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Building Your Own RVU Calculator Gets Cooler for 2011

I know it’s overdue, but it’s worth the wait. Introducing the 2011 BYORVUC – or, the “2011 Build Your Own RVU Calculator.”  As you may know, the AMA won’t let anyone provide a free RVU calculator due to their CPT copyrights.  In an abundance of caution and, because in our unhappy experience, the American Medical Association interprets …

Dollars Per RVU Benchmark for Pediatricians

[Quick segue – come see the likes of me, Susanne Madden, Richard Lander, Rick Oken, and more speak at the VA AAP and Pediatric Alliance 4th Annual Meeting in March.] Igor has been really, really busy lately and it’s great! He’s off researching a concept for Dr. Schwartz (I can’t remember what clever nickname I …

2008 Pediatric Productivity Data

Wow, I’ve got some awesome data today.  So awesome, it even trumps a series of important pediatric RVU and H1N1 announcements (care of the helpful people at the AAP) and Jill Stoller’s NBC debut. What would trump that kind of information? Igor and I (note how I take credit) have gone through all of the …

2009 RVU Calculator (Free, Of Course!)

I forgot to mention last week that I updated the Build Your Own RVU calculator for 2009.  You can find it and the instructions in the PedSource library. To make a long story short, for those who don’t know it – I really don’t like the fact that do do any proper RVU analysis of …

Ingenix Busted!

Andrew Cuomo, you are my new friend. It’s also nice to feel vindicated.  Lynn Cramer, pay attention – this relates to your questions to me about St. Anthony’s RVU values.  For anyone who is using St. Anthony’s or Ingenix to set prices, etc., pay attention here! Ingenix, owned by United, settled with the state of …

New AAP RBRVS Materials

I’ve said more than once that the AAP is the first place pediatricians should go to learn about RVUs.  They have updated it and you can now find their 2009 RBRVS Conversion Spreadsheet on-line.  I got to help out by making a little change to the sheet (now the GPCI piece is just a pull …

AAP RBRVS Policy Statement (+PP)

The AAP has updated and revised its RBRVS policy statement and it is included in December’s Pediatrics.  Yours truly provides the full PDF here, as it remains the best description of the state of RVUs and pediatrics (thanks Siousxie and the COCN).  A Grafton Cheddar cheese prize for the first person who spots the grammatical …

Where GPCIs Come From!

Yesterday, I asked if anyone knows how the awkward RBRVS GPCI system is developed.  Siouxsie, of course, had the answer.  In fact, more than answer.  Those of you who are dinged by the GPCI breakdown should head Reed Tinsley’s quick review of it and then check out CMS’s PDF…and get in touch with CMS! Remember, …

2009 RBRVS GPCI Analysis

Wow, some shockers.  Anyone here live in Alaska? Just like last year, I’ve gone through the entire GPCI catalog and have calculated the impact of the geographical adjustment changes for RBRVS in 2009.  While folks focus 99% of the attention on the impact of individual codes or the new annual multiplier, not enough attention is …

AAP’s 2009 RBRVS Response

Thanks to my new bf at the AAP (to whom I am significantly indebted), here is a copy of the AAP’s response to the proposed RVU changes for 2009. I wrote about this a few weeks ago and would like to remind you all that you have one more day to get your comments in …