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Followup On Fee-For-Appeal

I have tried to get a little more information about the new appeals process being put into place by the signatories to the Love Settlement (you can read details here) but I am still not clear on a...

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"Happy" Thanksgiving - Feel The Pinch

November 25, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Insurance, Uncategorized, verden group / by Chip Hart

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...

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The AAP Makes Me Proud Today

November 20, 2008 / 0 Comments / in icd-10, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

You don't have to spend much time with me before you hear me mumble and grumble about certain subjects, one of my favorite being the (lack of) speed at which the AAP moves and how conservative it...

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Effect of 2009 RVU Changes on Pediatrics

November 19, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

OK, overdue, but done.  Here's what I did...I took the top 40 RVU-valid CPT codes that our clients have performed over the last 12 months and fit them into an overall model comparing the 2008...

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When A Broken Furnace Leads To A Sore Neck

November 18, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, verden group / by Chip Hart

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...

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Where GPCIs Come From!

November 12, 2008 / 0 Comments / in cms, rbrvs, rvu, Uncategorized, gpci / by Chip Hart

Yesterday, I asked if anyone knows how the awkward RBRVS GPCI system is developed.  Siouxsie, of course, had the answer.  In fact, more than answer.  Those of you who are dinged by the GPCI breakdown...

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Autism Speaks School and Community Toolkit

Over on PedTalk, Dr. Gewanter made a valiant attempt to post a copy of the Austim Speaks tool kit recently posted on their site.  Until I can figure out how to let folks slip files into their posts...

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2009 RBRVS GPCI Analysis

November 11, 2008 / 0 Comments / in 2009 rbrvs, rbrvs, rvu, Uncategorized, gpci / by Chip Hart

Wow, some shockers.  Anyone here live in Alaska?

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Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Event

I’m in the midst of some fun RVU analysis and I realized that I’d better get this announcement out stat!  It’s just like our other PM/Coding events, though the AAP endorsement hasn’t happened yet (it...

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HISTalk and The Verden Group

November 06, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, verden group / by Chip Hart

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.

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2009 RBRVS Update And Impact On Pediatricians

November 05, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

I was privileged to receive a notice from the AAP’s Inner Sanctum about the recently released updates to our friendly RVU system and am sharing it below.  Over the next few days, I will post some...

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The Cost of Healthcare

November 03, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Insurance, Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

There’s a nice, generic blog title for ya.

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