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Rethinking the Difficult Patient Encounter -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - Before you can help a difficult patient, you may need to change how you view that person.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p17.html

A Nursing Home Documentation Tool for More Efficient Visits -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - This one-page form can help improve care, keep visits patient-centered, and even save you some time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p19.html

Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Durable Medical Equipment -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - With commercials for free equipment and supplies running daily, you need to be ready to respond when a patient requests a prescription.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p17.html

A Toolkit to Improve the Treatment of CA-MRSA -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - This simple strategy may save time and increase awareness of care guidelines.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p21.html

Rationing Time -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - We decry rationing care, yet we ration our time every day.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p8.html

My Last Issue -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - The editor will change, but the journal won't.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p6.html

Five Reactions to a New EHR -- FPM

Oct 1, 2012 - If your initial reaction isn't positive, hang in there. You're not alone.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0900/p40.html

Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Made Easier -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - A systematic approach will help prevent these visits from overwhelming your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p10.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2015 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2015 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Patient Portals: The G ... Next article >> Jan-Feb 2015 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2015 Jan-Feb;22(1):34. Become a mystery patient Avoid infection by avoiding the T-zone Seek out patient voices Tips from Assembly...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0100/p34.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2015 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2015 - Advertisement << Knowledge Is Not Enough Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Jan-Feb 2015 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2015 Jan-Feb;22(1):32. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. This content conforms...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0100/p32.html

Evaluating Employment Agreements -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - The first challenge of employed practice is to analyze your contract - before you sign.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p6.html

July/August 2020

Advertisement Free full text is available for selected items. July/August 2020 Previous Issue Features Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation Jay Winner Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude Catherine Florio Pipas...

Family Practice Management

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July/August 2020

Advertisement Free full text is available for selected items. July/August 2020 Previous Issue Features Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation Jay Winner Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude Catherine Florio Pipas...

Family Practice Management

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"Tell Me About Yourself" -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - Time is short, but getting to know your patients can be invaluable.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p4.html

A Family Physician's Legacy -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - Some shoes can never be filled.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p40.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2014 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Teamwork: Is It Always ... Next article >> Nov-Dec 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):32. Help patients avoid a fungal outbreak Reduce scar tissue from a skin biopsy Remind patients to control their...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/1100/p32.html

Simple Tools to Increase Patient Satisfaction With the Referral Process -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - In six steps, you can make your referrals more efficient and please patients in the process.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p9.html

Preparing for and Recovering From a Natural Disaster -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Three days after an EF5 tornado hit the town of Joplin, Mo., this small family medicine practice was up and running.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p15.html

Medical Apps: Making Your Mobile Device a Medical Device -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Here's how to make your smartphone or tablet an indispensable practice tool.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p10.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2014 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Five Steps for Buildin ... Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Sep-Oct 2014 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):29. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. This content...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p29.html

Nine Practice Sale Pitfalls to Avoid -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - This expert's tips will help to prevent surprises after the deal is done.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p22.html

The Problem With Multitasking -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Could multitasking actually decrease your intelligence and productivity?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p40.html

FPM Survey of User Satisfaction With EHR Systems -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - The survey takes minutes, your responses will help hundreds of colleagues, and you just might win an iPad.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p19.html

When Is a Team Not a Team? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - Meanings get slippery when words become badges of progress.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p4.html

Back to the Future: The Way Forward in Health Care Reform -- FPM

Jun 1, 2012 - It's 1995 all over again. Let's get it right this time.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0500/p5.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2014 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Tools of the Trade Next article >> Sep-Oct 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Dealing with stormy EHR clouds Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):34. A local backup Printed chart summaries USB drives Wi-Fi hotspots Editor's note: As...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p34.html

Rethinking Your Approach to Prescription "Refills" -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - Treating every prescription as a new prescription encourages appropriate care, decreases practice costs and reduces medicolegal risks.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p16.html

Communicating Bad News to Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - How you share the news can have a lasting effect on your patients and their families.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p31.html

ICD-10: What You Need to Know Now -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - The government is considering a delay, but that doesn't mean you should.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p29.html

ACOs Are Coming: Should You Sell Your Practice? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - If a hospital or health system comes knocking, make sure you’ve considered these key issues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p15.html

Clinical Decision Support: Using Technology to Identify Patients' Unmet Needs -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - The presenting problem is often just the tip of the iceberg.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p22.html

It's Time to Get Serious About ICD-10 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - Our article series will help prepare you, and so will a sense of humor.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p7.html

Why I Didn't Get a Paycheck Last Month -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - A string of unfortunate circumstances can quickly devastate a healthy practice.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0300/p40.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2014 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Advertisement << The Shifting Role of t ... Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Jul-Aug 2014 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):31. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. This content...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0700/p31.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2014 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article ICD-10 Simplifies Prev ... Next article >> Jul-Aug 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):32. Dealing with hard-of-hearing patients Encouraging creative ideas from staff Managing expectations for...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0700/p32.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2014 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Seven Sins in Modern M ... Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> May-Jun 2014 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2014 May-June;21(3):29. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. This content...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p29.html

How to Avoid Conflicts Between Your New EHR and Your Old Billing Company -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - A proactive approach will help you get the most out of your investment.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p14.html

CPT 2012: Updated & Clarified -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - It's mostly small changes this year, but small changes can trip you up too.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p6.html

The State of Family Medicine -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - This special report reviews the value of family medicine, the challenges it faces, and AAFP data on the nature of family medicine practice today.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p20.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2014 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2014 - Advertisement << A Few Moments of Lifes ... Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Jan-Feb 2014 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;21(1):25. This content conforms to AAFP CME criteria. See FPM CME Quiz. Special report code...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p25.html

Practical Institutional Politics for Doctors -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - Practicing in a large organization requires skills you may not have needed in independent practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p18.html

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: What You Need to Know -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - A promising new multipayer demonstration project led by Medicare brings a blended payment model closer to reality.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p12.html

How Inclusive Leadership Can Help Your Practice Adapt to Change -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - The most effective leaders realize that everyone's input is valuable.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p8.html

Bridging the Physician-Counselor Divide -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - When patients need to be referred for counseling, these tips can ensure success.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p36.html

How Is It Going? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2012 - The beginning of the year is a good time to figure out where we are and where we're headed.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0100/p4.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2014 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Solo Practice: Can It ... Next article >> May-Jun 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2014 May-June;21(3):30. Use a glove as a mini tourniquet Prioritize phone calls and emails Manage conflicts of interest as a group...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p30.html

Understanding When to Use the New Patient E/M Codes -- FPM

Sep 1, 2003 - Even an old patient can be new.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0900/p33.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2014 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Joy Revisited Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Mar-Apr 2014 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Mar-Apr;21(2):27. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. This content conforms to AAFP...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0300/p27.html

Is Your Practice at Risk for Fraud? -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - Without reasonable controls, you may be inviting embezzlement.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p20.html

Improving Communication With Older Patients: Tips From the Literature -- FPM

Sep 1, 2006 - Poor communication with this vulnerable and growing population can undermine your efforts to provide good patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0900/p73.html

Plugging Practice Leaks -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - Left unchecked, leaks can sap your practice of time, efficiency, goodwill and cash.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p6.html

A Day in My Practice in 2020 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2011 - What will medical practice look like in the next decade? Here's one possibility.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/1100/p44.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2014 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article Practice Transformatio ... Next article >> Mar-Apr 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Mar-Apr;21(2):28. Taking STEPSSS to stop smoking Pinch the pain away Correctly billing for group visits Taking STEPSSS to stop...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0300/p28.html

Documenting History in Compliance With Medicare's Guidelines -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - The difference between one level and the next may be no more than a word or two.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p22.html

What Family Physicians Need to Know About ACOs -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Accountable care organizations could be the next big thing in health care delivery. Here's what you need to know - and what you need to do - now.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p17.html

Remove Roadblocks and Improve Access to Preventive Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Learn how a few procedural changes dramatically increased this practice's visit rates for well-child care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p26.html

The EHR Incentive Program: Consider Waiting for Next Year -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - It may get easier and cheaper to earn the incentive.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p14.html

One Last Annual ICD-9 Update -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - The ICD-9 codes that take effect Oct. 1 will be the last. ICD-10 will be implemented in 2013.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p24.html

The RUC Under Fire -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Time may be running out for the group that helps divide the Medicare pie.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p10.html

A Life Checkup -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - When was the last time you took an honest look at your life?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p52.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2014 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2014 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article 2014 Is Finally Here - ... Next article >> Jan-Feb 2014 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;21(1):26. Use rewards with child patients Care for patients as a group Recognize savings from patient portal use Make...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p26.html

Registries Made Simple -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - Organizing chronic illness care with a registry will streamline your workflow, improve patient outcomes and provide data for quality improvement.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p11.html

Structure and Synchronicity for Better Charting -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - Two key characteristics will help you to ensure that your notes communicate not only what you did, but also what you were thinking.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p15.html

Five Common Coding Mistakes That Are Costing You -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - Fix these problems to increase your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0300/p31.html

Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - Does your practice give patients a fish or teach patients to fish?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p24.html

Five Steps to a Performance Evaluation System -- FPM

Mar 1, 2003 - Keep your staff productive and motivated by conducting regular performance evaluations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0300/p43.html

The 2011 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 2,719 Family Physicians -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - If you're shopping for an EHR system, you might appreciate this advice from several hundred colleagues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p23.html

Five Ways to Improve Access to Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - If we fail at access, we fail at the most fundamental piece of the relationship.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p48.html

Why Did Your Productivity Decrease When We Hired You? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - Before making the leap from private practice to employed practice, consider how the new arrangement will affect your productivity and your bottom line.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p18.html

Five Signs You May Have Joined the Wrong Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - If you see these warning signs, run - don't walk - away from the practice.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p44.html

The Perils of Employment -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - Make sure you're not just jumping from the fire into the frying pan.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p6.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2013 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - Advertisement << Getting Through to You ... Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Nov-Dec 2013 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC Fam Pract Manag. 2013 Nov-Dec;20(6):28. This content conforms to AAFP CME criteria. See FPM CME Quiz. Group visits Modifier...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p28.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2013 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - Advertisement << Coding & Documentation Previous article ICD-10: What's the Poi ... Next article >> Nov-Dec 2013 Issue PRACTICE PEARLS Fam Pract Manag. 2013 Nov-Dec;20(6):29. Reduce the headaches of prescription refills Budget your time to avoid being overworked Building a disease...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p29.html

An Organized Approach to Chronic Disease Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2011 - Delivering better chronic disease care is a team sport that requires a clear game plan.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0500/p27.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2013 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2013 - Advertisement << Letters Previous article Practice Pearls Next article >> Sep-Oct 2013 Issue CODING and DOCUMENTATION Kent Moore Fam Pract Manag. 2013 Sep-Oct;20(5):32. This content conforms to AAFP CME criteria. See FPM CME Quiz. Modifier 25 Emergency department visits Transitional...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0900/p32.html

Answers to Your Questions About Medicare Annual Wellness Visits -- FPM

Apr 1, 2011 - Our previous issue described the requirements and introduced an encounter form for documenting these visits. Now we answer your questions about this newest Medicare benefit.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0300/p13.html

The 12-Step Way to Reduce Practice Expenses: Part 1, Staffing Efficiencies -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - Staff-related expenses consume the largest portion of your overhead, so that's where this 12-month plan begins.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p38.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

Final rule on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule delays major changes to E/M ...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized its much anticipated Final Rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes simplifications to E/M coding and documentation but delays other major changes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2019_physician_fee_schedule_final_rule.html

CMS suspends advance payment program -- FPM

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

Coding for the new coronavirus and COVID-19 illness -- FPM

There is no specific diagnosis code in the U.S. yet for COVID-19. Here's what to use instead.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): new telehealth rules and procedure codes for testing -- FPM

CMS has loosened restrictions on telehealth reimbursement for areas where the spread of the new coronavirus has been deemed an emergency.

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

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

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

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

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

New CPT code for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antigen testing -- FPM

Antigen testing is designed to be quicker and simpler than other tests for the coronavirus and can be conducted at the point of care.

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

New codes for COVID-19 antibody tests -- FPM

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

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

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

Three steps to improve preventive service utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic -- FPM

Patients are deferring routine office visits for chronic disease management and preventive services out of concern for their safety during COVID-19. But these visits are important, especially for patients with conditions that require close monitoring, or those who are due for ...

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

CMS and CDC release guidance on counseling patients tested for COVID-19 -- FPM

Counseling patients about the importance of isolating, in particular, can help reduce transmission of the illness.

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

CMS offers data reporting relief in response to COVID-19 -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline to submit 2019 performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System due to COVID-19.

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

CMS waives telehealth restrictions for FQHC and RHC physicians -- FPM

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

HHS extends application deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund distribution provider application deadline.

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

Medicare expanding accelerated and advance payments due to COVID-19 -- FPM

The payments are typically offered during natural disasters. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS is expanding the program for all Medicare providers and suppliers throughout the country.

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

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

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

Medicare provides more regulatory relief in response to COVID-19 -- FPM

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

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

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

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

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

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