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TAFP members: I’m here to help
By Bradley Reiner
Did you know?
Did you know the Texas Academy of Family Physicians has a practice management consultant representing you?
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Get answers to your practice management questions through new TAFP partnership
TAFP has partnered with a practice management consultant, Bradley Reiner, to provide staff and … more
CME Online Evaluations
Use the links below to complete your evaluations for general session CME. The site will remember you if you pause and restart the survey, so keep in mind that if you begin a … more
AAFP recently submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to create a new set of evaluation and management codes for primary care physicians. The recommendation, sent to CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum, was accompanied by supporting documents based on the research of TAFP member David Katerndahl, M.D., M.A.
The Academy suggested that CMS create the codes and include them in the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule. AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., said in the letter that a new payment model is necessary for the country to reach better health care for people and populations, as well as lower health care costs. “That system should recognize the complexity of ambulatory care provided by primary care physicians and reward the quality of services provided in their practices,” said Stream.
New E/M codes that differentiate primary care physicians from specialists or subspecialists would show the true value of both types of care, rather than devalue them as the current coding system does. Katerndahl’s research shows that the complexity of a primary care physician’s patient visit including E/M is much different than those with other specialists.more
By Troy Fiesinger, M.D.
TAFP President, 2012-2013
We received our monthly physician quality report cards recently. Software mines our electronic health record and generates reports to tell us if we are meeting our goals. These quality measures are defined by Medicare, our clinically integrated physicians group, and commercial payers like Blue Cross Blue Shield. While some are based on solid medical evidence, others seem arbitrary and not relevant to the day-to-day reality of seeing family medicine patients.
I prefer creating and using our own data instead of relying on the often incomplete and inaccurate claims data from insurance. Despite our efforts to be good sports, often we feel bombarded by the endless number of things we should do to show we are good doctors.more
Power Mobility Devices Because family physicians prescribe most power mobility devices, but rarely more than two or three annually, your Academy has developed a clinical … more