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Quick Coding Guide for Breastfeeding Related Services

Sometimes, I don’t have to do any of the work except to make friends and provide attribution.  Today’s installment features a wonderfully concise, helpful guide to CPT coding for breastfeeding related services, care of the National Breastfeeding Center. Some sample text: Billing for problems with breastfeeding and lactation is just like billing for any other problem. Using standard …

Social Media Policy for Medical Practices

The PCC Users’ Conference is official for 2010.  Go ahead, sign up…I just really looked at the course schedule myself for the first time and it’s amazing.  There will be some speakers from the AAP itself in addition to the typical cornucopia of amazing pediatric practice management knowledge. [I hope to announce a SOAPM-related surprise, as …

I’m Back!

Ghana was…hard to describe.  Did I “enjoy” my trip?  Not really.  Did I have a “good time?”  That’s not what I’d call it.  Would I do it again?  Definitely (with a caveat of needing family support).  It was an overwhelming, rewarding experience that I was priveleged to contribute to, in my meager way. I hope …

Friends On-line

As I fall further behind with my blog postings, I must point to two recent additions to the on-line world (well, OK, three): First, Susanne Madden is quoted in a piece about the Love Settlement that references some of the issues I wrote about a few months back.  I never had any resolution about the …

Verden Group, Telephone Codes, Harvard Pilgrim

I was paging through my daily Verden Alerts and I noticed that Harvard Pilgrim had released a new set of payment policies regarding E&M codes.  In fact, you can read it here on their WWW site, Verden just makes this a lot easier.  I suspect that most of you are like me and wouldn’t normally …

The Recession and Pediatrics

Igor and I have been doing some behind-the-curtain work to examine the impact of the recession on our clients.  So far, the news is generally positive for PCC customers, but there are some signs on the horizon – or on the front page of your newspaper – that we need to keep an eye on. …

“Happy” Thanksgiving – Feel The Pinch

Recently, Susanne Madden predicted that the payers were going to start making “administrative” changes in the face of the economic downturn.  Well, if these two examples from the last 24 hours are any indication, we’re in for a rough ride. First, BCBS of NC and LA (and perhaps many more) institute a little change.  You …

When A Broken Furnace Leads To A Sore Neck

So, the furnace broke some time last night, just in time for our first real snow.  As I waited at home for the repair guy to arrive (his truck broke down on the way), I’ve had to be on the phone with my neck scrunched for the last hour.  Which means no great updates to …

HISTalk and The Verden Group

While I work on some cool RVU research, enjoy this in-depth interview with Susanne Madden over on HISTalk. Note her specific comments about pediatricians!  It’s worth the 10 minutes, really.

The Susanne Madden Channel

It’s late on a Sunday night and my brain is fried from a bad combination of Drupal, planning for Bear Scouts, watching a messed up (but excellent) movie, working on our bathroom for the second year (almost done!), and wanting to blog about a really super-cool benchmark Igor and I have been working on, but …