June 2021
New coding job aids and tips for avoiding virtual burnout

The RHNTC has developed three new job aids for family planning and reproductive health providers, which cover definitions needed for the Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR), updated ICD-10 codes, and common CPT and HCPCS codes. We also worked with Healthy Teen Network to develop a tip sheet on how to alleviate virtual burnout among youth in Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) programs. In this month’s grantee spotlight, read how a Title X service site in Iowa has integrated hypertension screening into family planning services.  

Lastly, be sure to register for upcoming webinars on providing youth-friendly family planning services and how police violence is linked to maternal health disparities.

RHNTC Updates NCTCFP Updates
*NEW* Understanding FPAR Definitions Job Aid
[instant download]

This new job aid can help Title X staff determine which visits and clients to include in the OPA Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR). Download the job aid.

Updated ICD-10 Codes for Family Planning Services Job Aid
[instant download]

This customizable job aid provides a comprehensive list of ICD-10 codes for family planning services, including contraceptive visits, sexually transmitted infection services, female and male genital tract conditions, achieving pregnancy and basic infertility services, and other counseling services. This job aid has been updated to replace Frequently Used Quality Family Planning ICD-10 Codes. Download the job aid.

*NEW* Commonly Used CPT and HCPCS Codes in Reproductive Health Care Job Aid
[instant download]

This job aid provides family planning providers a comprehensive list of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for family planning services. Family planning agencies can customize this list based on the services they provide. Download the job aid.

*NEW* Tips to Alleviate Youth Virtual Burnout Webinar Companion
[instant download]

In April, the RHNTC held a webinar with speakers from Healthy Teen Network, during which they shared feedback from youth about their experiences with virtual learning. This resource summarizes tips shared by youth that TPP program staff can use to avoid contributing to virtual burnout. Download the webinar companion and watch the archived webinar, Facilitation Strategies to Address Virtual Burnout Among Youth.

Providing Family Planning Services to Adolescents During Uncertain Times
[1 hr]

Join us on June 22 from 3–4pm ET for an interactive panel discussion of strategies that family planning programs can use to ensure that adolescents can access services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW, from the Adolescent Health Initiative, will discuss how COVID-19 has changed the way adolescents access family planning services. She will also share best practices for providing adolescent-centered care, including through telehealth, and lead a panel discussion with adolescents and clinicians from the University of Maryland’s Adolescent & Young Adult Health Center and the Lone Star Circle of Care. The clinicians will discuss their experiences providing family planning services during the pandemic and the adolescents will talk about their experiences receiving services. Both will offer strategies for providing youth-friendly services. Register for the webinar.

How Police Violence is Linked to Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health: What Can Family Planning Providers Do? Webinar
[1 hr]

Join us on July 29 from 3–4pm ET for a webinar describing how police violence and racial inequities in maternal and infant health are concurrent and compounding public health crises. The webinar will feature Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hardeman will draw on the themes of “Stolen Breaths,” a Perspective piece she co-authored that the New England Journal of Medicine published in July 2020. She will explore how solutions to racial health inequities are rooted in the material conditions in which those inequities thrive. She will also present specific recommendations—related to workforce, training, and data—for dismantling structural racism in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Register for the webinar. 


A Hypertension Control Champion in Iowa

The Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC), an Iowa Family Planning Council (IFPC) Title X family planning service site, is one of just 15 practices nationwide that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Million Hearts Initiative has recognized as a 2020 Hypertension Control Champion. SCHC demonstrated excellence in care when they achieved blood pressure control for more than 80% of their adult patients with hypertension. 

Knowing the devastating effect that uncontrolled hypertension can have on individuals’ lifelong health, potential future pregnancies, and health and racial disparities, SCHC made blood pressure control a priority. To improve blood pressure control among their clients, they implemented health information technology, home blood pressure monitoring, and medication adherence support. 

The IFPC works closely with their subrecipients to support their ability to provide high-quality family planning, related, and other preventive health services. IFPC leadership sees hypertension prevention, screening, and control as central to their purpose. According to Becky Parrish, DNP, WHNP-BC, the IFPC Clinical Coordinator, “Hypertension is important. It’s so closely related to both preconception and contraception, so it’s really important to all our sites. Even sites that don’t provide treatment on site do a good job screening and will refer for treatment when appropriate.”  IFPC is currently using social media and other channels to promote their services and, ultimately, help ensure that all Iowans get the family planning, reproductive health, and preventive health services they need. 

Title X grantees and service sites can use the RHNTC's new Hypertension Prevention and Control Toolkit to help them integrate hypertension prevention, detection, and management best practices into their reproductive health services.

New Coding with Ann Podcast Episode: E/M Coding Changes
[17 minutes]

In this new episode of the Coding with Ann podcast series, the NCTCFP talks with coding expert Ann Finn about the Evaluation & Management (E/M) coding changes that went into effect in 2021. To be notified when new episodes are released, subscribe to The Family Planning Files wherever you listen to podcasts. Download or stream directly to your device. Listen to the podcast.

Archived Webinar: Utilizing the CDC’s Quality STD Clinical Services Recommendations in Family Planning Settings
[50 minutes]

This archived webinar provides an overview of CDC’s Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services (STD QCS), a demonstration of the STD QCS planning toolkit, and a question-and-answer session with guest speakers from CDC and NACCHO. Participants can earn 1.0 hours CE (CNE, CME, CHES). Watch the webinar.

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