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2008 RVU Spreadsheet and Calculator Complete

Whew.  They are up.  Want to know what the RVU values for the top 30 codes in pediatrics will be in 2008? Want to check any code?  I finished the Build-Your-Own RVU Calculator for 2008 and the Online Pediatric RVU Calculator for 2008.  Please check my work. Update: please find the 2008 RVU Calculator files …

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 …

Multi-year Contracts

Over the last month, I have had three practices ask me about multi-year contracts.  What do I think of them? Multi-year contracts can be great.  Why not?  It’s one less contract to worry about for 2-3 years.  Presuming you do it properly, of course.  Sometimes, the payors are willing to give price increases over time …

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.

Office Online Beta

I’ve got a final RVU trick or two coming, a response to the new Physician’s Practice fee schedule article, and more.  I need to get this one out of my queue, though. Back in July, I wrote about using Opensource (or otherwise free) software in a small business office.  Given the low margin in pediatric …

Because We Love RVUs (2006 vs. 2007)

I’ve had a request to post some information about the 2008 RVU impact, but I’ve decided to wait a day or two for the dust to settle about the latest news. Hope you don’t mind. In the meantime, let’s return to a simpler time…like this year…when the only curve-ball is the Budget Neutrality adjustment. Igor …

RVU Update #7, Good

All the RVU drama makes it hard for me to get to other things, but here is the latest from my generous and favorite inside source (instead of using an inappropriate 70s adult film nickname, we’ll use “Siouxsie”): 1) The new CF for 1/1/08 through 6/30/08 will be $38.0870 [= 0.5% increase from the current …

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 …

Highmark Lawsuit (Feb Deadline!)

[Before I begin, it looks like there might be an important RVU update later today!] From hmosettlements.com: On October 19, 2007, Highmark Inc., and Highmark West Virginia, Inc. d/b/a Mountain State Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“Highmark”), entered into a Settlement Agreement with physicians. The settling parties filed their Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of …

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 …