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Verden Does It Again

I really can’t make too much of the quarterly Verden Rankings. Anyone sitting down to negotiate with an insurance company or analyze contracts should have a copy in hand. It’s not only free, but you can’t get that kind of information anywhere else. Amazing. Anyway, check out Susanne Madden’s latest blog, which points out a …

Verden Group’s First Managed Care Report

Awesome, just awesome. I love it. Over at The Verden Group, they’ve been busy working on their quarterly ranking program of the 160+ managed care organizations they track. They’ve developed a unique scoring system that allows you to see, in a wonderful graphic, exactly which insurance companies stink the most. Perhaps I’ll go on in …

Cut Out The Middleman

It appears that the chorus of people suggesting that we cut out the middleman in our physician-insurance-patient tripod (to mix metaphors) has grown even larger. I will continue to write about the concept here, of course, but see what the latest WSJ health blog has to say: Most discussions about the rising cost of health …

Immunization/Vaccine Chart

It’s been a rough week, especially over at PedTalk. The autism/vaccines “debate” has poisoned the waters of discussion pretty badly and I have a feeling that some of the anti-vaccine crowd is trying to cause some technical difficulty for us. They’ve done it before, so we’ll see what Yahoo and others tell me (sorry for …

More About the Myths of Medical Supergroups

I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to be allowed a few moments in the most recent issue of the SOAPM newsletter. I believe they will have it on-line for their members any-moment-now, but I do know that the printed version has gone out, as I have already received three phone calls about it. …

Prompt Pay Laws

I’m stumped. PCC has advocated that our clients use the prompt pay laws that exist for every state in the country.  We have heard, from time to time, of the “seven-cent-checks” that our clients receive.  However, I was prompted by a question from Alison over at the Pediatric Coder’s Pink Sheet, and asked around.  It …

Perfect Pediatric Concierge Practice Example

Over on one of the MGMA mailing lists (whose content and quality seem to diminish over time), the ED of an interesting organization – True North: Maine’s Center for Functional Medicine and the Healing Arts – posted a message about their cash-only business. I poked around and found this segment in their pediatric section: Best …

Concierge Pediatric Practice

Back on the SOAPM list, I saw an interesting discussion about concierge practices. There was the usual commentary (‘Only crazy people in super special circumstances could do that!’), so I thought I’d take a moment to dispel some of the myths. I suspect that if some of the naysayers stopped to do some simple math, …

E-Bills and Eligibility

Igor has been very busy lately, and he decided to look into how much our clients benefit from using two of Partner’s features: the ability to send “electronic bills” and automatically check eligibility. For the sake of definition, “electronic bills” are when customers hit a button and all of their bills go shooting out across …

CCHIT and Pediatricians

Over the past year or so, we have had a lot of questions here at PCC about CCHIT certification. “Will PCC’s EHR be certified? Is a non-CCHIT certified EHR bad? Do we need a CCHIT certified EHR?” What is CCHIT? For those who aren’t dealing with every day, it a certification process by which an …