Independent Pediatrician Vol 3

…is out in stores near you. OK, it’s not in stores, but you can read it on-line and everyone reading my blog should be on the mailing list (if you aren’t, just signup on-line). Head over to the newly redesigned site where you can read the every issue on-line or download a full copy.  This …

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 …

Is Being A Partner Overrated?

Brandon is taking a much needed sabbatical from our Awesomecast, though we have a few in the can and I have plenty of material for more productions.  As a result, I am going to continue to add episodes to the Podcast and Video feeds until further notice.  They may come irregularly (sometimes more often, in …

Medicaid Check Update, Podcast, PMI

First, I took a moment to update the post I wrote about confirming your Medicaid “booster” checks.  Dr. Barden and Jose @ AAP reminded me that we’re supposed to use the 2009 Medicare CF instead of the 2013 CF, which amounts to a 5.7% increase! Second, Brandon and I just finished another media cast – …

Pediatric Practice Management . . . Video?

Brandon Betancourt and I have had hours of conversations over the years, both in person and over the phone, in which we undoubtably solved all of the world’s problems.  At least the pediatric practice ones. However, we never wrote any of it down. All that amazing information is lost to the wind. Things have changed, though.  …

Flu Vaccine Poster and Smoking Survey

Two important resources from my SOAPM friends. Part one, from Jose Lopez @ AAP: SOAPM partnered with the AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program to produce the attached poster for AAP members at no charge. Please feel free to print (11×17 paper) and display it in your practice, we hope that you like it! Feel free to distribute- we will be …

AAP NCE Redux

Short of riding the mechanical bulls on Bourbon Street, I think we fulfilled our social requirements at the AAP NCE this week.  I starting making a list of people I got to greet, but gave up after 50.  And it always remains a treat to meet people I’ve only known virtually – thanks for introducing …

“Obamacare” and Well Visits . . . Do The Inscos Pay More

It’s been too long since I’ve had a post like this.  Glad to get back to the most important material we share. A few weeks ago, one of our clients asked us, “According to the new Obamacare rules, well visits aren’t supposed to have copays any more…yet, I see them all the time.  Did healthcare …

Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Event, Dec 2012

Now that the AAP is no longer producing or developing their vital coding and practice management events, we have to rely on others to continue to push out the content that we know is so vital.  I am, of course, biased, but practical, when I suggest that the PCC UC is perhaps the strongest option …