Thought Leadership Webinar: Using Visit Coding Data to Find Revenue Gaps and Opportunities

Visit coding is a critical component to the sustained strength of a physician’s practice. But how do you know whether or not the services provided are being coded correctly?

In this webinar session, you will learn how to utilize visit coding data to validate services rendered, maximize revenue, and avoid potential compliance issues.


Analyst Training: Extreme Logic-How To Use Data That Doesn’t Exist

As analysts, we all face the obstacle of missing or incomplete quantitative data. As a result, we find ourselves left with the decision of how to effectively analyze data when we don’t have the benefit of complete data from which to work.

In this webinar session, we address how to effectively tackle missing data in the analysis process. We take you through the analytic processes we undertook for one of our clients as we assessed their physician compensation model.

Thought Leadership Webinar: Mind the Gap-Gauging Your Physician Productivity Opportunities

Quantifying physician productivity can be a challenge, but it’s an important step toward improving your healthcare system as a whole. Unfortunately, the vast majority of metrics used to gauge health care productivity do not look at the right output.

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to uncover the key productivity factors that will vastly improve physician productivity.

Thought Leadership Webinar: Engaging Physicians with Data

In this Equation University educational webinar, Kyle Kobe will provide an in-depth look into experiences and best practices of healthcare providers who are improving clinical value by successfully bringing physicians to the table with enhanced communication and data transparency.




Kyle Kobe is a Principal and founding partner at Equation. He is an expert in the physician economic enterprise. He is an industry leader in defining economic relationships and building physician-hospital alignment financial models as well as an innovator in population health management tools.

Provider Classification by Specialty

Equation classifies providers as either Physicians, Mid-Levels, or Non-Physician Providers when looking at capacity trends within an organization. This classification is assigned based on each provider’s primary specialty. Below, you’ll find all of the classifications for each specialty:

Specialty Provider Classification
Allergy/Immunology Physician
Anesthesiology Physician
Anesthesiology: Pain Management Physician
Audiologist Physician
Cardiology: Electrophysiology Physician
Cardiology: Inv-Intvl Physician
Cardiology: Noninvasive Physician
Cert Reg Nurse Anesthetist MidLevel
Chiropractor NPP
Critical Care: Intensivist Physician
Dermatology Physician
Dietician/Nutritionist NPP
Emergency Medicine Physician
Endocrinology/Metabolism Physician
Family Practice (without OB) Physician
Family Practice: Sports Med Physician
Gastroenterology Physician
Gastroenterology: Hepatology Physician
Geriatrics Physician
Hematology/Oncology Physician
Hematology/Oncology: Onc (only) Physician
Hospitalist: Internal Medicine Physician
Infectious Disease Physician
Internal Medicine: General Physician
Midwife: Out-/In-patient MidLevel
Nephrology Physician
Neurology Physician
NP: Family Practice (w/o OB) MidLevel
NP: Gerontology/Elder Health MidLevel
NP: Hematology/Oncology MidLevel
NP: Internal Medicine MidLevel
NP: Non-Specific MidLevel
NP: ObGyn/Women’s Health MidLevel
NP: Pediatric/Child Health MidLevel
ObGyn: General Physician
ObGyn: Gyn Oncology Physician
ObGyn: Gynecology (only) Physician
ObGyn: Maternal & Fetal Med Physician
ObGyn: Repro Endocrinology Physician
Occupational Therapist NPP
Ophthalmology Physician
Orthopedic Surgery: Foot & Ankle Physician
Orthopedic Surgery: General Physician
Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Med Physician
Otorhinolaryngology Physician
PA: Primary Care, Non-Specific MidLevel
PA: Surgical, Non-Specific MidLevel
Pathology: Anatomic & Clinical Physician
Pathology: Clinical Physician
Pediatrics: Child Development Physician
Pediatrics: Endocrinology Physician
Pediatrics: General Physician
Pediatrics: Hematology/Oncology Physician
Pediatrics: Neonatal Medicine Physician
Physiatry (Phys Med & Rehab) Physician
Physical Therapist NPP
Podiatry: General Physician
Podiatry: Surg-Foot & Ankle Physician
Psychiatry: General Physician
Psychiatry: Geriatric Physician
Psychologist NPP
Pulmonary Medicine: General Physician
Radiation Oncology Physician
Radiology: Diagnostic-Invasive Physician
Radiology: Diagnostic-Noninvasive Physician
Rheumatology Physician
Surgery: Cardiovascular Physician
Surgery: Colon & Rectal Physician
Surgery: General Physician
Surgery: Neurological Physician
Surgery: Oncology Physician
Surgery: Trauma Physician
Surgery: Vascular (primary) Physician
Urology Physician

Analyst Training: Building Powerful Data Models

In this session, Rick Carter demonstrates how data models can move you to more effective communication with your organization’s stakeholders.

Participants will gain a practical understanding of data modeling terminology, concepts, and techniques as well as how best to apply this new knowledge to their own data projects.

Excel Spreadsheet Link: Equation Health Excelinar on Basic Modeling (spreadsheet)

Equation uses a custom Excel add-on that changes ‘Number to dollar’ and ‘Number to comma’. Contact if you are interested in the add-on.

Thought Leadership Webinar: Discovering Physician Practice Opportunity

Do you want to understand the causes of and solutions to financial losses in a physician practice?

In this webinar, Kyle Kobe shares his knowledge of the 10 economic drivers of physician practice loss and how to find the opportunities that are hiding in your physician practice data.


Kyle Kobe is a Principal and founding partner at Equation. He is an expert in the physician economic enterprise. He is an industry leader in defining economic relationships and building physician-hospital alignment financial models as well as an innovator in population health management tools.

Analyst Training: Making Sense of Benchmarks

Healthcare organizations look to physician practice benchmarks for assurance and course corrections. However, benchmarks don’t always add up, aren’t consistent, and often just don’t make sense at all.

Rick Carter, creator of a leading data-driven consulting model used by Equation analysts and presented to clients nationwide, provides instruction on how to make sense of benchmarks. This webinar differs from typical webinars in that Rick keeps you thoroughly engaged throughout this unique, live Excel spreadsheet modeling format.

To download the workbook used in the Excelinar*: Equation Excelinar Benchmarking Workbook

Equation uses a custom Excel add-on that changes ‘Number to dollar’ and ‘Number to comma’. Contact if you are interested in the add-on.

A Brief Introduction to Market Analyzer

You’ll notice a new product featured in DataRiver when you log in called, Market Analyzer. This is a new offering on the DataRiver platform that gives you visibility into your market’s data. We’re really excited about this new data product and have already seen clients do amazing things with it. Here are a few use cases around Market Analyzer.

Continue reading “A Brief Introduction to Market Analyzer”

How we use SendGrid for better physician management

We often get requests to distribute productivity reports to physicians throughout a health system. With this, we’ve built a tool in DataRiver called DataCast, that allows users to do just that.

DataCast allows users to upload a list of physicians and managers with their emails and DataRiver will automatically send them emails with their productivity reports included. This has solved a huge pain for practice managers by saving time in report preparation and distribution as well as offering a vehicle to help hold physicians accountable.

In building and testing DataCast, one thing we noticed is that we had no visibility when it came to email deliverability. For most health systems and physician practices, internal IT firewalls are setup and often limit deliverability. Also, we ran into cases where physicians reported never receiving their reports for various reasons. This made following up on the reports and holding physicians accountable to their productivity difficult.

We knew we had to solve this if DataCast was going work. Enter SendGrid.

We heard of SendGrid a while back when they exited Techstars and have followed them since then. They do a fantastic job of managing email deliverability and offering analytics for marketing and transactional emails. They also have a great web API that is easy to integrate and get going in your application. It actually took only a few hours to get everything setup in our case.

Once SendGrid was setup and integrated into DataRiver, including our DataCast tool, we saw results instantly. Not only were emails being delivered but we had detailed stats on the email flow.

SendGrid Stats

These stats enable us to offer visibility to users on which physicians are viewing their reports and which are not. If a physician didn’t receive their report, SendGrid’s stats instantly shed light on whether it was a deliverability issue or not. Beyond that, users can see opens and clicks. The fact that users have this visibility now with the latest SendGrid integration means better physician management with greater accountability. Physicians know their productivity and managers know wether or not physicians are staying on top of it. And we love that.