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 …

Telemedicine Primer

Courtney @ PCC recently put together this piece to help our clients get their heads around the state of pediatric telemedicine.  It’s got some clear explanations, excellent resources, and check out this sample from the Table of Contents: Top 5 Themes and Trends Where Are We Today? Current Uses What Counts As Telemedicine? What’s In …

Why Are Patient Payments to Pediatricians Falling?

A few weeks ago, I was exchanging emails with Dr. Suzanne Berman in TN about…geeze, I don’t even know any more. Something mildly technical and nerdy relating to pediatric practice management. While we were both on the phone looking at pediatric data, we found ourselves asking a question: what portion of the payments to pediatric …

Pediatric Chart Accuracy

PCC’s A1 Coding Resource, Jan, shared with me some interesting data today.  She has kept track of her chart audits dating back to 2008 and wondered what the results looked like.  The E&M results are fascinating. 41% of the charts match her analysis.  The practice said 99213 and the notes supported it. 12% of the …

Immunization Fridge Survey Update

Two months ago, the Fridge Militia (as I like to call them) was interested in getting some sense of the state of immunization vaccine refrigerators. How many practices actually use medical quality equipment?  How common are generators?  How many doctors actually have two-way communication with their valuable resources?  The improvement of vaccine storage is an …

Confessions Podcast #3: Featuring Suzanne Berman And Your Practice Management Calendar

This may be long overdue, but worth the wait.  A few months back, Dr. Suzanne Berman (star of SOAPM list and stage) emailed me with a question about her practice.  That question led to a quick back and forth exchange of “all the things a practice should do on a periodic basis.”  We brainstormed a …

Vaccine Storage and Safety (Guest Blog and Survey)

The message comes from Robin Warner, who has some important things to say about vaccine refrigerators.  I know I must seem a little vaccine-focused lately, but these issues are vital and I am grateful for the work of Dr. Warner and Dr. Barden.   This past weekend, I had the good fortune of being able …

VFC Vaccine Survey

About a year ago, I posted a link to a survey for anyone here who gives VFC vaccines.  If you do, please take 3 minutes to respond to this. The AAP is working hard to get VFC flu shot distribution fixed. I’ll let Dr. Diasio speak for himself. We are continuing to try to improve …

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 …