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How to respond to incivility

When you encounter rudeness, discrimination, or violence in your practice, stay calm and apply these seven strategies.

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

Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips

Patient volume has dropped 60% since the start of the pandemic, and practice revenues have declined 55%. Here’s what practices can do to recover.

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

Three things physician leaders need to clarify

To manage all the tasks, projects, and requests for your time, you have to be clear on three things.

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

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Mental health screenings | Reporting multiple management services | Transferring paper notes to the medical record

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p31.html

Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips for Effective Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Doctoring by phone is a skill I never thought I’d have to learn.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p4.html

Implementing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Primary Care Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - In-office blood pressure readings are often inaccurate or insufficient. Here’s a way to get a better picture of how your patients are doing and get paid for it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p19.html

Operationalizing Virtual Visits During a Public Health Emergency -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Providing options for remote access to care can keep your practice running and your patients healthy when an infectious disease outbreak prevents you from seeing them in person.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p5.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Check for COVID-19 updates on home isolation and work notes | Ask patients to submit vitals before telehealth | Adapt your documentation setup for telehealth

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p32.html

Protecting Family Well-Being Through Social Connectivity and Time Management -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Families are a physician’s core source of support. Making time to nurture family connections is crucial to keeping that support system strong.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p13.html

A Physician's Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times: Seven Tips -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - As a physician leader, you can help provide clarity, calm, and cohesion.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p36.html

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated a frequently asked questions page with new guidance on billing Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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

Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video

Patients may be leery about coming into your office during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how many safety measures you take. Here are four ways to treat them remotely even if they don’t have the equipment or technological know-how to do video visits.

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

How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently clarified how physicians can collect biometric data for Medicare annual wellness visits from patients who are in their homes.

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

CMS: Patients can self-report vitals for Medicare AWV telehealth visits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified that during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) patients may self-report vital signs and other biometric data for Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) done via telehealth.

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

Gallows humor in the time of COVID-19

Gallows humor has long been a part of medicine, and research shows that when deployed appropriately, it can relieve tension in stressful situations.

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

The secret to job satisfaction? Ask for what you need

Many practices exist within a vast bureaucracy of rules and policies. To create a more satisfying practice, you must ask for what you need. Here's how.

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

What family physicians are earning

Family physician total compensation averaged $234,000 per year at the outset of 2020, according to a new report. But how will COVID-19 affect physicians financially?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

FPM Journal Frequently Asked Questions

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/about/faqs.html

Four algorithms that answer key questions about COVID-19

For quick guidance on virtual visits, ending home isolation, patient scheduling, and staff illness, download these algorithms.

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

Five steps to set up ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in your practice

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) provides more accurate data than in-office blood pressure checks, which is useful for identifying issues that might otherwise stay hidden and ruling out white coat hypertension.

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

Employed physicians: will your contract protect you from COVID-19 budget cuts?

If you’re among the physicians already affected by budget cuts, or think you might be soon, here’s what you need to know about your employment contract.

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

Editorial Supplement Guidelines

Guidelines for submitting supplements to FPM

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/supplements/editorial-supplement.html

Supplements

Supplements for FPM Journal

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/supplements.html

Encounter Forms -- FPM Toolbox

May 4, 2020 - Download encounter forms to help ensure accurate documentation for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions common in primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=12

New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients

The Department of Health and Human Services will soon start accepting claims for COVID-19-related testing and treatment of uninsured patients, to be reimbursed at Medicare rates.

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

A checklist for reopening your practice for non-essential face-to-face visits

The decision to reopen a practice for non-essential in-person visits depends on many factors, including the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in your area. When it’s time to reopen, use this checklist to help ease the process and keep everyone safe.

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

Two welcome changes for audio-only telephone visits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing Medicare payments for audio-only telephone visits to match payments for similar office or outpatient visits. CMS has also broadened the list of services it will cover as telephone visits.

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

Life Balance -- FPM Toolbox

Apr 27, 2020 - Download tools to help you manage your time and prevent burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=18

CMS suspends advance payment program

Early on in the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS is expanded the program for all Medicare providers throughout the country. The agency now says that other funding is available to those on the front lines of the coronavirus response.

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

FPM last chance for HCPs

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/offer/fpm-last-chance-for-hcps.html

FPM last chance for Phys

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FPM Mbr Full Access

Members get print FPM in addition to online access.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/offer/fpm-mbr-full-access.html

Get FPM today

Get full access to FPM, in print and online.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/offer/get-fpm-today.html

Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

Given how quickly the first round of funding was exhausted, businesses are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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

Departments

FPM Journal departments

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/content/departments.html

FPM Phys Full Access

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New codes for COVID-19 antibody tests

Antibody tests could play a role in determining the true prevalence of the illness in a given area and determining who can return to normal activities as states gradually begin to lift lockdowns.

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

Peer Review

FPM Peer Review

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/reviewers/peer_review.html

CMS waives telehealth restrictions for FQHC and RHC physicians

Under the new guidelines, there are no restrictions on where telehealth service is provided, meaning physicians or practitioners may provide the service from their homes.

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

Six things to know about the CARES Act provider relief fund payments

The federal government recently started doling out an initial $30 billion in COVID-19 aid payments to Medicare fee-for-service providers. Here's what physicians should know about them.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/COVID19_relief_payments.html

Four principles for handling stress during a crisis

In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 public health emergency, stress can be heightened by factors such as secondary trauma, fatigue, and lack of control. To deal with the added stress you might be feeling right now, focus on four principles.

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

CMS provides more information on patients’ eligibility for pneumonia vaccines

A change in Medicare reporting should make it easier to identify when a patient is eligible for a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine.

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

What coding modifiers to use for Medicare telehealth services and COVID-19 testing

Recent regulatory changes affect how you should code for telehealth services and COVID-19 testing when billing Medicare.

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

How to access small business loans for COVID-19 financial relief

Some of the loans now available offer 1% interest or even full loan forgiveness if you keep your employees on the payroll.

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

10 communication tips for physician phone visits during COVID-19

Telephone visits may pose fewer technology challenges than telehealth (video) visits, but they present unique communication challenges of their own as a result of the lack of face-to-face communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/telephone_visit_tips_2.html

Medicare provides more regulatory relief in response to COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule that made many significant Medicare payment policy changes effective March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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

Coding for Hypertension: Painting a Picture of the Severity of Illness -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - As risk-adjustment scoring increases, the pressure is on to code hypertension correctly. Here’s an overview using common patient scenarios.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p23.html

Is This Some Kind of Joke? Understanding and Using Humor in the Clinical Setting -- FPM

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

Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Deciding whether primary care doctors have the capacity to take on more patients requires accounting for things like productivity, as well as panel size.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p7.html

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