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Building Your Own RVU Calculator Gets Cooler for 2011

I know it’s overdue, but it’s worth the wait. Introducing the 2011 BYORVUC – or, the “2011 Build Your Own RVU Calculator.”  As you may know, the AMA won’t let anyone provide a free RVU calculator due to their CPT copyrights.  In an abundance of caution and, because in our unhappy experience, the American Medical Association interprets …

2009 RVU Calculator (Free, Of Course!)

I forgot to mention last week that I updated the Build Your Own RVU calculator for 2009.  You can find it and the instructions in the PedSource library. To make a long story short, for those who don’t know it – I really don’t like the fact that do do any proper RVU analysis of …

ICD-10 Is Scheduled for 2011

We’ve been hearing about this bogeyman for years, and CMS has finally made the announcement. From the Coder’s Pink Sheet, we have this summary: The proposed rule for ICD-10, which would replace ICD-9-CM, was released August 15 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Also on August 15, HHS proposed an updated standard …

The AMA’s “Cure For Claims” (Wow!)

I don’t know how I missed this announcement (thanks, Bob @ PhysAll), but the AMA has embarked on an advocacy campaign specifically targeting the baloney that goes on during the insurance claim submission process. Now this is the kind of work I want to see the AMA doing (instead of restricting the rights of its …

“We will not sacrifice profitability for membership.”

They usually write themselves. Reason #1156 to pay attention to Susanne Madden and the Verden Group – the AMA itself has turned to her for an analysis of the exodus of patients from many of the large, national plans. Apparently – based on the quote above, from Wellpoint’s CEO – the insurance companies are more …

Ghana and RVUs

Now here’s a combination of topics that no one will ever look for. I don’t know, for “search engine optimization purposes” whether mixing two items like this is better or worse than writing two quick blog pieces (and pushing content further down the page or into the archives), but I won’t worry about it. First, …

AAP vs. ABC

Update: The AAP is no longer alone, as the AMA has issued a letter to ABC. And life wouldn’t be in balance if the Immunization Action Coalition didn’t weigh in as well! I probably shouldn’t frame this issue as a “vs.” smackdown, but it makes for an easy title. Plus, if the conversation on PedTalk …

RVU Update #7, Good

All the RVU drama makes it hard for me to get to other things, but here is the latest from my generous and favorite inside source (instead of using an inappropriate 70s adult film nickname, we’ll use “Siouxsie”): 1) The new CF for 1/1/08 through 6/30/08 will be $38.0870 [= 0.5% increase from the current …