AAP NCE Boston and Mythbusters

First, Boston. Any faithful readers going to be there? We already have a pretty large, informal crew heading out on Sunday night, 10/12 and I know a lot of you will be at the SOAPM dinner (sponsored by PCC, of course…no one else cares about you :-)). If you’re going to be there, let me …

ICD-9 Update, ICD-10 Update (+ Interesting Times At School)

First order of business: ICD-9 changes for 2008 go into effect on 10/1 and there’s a doozy in there.  Here’s a copy of a message we’ve sent to PCC clients and I’ve left some of the PCC links in there, because anyone can use them and it’s easy to cut and paste! New Diagnosis Codes …

Coding Conference Update

I have a backup of info to share, but I thought I’d throw this up today in my hurry. Our admin folks compiled the surveys from the coding/pm event in Columbus last week and here are the results: Speaker Knowledge of Subject: 4 (out of 4)  [yes, a perfect score from all the attendees] Preparation …

96110 Developmental Test Data (Not Eagleville, CA)

This weekend, a very faithful reader wrote to me: Couple of things I wanted to mention. First, my two doctors said they LOVED the conference in Columbus. They said it was definitely worth it. As a result, it seems I have some work cut-out for me. They’ve come back energized and telling me “… we …

NEW IMMUNIZATION ALLIANCE ISSUES NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION

Sorry about those all-caps, I just pasted that from a press release.  I’m at home watching the Little Rascals with the boys who are enjoying it more than I expected. The rascals are no Abbott and Costello or, more importantly, Jonny Quest, but still funny. I am fascinated to reach the moment in each of …

CCHIT Wants You!

A quick post from the airport from my “cutting edge” blog.  The folks from CCHIT would like us to spread the word about some upcoming opportunities for “civilians” to participate in the CCHIT process.  From their message: We have several new activities in which consumers can participate: · The Commission has completed its first step, …

Fear And Loathing in Columbus, OH (UHC, Humana)

I am in lovely Columbus, OH, about to meet Dr. Lander, Donelle Holle, and some clients for dinner as we prepare for our pediatric coding and practice management event tomorrow morning.  We obviously won’t have the crowds we get in Washington or NYC, but it will be a pretty full room still!  If you are …

The Susanne Madden Channel

It’s late on a Sunday night and my brain is fried from a bad combination of Drupal, planning for Bear Scouts, watching a messed up (but excellent) movie, working on our bathroom for the second year (almost done!), and wanting to blog about a really super-cool benchmark Igor and I have been working on, but …

The Worst Insurance / Fewer Primary Care Docs / PedTalk Cited!

All external references today, folks. I had two people send this to me, but I’ll give Susanne credit 🙂 It’s an paper from the American Association for Justice entitled “The Ten Worst Insurance Companies In America“. You can find the article here (I couldn’t find it on their site). A “fun” read. Here’s an AP …

Most Common Pediatric Codes

I am doing some research into the most common pediatric codes in order to set up a spread/worksheet for use during an insurane negotiation.  Lots of “consultants” routinely make the mistake of suggesting that you look at your top 10 or, more daringly, top 20 or 30 codes when comparing reimbursement between two plans. That’s …