Entries by Chip Hart

EHR Device Survey…and How To Choose Your EHR Laptop

Part 1 – The Survey We get hardware recommendation requests every day here at PCC, particularly from practices implementing an EHR.  “What laptop should I buy?  Will it work with an iPod? How big a screen should I get? Is Brand X good or bad?”  Physicians go into shopping mode and want to make sure …

Independent Pediatrician Vol 2

…is released.  Race to the site to read it on-line or download a full copy.  I also urge any one of my readers to take a few minutes to Tell Your Story.  Independent Pediatric practices are vital to the health and success of the children in this country and people need to hear about you.

Which RVU Year Should I Use?

[Anyone going to the TPS meeting next week? Or the NCE in San Diego? Come say hello! And don’t forget that you can subscribe to this blog just by giving me your email in the box in the upper right. You’ll get a copy of each new blog I post, about 1-4 a month. And, …

Pediatric Telephone CPT Code Usage Data

A few years ago, I did a review of the use of and payment for telephone-based CPT codes by our clients.  You can see the data, or read an example of a payer policy covering these codes.  The fact is, private payers have covered telephone calls for years.  Everyone thinks it’s a myth, yet Bigfoot …

HIPAA and Credit Cards

Note: this is a long post about untested legal issues. I may not know what I am talking about, so I welcome input! Executive summary: if your financial services vendor does more for you than swipe your credit cards  – such as storing card numbers, mailing collection letters, setting up payment schedules/budgets, confirming addresses, sending …

Buying A New Vaccine Fridge

I recently mentioned the awesome vaccine management productions put on by the AAP (via SOAPM) and I hope everyone here had a chance to participate in the seminar.  If you didn’t, here are the awesome handouts! During our Users’ Conference last week, a client approached me with questions about buying a new refrigerator for vaccine …

Are You A SOAPM member?

I can’t imagine how anyone with interest in this blog wouldn’t also be a SOAPM member.   But perhaps someone out there is missing out.  SOAPM is, by far, the best source of pediatric practice management information on a national scale.  Here’s a great reason to join: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Administration and …

Is Being A Partner Overrated?

Brandon is taking a much needed sabbatical from our Awesomecast, though we have a few in the can and I have plenty of material for more productions.  As a result, I am going to continue to add episodes to the Podcast and Video feeds until further notice.  They may come irregularly (sometimes more often, in …

Work / Life Balance Survey

In the second issue of The Independent Pediatrician, one point of focus will be the Work / Life Balance challenge faced by so many pediatricians. We have developed a quick, anonymous survey that we invite any and all pediatricians to complete – I will share the results here, on SOAPM, and in issue #2! Please, …

Adult Immunization Logic Committee Work

Have you ever had one of those anxiety dreams where it’s the end of the semester and finals are tomorrow and you haven’t been studying or even going to class? For me, it’s usually calculus or French. Now, it’s vaccine logic. I spent last week in Atlanta as part of the CDC’s Adult Immunization Vaccine …