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Phone Reminders for Flu Shots

One thing leads to another and I found myself poking around the American Journal of Managed Care today. Doesn’t that title seem redundant to you? As though there might be, say, a Canadian version of the same publication? In this journal, I found an interesting piece about the use of phone reminders to get patients in …

You Can Negotiate

It’s email like this that keeps me going. To set the scene: typical practice in the northeast. More than 4 pediatricians, fewer than 8. In an area whose payers average 80-85% of Medicare (that’s no typo). Surrounded by practices whose heads have been in the sand forever and feel like their only recourse is to …

AAP NCE Day 3

I didn’t think I’d have time this morning, but here’s what I can do in 15 minutes: Bright Futures 3 was released yesterday, officially.  I will get the press release when I remember to track it down.  This isn’t Bright Futures of old, this is the new gold standard for preventive care. In a related …

AAP NCE Day 2

How’s this for breaking news? Here’s a sneak phone-camera shot of Dr. Lander presenting a well deserving Dr. Francis with the Buzzy award. Quite a day. We all heard the great news (though overdue) about United and the -25 modifier from Dr. Lander. I’ll get the official announcement shortly and post it. Great work. The …

AAP NCE Day 1

My meeting with the Pediafed folks was fascinating! I’ll have some more to report in the not-too-distant future, I suspect, but it turns out that we have more common goals than I originally understood. One thing that impressed me was how, when I described the challenge of figuring out which of the different buying groups …

Chickenfeed

When asked to address the nature of an IPA on the SOAPM list recently, this is what Chip Harbaugh (the other Chip Har…) had to say. It is worth repeating. I have taken mild grammatic liberty Medicine, and especially pediatrics, has become a very difficult area over the last 10 years. We as pediatricians went …

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 …

92586/7 (Hearing Screen) and UHC – Clarification

I don’t think this is archived on the AAP WWW site, yet, but the Private Payor Advocacy group just released the following: 1. Clarification on UnitedHealthcare (UHC) audiological and vestibular function testing policy As reported in its September Network Bulletin, UHC is dropping CPT code 92587 (Evoked otoacoustic emissions; limited (single stimulus level, either transient …

Pediatric Revenue Up or Down?

I was reading “The 2006 Fee Schedule Survey: POWER to the PAYERS” article from Physicians Practice magazine, as many of us in this business often do, and I realized that a) I never compared their data with ours and b) I don’t think it agrees. So, Tim threw some numbers together for me. To begin, …

Vaccine Showdowns (Go EBP!)

My apologies to the readers of the SOAPM mailing list, as this is a repeat, but there are too many folks who would otherwise miss this piece from the San Francisco Chronicle: Doctor-insurer disputes force parents to pay up front for shots It’s the children who feel the sting of vaccinations, but it’s their parents …