Increased access to pediatric care for rural poor populations could alter the course of children’s lives, and widespread access could change a community’s future. Three distinct regions of the U.S. provide lenses through which to examine questions of access, utilization, and solutions for the future.
At Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in Colorado, Dr. Jay Rabinowitz took a leap into the unknown by bringing licensed mental health professionals into his practice as employees. Dr. Mark Harris went on a similar journey in Vermont, where he integrated mental health services into his practice, Upper Valley Pediatrics, in the 1990s. In both locations, integrated mental health care has been beneficial for patients and providers, filling a dire need in the community.
Why fight for Medicaid? Pediatrician Christoph Diasio, M.D. makes a compelling case. He offers his perspective on Medicaid’s foundational role in our health care system, and proposes a vision for the future.
Sandhills Pediatrics and Palmetto Pediatrics, two of the largest independent pediatric practices in the Midlands region of South Carolina, have joined forces to create South Carolina Pediatric Alliance. Their goal is to deliver high quality care while gaining efficiencies of scale, reducing costs, and maintaining the independence of their practices.
Ensure your patient experience is positive by following front desk best practice. Managing phone interruptions, practicing great customer service, and collecting payments promptly will keep your patients happy and your revenue cycle healthy.
Dr. J.J. Saenz views his pediatric practice as an extension of his family—in fact, the practice is his family. While striving to meet the needs of their diverse community, Dr. Saenz and his children have been providing quality, evidence-based care for children in the Rio Grande Valley for 30 years.
An exemplary pediatrician draws on his long career to describe his obsession with science, the rewards of gutsy perseverance and why he can't work for someone else.
Nine years after opening her own practice, Dr. Warner knows going solo was the right choice for her practice.
Dr. Sutter fought a decades-long legal battle against one of the big insurers that went all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in a landmark decision. Why did no one seem to care?
Dr. Alison Nash continues a family tradition/calling as successor to the pediatric practice her father, Dr. Homer Nash, opened six decades ago in north St. Louis.
Dr. William Zurhellen is a New York City metropolitan-area pediatrician who parlayed a personal interest in early computer technology during the 1970s into a viable electronic health record system used by more than a dozen pediatric practices around the country.
Susanne Madden, chief operating officer of the National Breastfeeding Center, leads a Q & A on how independent pediatricians can successfully add lactation services to their practices.
Dr. Mary Kiepert is an independent pediatrician in Las Vegas, Nevada, who has successfully negotiated the delicate balance between work and family life.
Judy Rapoza, a practice administrator in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Jayme Spangler, a biller from Hershey, Pennsylvania, represent staff at independent pediatric practices everywhere who keep their offices up-to-date and compliant with the demands of a fickle health care industry.
Dr. Susan Sirota is a Chicago-area pediatrician who, along with 39 other independent-minded practitioners from seven practices, met the spectre of hospital consolidation head-on by forming their own “group without walls.”
Dr. Jill Stoller and Dr. Krekamey Craig are New Jersey pediatricians from neighboring counties who, believing there is strength in numbers, helped form a merger that puts theirs and three other practices in a position to thrive.