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FluMist Twofer

I have two you’ll-see-it-here-first-if-not-only reports to provide you about the 2008 RVUs, but I’m reloading my personal machine (new hard drive) and I can’t get to them until Friday. Until then, you have to suffer with this important FluMist news. Why are these news items important? I’ve now seen major advertising or health articles for …

Microsoft “Health”

I have to admit that I was a bit dismayed, but fascinated, by the giant Microsoft booth at the recent AAP show in SF. The fascination came from the cool vein-finder tool (if you saw it, you know what I’m talking about – I can’t find a link quickly). The dismay came from the hype …

United Modifier Update

I hate parroting things from PedTalk and elsewhere, but this one is big (and it’s a tough week). Straight from Susanne Madden, of course, is an update to a previous important announcement from UnitedHealthCare and the AAP that was made at the SF NCE: United has decided to ‘delay indefinitely’ their implementation of the claim …

2008 RVU Updates Out

[Note: Since this post, there are have been major changes to the RVUs. Check more recent posts in this blog, like this one.  You may also want to go directly to PCC’s on-line RVU tools.] First, a sincere thank you to Linda Walsh at the AAP for this update. Linda is like a sharp dagger …

Coding and Practice Management Events

By the time any reasonable person reads this, I will be giving or have given a talk at the local AAP VT Fall meeting here in Burlington. I am quite flattered that Dr. Aakre thought me capable of being sandwiched in among the likes of Drs. Barry Heath and Wendy Davis. My talk will be …

United and the -25 modifier (partial good news . . . for once)

Announced by SOAPM and the AAP today: United Healthcare (UHC) announced today that it will implement its Preventive Medicine Policy effective December 8, 2007. UHC will now pay for both a preventive medicine E/M service plus 50% of a problem-oriented E/M service when the problem-oriented service represents a significant, separately identifiable service and is submitted …

AAP NCE Day 3

I didn’t think I’d have time this morning, but here’s what I can do in 15 minutes: Bright Futures 3 was released yesterday, officially.  I will get the press release when I remember to track it down.  This isn’t Bright Futures of old, this is the new gold standard for preventive care. In a related …

AAP NCE Day 2

How’s this for breaking news? Here’s a sneak phone-camera shot of Dr. Lander presenting a well deserving Dr. Francis with the Buzzy award. Quite a day. We all heard the great news (though overdue) about United and the -25 modifier from Dr. Lander. I’ll get the official announcement shortly and post it. Great work. The …

AAP NCE Day 1

My meeting with the Pediafed folks was fascinating! I’ll have some more to report in the not-too-distant future, I suspect, but it turns out that we have more common goals than I originally understood. One thing that impressed me was how, when I described the challenge of figuring out which of the different buying groups …

AAP NCE

I am in San Fran, getting ready for tomorrow’s AAP NCE meeting. Well, many of the meetings have already started, but the big exhibit hall doesn’t open until tomorrow. I had hoped to pick up some of the PCC crew at the airport, but I have a lunch meeting with my friends from Pediafed that …