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Can You Keep A Secret?

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

I have to make it brief because today is my pesto run day. [See below for explanation.]

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AAP's 2009 RBRVS Response

August 28, 2008 / 0 Comments / in rvu, vaccines, aap / by Chip Hart

Thanks to my new bf at the AAP (to whom I am significantly indebted), here is a copy of the AAP's response to the proposed RVU changes for 2009. I wrote about this a few weeks ago and would like to...

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Pediatric 99239 (Hospital Discharge Day) Usage

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

I just realized that today's post represents a milestone: 200 entries! Who knew? I started this blog as a lark and it's gotten to the point that if I don't write something every 3 days, I get backed...

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ICD-10 Is Scheduled for 2011

August 25, 2008 / 0 Comments / in coding, rvu / by Chip Hart

We've been hearing about this bogeyman for years, and CMS has finally made the announcement. From the Coder's Pink Sheet, we have this summary:

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Vision Screening Waiver

August 20, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

In my final installment from Bonnie regarding screening payment challenges, here is a sample Vision Screening Waiver used in a Real Live Pediatric Practice with success. We have already reviewed an ...

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Pediatric 99174 Usage

August 18, 2008 / 0 Comments / in rvu / by Chip Hart

A little while ago, someone bravely asked to see 99174 usage data among pediatricians.

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PedTalk in Medical Economics

August 15, 2008 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

The article is a few months old, but it still surprises me. Medical Economics ran a quick review of the growing "doctor's lounge" movement and named PedTalk on its short list of sites to consider....

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Typanometry (92567) Appeal Letter

August 13, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

As promised earlier, here is an excellent version of an appeal letter for bundling of the 92567 CPT code (Typanometry).

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Fear and Loathing in Idaho

August 11, 2008 / 0 Comments / in vaccines, aap / by Chip Hart

Blue sky? Check.

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Audiogram (92552)

August 08, 2008 / 0 Comments / / by Chip Hart

Over the next 2.5 weeks, I am on vacation. Sadly, in my pathetic world, that means I will be still reading email and even, perhaps, posting to the blog. In order to stretch out my effort, I am going...

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Broken Promises

August 06, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

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.

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Primary Care Audio Conference Series

As I work on my great content for tomorrow, I just realized that I haven't blogged about the upcoming Primary Care Audio Conference Series sponsored by Physicians Alliance and produced by PCC.

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UC Followup

August 04, 2008 / 0 Comments / in insurance / by Chip Hart

Before I post some real goodies this afternoon or tomorrow (it's coming, Bonnie!), I thought I'd unload some of my thoughts from the Users' Conference.

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Quick Users' Conference Update

August 01, 2008 / 0 Comments / in practice management, aap / by Chip Hart

The blog is going to be thin this week because I'm dawn to dusk at the Users' Conference. Today is our official Practice Management Conference and I still have to get my "keynote" speech together...

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