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Is moonlighting right for you? -- FPM

Moonlighting can help your pocketbook or your career. But follow these steps to make sure it doesn't cause new problems.

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

Medicare releases proposed rule on 2020 physician fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for 2020. Here are some of the highlights affecting family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_physician_payment_fee_schedule.html

Three things to remember when choosing a code without a diagnosis -- FPM

Selecting the appropriate ICD-10 code depends on having a diagnosis. If you don't have a confirmed diagnosis, follow this advice to record your patient's signs and symptoms.

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

The first step to better patient visits and satisfaction -- FPM

There are many simple steps physicians can take to make their visits more successful and satisfying for the patient. The first is making sure to sit down.

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

How to remind patients they're due for preventive care -- FPM

Patients can forget to schedule preventive care visits. Sending out reminders is a good approach, but you have to be careful not to get too much of a good thing.

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

Five ways to add some warmth and personality to your exam rooms -- FPM

Exam rooms don’t have to feel cold and boring. Here are five ideas for adding some personal touches that will make the space more inviting to patients and more comfortable for you and your staff.

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

Three myths about patient access -- FPM

Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs is to improve patients’ access to primary care. But many practices are going about access improvement all wrong.

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

Got a new colleague? Do these things on day one -- FPM

A well-organized orientation process can help maximize physician performance and retention. Here are three ways you can help.

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

Three big benefits of small talk -- FPM

Making time for a few seconds of friendly conversation at the beginning and end of each patient visit may be more productive than you’d think. Here are three benefits of making small talk with your patients.

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

2019 qualifying APM participant data now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its online database to help physicians participating in alternative payment models to determine if they have to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year.

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

How to cultivate a warm handoff for patient referrals -- FPM

Both you and your patients can benefit when referrals are characterized by a warm handoff. Focus on these three key elements.

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

Meet FPM’s new medical editor -- FPM

FPM's new medical editor lays out her vision for the future of the journal and how it can help physicians make their patient care experience more productive and satisfying.

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

MIPS feedback reports for 2018 now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released reports showing how physicians fared during the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_QPP_Feedback_Reports.html

How to avoid burnout in a broken health care system -- FPM

The administrative barriers facing physicians who want to provide quality care keep growing. How do you avoid lose sight of what's important?

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

Thirteen ways to reduce the burden of prior authorizations -- FPM

If you've spent any time on the phone with an insurer seeking approval for certain medications or procedures, you likely wished for an easier way. Here are a number of possible avenues to shorten the process.

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

Treating migraines? There's an app for that -- FPM

Treating migraines is difficult because of the many factors that can trigger an attack. Suggest this mobile app to patients so they can be more engaged in their own care.

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

A sample workflow to address medication nonadherence related to cost -- FPM

To quickly screen for and address prescription cost concerns, use this sample workflow.

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

Think 99214 if you see these problems or procedures -- FPM

The risk component of medical decision making is more subjective and can be difficult to identify, so here’s what to look for.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/99214_presenting_problems.html

Add some fun to your practice -- FPM

Patients often come to your practice feeling anxious, hurt, or afraid. Adding some levity can help put them at ease, and it can help your stressed-out colleagues as well.

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

Is your EHR slowing you down? -- FPM

No one got into medicine for the typing. Here are ways to speed up your use of electronic health record systems.

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

Got an idea to reduce physician burden? CMS wants to hear it -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has opened a request for information, looking for ways to reduce paperwork and allow physicians to spend more time on patient care.

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

Three tips for making a referral for counseling -- FPM

Some patients may still believe there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. But if you believe it would benefit him or her, here are some suggestions to help make the process easier.

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

Test your E/M coding skills -- FPM

E/M coding for repeat patient visits during the same day can be tricky. How would you code this scenario?

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

Work after clinic: seven ideas for regaining control over your time -- FPM

Although changes are needed to address the underlying problem of administrative complexity in health care, individual physicians can take practical steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of time they spend working after hours.

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

Medicare changing rules for modifiers to override claims edits -- FPM

Medicare and some private payers are set to make it easier to use modifiers to override claims edits.

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

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