Library

Information is power and we believe that having access to cutting edge relevant information is paramount to success. In the TFCG library, we provide you with access to a myriad of literature written by us and others recognized as experts in their specific disciplines.
Research and Studies
On a regular basis, I engage in research and studies in a number of different analytical areas. Sometimes, these are commissioned through a private entity and other times, I conduct them on my own. For the latter, I make my results available at no charge. For example, every quarter I publish an analysis of the NCCI changes. Periodically, I will conduct analysis of changes in RVU values from one period to another. When appropriate, I also publish the results of studies I do that are timely with regard to important practice metrics, such as code and modifier utilization. read more ...


Reference Data
As part of my regular consulting work and research, I end up with a bunch of really good artifacts.  If these are not part of a non-disclosure agreement, I make them available for public use. Some examples are the national average charge database, which contains charge data for nearly 10,000 procedure codes. Or the top 10 utilization study, which contains the top 10 procedures by specialty. You should check this area regularly as I update my data sets frequently. read more ...


White Papers and Articles
I spend a bit of time writing articles for both public consumption and for private publications. At times, the publisher allows me to replicate the article and make it available to registered users on my site. Other times, I will just provide a link to the publication with references to the article. The white papers are bit different in that they may contain more opinion than you would find in the articles. You will likely find my white papers to be a bit more didactic and more centered on theses and hypotheses dealing with prospective ideas and future concepts. read more ...


Workshop Toolboxes
As many of you know, I speak at a significant number of conferences around the country each year. For those that have attended my sessions, you know that I tend towards analytical topics. While I always have fun doing this, I know that the information can get a bit overwhelming and it is unrealistic to expect attendees to implement these ideas with only the information discussed during these short sessions. As such, I create a toolbox rife with samples, examples, templates, articles, workbooks, etc. that are specific to the topic. These toolboxes are free to attendees of those conferences and require a password that was given at the end of the presentation. read more ...


Risk based on Medicare Utilization by Providers

Data released to the public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since 2012 details the procedures performed by each physician as well as the amounts each were paid. Because critical information, such as payer mix, diagnoses codes, patient acuity, etc., were not provided by CMS, using the raw values, such as total services or total payments are basically useless.


Our tool is designed to provide physicians with a real-world perspective on their Medicare billing activity. In order to both understand and benchmark your data, it first needs to be reduced to ratios. So, rather than try to compare total payments with that of your peers, it is much more valuable to look at total payments as a ratio of unique beneficiaries — a metric that is agnostic to payer mix and other important data points. read more ...