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The Verden Effect

May 30, 2008 / 0 Comments / in practice management / by Chip Hart

A couple weeks ago, the Verden Alert gave me this little notice about Oxford:

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Ingenix and Open Source in the Same Title?!

May 30, 2008 / 0 Comments / in practice management / by Chip Hart

It's Friday, I have a head-cold and sore throat, and all the pressure of farm/T-ball coaching has gotten to me. So, today, I am going to let someone else do all the work.

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More Practical use of OpenSource In Healthcare

May 29, 2008 / 0 Comments / in practice management / by Chip Hart

In a way, this reference below could have nothing to do with healthcare. It could be about a bank or software company or real estate agency as much as a hospital, but I think folks need to see their...

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Fun with CCHIT (New Child Health Certification Criteria)

May 28, 2008 / 0 Comments / in practice management / by Chip Hart

CCHIT has announced the new optional Child Health Certification Criteria. Click on the link, read the PDF, get a sense of what hoops the pediatric EHR world is going to have to jump through shortly.

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More 99050, 99051, 99053, 99058 Madness

May 27, 2008 / 0 Comments / in coding / by Chip Hart

As promised, I will show you the money.

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Google's Health Application

May 23, 2008 / 0 Comments / in aap / by Chip Hart

After the fall AAP meeting, I wrote about the inherent dangers of Microsoft's new Health portal. It should be no surprise that Google has gotten into the act - there are hundreds of millions of...

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After-Hours Codes And Other Scheduling-Based Codes (99050, 99051, 99053, 99058)

May 22, 2008 / 0 Comments / in coding, insurance / by Chip Hart

In 2008, the CPT definition of the classic "after-hours" codes changed. Gone is all the rigmarole about whether your hours are "posted" or whether your patients know you are open on weekends and...

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Final 96110 and More Personalized Medicine

I have some fascinating data about the after hours, etc., codes (9905x) coming, but I wanted to share these two followup tidbits before I forget:

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"We will not sacrifice profitability for membership."

May 16, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance, rvu / by Chip Hart

They usually write themselves.

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96110 Reimbursement Followup

May 16, 2008 / 0 Comments / in rvu, behavioral health / by Chip Hart

As promised, here's a followup to my 96110 data from the other day. It's interesting to see how 96110 usage has increased in pediatricians over the years, but what are folks getting paid? Here's the...

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May 14, 2008 / 0 Comments / in concierge medicine / by Chip Hart

I just stumbled onto a goldmine of a blog whom I've referenced before but I hadn't really explored. Lo! and Behold! a series of fascinating pieces about the concierge medicine concept but with...

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96110 - Great News From Cigna (I Don't Make This Stuff Up)

May 13, 2008 / 0 Comments / in coding, insurance / by Chip Hart

During the production of this blog, I have noticed a certain amount of serendipity with the information I take the time to share. If I mention, say, the concept of concierge medicine, I'll get a call...

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96110 Usage Among Pediatricians

May 11, 2008 / 0 Comments / in coding, aap / by Chip Hart

The 96110 CPT code...now properly included in AAP preventive care protocols, thanks to Bright Futures. Many practices have performed the screening tests for years, but only few pediatricians actually...

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Coordination of Care Form (and Good Story #175)

May 11, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

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,...

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Insured Suffering, Too

May 06, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance, benchmarks / by Chip Hart

Ripe from the NYTimes two days ago, our very own Richard Lander, M.D., quoted:

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

May 05, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

Just as Dr. Stoller hit PedTalk with the info, I was reading the teaser over on FierceHealthcare:

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Medical Economics and Concierge Medicine

I've got a stack of things to post, but I want to get this one out before I wake up the kids and start a new Monday. Here is an excellent piece about concierge medicine from Medical Economics. I...

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Pediatric Financial Benchmark Update

Igor and I have been working tirelessly on the various pediatric benchmarks we track for our customers (and the rest of the world). In fact, we've been focusing on developing a single PCC financial...

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