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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Poll Results, Podcast, and PMI Events

Let’s go in reverse order. What are you doing next Saturday, Feb 1?  How about March 22 or April 5?  Unless you and your practice are already the masters of everything you do, how can you not afford to attend one of the PMI Pediatric Management conferences?  We have had rave reviews after each conference …

Free RVU Calculator 2014

Welcome to the free 2014 RBRVS Calculator.  [updated 01/17 for Excel] 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, …

2014 Pediatric RVU Comparison

I unveiled the beta version of the 2014 RVU Calculator at this weekend’s well attended (and received!) PMI conference and it seems to be in good shape, but I want to do just a little more testing before I release it here. Perhaps Wednesday. In the meantime, I was able to use the tool to …

2014 GPCI Analysis

It what has become a (nearly) annual tradition – check out 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 –  it’s time to see what the new GPCI adjustments have in store for us this year.  What’s a GPCI (pronounced “Gypsie”), you ask?  It’s the geographical adjustment made to each and every RVU based on where you practice.  You …