News items.

Work/Life Balance Teaser and Gameification

* Don’t miss my request at the bottom of today’s post. Sometimes I have so much to share, I don’t have time to share it.  Two big projects are dominating my time right now: We are preparing the second issue of Independent Pediatrician.  That’s right, we’re closing in quickly on the second issue, we want …

Work / Life Balance Survey

In the second issue of The Independent Pediatrician, one point of focus will be the Work / Life Balance challenge faced by so many pediatricians. We have developed a quick, anonymous survey that we invite any and all pediatricians to complete – I will share the results here, on SOAPM, and in issue #2! Please, …

Adult Immunization Logic Committee Work

Have you ever had one of those anxiety dreams where it’s the end of the semester and finals are tomorrow and you haven’t been studying or even going to class? For me, it’s usually calculus or French. Now, it’s vaccine logic. I spent last week in Atlanta as part of the CDC’s Adult Immunization Vaccine …

2014 Spring Cleaning

Piles of news backed up in my inbox. Good work by Dr. Branco and his constant effort to get kids immunized.  I will be seeing him next week.  Dr. Branco, if you are not aware is behind the Vaccines Save Lives sticker. In a similar vein, I love this segment (at least his moment, starting …

Some Interesting Pediatric Practice Management Podcast Updates

Before I post more data about the January visit volume, I should quickly highlight two recent podcasts Brandon and I did recently. First, let’s introduce George Rogu and his Long Island practice to the world.  What does he do that other practices often fear to do? Then, do not miss Robin Warner’s “Gamification” of her …

Public Service Announcements

While we wait for me to do Part II of the Great January 2014 Visit Analysis,  I have three news items to share now for fear that they get buried in the next post. Here is a piece I wrote for CPP (an Ohio-based GPO) about optimizing your EHR.  Viable advice for nearly any EHR …

Better Late Than Never (Subscribe To This Blog)

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Confirming That Medicaid Check [Updated 12/04/13]

Please note the update below! At the PMI practice management talk last week*, I ran through my usual RVU course which concludes with a walkthrough of the free RVU calculator.  It dawned on me that it has a new use in 2013 that I hadn’t envisioned when I wrote it. Calculating what your “Medicaid boost” …

Fast Facts About Urgent Care (Parents Magazine, 12/13)

Update: Parents magazine has provided a direct link to the article.  Head there! I may get a take-down notice for the following attachment, but I’ll do my best to provide full citation and credit. I think this message is too important to hide behind a pay-only site. Below is a PDF scan from the December …

Why More Vermont Physicians Are Making the Switch to “Concierge” Practices

Some key quotes from this week’s issue of Seven Days (a local weekly): The 59-year-old family practitioner says he was driven more by a desire to regain his “autonomy” as a physician and get back to the basics of why he got into medicine 27 years ago. “I enjoy caring for my patients, which means …