More About the Myths of Medical Supergroups

I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to be allowed a few moments in the most recent issue of the SOAPM newsletter. I believe they will have it on-line for their members any-moment-now, but I do know that the printed version has gone out, as I have already received three phone calls about it. …

Who Should Pay For the EHR?

The AMA reports that: The Massachusetts Blues believes that the return on physicians’ investment doesn’t warrant buying the technology as part of its bonus programs. …so BCBS of MA is no longer going to pay for its docs to get an EHR. Meanwhile, Vermont’s own VITL project has done an about face regarding the funding …

The Concierge Concept Continues to Spread

“A few weeks back, I pointed out a living, breathing example of a successful cash only pediatric business. I’ve also added a few posts about concierge pricing and what our customers are doing.Meanwhile, over on her blog, Susanne Madden adds some insightful commentary on the subject, including one point in there which is quite subtle, …

Ghana and RVUs

Now here’s a combination of topics that no one will ever look for. I don’t know, for “search engine optimization purposes” whether mixing two items like this is better or worse than writing two quick blog pieces (and pushing content further down the page or into the archives), but I won’t worry about it. First, …

Allscripts vs. Mysis Cage Match

“Two companies enter, only one leaves.” There is quite a bit of scuttle going around about the massive Allscripts buyout by Mysis. Fortunately, most of the conversation about these publically-traded companies goes over (or around) my head but, in this instance, it has an effect on many of us. Reading about the merger has led …

HSAs, HDHPs, and Budget Plans

I’ve been working with a couple of practices on different versions of the concierge / High Deductible / budget concept I think has a lot of potential traction in pediatrics. Given that there are a couple different possible scenarios, I’ll start with one that most folks can recognize. Here’s the scene: January/Feb of 2008. New …

CDC Immunization Price List

I’m never afraid to parrot good content, so allow me to create an easy-to-find place marker for the CDC immunization price list, care of a reminder from Susanne Madden. Here’s a sample of the data: Vaccine Brandname/ Tradename Packaging CDC Cost/Dose DTaP Tripedia® DAPTACEL® 10 pack – 1 dose vials 10 pack – 1 dose …

Facelift

If you haven’t noticed…there’s a quick facelift to the site.  It was inspired, largely, but my new poll feature.  Look over there on the right.  Help the pediatric world and answer the question. If possible, I am going to post an awesome analysis of a concierge program later today.  It might be Monday.  Hold on …

OIG and TOS Discounts

During my talks about proper pricing, a discussion often comes up relating to private pay patients and TOS discounts. Usually, it takes the following form: One physician objects to raising her prices because of all the poor families. I point out the practical flaw in this argument.  Only a few people notice. Another physician indicates …

Pediatric Development Screening Tool

That’s no typo in the title. The Commonwealth Fund has released a nifty on-line tool and manual to help pediatricians decide which developmental screening tools are appropriate. I played around with it and am impressed enough to spread the word. To quote them: Pediatric Developmental Screening: Understanding and Selecting Screening Instruments informs practitioners’ selection and …