Please join us for the 19th Annual Masters of Pediatrics conference on January 29, 2010 at the Westin Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.
This year's conference is an intensive, one-day session focused on important pediatric specific coding and practice management issues that affect your practice every day.
You'll master the coding basics, get answers to your specific questions during Q & A sessions with our pediatric panel, and gain valuable insight on timely topics about immunizations, pediatric benchmarks, patient recall, and more.
Our expert panel of instructors includes Richard Lander, MD, Richard Tuck, MD, and PCC's Chip Hart.
Conference Schedule and Class Descriptions
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Successful Patient Recall Strategies
8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.
For pediatric practices, a focus on preventive care and effective management of chronic diseases means healthier patients and bottom-lines. Discover proven recall strategies from real pediatric practices to help you manage your patient volume and improve your clinical response.
Effective Patient Education
9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Patient education goes far beyond those old, blurry copies you hand to your patients about. Chip Hart will provide tips and techniques for assembling a library of educational handouts both in printed and electronic form to help set clinical and business expectations among your patients. These materials are important tools in helping to educate patients, improve visit qual- ity, and create patient loyalty.
Q & A Session
9:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Give Me The Money: How To Decrease Your A/R
10:35 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
The AAP SOAPM's Chairperson, Richard Lander, MD, will cover the policies and procedures you need to have in place to collect the money that is due to you. Topics will include everything from preparing for HSAs to how your staff can ask for money at the time of service and still keep your patients happy.
Coding: A Day in the Life of a Pediatrician
11:15 a.m. - Noon
Finally, a coding class that focuses on proper coding for the routine appointments you see every day! Dr. Tuck walks through scenarios and coding for cases typically encountered by the general pediatrician over a 24 hour period, including inpatient and outpatient visits. No edge cases or complex coding wizardry, just every day coding that pediatricians need to get properly reimbursed for the important work they do.
Q & A Session
Noon - 12:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bullet Proof Vaccine Coding
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Each passing year makes the process of billing for vaccines more difficult. With the introduction of new vaccines, changes in the coding rules, and many insurance companies adding their own interpreta- tions, Dr. Lander will help you navigate the muddy waters to get properly reimbursed. Stop losing money on one of the most expensive, risky - and necessary! - aspects of running your practice.
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.
During this class we will examine unique pediatric-specific clinical and financial bench- marks from practices around the country. At- tendees will learn where the most successful practices focus their energies and where you might improve your impact. Detailed descriptions of the benchmarks for self-calculation will be included. Many of these benchmarks have been specifically developed by PCC for its clients.
Q & A Session
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Who Wants to Be a Coding Millionaire?
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Dr. Tuck provides an entertaining and challenging review of coding highlights to maximize your practice income. Whether you work for a practice that is afraid to use 99214s or has already mas- tered the subtle details of the -25 modifier, this game show format course is a must attend.
Q & A Session
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
About the Instructors
Richard Lander, MD, FAAP, is a managing partner in a pediatric private practice in New Jersey and is president and cofounder of Resources in Physician Management Services, a consulting company. Along with his dedication to the care and well being of children and adolescents, Richard has made it a priority to help ensure that pediatricians are properly remunerated for their hard work on children's behalf. As the president of the NJ-AAP Chapter, he initiated and remains as co-chair of the Practice Management Council. Richard serves as a member of the AAP Private Payers Advocacy Committee and chairs the AAP Section On Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM). He has been a consultant to the AAP Task Forces on Reimbursement, the Task Force on Obesity, and the Task Force on Mental Health. Since 1989, he has been an AAP Regional CPT Trainer and has lectured on coding and practice management for the AAP, private enterprises, and pediatric residency programs. He serves on and contributes to several coding newsletter editorial boards, and writes a column for Infectious Diseases of Children and Pediatric Annals.
Richard Tuck, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician in a private group practice in Zanesville, Ohio. He is also medical director of Quality Care Partners, a southeastern Ohio PHO. Dr. Tuck is a nationally known expert with extensive knowledge of CPT and ICD coding, as well as payer and reimbursement issues, gained through his personal practice and stat/national committee involvement. He serves as the American Academy of Pediatrics' representative to the AMA RBRVS Review Update Committee (RUC). Dr. Tuck received the Buzzy Vanchiere award for his efforts to educate pediatricians on appropriate coding. The education assists pediatricians in obtaining adequate payment for the work they do and maintains access to care for their patients.
Chip Hart is the Director of PCC's Pediatric Solutions consulting group and author of the popular blog Confessions of a Pediatric Practice Consultant. In his 19 years of pediatric practice management expertise, Chip has helped hundreds of pediatricians increase their financial health. He has conducted many successful negotiations with insurance companies, and worked as a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the AAP Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM). Chip leads educational seminars and consults for pediatric professionals nationwide, and has contributed articles on practice management and health care information technology for Pediatric Coding Alert, the AAP's SOAPM Newsletter, and MGMA.