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AAP Endorsed Pediatric Coding Seminar, Aug 22 2007 NYC

That’s right – the AAP decided to get out of the seminar management business (at least for now) and we were asked to step in. Which we were grateful to do (thanks, Dr. Lander!). Unless you are the king or queen of coding, get yourself to NYC on Aug 22, the day before the big …

Trench Stories II (or, “Do The Math”)

It’s difficult to narrow down the math stories to just one, there are so many, but here’s this week’s for a start. From one of the only payors who behaves worse than United/Oxford, a letter to a client of ours in the northeast: The best offer the [we] will provide to your practice is 100% …

Fighting the Empire

A customer called me yesterday to ask, “[Evil Empire HMO] has finally come to the table and is offering me 100% of Medicare on my E&Ms…should I take it?” Normally, I’d say, “100%?  That’s a joke.”  But this client was calling from a part of the country where pediatric practices average 65-75% of Medicare.  I …

Our Children International

I was going to write about some cool pediatric benchmark data we’ve put together today, but I find this story more important and compelling. Check out Dr. Stoller’s mission to Ghana on CBS. Six years ago his mother abandoned him and his younger sister in the woods of Ghana because they were both blind. They …

Pediatric Practice Management Seminar

It dawned on me that it would be helpful to let people know about valuable pediatric resources. For example, I expect to do a quick review of groups like Physicians’ Alliance and Pediatric Federation soon. I’ll start with a self-reference: PCC’s Pediatric Practice Management Conference on July 19 in Vermont. We’ve got Donelle Holle, Drs. …

Against the Grain

In 2007, CMS gave values to two important pediatric codes for the first time, the 92551 (hearing test) and the 99173 (vision screen). Sure, the values aren’t astronomic, but that extra ~$10 for each test, which are part of a standard well visit, means a lot to a pediatrician. Then along comes Oxford. E & …

CA Chapter 2 / Vegas Meeting

I always forget to leave notes about where we are going to be and what we’re doing when we get there! * NEW PCC Pediatric Solutions Workshop in Las Vegas, May 20 Put your practice ahead of the curve with expert guidance from PCC. PCC’s Pediatric Solutions consulting group brings their expertise to you through …

More Immunization Reimbursement

Well, sadly, not more reimbursement. That’s the problem. More about it. From the Washington Post, we have another piece similar to last month’s NYT article about the problems with immunization reimbursement for private practice pediatricians. It would be hard to overstate the importance of this subject in our world these days. Dr. Lessin is quoted …

One Small Lawsuit for Mankind

I have to come up with an analogy for the Great Medical Insurance problem here in the US. The Rebels vs. The Empire? Robin Hood vs. The Sheriff of Nottingham? David vs. Goliath? None of these is just right, but they each contain elements of the issue: a giant, controlling source of pain and trouble …

Slowly Turning Tide

Vaccines may be saving the lives of children, but they are killing the docs who give them. Pediatricians have to pre-purchase tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of vaccines, insure them while they sit in the fridge, and then are often paid at or less than what they paid for the vaccines themselves when …