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0.75 CME CREDIT

As primary care clinicians, our patients depend on us to provide timely, reliable, and thoughtful assessments of new signs and symptoms. Cognitive shortcuts – heuristics – often help us arrive at diagnoses quickly and accurately. However, these cognitive shortcuts often lead us astray, causing errors in judgment that compromise our good care. This presentation explores the way that we think about problems in primary care. Using case-based examples, we will review how faulty heuristics and cognitive biases can compromise our medical decision-making. We will also discuss strategies for managing these pitfalls, and how primary care clinicians can practice and strengthen their clinical reasoning skills within the demands of a busy practice schedule.


0.75 CME CREDIT

Expert faculty will discuss the most recent and talked about articles published in the past year.


0.75 CME CREDIT

In this session, we will discuss some challenging diagnostic cases faced by primary care practitioners in their practice. Cases will feature interpretation of abnormal laboratory studies in addition to encounters with rare diseases and conditions. A goal will be to increase awareness of certain uncommon, but "can’t miss," diagnoses and learn clinical decision aids to improve diagnostic accuracy for certain common diagnoses.


1 CME CREDIT

This activity is designed to improve PCPs understanding of leadership in order to help them apply this to their practice.


0.75 CME CREDIT

Expert faculty will discuss the most recent and talked about articles published in the past year.


0.5 CME CREDIT

Medicare initiated payment for transitional care management (TCM), recognizing that many patients discharged from facilities are at high risk for clinical instability or readmission. The TCM service codes pay primary care physicians to provide the patient care required to ensure safe return to independent living. The timing of service delivery stipulated by Medicare must be followed. In order to successfully employ TCM service codes, staff roles must be clearly identified.


0.5 CME CREDIT

Medicare initiated payment for Chronic Care Management (CCM) services in order to provide physician compensation for non-face-to-face patient care services not covered by the existing evaluation and management (E/M) service codes. Data review, phone calls with other service providers, care planning and so forth have heretofore been unpaid. These CCM service codes have been vastly underutilized, and in response, Medicare has proposed changes. However, it remains to be seen whether the agency can improve the documentation requirements and payment sufficiently. Since payment enhancements are planned, now is the time to consider whether you want to start billing for CCM services.


0.5 CME CREDIT

What are the origins of our current physician payment structure? The resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) assigns relative value units (RVUs) to professional services. In this first session, learn how services are defined and values assigned. Is this a “rigged” system? Find out.


0.5 CME CREDIT

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) stipulated that Medicare establish Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs) for Medicare beneficiaries. These service codes offer the opportunity for primary care clinicians to focus on disease prevention and health promotion. The evaluation and management (E/M) service codes were designed for problem identification and management. The AWVs provide payment for primary care services heretofore uncompensated.


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0.75 CME CREDIT

In this age of immense technological and scientific advances, the time-honored patient-clinician relationship can, at times, feel under siege. In examining how changing practice patterns have altered the ritual, Dr. Verghese will discuss some aspects of the relationship that are both timeless and critical to diagnosis and cost-effective care.


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The changing landscape of healthcare has unsettled patients as well as clinicians. Recent ethical guidelines require scaling back of scarce resources, and accountable care organizations (ACOs) require payment and delivery reforms that seek to tie reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care. These changes can unsettle patients, who have concerns about the impact of physician compensation on their healthcare. This presentation offers perspective on the evolving healthcare model and provides strategies for communicating with patients regarding their concerns.