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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 …

After Hours Codes Update (99050, 99051, 99058)

In days of yore, I wrote about the pediatric usage of the 9905X CPT codes, often known as the “after hours” codes.  In fact, I think my explanation here about how they should be used is still good (corrections, suggestions welcomed).  Just before the holiday break, a request for updated data came through SOAPM – …

More ICD9 Madness

I did, indeed, have a request for a different analysis of the ICD9 data I posted yesterday.  My thought was to group all of the ICD9s by their major groupings to get a more complete sense of the primary drivers of pediatric visits.  My results below. ICD Group ICD9 Description % of Total Running % …

2013 ICD9 Analysis

Whew, that was quite an interesting time at AAP NCE – thanks to all of you who spent time with us (you know who you are). I really appreciate the new Hawaiian shirt I received from my friends. Our developers have been busy working on ICD-10 prep, which means I got to see a file …

Sample Pediatric Recall Letters

A call went out on SOAPM last week looking for personalized patient recall letters.  I’ve looked at hundreds over the years, so I asked for volunteers.  I immediately heard from the wonderful folks at the Child and Adolescent Clinic in Longview, WA, who allowed me to rifle through their hard word and share it here. …