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Pediatric Development Screening Tool

That’s no typo in the title. The Commonwealth Fund has released a nifty on-line tool and manual to help pediatricians decide which developmental screening tools are appropriate. I played around with it and am impressed enough to spread the word. To quote them: Pediatric Developmental Screening: Understanding and Selecting Screening Instruments informs practitioners’ selection and …

Quick Housecleaning (PDA, Autism Reading)

Tomorrow, I hope to talk about Prompt Pay laws. Today, however, two items of interest: pda4peds.com, a site dedicated to, wait, get this, can you guess…PDA resources for pediatricians. It’s decently done and I landed on it when I learned that the new Bright Futures content is already available for many handheld options. Cool. I …

More Practical CCHIT Information

After my original posting about CCHIT and pediatricians, I heard from a number of folks off-line. I had the beginning of an excellent conversation of someone associated with the AAP’s effort to promote pediatric-specific features within the CCHIT process, but vacations, snow days, and fire alarms intervened. I hope to get back to that conversation …

A Pediatric E&M Tidbit

While I’m mentioning samples from my seminar collection, here’s something I just received from PCC’s coding Igor (ette). She was at a local E&M coding conference and reported this tidbit: Comprehensive exam is defensible for Medical Necessity simply by virtue of being a peds exam (developmental component not present for other specialties), by exploration of …

Andrew Cuomo, UnitedHealthCare: Duh

Those of you who have the misfortune of having spent time with me know that I tell a lot of stories, often more than once. I also use the same punchlines a lot. One little routine I’ve inserted into seminars, phone calls, and lunches a thousand times over the last decade is the UHC/Ingenix piece. …

CCHIT and Pediatricians

Over the past year or so, we have had a lot of questions here at PCC about CCHIT certification. “Will PCC’s EHR be certified? Is a non-CCHIT certified EHR bad? Do we need a CCHIT certified EHR?” What is CCHIT? For those who aren’t dealing with every day, it a certification process by which an …

Catch Up

I get a lot of little messages every day that I feel like I should save and/or share, but they don’t add up to an entire blog entry (I don’t like to do more than one a day, if that, as it feels like spamming). So, here’s my house cleaning: The AAP has released the …

Spring 2008 Pediatric Coding Conference

It’s official. PCC’s Spring 2008 Pediatric Coding Conference will be held on April 17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. You can get all of the details here, some of which are repeated below. To sign up, race here. We sold out in NYC last time and this venue is a lot nicer and …

AAP vs. ABC

Update: The AAP is no longer alone, as the AMA has issued a letter to ABC. And life wouldn’t be in balance if the Immunization Action Coalition didn’t weigh in as well! I probably shouldn’t frame this issue as a “vs.” smackdown, but it makes for an easy title. Plus, if the conversation on PedTalk …

Pediatric Video Sharing Site

Has anyone here seen this site before? www.DrMDK.com It’s a fascinating collection of brief interviews with real, practicing pediatricians about a wide variety of subjects (>600).  I can’t judge these clinically, but my layperson’s view of them is that the dozen or so I checked out were pretty good. The big library of them is …