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Protecting Family Well-Being Through Social Connectivity and Time Management -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Families are a physician’s core source of support. Making time to nurture family connections is crucial to keeping that support system strong.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p13.html

Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times: Seven Tips -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - As a physician leader, you can help provide clarity, calm, and cohesion.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p36.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Check for COVID-19 updates on home isolation and work notes | Ask patients to submit vitals before telehealth | Adapt your documentation setup for telehealth

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p32.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

Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video -- FPM

Patients may be leery about coming into your office during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how many safety measures you take. Here are four ways to treat them remotely even if they don’t have the equipment or technological know-how to do video visits.

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

How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently clarified how physicians can collect biometric data for Medicare annual wellness visits from patients who are in their homes.

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

Gallows humor in the time of COVID-19 -- FPM

Gallows humor has long been a part of medicine, and research shows that when deployed appropriately, it can relieve tension in stressful situations.

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

The secret to job satisfaction? Ask for what you need -- FPM

Many practices exist within a vast bureaucracy of rules and policies. To create a more satisfying practice, you must ask for what you need. Here's how.

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

What family physicians are earning -- FPM

Family physician total compensation averaged $234,000 per year at the outset of 2020, according to a new report. But how will COVID-19 affect physicians financially?

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

Four algorithms that answer key questions about COVID-19 -- FPM

For quick guidance on virtual visits, ending home isolation, patient scheduling, and staff illness, download these algorithms.

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

Five steps to set up ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in your practice -- FPM

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) provides more accurate data than in-office blood pressure checks, which is useful for identifying issues that might otherwise stay hidden and ruling out white coat hypertension.

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

Employed physicians: will your contract protect you from COVID-19 budget cuts? -- FPM

If you’re among the physicians already affected by budget cuts, or think you might be soon, here’s what you need to know about your employment contract.

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

FPM Toolbox -- Forms, Checklists, and Surveys

May 4, 2020 - 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

Encounter Forms -- FPM Toolbox

May 4, 2020 - Download encounter forms to help ensure accurate documentation for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions common in primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=12

New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients -- FPM

The Department of Health and Human Services will soon start accepting claims for COVID-19-related testing and treatment of uninsured patients, to be reimbursed at Medicare rates.

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

A checklist for reopening your practice for non-essential face-to-face visits -- FPM

The decision to reopen a practice for non-essential in-person visits depends on many factors, including the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in your area. When it’s time to reopen, use this checklist to help ease the process and keep everyone safe.

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

Two welcome changes for audio-only telephone visits -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing Medicare payments for audio-only telephone visits to match payments for similar office or outpatient visits. CMS has also broadened the list of services it will cover as telephone visits.

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

Life Balance -- FPM Toolbox

Apr 27, 2020 - Download tools to help you manage your time and prevent burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=18

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

Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding -- FPM

Given how quickly the first round of funding was exhausted, businesses are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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

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

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

Four principles for handling stress during a crisis -- FPM

In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 public health emergency, stress can be heightened by factors such as secondary trauma, fatigue, and lack of control. To deal with the added stress you might be feeling right now, focus on four principles.

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

CMS provides more information on patients’ eligibility for pneumonia vaccines -- FPM

A change in Medicare reporting should make it easier to identify when a patient is eligible for a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine.

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

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

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

10 communication tips for physician phone visits during COVID-19 -- FPM

Telephone visits may pose fewer technology challenges than telehealth (video) visits, but they present unique communication challenges of their own as a result of the lack of face-to-face communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/telephone_visit_tips_2.html

Coding for Hypertension: Painting a Picture of the Severity of Illness -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - As risk-adjustment scoring increases, the pressure is on to code hypertension correctly. Here’s an overview using common patient scenarios.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p23.html

Caring for Me Is Caring for You: The Power of Self-Care and Personal Transformation -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - Want to see change in your team, your organization, or beyond? Start by filling your own tank.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p17.html

Is This Some Kind of Joke? Understanding and Using Humor in the Clinical Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - The wrong joke at the wrong time can shatter the doctor-patient relationship, but humor used wisely has health benefits and strengthens bonds in stressful situations.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p11.html

Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - Deciding whether primary care doctors have the capacity to take on more patients requires accounting for things like productivity, as well as panel size.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p7.html

Looking Beyond Diagnostic Criteria -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - The power of family medicine is seeing patients as more than just signs and symptoms.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p36.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - New code for vaping-related illness | Ultrasound services in the office | Autism screening | Does your documentation need codes or modifiers?

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p31.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2020 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Make office redesign a collaborative project | Designate a vaccine update expert | Handle disability exams with empathy and practicality

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p32.html

On Baby Pictures and Empty Nests -- FPM

Apr 1, 2020 - Sharing life transitions is both a challenge and a joy of long-standing patient relationships.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0300/p5.html

Three federal telehealth rules that no longer apply during the COVID-19 pandemic -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is waiving a number of telehealth rules during the COVID-19 public health emergency to encourage physicians to evaluate and treat patients remotely, when possible.

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

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- FPM Topic Collection

Mar 30, 2020 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The ...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=113

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

How to leave coronavirus behind when you come home -- FPM

Providing patient care during the pandemic means you and your family are at risk for exposure. Here's how to limit the risk as you return home at the end of your workday.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_home.html

The parking lot visit: how it works -- FPM

In an effort to minimize patient and staff exposure to infectious pathogens (such as COVID-19), some clinics are conducting parts or the entirety of the encounter in the parking lot or even in the patient's car.

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

When can recovering COVID-19 patients leave isolation, and do they need return-to-work ...

As the COVID-19 outbreaks continues, more physicians may be fielding calls from recovering patients who want to know when they can return to daily activities, including work.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_work_notes.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

A virtual visit algorithm: how to differentiate and code telehealth visits, e-visits, ...

There are three options for providing virtual visits: telehealth visits, e-visits, and virtual check-ins. Here's how to tell them apart, and how to code for them.

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

Patient triage, scheduling, and rooming: three ways to adapt your workflows for ...

As increasing numbers of patients contact physicians’ offices to report symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory infection, practices need to adapt their workflows to minimize exposure. Here are three recommended changes.

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

How to tell policymakers what you need to fight COVID-19 -- FPM

Telling state or federal representatives what’s going on in your practices can not only make them better informed, it can also help ward off feelings of helplessness.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_advocacy_tips.html

Making self-care a priority, even now -- FPM

Now more than ever, physicians need to be practicing self-care so they can continue to care for others. Here are four things you can do - but just pick one.

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

New code for vaping-related illness may require a billing system update -- FPM

Update your electronic health record and billing systems for a new diagnosis code for vaping-related illness that takes effect April 1.

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

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