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UC Followup

Before I post some real goodies this afternoon or tomorrow (it’s coming, Bonnie!), I thought I’d unload some of my thoughts from the Users’ Conference. This was perhaps the most overwhelming of the UCs I’ve done. I was in more classes than usual, so it meant much less downtime and no time to check out …

Quick Users’ Conference Update

The blog is going to be thin this week because I’m dawn to dusk at the Users’ Conference. Today is our official Practice Management Conference and I still have to get my “keynote” speech together within the hour! Time to get out of my bathrobe. It has been a pleasure seeing all the familiar faces, …

Pediatric RBRVS Danger – Get The Word Out (CMS knocks Imms Admin)

Get your letter writing implements out, spread the word, tell everyone you know. Really. I can’t over-dramatize this issue. I reported the expected pediatric-focused changes to the 2009 RVUs two weeks ago and pointed out how CMS is not planning to add the appropriate value to the PE elements of immunization administration. IIRC – and …

Pediatric Vision Screening Reimbursement (CPT 99173)

Back on one of the coding lists, a brave soul asked: I am curious to know what you are being paid for these. To avoid any questions, please don’t tell me the name of the carrier and what they pay……I would greatly appreciate knowing the range of PPO reimbursements for vision and hearing? I was …

Questions and Answers from April Pediatric Practice Management and Coding Conference

Long overdue, but I did try to get them right. Thanks go out to Donelle Holle as well as Igor and Q who helped check them out before posting. If you’d like a nice, neat copy, you can download the PDF. I was going to post the entire thing here, but it is much too …

Medicare Veto Results

If you missed it (and I suspect many pediatricians did), Congress surprised many and actually overrode Bush’s veto of the Medicare fix. Without launching into a never-ending note about how things really should be done here, at least, is a good summary of what the effects will be on the pediatric world: Yesterday, both the …

Pediatric RVU Update for 2009

It’s not too soon to look ahead to 2009 to see what’s in store for pediatricians as a result of the CMS machinations. I’ve ignored, as you can see, the drama over the last few weeks related to the scheduled Medicare fee cuts – there are plenty of places you can find that news. However, …

More 99339 and 99340 Data

As promised, here’s a glimpse into the Care Plan Oversight usage among PCC clients from 2006 through April 2008. They used the code twelve times. No, not per month, per client, or even per year. Twelve times, total, among all our pediatricians. Now, this isn’t an enormous surprise. It’s a largely unknown and misunderstood pair …

Fall 2008 Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Conference

Whew, we have finally gotten our ducks in a row and announce our Fall Pediatric Coding and PM conference in Columbus, OH on September 17. It’s the usual deal: AAP endorsed and AAP members get in cheaper. The individual class titles include: Free Online Practice Management Tools Coding Primer Give Me the Money: How to …

Another Immunization-Vaccine Chart

It’s been tough getting to the blog the last week or so. I’ve been busy getting ready for our Pediatric Practice Management Conference in August (why aren’t you signed up?!) and will announce later this week a new AAP-endorsed event in Columbus, OH on September 17 (save the date!) and a teleconference series sponsored by …