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 …

Toolkit for the Follow-up Care of the Premature Infant

Whether or not you have an EHR, having consistent clinical protocols is vital.  I am a fan of the oft-misunderstood Bright Futures, myself, but even BF doesn’t cover everything.  One missing piece of the puzzle was filled about a year ago when MedImmune, in collaboration with NICHQ,  unveiled what I call the “Preemie Toolkit.”  Acually, that’s …

96110 Billing Problems

Many of you are familiar with the 96110 RVU snafu at the beginning of 2012.  CMS removed all the RVUs for the 96110 and then, with the help of the AAP making noise, replaced the values. Apparently, a number of  payers took this as an opportunity to stop paying on the 96110 altogether. Sigh. We did a …