Data and other direct content.

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 …

RVU Comparison Data Fixed

A watchful eye pointed out that some of the data I published comparing 2014 to 2011 RVU values for common pediatric codes was off. I fixed it all last night.  The results are still the same, however: 2014 is definitely better than 2011 (and previous years) thanks to the increase in the RVUs for many …

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 …