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AAP’s Alternative Payment Models Webinars

Readers of this blog should be interested in the following announcement: The American Academy of Pediatrics Practice Excellence (APEX) is hosting a four part webinar series focused on Alternative Payment Models. This webinar series will be focused on payment transformation in the medical home. The following topics will be presented: 1. An Overview of Alternative …

Joe Hagan, M.D. For AAP President

In most of the  AAP presidential campaigns over the last 10 years, I’d consider one of the two selected choices to be a good friend.  I unintentionally nearly always back the second-place finisher because I live in the practicing-pediatrician world and have few academic contacts, particularly outside the IT/EHR sphere. This year, I am backing …

AAP Buyer’s Guide

Does anyone here ever use the AAP’s Buyer’s Guide? I ask because every year, just before the NCE, the AAP unleashes its telemarketers – who somehow have my personal phone number – to see if we want to spend money to “upgrade our profile.”  This year, they have a new feature: vendor reviews.  In theory, …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

The Pediatric Office of Today

Attendees of the AAP NCE are surely familiar with the Office of the Future exhibit that has grown in size and scope over the past few years.  I don’t know if it began that way, but since at least 2010, the project has been the baby of Dr. Gregg Alexander, a pediatrician also well known for his DOCTalk …

96110 Emergency – Please Act!

The AAP has issued an important call to action for pediatricians, and those who work for them, relating to a proposed change to the 96110 CPT code, a subject about which I’ve written many times (these are just a fraction of the blog entries, you can see them all here). It appears that during the …

Real Meaningful Use For Pediatricians – Nov 4, 2011

I’ll be speaking on Nov 4, 2011, from 3:15-4:30 (it’ll be more like 5pm if I do it right), for the GA AAP chapter at their annual Pediatrics On The Parkway event. I know the title of my talks says “Practice Performance Improvement: Simple Steps that Improve Patient Care & Your Bottom Line” but it’s …