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Why did that idea flop? -- FPM

Feb 14, 2019 - Are you committing one of three key mistakes that can prevent sustainable change from taking hold in your practice?

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

How to find joy in medicine, one day at a time -- FPM

Feb 13, 2019 - A Grand Rapids, Mich., physician discusses what her team does every day to remember why they're in medicine.

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

High-maintenance patients: protecting yourself and your practice -- FPM

Feb 8, 2019 - Every physician has a patient or two (or more) who make frequent and unreasonable demands for treatment, tests, or referrals, treat staff poorly, and drain the physician’s time and energy. Rather than allow these patients’ bad behavior to affect yours, follow this simple advice.

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

How to avoid payment denials on two common diagnostic tests -- FPM

Feb 7, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is advising physician practices on how to avoid billing errors for two common diagnostic tests.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Three tips for better risk-adjustment coding -- FPM

Feb 7, 2019 - Your payment is increasingly tied to the severity of your patients’ conditions. These three guidelines will help you make sure you’re using the codes that best reflect their level of risk.

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

How to calculate the value of team documentation -- FPM

Feb 6, 2019 - Having a medical assistant or nurse handle the paperwork related to patient visits can help you be more efficient and increase revenue. Here’s how to calculate the value.

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

The 2019 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p23.html

Using Empowered CMAs and Nursing Staff to Improve Team-based Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - Highly trained workers can perform more visit-related tasks, boosting care quality and reducing physician burnout.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p17.html

Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

Communication checkup: How many of these skills do you practice? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Good communication is the bedrock of good care. In the busyness of day-to-day practice, don’t neglect these seven basic skills.

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

Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, here’s what you need to know about their rights and your responsibilities.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p7.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - Prescription drug management and E/M code selection | Review of systems: How many systems are too many? | Documenting exams by medical students | Coding for removal of skin lesions: biopsy or no?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p30.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2019 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - Simplify the checkout process | Ensure your safety during patient visits | Keep your empathy for difficult patients

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p32.html

High-Maintenance Patients -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2019 - Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p36.html

Changes of Note for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Coding updates are just the tip of the iceberg as we begin 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p4.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2018) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2018.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p6.html

The No. 1 question about team documentation -- FPM

Jan 30, 2019 - To ease physicians’ administrative burdens, many practices are adopting team documentation, which involves increasing the MA-to-physician ratio and delegating more tasks to MAs. How do you convince your practice to try it?

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

Teen privacy: four rules -- FPM

Jan 30, 2019 - When an adolescent patient requests confidential services, balancing the patient’s rights with the parent’s rights can be complicated. Keep these rules in mind.

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

UHC moves from denial to downcoding of E/M claims -- FPM

Jan 28, 2019 - Physicians and their coding staff need to be aware of a change in how United Healthcare approaches and pays claims with problematic documentation.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Seven tips for encouraging your patients to exercise -- FPM

Jan 25, 2019 - These seven steps can help you develop personalized physical activity plans for your patients.

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

How to determine what's really urgent -- FPM

Jan 24, 2019 - Three questions to help you determine if a task truly needs your immediate attention and response or can be delayed or even delegated elsewhere.

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

A tool to smooth out your checkout process -- FPM

Jan 23, 2019 - A New Mexico family physician uses checkout sheets to highlight what needs to happen before a patient leaves the office.

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

More than half of Medicare claims use new ID cards -- FPM

Jan 18, 2019 - Physicians are showing early success using the new identification cards that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supplied to Medicare beneficiaries over the last year.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Four apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression -- FPM

Jan 18, 2019 - Here are four mobile apps to help patients better manage anxiety and depression.

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

Tasks your nurse could be doing to boost practice productivity -- FPM

Jan 17, 2019 - How to expand the roles of your care team registered nurses to help the practice serve more patients and increase revenue.

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

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