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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.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

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

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

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

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Family Practice Management : Opinion

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

Keeping It Fresh -- FPM

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

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

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

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

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

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

Provide employee criticism the right way -- FPM

Providing employees with critical feedback can be difficult. One physician shares how he does it, and how to increase the likelihood that the worker listens.

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

Anthem plans to shorten timely filing limit for claims -- FPM

Anthem is notifying practices that they may have less time to timely file patient claims.

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

The secret to better communication with patients? Talk less -- FPM

Instead of overloading patients with information they won’t remember, focus on communicating just three things your patients need to know.

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

One time-saving task your nurse can do at the end of every visit -- FPM

Expanding the role of nurses and medical assistants in your practice can help you be more efficient. Here’s one time-saving task they can start doing at the end of every patient visit.

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

The right way to leave your job -- FPM

When it’s time to say goodbye to a job you have invested significant time and energy to, there’s a right way and a wrong way to end things.

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

Three suggestions for addressing patients' sexual assault history -- FPM

If your patient has experienced sexual assault as an adult, discussing it with them could lead to improved recovery. Frame that discussion the right way by following these three suggestions.

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

How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p29.html

A New Approach to New Physician Orientation: Six Key Components -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - In an era of patient-centered medical homes and value-based care, the old approach to physician orientation just doesn’t cut it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p24.html

In Support of Buprenorphine Deregulation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Family physicians should join the fight to remove limits on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p6.html

Communication Tips for Caring for Survivors of Sexual Assault -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - You can support your patients’ recovery from sexual assault by interacting with them in an empowering, compassionate manner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p19.html

The Nurse Closer: Using Nonclinician Staff to Make Patient Visits More Efficient -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - With a little training, nurses can wrap up the patient visit, reducing errors, improving patient satisfaction, and freeing up time for providers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p13.html

Focusing on the Patient and Physician Experience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Let FPM help you take care of your patients and find the joy in practice.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p5.html

Introducing FPM's New Medical Editor -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - We welcome Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, to the FPM editorial team.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p4.html

Why I Don't Share Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Health care is fragmented enough, so why would we want to fragment it even more?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p40.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2019 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Using the new chronic care management code | Pessary care | Documenting an interval history

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p34.html

Adolescent Vaccination: Protect Their Future -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Strategies to improve your adolescent patients’ immunizations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p9.html

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