Merging Practices

Here’s a great press release to start your day! Some important excerpts for those who don’t make the jump: The [payment] disparity is forcing pediatricians out of business and may be prompting the next generation of physicians to choose other specialties. “I love caring for children; it’s the best job in the world. I don’t …

0% Financing

From today’s New York Times, a piece about the use of loans to pay off expected medical balances, a couple choice quotes: Zero-interest financing, a familiar sales incentive at car dealerships and furniture stores, has found its way to another big-ticket consumer market: doctors’ and dentists’ offices. And: But as the price of health care …

Back To The Mothership

Whew, I am finally back from a whirlwind tour and Vermont hasn’t looked this good in a long time. During my travels, I have had over a dozen new insurance updates/stories/foibles forwarded to me, 90% of them originating with United Health Care. I’ll toss some up, of course. I can’t wait for United to find …

PedTalk

I suspect that most of the readers of this blog are already well aware of PedTalk, the original and longest-running public pediatric discussion group. If you’re not familiar with the mailing list, here’s the summary: started in 1996, archived publically since 1997, usually somewhere between 350 and 600 active readers with thousands of visits to …

Pediatric Benchmarks I

Sorry for the delays – a busy Users’ Conference, some great family camping, and prep for an AAP coding event, and a guy gets distracted! I have grand plans for a series on pediatric benchmarks. Igor and I have been working feverishly on a series of WWW-based tools for our clients and our hands are …