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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

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

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

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

Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Applying even one of these 10 strategies can help you reduce frustration, improve productivity, and get home earlier.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p5.html

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p29.html

Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Most teams try to avoid conflict, yet can’t stop focusing on the negative. Healthy teams do the opposite.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p11.html

Developing Your Professional Career Plan -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - The key to a fulfilling career is to know what’s important to you - from your mission, identity, and direction to family, fun, and finances - and then pursue that.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p21.html

Understanding Value-Based Payment: A Primer for Family Physicians -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Public and private payers are transitioning away from fee-for-service and emphasizing value-based payment models. This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians describes what you need to know about the transition and how it may affect you and your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p25.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Lab tests requiring modifier QW | Newborn: new patient or not? | Shared services for new patients | Coding sex-specific services for transgender patients | Pacemaker due to sick sinus syndrome

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p36.html

Ten Tips for Cultivating Patience During Uncertain Times -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - It’s easy to feel impatient with ourselves and others these days. But research suggests impatience can be bad for our health. Here’s a better way to respond.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p43.html

Maintaining Patient Relationships in the Age of Hospitalists, Urgent Care, and a ...

Aug 1, 2020 - It was already difficult to get enough face-to-face time with patients before COVID-19 hit. Bonding with them now takes even more effort.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p4.html

Increasing Pneumococcal Immunization Rates -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians shares learnings from state chapter quality improvement initiatives designed to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates. The project was supported by a grant from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p17.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Use EHR sticky notes to connect with patients personally | Talking your team through a crisis | Get credit for pre- and post-exam work

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p38.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

Two strategies to keep healthy teams healthy and get dysfunctional teams functioning --...

TCOVID-19, financial struggles, racial injustice, civil unrest - these are stressful times. If your team has navigated them successfully so far, establishing these two habits can help keep it on track. If your team is falling into backbiting and dysfunction, they can help you turn ...

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

Transitional care management coding requirements -- FPM

The CPT codes for TCM require one face-to-face visit, certain non-face-to-face services, and medication reconciliation and management during the 30-day service period.

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

Considering direct primary care? Here are five tips to get started -- FPM

Interest in DPC was growing even before the pandemic took a chunk out of fee-for-service revenues. If you’re among those interested in the model, here are five tips for making the switch.

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

Check your QPP participation status with updated CMS tool -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on new data.

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

Six EHR documentation tips to save you time -- FPM

To reduce your work after clinic, consider ways to make the documentation process more efficient so that you can complete most (if not all) of this work during the visit. Here are six tips to get started.

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

Setting up an outdoor clinic for COVID-19: key steps -- FPM

If you haven’t treated patients with suspected COVID-19 in your parking lot yet, it may only be a matter of time. Four steps can help you get started.

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

How to avoid bias in patient care -- FPM

Implicit bias is the unconscious collection of stereotypes and attitudes that individuals develop toward certain groups of people. If left unchecked, it can affect patient relationships and care decisions.

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

IRS says these COVID-19 relief funds are taxable -- FPM

Money that doctors receive from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will be subject to income tax in most cases.

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

COVID-19 diagnosis coding explained in a flowchart -- FPM

Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions still remain about how to code these cases. This flowchart has the answers.

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

Medicare to require new Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form -- FPM

When you expect Medicare to deny payment, an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage form is useful. A new version of the form will soon be required.

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

Assigning patient risk levels in two steps -- FPM

Identifying which of your patients are at high risk can help you provide them with better care.

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

How your team can help you finish your documentation -- FPM

If you prefer taking visit notes with pen and paper, your staff can transfer them to the EHR. But make sure you do this.

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

CMS again offers QPP data reporting relief, but this time it's not automatic -- FPM

Practices participating in MIPS that have been significantly impacted by the public health emergency can apply for the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception.

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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Jun 29, 2020 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, and Diversity -- FPM Topic Collection

Jun 29, 2020 - Advertisement Topic Collection Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, and Diversity Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Addressing Discrimination Social Determinants of Health Cultural Competence Other Resources Addressing...

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=114

Major insurer extends COVID-related telehealth expansion through September -- FPM

One of the nation's largest insurance companies announced it will continue to reimburse telehealth visits at the same level as in-person visits for several more months.

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

Reopening your practice during COVID-19: where to begin -- FPM

New workflows and other changes are now critical to maintaining social distancing and keeping facilities clean and safe. But where should practices begin?

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

The key to reducing work after clinic -- FPM

Physicians spend one to two hours nightly on EHR tasks or paperwork. To reduce work after clinic, focus on this one thing.

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

Three ways to nurture the family in family medicine -- FPM

Your well-being is affected by not only the quality of your workplace but also the quality of your family life. Here are three ways physicians can protect family well-being.

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

Medicare payment for some physician services may be impacted by prior authorization -- FPM

Certain hospital outpatient department services will require prior authorization as a condition of Medicare payment beginning July 1.

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

Unconventional career advice: a physician reflects on her dad -- FPM

With Father’s Day approaching, one family physician looks back on her father’s words of wisdom that inspired her quest to become a doctor.

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

One item that makes documentation easier during a telehealth visit -- FPM

Telehealth visits have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s hard to document a visit on a computer while you’re also using it to communicate with a patient via video.

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

Four strategies to reduce patients' prescription drug costs -- FPM

The cost of medications has long been a concern for patients. With unemployment spiking due to COVID-19, they may need your help saving money on meds.

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

CMS opens Direct Contracting alternative payment program applications -- FPM

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has opened applications for its Direct Contracting program.

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

How to respond to incivility -- FPM

When you encounter rudeness, discrimination, or violence in your practice, stay calm and apply these seven strategies.

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

Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips -- FPM

Patient volume has dropped 60% since the start of the pandemic, and practice revenues have declined 55%. Here’s what practices can do to recover.

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

Three things physician leaders need to clarify -- FPM

To manage all the tasks, projects, and requests for your time, you have to be clear on three things.

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

Operationalizing Virtual Visits During a Public Health Emergency -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Providing options for remote access to care can keep your practice running and your patients healthy when an infectious disease outbreak prevents you from seeing them in person.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p5.html

Implementing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Primary Care Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - In-office blood pressure readings are often inaccurate or insufficient. Here’s a way to get a better picture of how your patients are doing and get paid for it.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p19.html

Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips for Effective Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Doctoring by phone is a skill I never thought I’d have to learn.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p4.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Mental health screenings | Reporting multiple management services | Transferring paper notes to the medical record

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p31.html

A Physician’s Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

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