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Ingenix Followup

[Preceding Commercial: don’t miss a full day of coding and practice management education on this Friday, March 25, 2011 in Miami!] Almost two years ago, I had my second blog piece about UHC, Ingenix, and what I felt (and was later confirmed to be) was their bogus fee schedule data.  Turns out that they ripped …

UHC Lawsuit Details

A week ago, one of our clients who retired called us out of the blue to ask if the server that they used 5-10 years ago could be booted up to extract some UHC-specific data.  I won’t get into the details of what it takes to resurrect an RS/6000 (the good ol’ days!), but I …

UHC Buys Healthnet -D’oh!

OK, I admit that I missed the original headline.  I was busy in FL at the Users’ Conference.  But here it is: UnitedHealthcare Buys Some Health Net subsidiaries Bottom line is that UHC picks up Healthnet’s business in the northeast.  So, New Jerseyites and New Yorkers, remember that awesome UHC-Oxford merger?  How’d that work out …

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 …

Fear And Loathing in Columbus, OH (UHC, Humana)

I am in lovely Columbus, OH, about to meet Dr. Lander, Donelle Holle, and some clients for dinner as we prepare for our pediatric coding and practice management event tomorrow morning.  We obviously won’t have the crowds we get in Washington or NYC, but it will be a pretty full room still!  If you are …

Broken Promises

Yes, I’m breaking my promise to post the appeal letter today. However, that’s not the promise for which today’s entry is titled. Something more important needs to be communicated. I’ve written many times about Susanne Madden and her Verden Alerts. Why the world hasn’t pounded down her door and signed up for her service is …

If Crime Doesn’t Pay, How About Being A Pediatrician?

First, I am on the road this week – visiting clients, enjoying some upgrade work (keeps me fresh), and picking up a new pinball machine while our old one gets worked on. New Jersey is always an interesting place for me to visit, I must say. Pardon me for my brevity and inattention, meanwhile. Earlier …

Coordination of Care Form (and Good Story #175)

Dr. Rona Stein, in response to a request on PedTalk for a “good form [you] use to track time for coordination of care” was generous enough to offer the following form. It may not be the Magna Carta, but it works and I really appreciate her effort and willingness to share. Right-click links below for …

Perhaps I Spoke Too Soon (More UHC/Ingenix and Oxford/Alerts)

Just as Dr. Stoller hit PedTalk with the info, I was reading the teaser over on FierceHealthcare: Now, a consumer is raising the stakes a bit by attempting to get class action status for a suit against Ingenix itself. I’ve written about my experience with the Ingenix “data” and their relationship with UHC, though I …

Immunization/Vaccine Chart

It’s been a rough week, especially over at PedTalk. The autism/vaccines “debate” has poisoned the waters of discussion pretty badly and I have a feeling that some of the anti-vaccine crowd is trying to cause some technical difficulty for us. They’ve done it before, so we’ll see what Yahoo and others tell me (sorry for …