Learn How To Create A Budget For Your Medical Practice

In medicine, the mention of the word profit is often viewed or interpreted as a dirty word. It is as if the word does not belong in the lexicon when health care is addressed.   I argue (in the context of the private medical practice setting) that profitability is a medical practice's responsibility for one simple reason. If the medical practice (also known as a business) doesn’t deliver profits, health care providers are unable to provide for … [Read more...]

Here Is Why You Can't Afford To Miss The Next Practice Management Seminar

Last weekend I had the privilege to present at the Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) seminar in Oakland, CA. It was the first time presenting at a PMI event. Paul Vanchiere and his team put together a great seminar.Not only were the topics informative and relevant, but the speakers did an awesome job of presenting the material in practical ways. Dr. Richard Tuck, such as, presented on various coding topics including ICD-10. Tough assignment. … [Read more...]

Here Is Why You Can’t Afford To Miss The Next Practice Management Seminar

Last weekend I had the privilege to present at the Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) seminar in Oakland, CA. It was the first time presenting at a PMI event. Paul Vanchiere and his team put together a great seminar.Not only were the topics informative and relevant, but the speakers did an awesome job of presenting the material in practical ways. Dr. Richard Tuck, such as, presented on various coding topics including ICD-10. Tough assignment. … [Read more...]

Pediatric Practice Management Seminar You Don’t Want To Miss

The content in many practice management seminars or conferences are either too generic (the one size fits all medical specialty approach) or too specific (subspecialty focused) in my view. As a result, it makes it difficult sometimes to figure out how to apply the lessons from other medical specialties to pediatrics. If only there was pediatric specific seminar, where everybody in attendance speaks your language (the language called Pediatrics), … [Read more...]

Pediatric Practice Management Seminar You Don't Want To Miss

The content in many practice management seminars or conferences are either too generic (the one size fits all medical specialty approach) or too specific (subspecialty focused) in my view. As a result, it makes it difficult sometimes to figure out how to apply the lessons from other medical specialties to pediatrics. If only there was pediatric specific seminar, where everybody in attendance speaks your language (the language called Pediatrics), … [Read more...]

A Birthday Celebration

Wanted to take this time and wish everybody a Merry Christmas. I'm a believer. So for me and my family, this day is a special "birthday" celebration. For those that don't share a similar faith, I think it is still worthwhile to embrace the Christmas spirit of love, peace, joy, family, community, friends, sharing and gift giving. All good things on their own. Until next year. … [Read more...]

Earn 2 Free Passes to Attend a Pediatric Practice Management Seminar

During last AwesomeCast, Chip and I talked a little about different New Years resolutions that practices could adopt. I shared a few that have been on my plate which focused more on building culture. Chip had some really good ones. In fact, I wrote down a couple so I would remember to add them to my list. But one  I thought was especially good that Chip offered was to send staff members to a seminar.  To learn why this is a good idea, … [Read more...]

Updated: Illinois Attestation for Medicaid Payment Increase? We Are a Go

Earlier this week, I posted that the State health service of Illinois had not published how doctors could complete the attestation required to qualify for the medicaid payment increase. Well, the next day I received an email that read: Dear Illinois Health Connect Providers, The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice to the Physicians Provider Notices page. You may also view the Physicians … [Read more...]

Illinois Attestation for Medicaid Payment Increase? Not Yet

As some of you know, The Affordable Care Act includes a historic investment to expand access to Medicaid for children. As of January 1, Medicaid payment rates are raised to at least Medicare rates for primary care and immunization services. While this increase is part of existing federal law, eligible pediatricians must sign up to receive it: States may have their own reasonable deadlines for pediatricians to sign up ("self-attest") for the … [Read more...]

Why We Selected Physician’s Computer Company As Our New Practice Management Vendor

We decided to switch our practice management system. We selected Physician's Computer Company as our new vendor. I've been a fan of PCC since I learned about them and I've always said that had we known about them before buying all of our IT, we would of gone with them. But we had made a huge investment in IT before learning about PCC and it didn't make sense to move things over back then. We were already too vested in our infrastructure to … [Read more...]