Members-only E/M Guidelines Webinar Recording Now Online

Facilitated by health care coding and billing consultant Terry Fletcher, C.P.C., the webinar allowed viewers to explore the nuances of the updated office visit/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines that took effect Jan. 1. During her presentation, Fletcher reviewed the changes included in the 2021 E/M documentation and coding guidelines, explaining how to handle coding for various situations…

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Free CME to Boost Immunization Rates in Black Communities

AAFP is offering CME worth up to 21 credits with the goal of improving vaccination rates among Black Americans. The AAFP’s website has more information on the program, which is available to family physicians and other clinicians at no charge. The page also includes information for your patients developed by family physicians across the country.

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Nominations Open for AAFP Commissions, Other Leadership Positions

The American Academy of Family Physicians is now accepting nominations for to serve on AAFP’s commissions, to serve as an AAFP delegate to the American Medical Association, and to serve on the board of directors for the American Board of Family Medicine. AAFP supports seven commissions, which focus on a particular portion of the Academy’s…

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Dates, Other Info on Telemedicine-Related Legislation Passed in 2021

As of July 25, physicians and other providers who bill for audio-only telemedicine services must obtain patient consent prior to rendering the service. According to an update from the Washington Medical Commission, this rule is applicable to private health plans, PEBB/SEBB plans, behavioral health administrative services organizations and managed care organizations contracted with the Health…

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AAFP Member Profile on Dr. Carla Ainsworth

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Carla Ainsworth, MD, MPH, says geriatrics is challenging — and satisfying — because of the complexities and multiple morbidities aging patients present. Read her story in this week’s Family Doc Focus article.

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OIC Emergency Order on Vaccine Consultations

Effective June 24 and continuing through at least Aug. 20, 2021, all health carriers in Washington state must cover consultations related to receiving vaccination against COVID-19 as preventive services. The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner issued this order to ensure medical providers can be compensated for vaccine consultations. Read the order in its…

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UW to Host Monthly CME Series on Perinatal Substance Use and Mental Health

Family physicians whose practice includes obstetrics are invited to participate in Moms’ Access Project ECHO: Perinatal Substance Use & Mental Health Case Conference Series, hosted by the University of Washington. The series will be held at noon on the first Wednesday of each month, starting in October and running through July 2022. Each session has…

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UW Dept. of FM Speaker Series: Dr. Ying Zhang to Speak on June 30

The next presentation in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine’s 50th anniversary speaker series will be by Ying Zhang, MD, MPH. Her presentation will be “UW DFM’s Past, Present, and Future Support for Reproductive Right, Access, and Care” and will take place on Wednesday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. Zhang is an assistant…

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Learn About How Physical Spaces Can Affect Equitable Health Care

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on June 30th, titled “Designing at the Edges: Making a Case for Why Representation Matters.” The webinar will explore how understanding diverse patient populations can illuminate the need for equitable and inclusive design in the clinic or hospital setting. Kari Thorsen, principal…

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From WFP: Youth Self-Consent with Case Studies

The spring edition of Washington Family Physician included an article on understanding youth self-consent in gender-related health care. That article, written by University of Washington-Seattle medical student Lee McKoin and attorney Anya Morgan, included a series of case studies. For convenience, we have posted the article and the case studies together. You can find the…

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