Like a massive earthquake, when someone “changes the game,” it is felt around the world. It is revolutionary, thought-provoking, and inspirational.
What game-changers come to your mind?
For me, it was Michael Jordan changing the way basketball teams operate, Henry Ford changing the way we get from one place to another, and Jeff Bezos changing the way we purchase goods. The world looks different because of them.
However, game changers come in all shapes and sizes.
Collectively, pediatricians are definitely game changers. You are integral to society because you help mold our youth. I cannot think of a more “game-changing” illustration than ensuring our children fulfill their potential.
The problem, however, is that preventive medicine becomes deprioritized in our current healthcare system. Instead of the pediatric screening tool, for example, many hospitals opt to purchase the fancy MRI machine.
There is light at the end of the tunnel though. Despite the lack of priority among purchasers, companies are choosing to innovate for pediatricians.
So what do we call these innovative companies? Why, “Care Changers” of course.
The total impact among the Care Changers highlighted below is already 7.5 million children and counting.
Pediatrician, you are not alone in your pursuit to change the game. In fact, there are pediatric vendors who are transforming the way you provide care, and among all these companies, I’ve identified the seven who are true “Care Changers.”
1. Physician’s Computer Company (PCC)
Get more out of your practice, more out of your life, and more ways to focus on what matters most.
After a full year in pediatrics, I finally met Chip Hart, PCC’s director of, well everything it seems.
Many of PCC’s customers are GoCheck’s customers, and you know what they all say? “We love Chip, and we love PCC.”
So why does an EHR company get so much praise among pediatricians?
For one, many EHR vendors have “dashboards” which are just graphical depictions of your data. On the contrary, PCC’s dashboard presents the data AND shows you what points are most important and how to take action. By letting all of their customers see how they compare on a wide variety of critical clinical measures, and alerting them when their performance dips below normal levels, their dashboard helps your practice excel so you can help more children. Why worry about your A/R when your no-show rate is so high?
Another unique feature of their system is “Pediatric Recall.” It is designed using a cascading interface, which is a fancy way of saying you can search for and find pretty much anything in their EHR database. For example: “give me a list of boys, who are active in my practice, who have turned 12, have United Health Care and still haven’t started their HPV series.” It gives you the results in about the same amount of time as it took to type that sentence.
The big thing Chip and PCC have learned in 30 plus years serving pediatricians?
“There is a real correlation between practices who practice good medicine and those who get paid. The discipline that supports the former creates the latter. The thing is, we can measure it, we have the data.”
You can hear much more on our episode of PedChat.
Also, be sure to check out PCC’s website here.
2. PracticeWell (formerly Pediatric Federation)
GPO community and platform lead by physicians for physicians.
For many years, Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) have controlled the vast majority of healthcare equipment and device distribution. You do not have to travel far to find articles about why this has been, in some respects, a terrible thing for U.S. healthcare. However, since changing their name to PracticeWell last year, their mission has expanded past that of a GPO. To quote, “our mission is now to empower our members to provide the best possible patient care through innovative benefits, solutions, and programs, not just getting the lowest prices on products.”
In other words, PracticeWell is a community of physicians and a platform first, with a GPO component as an additional value-add for members. Not only is it free to become a member, PracticeWell does not make any profit. Furthermore, their team is composed of physician founders and innovators who are in it for the right reason: “to ensure pediatricians are set up to help children thrive.”
In fact, they believe preventive care is best, and in the last year alone, the PracticeWell community has administered over 5.1 million immunizations. Vaccine expenditures are easily one of the most substantial expenses you face, often above salaries or rent. By providing access to the most cost-effective and efficient vaccine procurement program in the country, they enable you to dedicate more time and resources on patient care.
The unique value is the PracticeWell platform, which as of this writing, has grown to 25,000 members. Why has it become so large? Mainly because PracticeWell provides a suite of benefits that streamline the entire supply chain and procurement process:
-A single, unified ordering portal
-Contracted discounts and rebates on almost every purchase
-Direct interactions with general ledger software, such as Quickbooks Pro
Their goal is to make daily practice management less stressful, more profitable, and ultimately more rewarding.
You can find out how here.
P.S. If you did not catch it earlier, I heard it is free.
Comprehensive Health and Decision Information System.
Before writing this article, I reached out to the GoCheck team to see if they had any “Care Changer” recommendations and almost everyone recommended CHADIS. So yeah, I had to feature them.
Does your desk have a pile of questionnaires and surveys on it? CHADIS has made it feasible for you to conduct all the recommended Bright Futures data collection and validated screenings by having patients complete questionnaires online before and between visits.
In fact, many screens in CHADIS are billable to insurance creating added income as much as $38,000/year per physician. CHADIS also facilitates earning Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credits for quality improvement which, as you know, are required. There is also no need for chart review because CHADIS reports are automated, and the required feedback sessions get completed by webinar.
To date, over 1.54 million children have completed their questionnaires.
The most incredible part: CHADIS’ functionality has uncovered novel and more accurate autism screening, lower asthma attack rates and new ways of diagnosing mental health disorders through questionnaire modules linked to positive screens. #winning
If you want to save time and improve the quality of your care, I would recommend checking out Chadis here.
4. GoCheck Kids
Photoscreen so children flourish.
If you have not realized by now, I am a GoCheck team member, and to be honest, I wrestled with whether to include us. Egos aside, I am adding us for one simple reason: We are a Care Changer.
Preventive care is correlated with better patient outcomes and increased revenue for your practice. The AAP recommends such a preventive test called photoscreening, which is performed at well-child visits and allows you to detect amblyopia risk factors in children too young for a visual acuity test.
According to the research, photoscreening is vital for children under the age of 6 because specific amblyopia risk factors are often invisible and go undetected before a child can perform a visual acuity test. Treatment outcomes are also much better the earlier you detect amblyopia risks.
As of this writing, GoCheck Kids has been used to screen 500,000 children with 66,000 of those screens displaying risk factors. At an 80% plus positive predictive value, we can estimate that 2,500 pediatricians have caught around 55,000 children with amblyopia risk factors, most likely allowing these children to see a brighter future.
The sad part, only 30% of you are photoscreening your young patients.
We are here to change this by revolutionizing the delivery of photoscreeners to your office. Namely, we ship you iPhones that can perform the screen and let you evaluate the system entirely risk-free for 40 days.
The screen is like taking a picture with the iPhone in your pocket, except it displays whether the child is at risk for amblyopia or other vision impairment. The iPhones cost nothing up front and are only a small monthly fee after your trial. You can even cancel anytime.
Even more so, photoscreening is commonly reimbursed under CPT codes 99177 and 99174.
Want to ensure your patients see their full potential. Find out more about photoscreening and start a free trial here.
5. Pediatric Management Institute (PediatricSupport.com)
Dedicated exclusively to helping pediatricians succeed.
Pediatric Management Institute (PMI) founder, Paul Vanchiere, began his 20 years of healthcare experience by working for his father, pediatrician Buzzy Vanchiere, in Lake Charles, LA. As the managing partner for an 18-physician pediatric clinic in Southwest Louisiana, Buzzy showed Paul how to run a successful medical practice. Buzzy instilled in Paul the necessity to remember that the decisions of healthcare management should be about the patient. Reminded daily of the need to exercise fiscal prudence, Paul worked with Buzzy to develop innovative ways to leverage practice management success to provide better quality care for all children.
The brainchild of these meetings? PMI
PMI offers a variety of services exclusively for you:
- Pediatric Practice Management Conferences
- Remote Financial Assessments
- Onsite Operational Assessments
- Physician Compensation Analysis
- Practice Budgeting Preparation
- Practice Valuation/Appraisals
- Virtual CFO Services
And through the adoption of the latest technology, PMI provides cost-effective services (and many times free):
- Pediatric-specific Business Intelligence Solutions (IntelliTraq.com)
- Pediatric-specific job board (YourPediatricJob.com)
- Pediatric-specific online learning (cpom.PediatricSupport.com)
- In-office patient satisfaction kiosks to monitor patient sentiment
- Certified Pediatric Office Manager (CPOM) program is debuting in the Summer of 2018.
PMI continues to undertake many projects to support the efforts of independent pediatricians. Through their unique approach to healthcare consulting, they always on the lookout for ways to help pediatricians leverage their success, maximize their potential and improve the quality of life for children.
You can check out PMI here.
P.S. I heard Paul’s brother is a pediatrician too.
Future Care Changers:
6. Anytime Pediatrics
An online video visit with a pediatrician.
Children get sick or injured without any concern for pediatric office hours, and parents struggle to reach you after hours.
Nurse telephone services can provide advice; however, often this advice is limited via telephone and children need to be referred to be seen.
Parents then seek this care outside of your office after hours. Walk-in clinics, urgent care, and telemedicine offerings have increased, but don’t ensure pediatric expertise or a trusted pediatrician.
For many of you, this is a story you have not only heard many times but may experience daily.
With Anytime Pediatrics, a parent and their child can see you outside regular hours via secure video.
The coolest part: their customized call routing tech ensures your preference by determining if you will provide the care or get referred to an Anytime Pediatrician. Yup, they have their own trusted pediatricians as well.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the founder and Pediatric ER Doctor, Mick Connors for an upcoming PedChat episode. After talking with him for over 2 hours, his integrity and passion were evident. He is in this for the right reasons, and I look forward to seeing where he takes this.
Anytime Pediatrics was launched in Tennessee on April 19th, 2018 and will be expanding throughout the year.
Interested in learning more and following their progress? Check them out.
Formalized pediatric behavioral screening.
Do you have a formalized behavioral screening protocol in your practice? If not, BabyNoggin might help.
The CDC reports that 1 in 4 children under age 5 has developmental issues, resulting in 1 million kids entering school each year with an undiagnosed disability. 80% of at-risk children do not get referred to early intervention services and therefore are not receiving timely treatment that may change their lives forever.
Despite AAP recommendations, many of you are not using a formal tool to routinely screen all children during the recommended intervals.
Many of you cite the following as the top barriers: lack of time, cost, lack of training, lack of services to connect to, and the unfamiliarity of tools.
BabyNoggin addresses these barriers through a smartphone app that empowers parents to perform the mandated screenings at home.
Moreover, an iPad app allows you to screen in the office and feed the results to various EMRs/EHRs for reimbursements and operational efficiency.
It can provide a longitudinal view of overall development and can help refer children to local resources and specialists when needed.
BabyNoggin is billable using a few CPT codes that can net an average of $25,000 per year per doctor and their partners include pediatricians, early childhood non-profits, and government entities.
Interested in learning more about this tool? Check them out here.
What do you think about these care-changers? Am I missing anyone? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org because I’d love to hear about additional Care Changers who are helping pediatricians impact our youth.