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NICHQ Request

This just in from the NICHQ folks: Finding successes and highlighting them gives hope and promotes new thinking–two major reasons that pediatricians and family physicians, nurses, public health professionals, managers, and parents attend the Annual Forum of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality. In my presentations at the NICHQ Forum I would like to …

Quirky Software Companies

I was 3/4 of the way through a follow up piece on the Physician’s Practice Reimbursement Survey when I realized that some of the data is so goofy that I ought not really say much about it. That is, I can’t really reach a conclusion about Pediatric Surgeons averaging $5 for 99212s through 99215s.  Is …

Paper vs. Plastic

I hope to have time to post a good RVU calculation message this afternoon but, before I do, I wanted to share an excerpt from a PedTalk message this AM.  It comes from Dr. Lessin, with whom I often enjoy disagreeing particularly because we often actually share similar viewpoints. I think the message below captures …

Pediatric Modifier 25 Usage

Need proof that this is the best pediatric practice management resource on the planet? Check it out.   Oh, first: major drama at PCC’s office last night. Let’s hope this post is the closest I come to being a war correspondent. I don’t like the proximity of the event to yesterday’s message about flooding.   …

Alphabet Soup (AAP, AMA, RBRVS)

I am feeling a little like the Winooski River, when it freezes over and then dams up, causing the water to overflow the banks and wreak havoc locally.

Choosing an EHR at the VT AAP

I was on the phone yesterday with a client from Rhode Island who was taking the time to tell me about his practice’s search for an EHR. To my surprise, they had flown down to visit another customer of ours in Tennessee to see what they thought of an installation with one of our EHR …

RVU 2008 Update

First, I have to be clear: my knowledge of the arcane RBRVS system, the RUC committees, CMS, etc., is all driven by my work for pediatricians. Thus, I have a very skewed view of how it works. Almost all of the changes to the CMS budget affect my clients indirectly and I have very little …

Pediatric Practice Vitals Dashboard Coming

We’ve been working on it for a long time (toooo long), but we are just about to officially release our Practice Vitals Dashboard service to PCC customers. “Dashboard?” you ask. “What’s a dashboard?” You’ll know them as soon as you see them. In fact, here’s a quick sample of a piece of one: This is …

Medical Mission Opportunity

I’ve always appreciated the effort some of our clients to participate in medical missions. Dr. Stoller did a presentation at our Users’ Conference last summer about her experience and people were blown away. So, when I came across this request for pediatricians, I wrote to Dr. Braico and asked her to give me a quick …

Pediatric Utilization and RVU 2008

As promised – or threatened, I suppose – here is a breakdown of the expected impact of the 2008 coding changes based on pediatric utilization. I logged back in to add the punchline, which I forgot to add in my spreadsheet nerdiness: if it weren’t for the expected 10% Medicare cut, pediatricians would see an …