Entries by Chip Hart

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 …

65% of Pediatric Practices Prefer PCMH to MU

[Update: don’t miss this chance to attend a 2014 PCMH Prep course taught by Susanne Madden at the PCC UC. You don’t have to be a PCC client to attend.] Perhaps that’s a misleading title, but it is a possible conclusion to draw from a recent survey we did of our clients. We needed to …

CA Chapter 1 AAP Meeting Review

I am enjoying my second day of the CA Chapter 1 AAP meeting here in Tahoe. As a veteran of too many regional AAP meetings, I find it easy to be dulled by the usual flight/hotel/talk/meal/hotel/flight routine – not that I mind it, of course, but it can be so exhausting. I’ve been energized at …

2014 Spring Cleaning

Piles of news backed up in my inbox. Good work by Dr. Branco and his constant effort to get kids immunized.  I will be seeing him next week.  Dr. Branco, if you are not aware is behind the Vaccines Save Lives sticker. In a similar vein, I love this segment (at least his moment, starting …

Busy in 2014!

Someday, I hope our grandchildren will look back at 2014 and say, “Oh, remember all of those crazy things people used to do with silly ICD codes?”  My feelings about the impending ICD-10 delay are mixed but lean towards disappointment.  I feel particularly bad for all those practices who paid big bucks to their vendors …

More January 2014 Visit Volume Research

Last week, I posted some data about national visit volume that I hope made clear that the perceived dip in the January 2014 visit volume was largely cyclical and weather related.  Sure, there are some practices whose variance isn’t explained so easily.  For example, one of the comments I received reflected my thoughts: “I think …

Some Interesting Pediatric Practice Management Podcast Updates

Before I post more data about the January visit volume, I should quickly highlight two recent podcasts Brandon and I did recently. First, let’s introduce George Rogu and his Long Island practice to the world.  What does he do that other practices often fear to do? Then, do not miss Robin Warner’s “Gamification” of her …

Public Service Announcements

While we wait for me to do Part II of the Great January 2014 Visit Analysis,  I have three news items to share now for fear that they get buried in the next post. Here is a piece I wrote for CPP (an Ohio-based GPO) about optimizing your EHR.  Viable advice for nearly any EHR …

January 2014 Visit Volume

[Back from vacation!] Starting in mid-January, we began to hear rumblings and then outright panic from our clients about their patient volume diving steeply.  Although most practices recognized the impact of the crazy weather and practice/school closings, the most common explanation I heard was that “high deductible health plans” are to blame for the big …

Hourly Costs (Snow Days)

From an intrepid reader: I want to figure out how much $ it costs our company when we close early, open late, and/or don’t open at all. The past few “snow days” caused us to close early one day, close one whole day and open late another. In the past, and per our handbook, we …