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2008 RVU Analysis, Part I - GPCI!

November 30, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu / by Chip Hart

Each year, when the new RVU values and rates are announced, a tremendous amount of attention is paid to the "Conversion Factor" - is it going down 10% this year, after all? Will the cut only be 5%?...

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Stop Making the Picket Signs . . . (UHC-25)

November 30, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu / by Chip Hart

We have had confirmation that the recent bulletin from UHC interpreted to mean that they intended to delay -25 modifier payments indefinitely does not refer to the -25 modifiers!  They are still on...

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FluMist Twofer

November 29, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu, aap / by Chip Hart

I have two you'll-see-it-here-first-if-not-only reports to provide you about the 2008 RVUs, but I'm reloading my personal machine (new hard drive) and I can't get to them until Friday. Until then,...

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Microsoft "Health"

November 28, 2007 / 0 Comments / in insurance, aap / by Chip Hart

I have to admit that I was a bit dismayed, but fascinated, by the giant Microsoft booth at the recent AAP show in SF. The fascination came from the cool vein-finder tool (if you saw it, you know what...

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E&M Discussion #769 (Pediatric Coder's Pink Sheet)

November 26, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

This month's issue of the Pediatric Coder's Pink Sheet features yours truly in a piece about E&M distribution along with Dr. Lander, Susanne Madden, and Donelle Holle. Such esteemed company! Anyway,...

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United Modifier Update

November 26, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu, aap / by Chip Hart

I hate parroting things from PedTalk and elsewhere, but this one is big (and it's a tough week). Straight from Susanne Madden, of course, is an update to a previous important announcement from...

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More 2008 RVU News (not good for some)

November 21, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu / by Chip Hart

I was in the middle of re-stating these facts when I realized that Linda Walsh said it as well as I could:

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Susanne Madden arrives on the scene!

November 19, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

My apologies for brevity and inconsistency, but we are in the midst of a family emergency and I am racing out of town.  In my potential absence over this Thanksgiving week - and later, to augment or...

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2008 RVU Updates Out

November 14, 2007 / 0 Comments / in insurance, rvu, aap / by Chip Hart

[Note: Since this post, there are have been major changes to the RVUs. Check more recent posts in this blog, like this one.  You may also want to go directly to PCC's on-line RVU tools.]

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Health Gift Cards Scam

November 13, 2007 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

If you don't have the time to read this all, I'll provide my conclusion here: JR is right. "Healthcare gift cards" fall only a few centimeters short of being an out-and-out scam, imo.

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"You were right - it was easy."

November 12, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

This may be my favorite email of, well, November 2007.  If not the year:

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Coding Institute Survey

November 11, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

Jennifer Godreau, from the Coding Institute, wrote to me the other day to ask whether their Pediatric Coding Alert is covering enough of the right material. You see, PCC customers get a free...

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Coding and Practice Management Events

November 09, 2007 / 0 Comments / in practice management, aap / by Chip Hart

By the time any reasonable person reads this, I will be giving or have given a talk at the local AAP VT Fall meeting here in Burlington. I am quite flattered that Dr. Aakre thought me capable of...

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Phone Reminders for Flu Shots

November 06, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

One thing leads to another and I found myself poking around the American Journal of Managed Care today. Doesn't that title seem redundant to you? As though there might be, say, a Canadian version of...

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You Can Negotiate

November 05, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

It's email like this that keeps me going.

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Inside A Dog

November 04, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

It's a Sunday and things are crazy (anyone else with kids who play hockey?). However, I couldn't resist passing this one along. I know there are a lot of PedTalk readers here - over 100, on Friday...

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Science vs. Jenny McCarthy

November 02, 2007 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

For those who missed it, here is most of a recent editorial in the WSJ by Dr. Ari Brown responding to Jenny McCarthy's recent book which blames immunizations for her child's autism. You can find the...

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United and the -25 modifier (partial good news . . . for once)

November 01, 2007 / 0 Comments / in aap / by Chip Hart

Announced by SOAPM and the AAP today:

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