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TN AAP, Stimulus Blogs, Jim Carrey, you name it . . .

There must be a stack of 10 data-related posts sitting in my in-box, but you get this cleanup announcement while I run off to coach farm league:  It turns out that I will be the keynote speaker for the TN AAP chapter meeting on June 19 in Nashville, TN.  Thanks, Michelle!  The titles of my …

Swine Flu Help

An important message from the AAP: The Section on Telehealth Care (SOTC) distributes this special edition of Telephone Lines, our nurse triage educational newsletter, to assist practices in dealing with the Swine Flu situation.  It is our hope that this information will allow office-based and medical call center nurses to provide consistent information to patients.  …

Removal of Financial Barriers to Children’s Mental Health Services

[Today’s installment was ghost written by the obvious author.] Q was alerted by the folks who publish the Pediatric Coder’s Pink Sheet about the AAP‘s recent collaboration with American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  They’ve published a position paper calling for the “removal of financial barriers to children’s mental health services.” The paper addresses …

96110 Update

I’ve written extensively about 96110 usage among practicing pediatricians in the past and wanted to provide an update for 2008/9. 96110 Charge Reimbursement Data (Paid-off Charges, 2008/9) Average Charge Average Ins. Payment Average Pers. Payment Average Total Payment 2008 $40.26 $11.01 $1.41 $12.42 2009 $38.40 $12.50 $.98 $13.48 The declining personal charges combined with the …

Tricare Update

The other day, I wrote about a problem relating to Tricare’s reimbursement of immunizations.  Apparently, this is an excerpt from the AAP’s Private Payer Advocacy press release or newsletter: AAP meets with TRICARE AAP President David T. Tayloe, Jr. MD. FAAP, met with Major General Elder Granger, Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of TRICARE. …

New AAP RBRVS Materials

I’ve said more than once that the AAP is the first place pediatricians should go to learn about RVUs.  They have updated it and you can now find their 2009 RBRVS Conversion Spreadsheet on-line.  I got to help out by making a little change to the sheet (now the GPCI piece is just a pull …

Pediatric Compensation Models

At the AAP-endorsed Pediatric Coding and Practice Management events we’ve been hosting, I’ve slipped in a running piece about pediatric compensation models that gets fairly good reception.  Practices are eager to learn about how other practices pay themselves and I always enjoy seeing the open-mouthed astonishment when one practice says, “Oh, we are completely production-based” …

AAP RBRVS Policy Statement (+PP)

The AAP has updated and revised its RBRVS policy statement and it is included in December’s Pediatrics.  Yours truly provides the full PDF here, as it remains the best description of the state of RVUs and pediatrics (thanks Siousxie and the COCN).  A Grafton Cheddar cheese prize for the first person who spots the grammatical …

The AAP Makes Me Proud Today

You don’t have to spend much time with me before you hear me mumble and grumble about certain subjects, one of my favorite being the (lack of) speed at which the AAP moves and how conservative it often is when protecting the needs of its members.  Imagine my pleasant surprise when I learned about their …

The State of Pediatric Concierge Medicine

The Fall SOAPM newsletter has been out for a bit and yours truly did a piece on concierge medicine.  I have a fun follow-up  to it, too!  Make sure you join SOAPM – it’s only $30/year – to get the rest of the newsletter… The State of Pediatric Concierge Medicine The practice of “concierge medicine” …