Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Event

Save the date: April 17. It’s not official yet – we’re confirming a location – but we hope and expect to produce a pediatric coding and practice management seminar in the greater Washington DC area on or around April 17.  It will be nearly identical to the one we produced in NYC in August.  We …

Holiday Reading

Today’s missive has no practice management value.  It is pediatric related, though. I travel a fair amount for work (how else would most of you know me?).  Which means I spend times in planes, airports, and hotel rooms.  As a result, in addition to my predisposition, I read a lot. Most of the time, I …

“Insurance execs: Stop lining your pockets”

Medical Economics has commented on Susanne Madden’s article about Medical Cost Ratios [link removed]. Haven’t read it yet? Don’t do so just before bed, it will keep you up. Good work, Susanne!

Quick Face Lift

If you’re reading this message, you’ve probably noticed a change or two to the layout here.  I’m just letting anyone who is surprised by this know that it’s deliberate. In theory, the new layout will make finding old entries, etc., easier. Comments, criticism welcome, etc. Thanks!

Because We Love RVUs (2006 vs. 2007)

I’ve had a request to post some information about the 2008 RVU impact, but I’ve decided to wait a day or two for the dust to settle about the latest news. Hope you don’t mind. In the meantime, let’s return to a simpler time…like this year…when the only curve-ball is the Budget Neutrality adjustment. Igor …

RVU Update #7, Good

All the RVU drama makes it hard for me to get to other things, but here is the latest from my generous and favorite inside source (instead of using an inappropriate 70s adult film nickname, we’ll use “Siouxsie”): 1) The new CF for 1/1/08 through 6/30/08 will be $38.0870 [= 0.5% increase from the current …

Choosing an EHR at the VT AAP

I was on the phone yesterday with a client from Rhode Island who was taking the time to tell me about his practice’s search for an EHR. To my surprise, they had flown down to visit another customer of ours in Tennessee to see what they thought of an installation with one of our EHR …

RVU 2008 Update

First, I have to be clear: my knowledge of the arcane RBRVS system, the RUC committees, CMS, etc., is all driven by my work for pediatricians. Thus, I have a very skewed view of how it works. Almost all of the changes to the CMS budget affect my clients indirectly and I have very little …

Highmark Lawsuit (Feb Deadline!)

[Before I begin, it looks like there might be an important RVU update later today!] From hmosettlements.com: On October 19, 2007, Highmark Inc., and Highmark West Virginia, Inc. d/b/a Mountain State Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“Highmark”), entered into a Settlement Agreement with physicians. The settling parties filed their Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of …

Pediatric Practice Vitals Dashboard Coming

We’ve been working on it for a long time (toooo long), but we are just about to officially release our Practice Vitals Dashboard service to PCC customers. “Dashboard?” you ask. “What’s a dashboard?” You’ll know them as soon as you see them. In fact, here’s a quick sample of a piece of one: This is …