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COVID-19 lessons learned: one health system’s story -- FPM

The pandemic has taught us the importance of compassionate leadership, communication, and transparency, among other lessons.

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

A sample workflow for transitional care management -- FPM

Transitional care management can improve patient health outcomes, reduce the cost of care, and increase practice revenue. But getting started can be challenging if you don’t have a clear workflow in place.

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

Care Management and the Quadruple Aim -- FPM

Apr 1, 2021 - Care management not only addresses the Triple Aim. It could also help improve our work life.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p5.html

Five Steps to Mastering Agenda Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Use this guide to up-front agenda setting to help you strike a balance between meeting complex patient needs and staying on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p27.html

Implementing Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Clinical Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Finger-stick blood glucose measurements provide a snapshot in time. Continuous glucose monitoring gives patients with diabetes a bigger picture.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p7.html

Care Management in the Real World: A Small, Private Practice's Journey -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Through the addition of a care management function, practices can help high-risk patients navigate complex conditions and vulnerable care transitions.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p33.html

Durable Medical Equipment: A Streamlined Approach -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Durable medical equipment helps patients live healthier, more independent lives. Here’s how to minimize the hassles of getting it to them.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p15.html

Paving the Path to Value: Care Management and Coordination -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Explore how care management and coordination can improve quality and reduce unnecessary utilization for success in value-based payment arrangements with all payers.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p21.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Alternative codes for chronic care management | Online digital E/M by non-physicians | Remote monitoring with CCM | Retinal imaging

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p37.html

A Method for Establishing Patient Rapport -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - It starts with being mindful - not only of what we say, but also of how it is being heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p42.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Coordinate care of high-risk patients with regular team check-ins | Respond to positive and negative online reviews | This guide helps diabetic patients fast safely

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p38.html

Medicare claims may be delayed in April, as Congress mulls postponing cut -- FPM

Medicare claims may be delayed as contractors hold them rather than process them with the 2% cut only to have to then reprocess them if the U.S. House of Representatives reverses the cut.

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

Three easy ways to add risk stratification to your workflow -- FPM

As value-based payment models grow, identifying at-risk patients has become even more important.

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

Agenda setting: start visits this way, and they’re more likely to end on time -- FPM

How do you keep patients from bringing up more concerns late in a visit and making it difficult for you to get to the next visit on schedule? Comprehensive agenda setting. Here’s how get started.

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

Adding care management to your practice: four steps -- FPM

Care management has the potential to improve the health of a practice’s most at-risk patients while reducing costs. But how do you get started?

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

When and how to count data under the revised E/M office guidelines -- FPM

When the new rules for evaluation and management office visits went into effect at the beginning of the year, they immediately caused confusion about how to count data to determine the level of medical decision making.

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

Primary Care First alternative payment model applications open, deadline in April -- FPM

The Primary Care First model offers a multi-payer system for practices ready to take on more risk through payments based on utilization and outcomes.

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

CMS raises payment for COVID-19 vaccine administration -- FPM

The increase, which the American Academy of Family Physicians and other groups advocated for, reflects the additional resources and work required to safely store and administer the vaccines.

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

Clarifications issued for new E/M office visit rules -- FPM

The revisions include more guidance about what counts toward the data portion of medical decision making.

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

Add continuous glucose monitoring to your practice: a step-by-step guide -- FPM

Continuous glucose monitoring provides more data about daily glucose trends than finger-stick measurements. Here’s how to start a CGM program in your practice.

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

Seven tips for starting your workday the right way -- FPM

Starting on time may mean something different for each physician, depending on the practice.

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

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_194

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_686

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

Mar 12, 2021 - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools - from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolBox.htm?cmpid=_van_195

Care Management -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 12, 2021 - Download tools to help you manage patient care tasks, from agenda-setting to controlled substance refills.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=2

Coding and Documentation -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 9, 2021 - Download tools to help you understand coding and documentation requirements for new and established patient visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=6

Coding: CPT -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 9, 2021 - Download tools to help you optimize your coding of patient encounters.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=4

Responses to common concerns about the new E/M guidelines -- FPM

As family physicians adjust to the new CPT guidelines for office/outpatient evaluation and management services, some common themes are beginning to emerge.

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

CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for 2020 performance year -- FPM

CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exemption in most cases, but there are some caveats.

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

A rule to remember when administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicare Advantage patients ...

When you file a COVID-19 vaccine administration claim for a Medicare Advantage patient, you have to know the patient's traditional Medicare ID number.

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

Coping with COVID stress -- FPM

Feelings of grief, anger, fear, and guilt are real, but these tips can help you navigate them.

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

Three factors that cause difficult patient encounters, and how to manage them -- FPM

The causes of difficult patient encounters can be broken down into three categories: patient factors, physician factors, and situational factors.

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

Using cognitive reframing to encourage behavior change -- FPM

Negative experiences can lead to negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. But cognitive reframing can stop the pattern.

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

Three common reasons for level 5 E/M office visits in primary care -- FPM

To quickly identify and correctly code most level 5 office visits, keep in mind these three common reasons for level 5 work

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/level5_visits.html

Three steps to prepare for an opioid overdose in your clinic -- FPM

An overdose inside your medical clinic may not be a common occurrence, but it's still one to be prepared for.

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

How to avoid Medicare annual wellness visit denials -- FPM

Identifying whether to code for an Initial Preventive Physical Exam (aka the Welcome to Medicare visit), an Initial Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) or a Subsequent Medicare AWV can be tricky.

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

Coding Level 4 Office Visits Using the New E/M Guidelines -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p27.html

E/M Changes for 2021: The Beginning, Not the End -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p8.html

The 2021 Medicare Payment and CPT Coding Update -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/oa1.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Providing E/M services and a preventive physical | Discussing data with an external physician | Warfarin monitoring | E/M over the phone

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p35.html

Employment and Contract Considerations for Family Physicians in the Era of COVID-19 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Family physicians may encounter unfamiliar employment challenges in the short-term, but long-term job prospects remain promising.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p11.html

Building Community Well-being Through Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Reframing --... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - With communities facing so much unrest, here are two skills you can apply to help promote healing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p23.html

"Quick, Grab the Naloxone": Overdose Preparedness for Ambulatory Clinics -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - With opioid overdoses rising, practices should consider stocking this safe rescue drug alongside other emergency devices and medications.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p17.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2021 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Try this mental status exam for telehealth visits | Use personal stories to prepare patients for a COVID-19 vaccine | Send orders directly to patients' preferred labs or imaging centers

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p36.html

Systemic Racism and Health Disparities: A Statement from Editors of Family Medicine ...

Feb 1, 2021 - Today there is a renewed call to action for family medicine to both confront systemic racism and eliminate health disparities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p5.html

The Ultimate Balancing Act -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Balancing a family and a career in medicine isn’t easy, but these tips can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p40.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2020) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - << The 2021 Medicare Paym ... Previous article Systemic Racism and He ... Next article >> Jan-Feb 2021 Issue FROM THE EDITOR Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers Fam Pract Manag. 2021 Jan-Feb;28(1):4. Quality peer reviews help the FPM editors select and publish articles that are accurate,...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p4.html

Physician employment trends: salaries, compensation models, benefits, and more -- FPM

Hiring is down, starting salaries are flat, but the long-term job prospects remain promising for family physicians. Here’s what to expect.

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

New MIPS participation option has streamlined reporting -- FPM

Beginning this year, Medicare is offering a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation option intended to streamline reporting requirements.

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

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