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New Patient Visit Benchmark and the ACA

I mentioned I had a lot of work to do after the NCE this week.  Here’s one of the items hanging over my head (next: Down Syndrome growth charts!). During my lecture on pediatric benchmarks, someone threw me a curveball.  I feel like I’m usually pretty good with my ability to answer questions about the …

Pediatric Benchmarks for RVU Rate by Procedure Type

Thanks to the impetus provided by an inspired comment on the previous blog entry, Igor and I got excited about the idea of analyzing the average RVU rate for all CPT codes, broken down by procedure type.  Are “well codes” paid at the same rate as “sick codes?”  What about hospital visits?  Imms Admin? Well, …

Dollars Per RVU Benchmark for Pediatricians

[Quick segue – come see the likes of me, Susanne Madden, Richard Lander, Rick Oken, and more speak at the VA AAP and Pediatric Alliance 4th Annual Meeting in March.] Igor has been really, really busy lately and it’s great! He’s off researching a concept for Dr. Schwartz (I can’t remember what clever nickname I …

More about Pediatric Productivity

Hey, check out frequent Chip’s Blog poster Brandon Bettancourt making a splash on the AMA WWW site in a piece about chosing a PM system during this age of EHR purchasing.  I have to say that I can’t argue with the list of questions everyone should ask any potential PM vendor. Meanwhile, back with some …

2004 Sick-to-Well Analysis

The other day, I posted our new Sick:Well visit benchmarks that take into account the -25 modifier usage.  I remarked that there appeared to be an interesting dip in the benchmark in 2004 and asked if anyone had an explanation. Turns out that Chipsblog Super Fan (my label) Dr. Suzanne Berman did a little research …

The Recession and Pediatrics, Part II

Igor and I have continued to follow up on the recession and its impact on our pediatric clients and have discovered some interesting results.  We published a formal interview with the two of us here, the teaser follows: In December, we researched the growing concerns about the impact of the economy on your practices. Specifically, …

Pediatric Financial Benchmark Update

Igor and I have been working tirelessly on the various pediatric benchmarks we track for our customers (and the rest of the world). In fact, we’ve been focusing on developing a single PCC financial benchmark figure, with a clinical one to follow. As a result of building this page, we have had to do a …

Pediatric E&M Distribution Update

A note over on an MGMA mailing list reminded me that I haven’t done any good benchmarks in a while, so why not quickly publish our latest pediatric E&M distribution results. Here’s a comparison of PCC’s pediatric E&M distribution, 2007 vs. 2003, when we started pushing our clients on this issue… For those scoring at …

Physician’s Practice Annual Fee Schedule Survey

Physician’s Practice magazine has released, both in print and on-line, the results from their annual Fee Schedule survey. On one hand, I continue to applaud PP’s effort. On the other hand, their data continues to diverge from ours considerably. In effect, the fortunes of PCC customers continue to rise while those of PP contributors continue …

E&M Distribution of -25 Modified Codes

Last week, Igor and I were looking at the usage of -25 Modified E&M codes as the information about them is a bit of an unspoken subject in our business. I can’t find any good, definitive sources so, as usual, we have to create our own. Two days ago, I posited that the distribution of …