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Six resources for physicians who want to learn about racial equity -- FPM

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests have brought new attention to longstanding race-based disparities in health outcomes. These online resources can help physicians become stronger advocates for change.

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

Coding E/M visits by medical decision making -- FPM

Starting Jan. 1, physicians will be able to code evaluation and management visits based solely on medical decision making, which is made up of three elements.

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

New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing -- FPM

The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved new and revised codes for COVID-19 testing this week. The updates to the CPT code set take effect immediately.

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

Fewer kids are getting vaccinations during COVID-19: what you can do -- FPM

The CDC reports a troubling drop in childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying home during the pandemic. Here are two ways practices can help reverse this trend.

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

Lack of peer connection leads to a soulless efficiency in medicine -- FPM

Lacking time for - or not valuing - peer connection has serious consequences for physicians.

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

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The application period is Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.

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

Five ways to fight system-induced distress before it causes burnout -- FPM

A multilevel approach to resisting a health care system that relies on overworking physicians to make up for its own inefficiencies.

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

A brief method for triaging patients during a pandemic -- FPM

When the leaders of Eglin Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Florida opened an outdoor clinic in their parking lot in response to COVID-19, they established a triage process for deciding which patients would be sent there, as opposed to being seen virtually or inside the clinic.

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

Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans -- FPM

President Trump has signed legislation that relaxes loan repayment terms for family physicians who received COVID-19 relief funds via the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program.

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

Countdown to the E/M Coding Changes -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p29.html

Emotional Intelligence: Five Ways to Have Better Interactions and Improve Your Work ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - These simple tools can help you respond effectively when you feel emotionally hijacked by difficult people or circumstances.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p9.html

Creating Intentional Professional Connections to Reduce Loneliness, Isolation, and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Pretending we have it together and can do it all on our own is the fastest way to professional isolation and burnout. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p20.html

Racism in Health Care: Creating a More Equitable Health Care Experience -- FPM

Oct 1, 2020 - Imagine how it would feel to walk into a doctor’s office and see that everyone else looks different from you.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p3.html

Keys to High-Quality, Low-Cost Care: Empanelment, Attribution, and Risk Stratification ...

Oct 1, 2020 - Understand attribution and alignment methodologies in VBP arrangements to know which patients are assigned to you. Use empanelment and risk stratification to better understand where to expend a practice's care management and care coordination resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p37.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Coding for COVID-19 when testing isn't available | Diagnosis codes for recovered patients| Coding symptoms that linger | Diagnosis codes for antibody testing| CPT codes for antigen testing

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p41.html

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

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

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.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0900/p48.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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Sep 10, 2020 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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