Pediatric Physical Rate (Data GOLD)

For years, I have promoted the concept of doing more well visits in your pediatric practice.  I believe that it’s not only a clinically superior path, it also is more financially beneficial to the practice. Among the many positions I take during these talks is that the visits most often missed in your practices are …

Charging For Noncovered Services

I received this wonderful note the other day: Chip, I enjoyed reading the article “Charging for Non-covered Services in Your Practice” in Your Best Practice. I was delighted to see your comments and wanted to let you know that we are now in our second full year of the program and it is going well. …

The State of Pediatric Concierge Medicine

The Fall SOAPM newsletter has been out for a bit and yours truly did a piece on concierge medicine.  I have a fun follow-up  to it, too!  Make sure you join SOAPM – it’s only $30/year – to get the rest of the newsletter… The State of Pediatric Concierge Medicine The practice of “concierge medicine” …

Asthma and Flu Shots

According to CDC and The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (check out THAT acronym!), children with asthma should be kept up to date with their flu shots. So, Igor and I set off to see how well pediatricians do this for our clinical dashboard (write me for the name/password).  And we were surprised …

Red Flag Rule Suspended and “EHR vs. EMR”

There was some back-and-forth on PedTalk the other day (well, Susanne posted something and there was a lot of back-and-forth inside PCC).  It turns out that, as of two days ago, the rules were suspended until at least May, 2009.  You can read the details on an FTC press release. Meanwhile, the folks at softwareadvice.com …

Surveys, Admin Fees . . . a Pediatric Potpourri

Every day, I make a little “to do” list next to my mouse pad andabout 1/3 of the time, the word “blog” ends up without a line throughit.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I have ten minutes to make sureit gets a line. Dr. Stoller has been particularly helpful lately as she passes me …

Will Oprah Read This Blog?

This request from the Every Child By Two organization is making the rounds: It has been quite some time since Every Child By Two (ECBT) has asked you to take action on an issue related to immunizations.  I write to you today with an urgent request for your assistance in reaching out to the Oprah …

AAP NCE 2008 Days 2-3

The time has come to create some kind of social calendar for PCC at the NCE.  It’s almost like going to your own wedding – you see people you’d love to spend some real time with across the room and the best you can do is give a wave.  This was easily our busiest event, …

Live from the AAP NCE 2008

I am two days behind, I admit, but the comments were live. Last year, I gave a little ’shout out’ to all the folks I’d seen and I am going to abandon that concept now, as the list would be over 100, easy.  “You know who you are.” So, from Saturday: I am sitting in …

Vaccine Waivers Galore

My apologies for the recent hiatus.  In the year and a half I’ve been blogging, I haven’t gone more than 3-4 days between posts, I think, except for the last week.  Even during vacation.  It’s just been a super busy week.  We’re Shipping Out To Boston today (have to go pick up the van) and …