Grab Bag

Time to broom out the mailbox.  In no particular order: Someone(s) at PCC took the time to update our “How To Write A Financial Policy” article over on PedSource.  Good content. Head over to the AMA lawsuit page from time to time.If you participate with Well Point/Anthem, Health Net, Humana, BCBS or many others and …

Extended Office Hours

I have written here extensively about the various “scheduling based codes” and their usage – or lack of usage – among pediatricians, but have made the mistaken assumption that most of you reading here actually have extended office hours. It is this pediatric practice management consultant’s position that if you are not offerring office hours …

CCHIT Approves Latest Criteria

I might be the first person to actually blog during his CCHIT Workgroup meeting, but it really isn’t taking much double-tasking to do it, as it’s a cut-and-paste.  From CCHIT itself: CERTIFICATION COMMISSION APPROVES LATEST CRITERIA Plans Program Changes to Meet New Federal Needs CHICAGO – May 19, 2008 – The Certification Commission for Healthcare …

Billing Services

2009 has been the year of billing service pain.  Right now, Igor and I are talking to no fewer than five pediatric practices who are suffering at the hands of bad billing services.  Here are some of the things I’ve seen and heard recently:  A billing service tells the doctor outright, “We only submit your …

ICD-9 For 2010 and Pediatric Shortage Myth?

Today’s first important alert comes from Siouxsie, who was kind enough to forward the official list of ICD-9 changes for 2010.  Pediatric offices should read them carefully, as there are some doozies in there.  New codes for Colic, Irritability, Impulsiveness, and Nervousness — sounds like me while coaching farm league.  There’s a fascinating set of …

A Concierge Practice Beatdown

The underbelly of the insurance industry came into view earlier this year in New York.  Here’s a great summary, stolen directly from histalk2.com.  Look at the conclusive sentence: A NY physician, concerned by the number of patients losing their jobs and health insurance, begins offering patients a flat $79 a month fee that covers unlimited …

TN AAP, Stimulus Blogs, Jim Carrey, you name it . . .

There must be a stack of 10 data-related posts sitting in my in-box, but you get this cleanup announcement while I run off to coach farm league:  It turns out that I will be the keynote speaker for the TN AAP chapter meeting on June 19 in Nashville, TN.  Thanks, Michelle!  The titles of my …