice for sending that work where it belongs.

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

Patient Surveys/Questionnaires -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download sample patient satisfaction surveys and other questionnaires.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=23

Practice Improvement -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download worksheets and self-assessments to aid practice improvement.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=24

Six simple symptom diaries to help your patients help you -- FPM

Patients who keep track of their symptoms or activities can make diagnosis and treatment much easier. These examples of patient diaries can get you started.

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

Your next job: How to find the right work environment -- FPM

Physicians investigating a new job will naturally be concerned about compensation. But you should also ask these five questions to see if the new workplace is right for you.

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

Eight tactics to identify and reduce your implicit biases -- FPM

Unconscious biases can affect the quality of care and make workplaces more difficult. These tips can help you discover and combat your own biases.

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

Tips for getting more patients to agree to chronic care management services -- FPM

Patients eligible for chronic care management services have to agree to receive them before their physicians can get reimbursed. Physicians who have gone through the process share their best practices.

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

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