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Financial Analysis for the Managing Pediatric Provider

First, the facts: October 11 7-9 p.m. $75/person Doubletree Hotel Boston Downtown Boston, MA What are we covering? PCC’s Pediatric Solutions team will share current pediatric trends that drive bottom line change and show you where to look to evaluate the impact these trends have on your practice. Then, we’ll teach you how to apply …

E-Mail I Love To Get

This arrived in my mailbox last week: By the way……Take a look at my SRS coding numbers from 7/23/06-9/14/06 compared to 7/23/07-9/14/07. I listened at the conference. For the unitiated, “SRS” is the name of our “Smart Support Suite” that our customers use to look at their data. It comes with all kinds of pediatric …

A Recipe For Success

Excerpts from a fun letter one of our clients put together recently. Note the results at the end. …Vaccine reimbursement is always an issue with your company. In our practice, [MCO] has the lowest vaccine reimbursement of all insurance companies. The American Academy of Pediatrics has published recommendations for vaccine reimbursement. You can find the …

-25 Modifier Data

Another scoop for the blog.  Pediatric benchmarks regarding the use of -25 modifers. This is part of the quick examination the AAP asked us to do.  Ultimately, they are trying to determine whether improper payment for -25 modified codes should take priority over immunization admin codes or not.  Tough call, though I lean toward the …

Merging Practices

Here’s a great press release to start your day! Some important excerpts for those who don’t make the jump: The [payment] disparity is forcing pediatricians out of business and may be prompting the next generation of physicians to choose other specialties. “I love caring for children; it’s the best job in the world. I don’t …

0% Financing

From today’s New York Times, a piece about the use of loans to pay off expected medical balances, a couple choice quotes: Zero-interest financing, a familiar sales incentive at car dealerships and furniture stores, has found its way to another big-ticket consumer market: doctors’ and dentists’ offices. And: But as the price of health care …

PedTalk

I suspect that most of the readers of this blog are already well aware of PedTalk, the original and longest-running public pediatric discussion group. If you’re not familiar with the mailing list, here’s the summary: started in 1996, archived publically since 1997, usually somewhere between 350 and 600 active readers with thousands of visits to …

Pediatric Benchmarks I

Sorry for the delays – a busy Users’ Conference, some great family camping, and prep for an AAP coding event, and a guy gets distracted! I have grand plans for a series on pediatric benchmarks. Igor and I have been working feverishly on a series of WWW-based tools for our clients and our hands are …

Open Source Software

Not enough time is spent thinking of pediatric offices as small businesses. There are lessons learned in other businesses that pediatricians can and should apply to their own. If you spend any time around me (or PCC) you’ll eventually hear a sermon or two about Open Source Software (OSS). Small pediatric practices can’t usually afford …

Billing for phone calls? After hours work?

How do I feel about pediatricians billing for phone calls, writing off weekend charges, etc.? Apparently, a conversation I had with an organization years ago just got republished in Contemporary Pediatrics‘ on-line resources. For the life of me, I don’t remember speaking to the author about it, but some of the attributed quotes have certainly …