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Free 2016 RVU Calculator

Welcome to the free 2016 RBRVS Calculator. As you may know, the AMA won’t let anyone provide a free RVU calculator that includes CPT codes due to their CPT copyrights. In an abundance of caution and, because in our unhappy experience, the AMA interprets its rights (in our opinion) overly broadly, we created this tool …

New Patient Visit Benchmark and the ACA

I mentioned I had a lot of work to do after the NCE this week.  Here’s one of the items hanging over my head (next: Down Syndrome growth charts!). During my lecture on pediatric benchmarks, someone threw me a curveball.  I feel like I’m usually pretty good with my ability to answer questions about the …

Vaccine Cost Spreadsheet

Over on the PPMA/SOAPM list, Sandi Yeater mentioned that she had created a spreadsheet that her group uses to track vaccine costs.  To quote: Yes, our finance director keeps a spreadsheet by vaccine by insurance company, and checks it once each quarter. If we are not getting paid our full costs for a vaccine a …

HPV Coverage

Last week, there was discussion on the SOAPM list about HPV coverage rates and the factors that affect it.  There is some consensus that the importance of this vaccine is more difficult to communicate to parents as many of them (illogically) relate it to sexual activity and don’t want to open that Pandora’s Box with …

96110 Coverage During Well Visits

This blog is going to raise more questions than it answers, but one let’s get one of the few clear answers we have out of the way: pediatricians do not appear to follow Bright Futures’ periodicity schedule for developmental screening.  I realize that may not shock many of you, but you might be shocked to …

PCMH’s Impact on Cost and Quality?

I am, as a rule, a big fan of the PCMH concept.  The process for recognition and the inability to get those outside your circle to participate – namely, specialists are other things entirely, of course.  Even with those caveats, PCMH remains perhaps the best opportunity for practices to develop the discipline and receive the …

Vaccine Policy Survey Results

For months, I’ve wanted to know: how many pediatric offices have policies requiring their patients to be vaccinated? It started with an article a friend of mine from Portland, OR wrote for The Oregonian in 2013. I realized, when talking about the issue with him, that I didn’t have a great grasp of the data. …

Vaccine Refusal Policy Survey

I am trying to get an understanding of the relative percentage of pediatric practices who have vaccination requirements for their patients.  I don’t know for certain how common it really is – my gut feeling is that far more practices try to limit their patient bases to those who actively vaccinate than is understood. I’ve …

Free 2015 RVU Calculator

Welcome to the free 2015 RBRVS Calculator. As you may know, the AMA won’t let anyone provide a free RVU calculator that includes CPT codes due to their CPT copyrights. In an abundance of caution and, because in our unhappy experience, the AMA interprets its rights (in our opinion) overly broadly, we created this tool …

EHR Device Survey Results

A few weeks ago, I opened a survey to guage the satisfaction EHR users have with various laptops, tablets, and desktops. I wanted to answer questions such as, “Which brands do doctors really like?” or “Does screen size matter?” I’ve been sitting on the results for a few weeks, largely due to the effort of …