E&M Cheat Sheet Update!

Well, I had no choice. V2.0 is up here (OpenOffice version), here (M$ Word), and here (PDF version). Thanks to those who helped, including a few who wrote me off line and Q, who helped edit the new version.

E&M Coding “Cheat Sheet”

I almost forgot about this, but Igor mentioned that a client asked for it, so here we are.I got the original idea from a couple sources, including the GA AAP and Island Coast Pediatrics a long time ago and posted their samples on PCC. The concept is to create a little E&M cheat sheet for …

Cory Doctorow’s Essay on Rare Events

I was following links from someone’s Twitter account of the seminar I’m attending and fell into this essay: The single most pernicious threat to liberty today is humanity’s natural tendency to misunderstand the statistics of rare events. We’re just not wired to have good intuition about things that happen with extreme infrequency. A great, fast …

Catch Up and Dashboards

I have been a little remiss in my blog duties lately – “work” intervenes. As I type, I am attending a class on dashboard design with Igor. We’ve been fascinated by what we have learned during our development of our PCC dashboards – if you want to check out a sample, go for it (name: …

Quick Insurance Termination Letter Samples

After the third request for these this week, I figured I’d post them to the blog. They’re text instead of PDF for easy cut-n-paste action, imagine that. The supposition here is that this is to an insurance company you really don’t want to get rid of if they’d only treat you properly. And these are …

The Bottom of the Totem Pole

We all knew this already. Here’s another study showing Pediatricians a distant last in the income category. It’s Fierce HealthCare’s take on a WSJ Blog. If you really want to make the bucks, primary care isn’t the way to go. That fact was underscored this week by a study from staffing firm Merritt Hawkins & …

The AMA’s “Cure For Claims” (Wow!)

I don’t know how I missed this announcement (thanks, Bob @ PhysAll), but the AMA has embarked on an advocacy campaign specifically targeting the baloney that goes on during the insurance claim submission process. Now this is the kind of work I want to see the AMA doing (instead of restricting the rights of its …

Quick (Aetna, SOAPM)

I’m busy writing another piece for the SOAPM newsletter and it’s really taking up my time. I’m truly honored to be given the opportunity to provide them comment but, whew, it takes a lot of work. That is, it’s one thing to ramble on in a blog (this is a good example), but it’s a …

Latest Pediatric E&M Distribution Benchmark

By request (check the comments), here is the latest Pediatric E&M Distribution data from PCC. You can’t get it much fresher than this – a few million E&M CPT codes, from May 2007 to May 2008. I had a good, in-depth, analysis earlier this year. To understand the chart, let me explain a few things. …

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

The letter begins: The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is pleased to notify you that you have been selected to serve as a member of the Child Health Workgroup for our 2008-2009 certification development. More than once, I have complained about the misuse and misunderstanding of CCHIT certification, especially for pediatricians. And I …