2018 GPCI Analysis – Get it here first!

The 2018 RBRVS Final Rules got published last month, so we can start to pick apart the results and make some predictions.  It’s not all set in stone, but I can start with the geographic comparisons today and then move into what I think the global impact of the RVU updates will be for independent …

New Pediatric Practices – Who Are They? [Part 3]

I hope some of you are still following.  Because this is the fun part. Over the last two days, I’ve posted the results from our poll that tries to examine the demographics of (new) pediatric practices and where pediatricians get their practice management advice from.  The results have been interesting, imo, and should serve as …

Pediatric Practice Management Content – How Good Is It? [Part 2]

Executive summary: what do independent pediatric practices think about their resources for practice management guidance?  Not much.  SOAPM wins, hospitals lose, and the AAP is somewhere out there. In our previous episode, I did my best to take apart the demographic information of the respondents to our pediatric practice management content survey.  The results were, …

Pediatric Practice Management Content – Where Do You Get It? [Part 1]

A few weeks ago, I opened up a survey with a very specific intent: to find out what, if any, demographic and resource-demand patterns exist among independent practices opening up over the last few years.  As Susanne Madden and I have noted at the NCE, we feel like we are seeing an interesting change in …

Pediatric Compensation Models for Owners and Employers

I am boarding my flight to Plano where I’ll give my inaugural presentation entitled, “The Five Biggest Business Mistakes That Pediatricians Make.”  There might be a little room left, sign up if you’re at TPS and might be interested.  It’s really a summary culled from key moments from among all my talks, the walk-away points …

Excellent AAP Response to CMS Coding Changes

“As such, the Academy is profoundly disappointed that CMS not only continues to bundle these services (ie, status indicator “B”) but fails to publish the RUC-recommended values for these codes.” Ten years ago, I couldn’t imagine the AAP using language like the above to argue on behalf of pediatricians – but they are now.  File …

Tips on Building Pediatric Practice Revenue: Three Summer Success Stories on Increasing Well Visits

Recently, we had the bright idea to take a look at some of our UC Dashboard winners to learn if there were any patterns that we could identify as Best Practices in order to share with everyone else.  Our first stab was more fruitful than I expected. What am I talking about?  Every year, at …

Insurance Coverage Guidance For Families

About 10 years ago,  a practice I know posted a message to SOAPM – maybe it was PedTalk! – about hiring a full time staff person to help guide families through their insurance coverage details.  Her job is to discuss topics like HDHPs, HSAs, medical credit cards, copays, etc.  I remember a handful of incredulous …

The Confused Parent’s Guide to Health Insurance

Meet Dr. Chad Hayes.  He’s a solo pediatrician in SC with an interesting path to pediatrics who happens to write a particularly interesting and well-considered blog (yay, English majors!).  He showed up on SOAPM a while back and endeared himself quickly to the sometimes-unreceptive audience there through the high quality of his posts and positions. …

Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule – CPT Perspective!

With the new release of Bright Futures v4.0, many of you raced right to the famous BF periodicity schedule, just like we did.  I probably refer to that grid once or twice a month as I consult with practices or give a presentation to pediatricians about what they are supposed to be doing during well …