AAP NCE Day 3

I didn’t think I’d have time this morning, but here’s what I can do in 15 minutes: Bright Futures 3 was released yesterday, officially.  I will get the press release when I remember to track it down.  This isn’t Bright Futures of old, this is the new gold standard for preventive care. In a related …

AAP NCE Day 2

How’s this for breaking news? Here’s a sneak phone-camera shot of Dr. Lander presenting a well deserving Dr. Francis with the Buzzy award. Quite a day. We all heard the great news (though overdue) about United and the -25 modifier from Dr. Lander. I’ll get the official announcement shortly and post it. Great work. The …

AAP NCE Day 1

My meeting with the Pediafed folks was fascinating! I’ll have some more to report in the not-too-distant future, I suspect, but it turns out that we have more common goals than I originally understood. One thing that impressed me was how, when I described the challenge of figuring out which of the different buying groups …

AAP NCE

I am in San Fran, getting ready for tomorrow’s AAP NCE meeting. Well, many of the meetings have already started, but the big exhibit hall doesn’t open until tomorrow. I had hoped to pick up some of the PCC crew at the airport, but I have a lunch meeting with my friends from Pediafed that …

BCBS of NY . . . Look out!

First, I just “love” messages like this: Just met with the XXX Medicaid HMO and they may be willing to offer us fee for service…We will see. Since 1993 we have not asked for a raise in capitation rates… Sadly, that “1993” is no typo. Anyway, we have immediate reports that the new fee schedules …

Chickenfeed

When asked to address the nature of an IPA on the SOAPM list recently, this is what Chip Harbaugh (the other Chip Har…) had to say. It is worth repeating. I have taken mild grammatic liberty Medicine, and especially pediatrics, has become a very difficult area over the last 10 years. We as pediatricians went …

Congratulations!

This month’s AAP News has some great news and some congratulations are in order to some PCC friends and family. First, Dr. Richard Tuck won the District V Vice Chairperson position. Wow! I can’t think of a better person to lead a district. Second, Dr. Phyllis Cavens won the 2007 AAP Local Heroes award. To …

AAP NCE and Dinner

At the annual AAP NCE meeting in SF next week, we’ll be eating and drinking a lot as usual. We’d – and I! – would be delighted to see you if you’re there. Even better, if you’re a SOAPM member, make sure to come to the (now) annual SOAPM “informal” gathering. Below, please find two …

92586/7 (Hearing Screen) and UHC – Clarification

I don’t think this is archived on the AAP WWW site, yet, but the Private Payor Advocacy group just released the following: 1. Clarification on UnitedHealthcare (UHC) audiological and vestibular function testing policy As reported in its September Network Bulletin, UHC is dropping CPT code 92587 (Evoked otoacoustic emissions; limited (single stimulus level, either transient …

HMO Crisis

Two words that go well together. A link sent to me by an intrepid reader: hmocrisis.com [links removed].  Slightly outdated, but plenty of interesting content and reading, especially about the aforementioned BCBS settlement.  I suspect a few active readers might inspire them to update it more often.