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Excellent AAP Response to CMS Coding Changes

“As such, the Academy is profoundly disappointed that CMS not only continues to bundle these services (ie, status indicator “B”) but fails to publish the RUC-recommended values for these codes.” Ten years ago, I couldn’t imagine the AAP using language like the above to argue on behalf of pediatricians – but they are now.  File …

Pediatric E&M Coding Training – Free Videos!

A few months ago, one of our pediatric practice management friends reached out to us to look for any good on-line resources for coding training for his pediatric clients.  “Someone must have a WWW site with videos explaining how E&M coding works for pediatricians.”  Not really, it turns out. So over the last year, Jan …

Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule – CPT Perspective!

With the new release of Bright Futures v4.0, many of you raced right to the famous BF periodicity schedule, just like we did.  I probably refer to that grid once or twice a month as I consult with practices or give a presentation to pediatricians about what they are supposed to be doing during well …

Pediatric CPT Data, 2015

I have so much data and information to share, I’ve been overwhelmed and, as a result, haven’t shared anything.  This is my effort to kick myself in gear. One thing I want to talk about is RVUs.  But to do a proper RVU analysis, I need to start with CPT usage. What are the most …

2015 CPT Update For Pediatricians (feat. Donelle Holle)

Donelle Holle is the greatest.  If you know who she is, I don’t need to explain, but for those who don’t: Donelle is one of a small handful of pediatric coding speakers worth listening to and perhaps the only person I fear following at a seminar.  Her dedication to pediatric coding education is unsurpassed. One …

2014 Pediatric RVU Comparison

I unveiled the beta version of the 2014 RVU Calculator at this weekend’s well attended (and received!) PMI conference and it seems to be in good shape, but I want to do just a little more testing before I release it here. Perhaps Wednesday. In the meantime, I was able to use the tool to …

After Hours Codes Update (99050, 99051, 99058)

In days of yore, I wrote about the pediatric usage of the 9905X CPT codes, often known as the “after hours” codes.  In fact, I think my explanation here about how they should be used is still good (corrections, suggestions welcomed).  Just before the holiday break, a request for updated data came through SOAPM – …

2011 Immunization Product Table

Updated 05/07/12 With the help of extra sets of eyes at the Verden Group and the extra-smart people at the AAP, I present to you three versions of the 2011 Immunization Product Table (someone give me a better name). This differs from previous versions I’ve done in a couple ways: Well, duh, it’s updated for …

Mark Your Calendars

Two vital dates for your schedule:   October 1, 2010 This is the new Medicare fee schedule extension date.  Until then, the 2010 Medicare rate will be maintained at the 2009 levels.  Here’s an AMA summary: This afternoon, the Senate passed H.R. 4213, a bill to extend certain tax policies and stimulate job growth, by …

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 …