“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 …

One Pediatrician’s Pre-ACO Experience

Here’s a PCC client speaking about his localized ACO/hospital experience.  I spoke with him a few times during the process and the message I think we kept coming back to is that the hospital is rarely a pediatrician’s friend. Identifying information redacted. By way of background, pediatricians (and most primary care physicians) in [City] exist …

Pediatric Practice Management at Sea

Busy at the beginning of March?  Want to cruise around the Carribean and learn about pediatric practice management at the same time?  Check out this opportunity! I am trying to figure out how to participate, myself – my only reservation is the length of the trip (silly kids!).

10 Dirty Negotiation Tactics and How to Beat Them

I believe my first series of blog posts years ago were specifically about insurance negotiation tactics.  It’s been a while, and John Canning sent me this link to share.  Although it’s a bit sp[censored], I can certainly confirm that I’ve seen the insurance companies use every one of these tools. Quick read, a good reminder.

Practice Management at the 2012 AAP NCE

In years past, I have gone through the entire NCE schedule and highlighted the talks or meetings I had hoped to crash.  This year, Jose Lopez (the manager of the SOAPM section), put this awesome handout together. This puts my work to shame.

Credit Card Settlement vs. HSAs?

I picked up the WSJ while heading to our UC the other morning and read this article about a multi-billion dollar settlement with the credit card companies.  One key piece of the settlement is language that allows vendors, such as pediatric practices, to add a credit card surcharges to their charges.  You can read about …

Pediatricians: Participate in the RUC [Updated 06/26/12]

Over the last few years, pediatricians have gained a lot of ground in the RVU arena – I have documented many of the changes, as you know.  Although it sometimes feels like two steps forward and one step back, the overall RVUs/Visit for PCC client have increased from 1.77 in 2003 to 2.95 in 2012 – although better coding …

Response to CAM Article Regarding Anti-Vaccinators

A week or so ago, Dr. David Horowitz from NC, posted the following message to SOAPM: I briefly posted a week or 2 ago about an article in Pediatrics (Last November, Supplement 4) devoted to CAM that focused on anti-vaxers. The feeling was that a lot of the points the authors made were unrealistic and …

2012 Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere Award

My sincere congratulations go to Dr. Ed Zissman, the 2012 Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere Award winner.  PCC is delighted to sponsor the award every year. On behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Administration and Practice Management, I would like to congratulate Edward Zissman, MD, FAAP on being selected to receive the 2012 Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere Award! This award …