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More Housecleaning

I have a backup of pediatric benchmarks (a really cool location-adjusted revenue one is coming), but some items I have to get out of my queue: A WSJ view of a program being put together by some major employers (Bridges to Excellence) to promote the use of the medical home.  Skipping the middle-man (known as …

Spring 2008 Pediatric Coding Conference

It’s official. PCC’s Spring 2008 Pediatric Coding Conference will be held on April 17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. You can get all of the details here, some of which are repeated below. To sign up, race here. We sold out in NYC last time and this venue is a lot nicer and …

“Insurance execs: Stop lining your pockets”

Medical Economics has commented on Susanne Madden’s article about Medical Cost Ratios [link removed]. Haven’t read it yet? Don’t do so just before bed, it will keep you up. Good work, Susanne!

Highmark Lawsuit (Feb Deadline!)

[Before I begin, it looks like there might be an important RVU update later today!] From hmosettlements.com: On October 19, 2007, Highmark Inc., and Highmark West Virginia, Inc. d/b/a Mountain State Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“Highmark”), entered into a Settlement Agreement with physicians. The settling parties filed their Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of …

I Cry a Sad Tear for Wealthy HMOs

As I’ve said before, sometimes they write themselves. From the WSJ: MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) executives acknowledged missteps that have frustrated patients and doctors and cost it customers, and said the nation’s second-largest health insurer is working to improve. Poor customer service, especially for health insurance for businesses, caused losses of 315,000 customers this …

Patients and Doctors vs. THEM

I have a bad habit of writing my blogs late at night or early in the morning, which isn’t always the smartest thing from both an articulation/clarity and family-relations perspective. This is a test to see if I can post something meaningful in 8 minutes or less. Let me know – the secret will be …

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 …

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 …

Health Gift Cards Scam

If you don’t have the time to read this all, I’ll provide my conclusion here: JR is right. “Healthcare gift cards” fall only a few centimeters short of being an out-and-out scam, imo. Here’s the story. Highmark Healthplan (BCBS from PA) introduced a new product, the Healthcare gift card. The idea was to produce a …

Congratulations!

This month’s AAP News has some great news and some congratulations are in order to some PCC friends and family. First, Dr. Richard Tuck won the District V Vice Chairperson position. Wow! I can’t think of a better person to lead a district. Second, Dr. Phyllis Cavens won the 2007 AAP Local Heroes award. To …