Your EHR and Productivity

One of the skeletons hidden in the closet of every EHR vendor is the impact they have on the productivity of the practices.  We’ve all heard the horror stories from practices who’ve had their income cut by 30% but there’s a much more common phenomenon that not enough people bring up: the extra work at …

PCMH’s Impact on Cost and Quality?

I am, as a rule, a big fan of the PCMH concept.  The process for recognition and the inability to get those outside your circle to participate – namely, specialists are other things entirely, of course.  Even with those caveats, PCMH remains perhaps the best opportunity for practices to develop the discipline and receive the …

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 – …

We’re back…

After a mildly deliberate hiatus, we are back!

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 …