Extended Office Hours

I have written here extensively about the various "scheduling based codes" and their usage - or lack of usage - among pediatricians, but have made the mistaken assumption that most of you reading here actually have extended office hours.
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Billing Services

2009 has been the year of billing service pain. Right now, Igor and I are talking to no fewer than five pediatric practices who are suffering at the hands of bad billing services. Here are some of the things I've seen and heard recently:
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ICD-9 For 2010 and Pediatric Shortage Myth?

Today's first important alert comes from Siouxsie, who was kind enough to forward the official list of ICD-9 changes for 2010. Pediatric offices should read them carefully, as there are some doozies in there. New codes for Colic, Irritability, Impuls...
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Non Face-to-Face Code Usage Among PCC Clients

I've mentioned the use of telephone codes in pediatric offices a few times previously, but it looks like I may have never actually provided any usage data! It just so happens that the a good friend asked me, "Are most insurance companies paying for t...
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Verden Group, Telephone Codes, Harvard Pilgrim

I was paging through my daily Verden Alerts and I noticed that Harvard Pilgrim had released a new set of payment policies regarding E&M codes. In fact, you can read it here on their WWW site, Verden just makes this a lot easier. I suspect that mo...
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Podcasts/Chip Hart

Available on iTunes
I had a great time speaking to Drs. Bravo and Rogu on their growing podcast, The Pediatric Lounge, to discuss the state of independent pediatricians and the use of data in a pediatric practice. They are cranking out episodes (which is a good thing) and anyone who supports independent pediatricians should tune in to their effort. What they are doing takes a tremendous amount of work and their guest list is amazing (well, besides me). They turned our conversation into back-to-back episodes (32 and 33), "Independent Pediatric Practice 2022" and "Data Data Data and Managing a Pediatric Office." If you prefer video, you catch up on their YouTube channel.
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