Anne Francis, M.D. for AAP President-Elect

June 08, 2009 / 0 Comments / in anne francis, Uncategorized, aap / by Chip Hart

Within the AAP, there are some fairly strict/arcane/goofy rules about campaigning for AAP President-Elect.  Most AAP members here are aware of how it works.

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Why I Like My Job (Patient Recall 101)

While I was at Skytop lecturing last week, I ran into JR Vought - actually, he literally ran into me on purpose - who proceeded to do what he usually does in my classes, which is ask me questions...

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Pediatric Benchmark: Sick-to-Well Visit Ratio

A long time ago, PCC came up with the concept of an important pediatric clinical measurement, the Sick-to-Well Visit ratio.  The concept was straightforward: how could we encapsulate, in a single...

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Pediatric Concierge Medicine Powow

First, I just got back from a great weekend at Skytop Lodge, where I spoke for the Goryeb Children's Hospital.  Had an excellent time, hung out with some old friends, learned a lot.  This may be the...

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Grab Bag

May 27, 2009 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

Time to broom out the mailbox.  In no particular order:

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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...

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CCHIT Approves Latest Criteria

May 20, 2009 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized, CCHIT / by Chip Hart

I might be the first person to actually blog during his CCHIT Workgroup meeting, but it really isn't taking much double-tasking to do it, as it's a cut-and-paste.  From CCHIT itself:

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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...

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ICD-9 For 2010 and Pediatric Shortage Myth?

May 15, 2009 / 0 Comments / in icd-9, Uncategorized / by Chip Hart

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...

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A Concierge Practice Beatdown

The underbelly of the insurance industry came into view earlier this year in New York.  Here's a great summary, stolen directly from  Look at the conclusive sentence:

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