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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.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

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

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

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.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

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.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Billing, Collections and Claims Processing

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.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding: ICD-10

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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