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CCHIT Public Comment Period (Important For Peds)

December 21, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, CCHIT, ehr / by Chip Hart

As you may know, I am on the CCHIT Child Health Workgroup.  My participation is related, I believe, to my criticism of the certification and it’s misuse.  But if you’re not part of the solution,...

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90465 Debate Revisited

I have some very interesting continued news about TriCare and I've had a piece about Main Street Vaccines building for a week or two, now, but I have to address this issue first.

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Vaccine Refusal Dismissal Letters

Over on one of the coding lists, someone asked for a copy of a "a sample discharge letter for non-compliant families who refuse to vaccinate?" and I could have sworn I had a few handy.  And I...

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Tricare Update

December 17, 2008 / 0 Comments / in tricare, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

The other day, I wrote about a problem relating to Tricare’s reimbursement of immunizations.  Apparently, this is an excerpt from the AAP’s Private Payer Advocacy press release or newsletter:

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New AAP RBRVS Materials

December 17, 2008 / 0 Comments / in cms, rvu, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

I’ve said more than once that the AAP is the first place pediatricians should go to learn about RVUs.  They have updated it and you can now find their 2009 RBRVS Conversion Spreadsheet on-line.  I...

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The Recession and Pediatrics

December 12, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, verden group, Benchmarks / by Chip Hart

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...

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Top 100 Pediatric Health Blogs

December 11, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

No, I didn’t make it.  I’ll chalk it up to not quite fitting to mold of a typical pediatric blog.  But “Nursing Assistant Central,” whomever they are (there is no way to contact them on their WWW...

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December 07, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, CCHIT, ehr / by Chip Hart

With the Obama administration arrival only a few weeks away, the discussion about CCHIT’s long-term viability is starting to heat up.  Even though I am on the Child Health Workgroup and appreciate...

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Tricare and Immunizations

December 04, 2008 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

Many times I have made the following statement at the front of a room: "The only payers you can't negotiate with are Medicare and the state-run Medicaids.  Everyone else will negotiate."  Everyone,...

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Pediatric Compensation Models

At the AAP-endorsed Pediatric Coding and Practice Management events we’ve been hosting, I’ve slipped in a running piece about pediatric compensation models that gets fairly good reception.  Practices...

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AAP RBRVS Policy Statement (+PP)

December 02, 2008 / 0 Comments / in physicians practice, rvu, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

The AAP has updated and revised its RBRVS policy statement and it is included in December's Pediatrics.  Yours truly provides the full PDF here, as it remains the best description of the state of...

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