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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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