Save the date: April 17.
It's not official yet - we're confirming a location - but we hope and expect to produce a pediatric coding and practice management seminar in the greater Washington DC area on or around April 17. It will be nearly identical to the one we produced in NYC in August. We hope to get AAP endorsement again and, if everything works out, we may even be able to acquire an educational grant from a generous source that might lower or eliminate the cost for AAP members!
That last item is a bit of a dream still, but it's not off the table.
Anyway, I thought I'd let everyone here be the first to know. As soon as it's official - speakers, location, date, and content - I'll post it all here.
Registrations have been flying in for our coding conference in April. Interestingly, most of them are from "out of town" practices - TX, TN, OH, you name it. We were told by the hotel that DC-folks are notorious for signing up at the last minute...we may be telling them that there's no room at the inn. Literally- the difficult part for those coming from out of town will be finding hotel space. The WWW site has 4 or 5 options listed, but don't get caught without a place to stay. Sign up now.
The important news, however: we have CEU credits! That's right, 5 official CEU credits for attending the day for those who need them. I don't know that we've updated the WWW site yet to indicate this, but we got the news yesterday.
Finally, we are working on producing this event (in both full-day and 1/2 day versions) in different places around the country. If you think a pediatric practice management seminar would go over well near you, let me know. Really.
Our coding/PM event is filling up. I have to update the talk about Pediatric Compensation Models with more recent data, but otherwise we're in good shape. This will be great.
It's not too late to sign up, I'd love to see you there.
* April 17 Pediatric Coding Conference: Earn 5.0 CEUs!
This April 17, put your practice ahead of the curve with PCC's 2008 Spring Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Conference, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatric coding experts will address key issues in a full day of courses and question and answer sessions designed to improve your coding practices and reimbursement. PCC's 2008 Spring Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Conference will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. This is an intensive, one-day session focused on important pediatric issues that effect your practice everyday. You'll master the coding basics, tackle additional coding topics, get answers to your specific questions during Q&A sessions with our pediatric panel, and gain valuable insight on timely pediatric issues!Our expert panel of instructors includes Richard Lander, MD, FAAP, Richard Tuck, MD, FAAP, and PCC's Chip Hart.
* Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU)
This program has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders for 5.0 Continuing Education Units. Granting for prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.
* Learn More and Register Now
View the complete course schedule and register online now at: www.pcc.com/practmgmt/codeconf0408.php Admission to this conference is only $325 for AAP members ($379 for non-members)! Space is limited, so register now.
I have a vision of being one of those fancy bloggers who somehow writes a "live" blog from some important event. I don't know why, but it seems cool.
So, as I type, Dr. Tuck is giving the first full lecture of the day, his CPT 101 course. Dr. Lander goes next with his "Give Me the Money" bit. My quick assessment of the crowd today:
I want to get these people to our UC in Vermont this summer.
In NYC, we were (somehow) really good at staying on schedule. Today, we started 10m late and we're going to have to squish Dr. Tuck more than we'd like, I suspect. This is the cornerstone talk, so we're cutting him some slack :-)
Of course, he did his course on time and we're almost back on track. It is always a pleasure working with the pros.
Dr. Lander is on now. I like putting these practice management talks back-to-back with the CPT content. Talking CPTs for 2 hours (or more) will fry any brain. So, talking codes then talking money then talking codes, etc., breaks it up well.
Dr. Lander just name-dropped the Verden Alerts, which is cool!
In theory, we had to cut the break in 1/2, but then we went over on the break by almost 15m again. Ay yi yi! Too many people, too many questions (I'm not complaining). Some of the index card questions we got were awesome.
Dr. Tuck is up for Power CPT Coding now and I'm up next for Pediatric Compensation Models (which I like doing). I'll have to go quickly...and note to self: use the facilities now, not just before I need to talk. OK, back after my talk.
Whew - after the conference on the 21st, I then spent a week in DC with my family (woohoo!) and have returned to over 160 follow-up questions that PCC has promised to answer. Those who attended the conference will receive a password-protected URL, just like last time, in a few weeks when we're done.
How'd we do? Thanks to 75+% of the folks who completed our brief survey, here are our scores (using a standard CEU survey):
|Knowledge of Subject||4.00|
|Time Spent Covering Information||3.86|
|How would you rate seminar overall||3.94|
Thanks to the AAP and Drs. Tuck and Lander for their help.
Meanwhile, if you missed this event, please note that we are hoping to continue this event in the fall (Cincinnati, Rochester) and next spring (Seatlle?). Any input on times and locations requested. However, you can also come to beautiful, summertime Vermont and get a full-blown pediatric practice management extravaganza, too.
More when I catch up, plenty of goodies to share.
Whew, we have finally gotten our ducks in a row and announce our Fall Pediatric Coding and PM conference in Columbus, OH on September 17. It's the usual deal: AAP endorsed and AAP members get in cheaper. The individual class titles include:
At the AAP-endorsed Pediatric Coding and Practice Management events we’ve been hosting, I’ve slipped in a running piece about pediatric compensation models that gets fairly good reception. Practices are eager to learn about how other practices pay themselves and I always enjoy seeing the open-mouthed astonishment when one practice says, “Oh, we are completely production-based” while another says, “Oh, that’s crazy. We split everything evenly.” Of course, what makes the content interesting are the dozens of places in between those two extremes where most practices live.
I am doing just this seminar in teleconference format on Friday at noon. For PCC clients, it’s free…but for the rest of you, it’s $49 and I daresay that you won’t find a better cost:benefit return on a teleconference any time soon (look around, they are usually $99 to $450). I tell you what - if you sign up, and it wasn’t worth it, I’ll give you your money back.
We had a knock-out AAP-endorsed practice management event in Miami two weeks ago. I say "knock out" because every single person who completed the survey at the end of the day gave us a perfect score in the following categories "Speakers's Knowledge of the Subject," "Preparation/Presentation," "Class Materials," and "How Would You Rate The Seminar Overall." 4 out of 4, every single box, every single person.
Some of you were there, so tell me if I missed your survey :-) The only non-perfect score we received was for "Time Spent Covering Information" where one person gave us a 3, leading to an average of 3.96. I agree - we should have gone longer!
Of course, I enjoy the comments more than the numbers, as they tell me more about what needs work. My favorite quote of all:
Absolutely incredible learning experience. You can't help but to increase profit after meeting.
I love that second sentence!
So, I write today to tell you that we'll be in Richmond, VA on Mar 5-6. The wonderful folks at Pediatric Alliance (combo IPA and GPO) have put together a 2-day event. You can read our piece about it, download their PDF, or sign up ASAP, as seating is limited.
I hope to see you there.
After all, you "can't help but to increase profit after meeting."
I'm finishing up the weekend here in Skytop, PA, where I've tried to contribute to the annual Goryeb/Atlantic Health conference. I always enjoy the experience but my family enjoys it even more... The feedback I hear is that the clinical component is always excellent and it's a pleasure to run into old friends, especially the PCC customers.
Dr. Allen Menkin, of Main Street Vaccines fame - you may recall our piece about him in a previous installment - pointed me to the running blog at his practice WWW site. Although this link will age out shortly because of how they designed their page, at the moment they have an interesting editorial about "Convenience Clinics" that is worth sharing. If you're reading this sometime after June, 2010, look for their May 2010 posting. I particularly enjoyed their graphic.
So many blogs to write, so little time. I have a doozy coming, perhaps tomorrow. In the meantime, let me talk again about our 2011 Users' Conference.
Ms. Moneypenny at PCC just sent out the following interesting statistics about the event on July 18-22.
* We have 145 students registered
* These folks represent 56 different offices
* 35 of the students are physicians
* There are 15 offices sending just 1 person
* There are 21 offices sending 2 people
* There are 8 offices sending 3 people
* There are 6 offices sending 4 people
* There are 2 offices sending 5 people
* There are 3 offices sending 6 people
* There is 1 office sending 12 people!
Registrations continue to come in, so the numbers keep on climbing!
I sincerely believe it is the best pediatric practice management seminar in the US, year after year. Great speakers, great topics, lots of networking. Our most common complaint is that the attendees can't choose which class to go to!
The AAP will present some content (re: SOAPM), Brandon Betancourt will make his debut, Susanne Madden is doing a great piece on becoming PCMH certified, and an awesome surprise guest speaker will be covering pediatric legal issues. And a lot more. Check out the course details!