A question on the SOAPM list this morning made me realize that I haven't updated the S:W ratio data here in quite some time. The ratio has maintained a steady drop since we started measuring and with good reasons:
- Vaccines work
- Practices are paying attention to preventive care
- We've had a few low-viral seasons
- High Deductibles actually make patients think twice before coming in for a runny nose (as they should)
If someone asks nicely enough, I can do an ICD comparison for the last few years and you see how things have changed.
Back to the question at hand. What is the S:W ratio for independent pediatric practices? Let's go to the tape.