Is It Worth Being A Member Of The American Academy Of Pediatrics?

I asked a newly graduated pediatrician if she was going to renew her membership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her response did not surprise me. She said, "...probably not. I see no point in being a member." As far as she was concerned, there wasn't an upside ( or value ) to belong to the Academy. I knew what she meant because I share her feelings. Recently I came across an email that challenged my stance regarding the value the … [Read more...]

10 CPT Codes You’re Most Likely Under-utilizing

I found myself sitting next to four pediatricians during the hospital's pediatric departmental meeting. The four docs were engaged in conversation by the time I sat down at the round table. They were talking about coding. Specifically about 99213 and 99214. "Do any of you bill level 4s?" asked the one sitting across me. " I can't remember the last time I coded a level 4. I just don't have that many emergencies," replied the doc next to … [Read more...]

10 CPT Codes You're Most Likely Under-utilizing

I found myself sitting next to four pediatricians during the hospital's pediatric departmental meeting. The four docs were engaged in conversation by the time I sat down at the round table. They were talking about coding. Specifically about 99213 and 99214. "Do any of you bill level 4s?" asked the one sitting across me. " I can't remember the last time I coded a level 4. I just don't have that many emergencies," replied the doc next to … [Read more...]

Do You Know About The Section On Administration and Practice Management ?

You know that feeling you get when you visit a great restaurant, vacation at an awesome resort or perhaps see a great stage show and you can't help but to tell everybody you encounter they have to check it out too? I get that feeling with SOAPM.    I've mentioned SOAPM before on the blog, but for those that know, SOAPM is one of the best - if not the best - resource for pediatricians that have an interest in learning the ins and out of … [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...]

Thoughts On The AAP NCE 2013 – Orlando

If you follow me on social media, you probably know I was in Orlando at the AAP NCE this past week. Every year right before the date of the convention, I start to dread going. Leaving town is always hard when you have a million things to do. And since we still have little ones, and I don't travel often for business, I feel a hint of guilt leaving my wife behind fending for herself. But once I arrive, the anticipation, excitement, and … [Read more...]

Leaving a Hospital Job to Start a Solo Practice

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook is a pediatrician that started her practice after completing a two year contract with the local hospital. These days, you don’t hear about too many docs leaving hospital jobs to open up solo practices, so I wanted to learn amount what many consider to be a rare, dying breed of doctors. I reached out to Dr. Freisleben-Cook and asked her if I could ask some questions regarding her experience as a solo rural doc. She … [Read more...]

Insurance Contract Negotiations: 15 Tips From a Pro

Today’s guest blog post comes from David Horowitz MD. Dr. Horowitz responded to a question on SOAPM regarding how to go about negotiating with a payer. I thought his advice was practical, to the point and very useful, so I asked him if he had an issue with me posting his response. He graciously agreed to share his comments with readers of PediatricInc. By the way, this is not an unusual response on SOAPM. Most comments are this … [Read more...]

Survey To Identify Delays in VFC vs. Private Shipments

If your pediatric practice participates in the VFC program, you are aware that VFC generally ships their vaccine later than one’s private vaccines. As many of us know, this delay becomes a burden during the flu season. For example, in our practice, we often receive our private flu shipment a month, sometimes nearly two months, before VFC vaccines. I always thought this was an Illinois issue, but apparently, the delay happens all over the … [Read more...]