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About Chip Hart

Chip Hart is the Director of PCC’s Pediatric Solutions consulting group and author of the popular blog Confessions of a Pediatric Practice Consultant. Chip’s 25 years of pediatric practice management expertise has helped hundreds of pediatricians increase their clinical and financial health. He has conducted many successful insurance contract negotiations on behalf of his clients and worked as a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the AAP Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM). As a dynamic and motivating speaker, Chip leads educational seminars and consults for pediatric professionals nationwide for organizations like the AAP, state chapter AAP programs, the MGMA, and various physican and hospital organizations around the country. Chip was a member of the CCHIT Child Health Work Group and is a member of the CDC Clinical Decision Support and Children’s Model EHR Format working groups. Chip contributes articles on practice management and health care information technology for Pediatric Coding Alert, the AAP’s SOAPM Newsletter, Medical Group Management Association, The Independent Pediatrician and more. Chip lives in Vermont with his wife and their two sons.

Bad News Update from Medicare (RVU 2008)

December 06, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

Received this from a chain of interested parties (AMA -> AAP -> little ol' me) regarding the status of the 10% cut presently scheduled for Medicare:

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Patients and Doctors vs. THEM

December 05, 2007 / 0 Comments / in Insurance, pediatric, Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

I have a bad habit of writing my blogs late at night or early in the morning, which isn't always the smartest thing from both an articulation/clarity and family-relations perspective. This is a test...

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2008 RVU Analysis, Part I - GPCI!

November 30, 2007 / 0 Comments / in rvu, Uncategorized / 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, Uncategorized / 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, Uncategorized, 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, Uncategorized, 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 / in pediatric, Uncategorized / 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, Uncategorized, 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 pediatric, pediatrician, rvu, Uncategorized / 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 / in managed care, Uncategorized / 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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