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Three tools for screening for social determinants of health -- FPM

These screening instruments can aid physicians in identifying social determinants of health in a primary care setting.

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

Three documentation tips to reduce your malpractice risk -- FPM

Careful documentation can mean the difference between a guilty verdict in a medical malpractice case and the case being thrown out. It’s worth the trouble to ensure you do it right.

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

Looking ahead to this year's new diagnosis codes -- FPM

It’s not too early to start preparing for the annual round of ICD-10 diagnosis coding changes effective for dates of service on or after Oct. 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_ICD10_Codes_Fall_2018.html

A quick reminder about flu shot billing -- FPM

A quick reminder: Medicare covers influenza immunizations as soon as new seasonal vaccines are received.

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

Five steps for standing orders -- FPM

Whether you are writing a standing order from scratch or evaluating an existing one for use in your practice, be sure to address these issues.

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

UnitedHealthcare to expand payment for after-hours primary care -- FPM

UnitedHealthcare says it will begin on Aug. 18 paying for CPT code 99051, which recognizes the value of primary care practices improving convenience to patients by being open additional hours.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/UHC_code_99051.html

What family physicians are earning by region and by setting -- FPM

Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem, particularly among older patients who may be taking multiple medications, many of which have become unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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

A simple test for spotting stress before it becomes a crisis -- FPM

To spot the warning signs of stress overload in yourself or your team, take the Stress-APGAR test.

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

Four steps to deprescribe unnecessary medications -- FPM

Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem, particularly among older patients who may be taking multiple medications, many of which have become unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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

When is it OK to treat friends and family? -- FPM

At some point during your career as a family physician, a friend or family member has likely asked you for medical advice or treatment, perhaps because they couldn’t reach their regular doctor or didn’t have one.

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

Use this database to answer questions about Medicare noncoverage -- FPM

CMS offers the searchable Medicare Coverage Database to help physicians know when Medicare does not cover a specific service, requiring an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.

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

Five factors that affect patient satisfaction -- FPM

Research shows that physicians can increase patient satisfaction rates by improving the way they interact with patients in five key areas.

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

Three ways to be a better, humbler leader -- FPM

Follow these three steps for becoming a humbler, more effective leader.

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

Which quality measures should you report? -- FPM

Under MIPS, you might think you should report quality measures where your performance is best, but consider these four factors as well.

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

The key to getting beyond blame -- FPM

When behaviors such as blame, accusation and finger-pointing surface, improvement efforts are doomed.

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

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Screening patients to understand their social context is the gateway to addressing barriers and improving health.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p7.html

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - With too many patients taking too many unnecessary medications, deprescribing has become a required skill for primary care physicians. Here’s how to go about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p28.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - ICD-10 coding for hypertension and diabetes | Physician certification of diabetic shoes | Umbilical cauterization

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p33.html

It's Not Hard to Be Humble: The Role of Humility in Leadership -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Here’s how to keep ego from getting in the way of effective teamwork.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p25.html

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: An Opportunity or Unreasonable Burden? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Socioeconomic and environmental factors are the largest contributors to patient health, so is it our duty to address them?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p3.html

Five Mobile Apps for Mindfulness -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Recommend these apps for patients interested in incorporating mindfulness into their care plan.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p21.html

What Needs to Change to Make Deprescribing Doable -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Polypharmacy constitutes a real patient-safety issue. Recognizing that is the first step toward change.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p5.html

How to Be Happy in Practice for 30-Plus Years -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - These eight lessons can help you avoid burnout and enjoy medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p40.html

Making Sense of MACRA: Questions to Ask Your Employer -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - This supplement guides employed physicians to learn more about their practice’s Quality Payment Program strategy.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p17.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2018 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Improve your spiel about unnecessary antibiotics | Manage your online ratings | Ease the switch to a new EHR system | Make staff more aware of data security

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p34.html

A one-stop shop for Medicare documentation requirements? -- FPM

CMS plans to list all the documentation that’s required for Medicare payment in one central location - the new Provider Documentation Manual.

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

Eight ways to stay happy in practice -- FPM

A solo physician discusses the steps he has taken to avoid burnout and remain engaged in his practice for 43 years.

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

Three questions to ask before implementing a change in your practice -- FPM

To make sure a change you’re considering will actually make things better in your practice, ask three essential questions

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

The seven characteristics of functional work relationships -- FPM

Researchers point to seven characteristics that health care organizations should foster among physicians and staff.

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

A creative solution for helping more patients get the mental health care they need -- FPM

When referred for counseling by their physician, patients may avoid scheduling an appointment because of logistics, stigma, cost, etc. To remove these barriers, one primary care practice tried a new approach.

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

How to find a patient's new Medicare number -- FPM

Starting next month, you’ll be able to look up your Medicare patients’ new Medicare number through the secure web portal of your Medicare Administrative Contractor.

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

How to document newly diagnosed hypertension -- FPM

If a patient’s elevated blood pressure has developed into hypertension, your documentation should clearly describe the basis for the new diagnosis.

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

Avoid mistakes when coding for preventive medicine services -- FPM

Selecting the appropriate code will hopefully facilitate payment for preventive services and reduce some unpleasant questions from patients.

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

Dealing with disruptive minor patients -- FPM

Being direct with the patient and family so they understand the decision can help bring closure and discourage further bad behavior and retaliation on social media websites.

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

One simple question can uncover medication nonadherence -- FPM

Finding instances of medication nonadherence means asking patients more than just if they took their medicine.

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

Properly documenting time in E/M visits -- FPM

Most evaluation and management (E/M) services are selected based on the level of history, exam, and medical decision making documented in the note. But if counseling, coordination of care, or both dominate the visit, CPT instructs physicians to select a code based on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/properly_documenting_time_in_E-M_visits.html

What does "24/7 access" to care really mean? -- FPM

Providing chronic care management services comes with numerous requirements, including 24/7 access to care. But the definition of that access is confusing.

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

Five mobile apps to help patients with anxiety and depression -- FPM

Here are five mobile apps you can recommend to patients with anxiety and depression.

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

Staffing -- FPM Toolbox

Apr 27, 2018 - Download tools to help you clarify staff responsibilities, provide feedback, and more.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=28

A checklist of quality measures to help you succeed in value-based payment -- FPM

This checklist of quality measures can help you improve quality and succeed in value-based payment.

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

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

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

How to confront an impaired physician colleague -- FPM

When a physician is suffering from addiction, depression, or another impairment, here's how to confront or intervene.

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

Six documentation tasks your team could be doing -- FPM

Team documentation has been shown to improve patient outcomes and physician satisfaction. Here are six documentation tasks you can delegate.

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

How to know when to bill for both preventive and added services -- FPM

When a patient brings an additional complaint to a preventive visit, here's how to know whether it qualifies as a separate service and get paid for your work.

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

Five steps to diffusing difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Ignoring a patient’s negative emotions, such as rudeness, defensiveness, or anger, can hinder the healing process and complicate the doctor-patient relationship.

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

Make your EHR more efficient -- FPM

In your frustration with your electronic health record system, don’t overlook ways to make it more efficient. These eight tips can help.

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

An efficient workflow for alcohol misuse screening -- FPM

Screening adult patients doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and the service is often billable, particularly when the results lead to a brief intervention.

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

How to communicate bad news to your patients -- FPM

Family physicians are increasingly responsible for giving patients and their families devastating news. A systematic approach can help you feel more confident and reduce your patients’ suffering.

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

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

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

Do your diagnosis codes capture your patients' severity of illness? -- FPM

Accurate diagnosis coding may have a positive effect on your payment in the future as more payers move to risk-adjusted payment models.

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

Updated tool lets physicians lookup 2018 MIPS eligibility -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Merit-based Incentive Payment System Eligibility Lookup Tool to inform physicians if they must report for the program in 2018.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Updated_tool_lets_physicians_lookup_2018_MIPS_eligibility.html

Seven tips for mastering the art of medicine -- FPM

To foster more consistent practice of the art of medicine, physicians should adopt these seven behaviors.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/art-of-medicine.html

Huddles: jump start your practice today -- FPM

A few minutes spent in a morning huddle preparing with your team for the day’s schedule can improve your efficiency.

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

More Medicare money potentially headed to you -- FPM

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 is requiring Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) to reprocess practice claims, which could mean some physicians will see a boost in reimbursement

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

How to immunize against burnout -- FPM

Although nearly two-thirds of family physicians report symptoms of burnout, Philip Kaplan, MD, FAAFP, says he still finds joy in going to the office after more than 40 years in practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/burnout-immunization.html

How to respond to patients’ misconceptions about antidepressants -- FPM

You can play a vital role in dispelling myths and illuminating your patients’ decision making regarding antidepressant treatment.

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

Encouraging Health Behavior Change: Eight Evidence-Based Strategies -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Using these brief interventions, you can help your patients make healthy behavior changes.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p31.html

It's Time to Go RAFing -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - What you don’t know about risk-adjustment factor scores could cost you.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p5.html

Is Your Diagnosis Coding Ready for Risk Adjustment? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - As payment models change, diagnosis coding is more important than ever. Here’s how to be sure your codes capture your patients’ severity of illness.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p21.html

Diagnosis Coding for Value-Based Payment: A Quick Reference Tool -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Use this cheat sheet to identify diagnosis codes that are weighted for risk adjustment.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p26.html

A Team-Based Care Model That Improves Job Satisfaction -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Expanding the role of medical assistants to better support providers can improve not only traditional outcomes but also job satisfaction.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p6.html

HIPAA: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Does your organization interpret HIPAA too strictly, too loosely, or just right? Find out with these FAQs.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p12.html

Five Mobile Apps to Help Patients With Anxiety and Depression -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - When patients need some assistance coping with mental distress, consider these apps.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/oa1.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2018 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Time spent on chronic care management vs. time spent on E/M services | ICD-10 coding for bug bites | Billing for palliative care visits

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p41.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2018 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Be mindful of the joy in medicine | Rule out heart murmurs more effectively in children | Take a lesson from the hospitality industry

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p42.html

Helping Your Adolescent and Young Adult Patients Get the Preventive Care and Services ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Make the most of opportunities to confidentially discuss health decisions and recommend screening tests and immunizations using this tool.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p17.html

What to Do When Emotions Run High in the Exam Room -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Step one: Don't ignore it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p48.html

Close that physician-staff divide -- FPM

Practice leaders need to bridge the dual organizations within their offices to achieve peak performance. Three strategies will help.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/closing_the_physician-staff_divide.html

App review: Aspirin Guide -- FPM

A mobile app developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital can help you quickly determine whether a patient is a good candidate for low-dose aspirin therapy.

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

Deadline to submit data for 2017 MIPS approaches -- FPM

If you have not already done so, you have until March 31 to provide 2017 data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which could affect your Medicare payments in 2019.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/deadline_to_submit_data_for_2017_MIPS_approaches.html

Three common sense ways to practice medicine more cost-effectively -- FPM

To deliver high-quality, cost-effective care, physicians need not just medical knowledge but good clinical judgment so they can focus on what’s important and avoid useless tests and ineffective treatments.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/cost-effectiveness.html

It’s the weekend: Are you spending it with your EHR? -- FPM

Physicians spend one to two hours each night on their electronic health record (EHR) or paperwork, including weekends.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/ehr-after-hours.html

Four tips to get what you need from your PA or NP -- FPM

To ensure that PAs and NPs support family physicians in the best way possible and contribute to optimal patient care, follow these four tips:

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/np-pa.html

Pre-diabetes program available to Medicare patients beginning April 1 -- FPM

Medicare is expanding Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program with effective with dates of service on or after April 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/prediabetes_program_opens_to_Medicare_patients_April_1.html

Tips for taming your sample closet -- FPM

A well-organized sample closet is important to patient safety and practice efficiency.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sample-closet.html

How to start off on the right foot in a new practice: three pointers -- FPM

To succeed in practice as a new physician, stay humble, avoid office politics, and set yourself up for work-life balance.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/new-physicians.html

Perform a quick HIPAA security check -- FPM

Here are three safeguards you need to have in place under the HIPAA Security Rule.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/hipaa-security-check.html

Six simple steps to shared decision making -- FPM

Shared decision making is simply a way for physicians to help patients select the optimal test or treatment among several valid options. These conversations involve six basic steps.

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

Stop wasting time looking for medical supplies and equipment -- FPM

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests, such as requests for opioids or work excuses.

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

Anthem rescinds modifier 25 cuts -- FPM

Last week, Anthem, one of the nation's largest commercial health plans, notified the American Medical Association it has decided to not proceed with a policy to reduce payments by 25 percent for evaluation and management codes appropriately reported with CPT modifier 25.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/anthem_rescinds_modifier_25_cuts.html

How to respond to inappropriate patient requests -- FPM

How to say no to inappropriate patient requests, such as requests for opioids or work excuses.

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

How to decide whether your patient is new or established -- FPM

If coding rules followed common sense, this would be easy. You would just have to ask: Have I seen the patient before? Unfortunately, that straightforward approach does not work.

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

Billing, Collections and Claims Processing -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download tools such as the FPM superbill to help you optimize your billing, collections, and claims processing.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=1

Coding: CPT -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - 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

Coding: ICD-10 -- FPM Toolbox

Feb 23, 2018 - Download FPM's coding guides and cheat sheets to help you understand ICD-10 coding and select the right codes.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=30

Performance scores for 2017 QPP claims data are now available -- FPM

If you used claims to submit 2017 quality data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, you can now find out how you did.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/performance_scores_for_2017_claims_data.html

Nine tips for managing your boss -- FPM

Here's how to work together to advance your goals, their goals, and your organization.

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

Four apps to encourage healthy habits -- FPM

Family physician David Rebedew, MD, used FPM's SPPACES app review criteria to find apps that best support patients' positive health behaviors.

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

Earn MIPS credit for participating in CMS study -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking for physicians to participate in a study measuring the burdens of collecting and reporting care quality data. Participants can receive credit under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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

Two tips for faster chart completion -- FPM

Here's a quick dose of encouragement to keep your EHR from consuming more of your valuable time than it should.

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

Is your advanced alternative payment model recognized by CMS? -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this month published a table displaying the APMs that it operates.

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

Medical emergencies: Do you have these items at the ready? -- FPM

The availability of certain equipment and medications in your office is key to your ability to respond effectively to a medical emergency.

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

Beyond IQ: How's your EQ? -- FPM

EQ involves the ability to accurately recognize emotions in yourself and others and then manage those emotions as they are occurring.

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

Ten things to know as you prepare for 2017 MIPS reporting -- FPM

Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period. Here are the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Ten_things_to_know_for_2017_MIPS_reporting.html

How to evaluate patients for opioid therapy -- FPM

Following a standard process for determining whether a patient is a good candidate for opioid therapy is a key component of a patient-centered approach to treating patients with chronic pain.

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

Medicare eases burden for E/M documentation involving medical students -- FPM

If you are a physician who teaches medical students in your practice and involves them in your evaluation and management encounters, your documentation burden for their work is getting easier.

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

Coding office visits the easy way - based on time -- FPM

An E/M office visit may be coded based solely on face-to-face time when more than half is devoted to counseling or coordination of care.

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

When is it ethical to accept gifts from patients? -- FPM

Rejecting a gift is never easy, but most patients will understand.

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

Time to educate your patients about new Medicare cards -- FPM

CMS has published free resources to help notify your patients that the new Medicare beneficiary cards are coming.

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

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