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Helping compare Medicare costs and copayments gets easier -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers.

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

CMS clarifies documentation for teaching physicians' E/M services -- FPM

Physicians who bill for E/M services while teaching medical students may face some changes under newly clarified federal guidelines.

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

Transitional care management: four common questions -- FPM

The rules for coding and billing transitional care management (TCM) services can be confusing. Here are four common questions.

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

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

How to attract more kid patients to your practice: four tips -- FPM

Having young patients on your schedule can add some fun and variety to your workday. To grow this patient population, consider these four tips.

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

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

Eight tactics to identify and reduce your implicit biases -- FPM

Unconscious biases can affect the quality of care and make workplaces more difficult. These tips can help you discover and combat your own biases.

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

The secret to motivation at work -- FPM

People who receive extrinsic rewards for doing their jobs learn and produce more slowly, but those with intrinsic motivation invest more deeply and progress farther. Three factors make all the difference.

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

The key to avoiding portal overload -- FPM

Implementing patient portals, particularly managing the higher volumes of patient messages and data they produce, can quickly overwhelm already overloaded physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/portal_overload.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 simple question for better scheduling -- FPM

This practice found a single question helped save staff and patients time when scheduling a same-day appointment.

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

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

A checklist for starting virtual visits -- FPM

The ability to see patients virtually can be useful, especially during outbreaks of infectious disease. Here’s how to get started.

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

CMS proposes simpler Medicare documentation guidelines in 2019 fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to use its annual update of the Medicare physician fee schedule to address long-simmering complaints with how the program requires physicians and other clinicians to document evaluation and management visits.

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

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020 -- FPM

Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.

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

An easier way to report data for QPP has arrived -- FPM

Physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can now submit all of their MIPS data through a single platform. Here's how.

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

New resource for those with questions about new Medicare card -- FPM

New Medicare identification cards for beneficiaries are in the works. Here's what CMS is doing to prepare.

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

CMS releases final rule on 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule -- FPM

On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. Here are the highlights.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/CMS_releases_final_rule_2019.html

New details as we get closer to CMS replacing current Medicare cards -- FPM

As I announced in June, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to issue new Medicare identification cards that no longer carry Social Security numbers as a way to prevent fraud and fight identity theft. Last week, CMS unveiled the new cards.

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

How to properly code for a pre-op examination -- FPM

Family physicians are often asked to preform pre-surgical evaluations for patients undergoing procedures. This requires selecting the correct codes.

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

CMS updates MIPS final scores, extends review deadline -- FPM

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has released updated final scores for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period.

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

New resources to ease ordering and prescribing DME under Medicare -- FPM

The DME Medicare administrative contractors are trying to help physicians and recently created some online resources to ease the ordering or prescribing of durable medical equipment for Medicare patients.

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

Learn more about electronic attachments for claims -- FPM

Electronic attachments can simplify and optimize revenue cycle management by reducing payment time cycles.

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

Flu resources and payment allowances: Medicare releases updates for the 2019-2020 ...

Updated influenza vaccine payment allowances went into effect August 1.

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

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

States to lose ability to divert Medicaid payments -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is eliminating a 2014 rule that allowed states to divert Medicaid payments to third parties.

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

Seventh wave of new Medicare cards hits the mail -- FPM

CMS has begun mailing new Medicare ID cards to recipients living in the Wave 7 states and territories of Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_7.html

Medicare card rollout update -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing new Medicare cards to recipients living in states that represent the Wave 4 of the new card rollout that began this spring.

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

More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

The QPP Participation Status Tool tells physicians if they are required to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 performance year.

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

QPP websites updated to streamline eligibility checks, review measures -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Quality Payment Program participation tool and QPP website to make it easier to check eligibility and review quality measure data.

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

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

What's your coding profile? -- FPM

Comparing your E/M coding distribution with national benchmarks will help you identify aberrant coding patterns and make adjustments before they raise a red flag with payers or cost your practice money.

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

Four ways to manage stress and prevent burnout as an employed physician -- FPM

Employed physicians face unique stresses in practice as they often lack autonomy and influence. Here are four ways to protect your well-being.

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

Tips for getting more patients to agree to chronic care management services -- FPM

Patients eligible for chronic care management services have to agree to receive them before their physicians can get reimbursed. Physicians who have gone through the process share their best practices.

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

How to respond when an employee makes a mistake -- FPM

The challenge of responding to employee mistakes is finding a way that not only holds people accountable for their actions but also provides a supportive environment in which they can learn.

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

How to respond to mid-air medical emergencies -- FPM

There are laws designed to encourage physicians to help if a medical emergency develops on a commercial flight.

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

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