Trench Stories II (or, “Do The Math”)

It’s difficult to narrow down the math stories to just one, there are so many, but here’s this week’s for a start. From one of the only payors who behaves worse than United/Oxford, a letter to a client of ours in the northeast: The best offer the [we] will provide to your practice is 100% …

Trench Stories I (or, “Harnessing Mom Power”)

Over the next few days, I’m going to post a sampling of stories of the things I’ve seen from our clients just this week regarding insurance negotiations. As so perfectly put by Dr. Rogu in a recent comment, awake sleeping giants! Identifying information has been removed. So, from client #1: …after review and some quick …

SoundPractice.net

Just ran into this fascinating site. It’s the mp3-blog from the Journal of Medical Practice Management. Some of the pieces are excellent (though I don’t think that small groups are going to become a novelty…).  The refers to a group of our customers later in his discussion, which is interesting.

Immunization Registry Woes

When we first began working with various immunization registry programs over 10 years ago, we were really excited. What a great idea! All the data is there, why not use it to improve healthcare?  PCC interfaces with 15? 20? different states, for free, because we think it’s such a good idea. I even had a …

The Tide Rises . . . as does my backlog

I see a small pile of 1/2 finished entries. My travel schedule is making it difficult these days! Some good, interesting news from the Medical Society of New Jersey: May 14, 2007: Senate Bill No. 2652 and Assembly Bill No. 4182 sponsored by Senator Joe Vitale and Assemblyman Herb Conway, addressed the new policy of …

Fighting the Empire

A customer called me yesterday to ask, “[Evil Empire HMO] has finally come to the table and is offering me 100% of Medicare on my E&Ms…should I take it?” Normally, I’d say, “100%?  That’s a joke.”  But this client was calling from a part of the country where pediatric practices average 65-75% of Medicare.  I …