In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children in the United States presenting with an eating disorder skyrocketed. We talk to a range of eating disorder experts across the country about what they’ve seen over the past three years and how pediatricians are critical partners in both treating patients and advocating for improvements to the system.
Staying Strong in the Face of Unfair Policy: How to Fight and Win with Dr. Kathy Cain
Topeka PediatricsTopeka, KS
When Dr. Kathy Cain saw an unfair insurance policy was reducing payment for her services in her home state of Kansas, she did not take it lying down. Instead, with the help of her physician networks, Cain was able to change the policy over years after a long search for her voice to be heard. This article provides a quick primer on medical coding and its potential manipulation, as well as a brief background of one of the major market leaders in the healthcare insurance industry and how one woman took them on—and won.
An Advocate and Innovator: Dr. Gail Schonfeld
East End PediatricsEast Hampton, NY
After 38 years in practice in East Hampton, N.Y., Dr. Gail Schonfeld has built deep and lasting relationships with families in her community. Her work as an advocate and innovator serves her patients and helps pediatricians across the country adapt to a changing healthcare landscape.
Three pediatricians discuss the positive and negative effects of social media, ways to support mental health, how to better serve youth impacted by the opioid epidemic, and more.
Rural America’s Invisible Patients, Part I: The South
Dr. Janice Loeffler, MDValdosta, GA
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.
Passing the Baton: Keeping Your Practice Independent When You Retire
Busy Bee PediatricsBountiful, Utah
After almost 40 years in independent practice, Dr. Douglas Coombs wanted someone who would carry the practice’s vision, work well with current staff, and show up with the most up-to-date processes and practices, all skills possessed by Dr. Bonnie Feola.
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.
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.
Family, Community, Country: The Power of Patient-Centered Pediatrics in South Texas
Pediatric Center at RenaissanceEdinburg, Texas
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.
Tiger Pediatrics’ Long Road to Independence
Tiger PediatricsColumbia, Mo.
The practice was busy, the doctors were happy, and the business was profitable. But something was amiss. Tiger Pediatrics had a long journey to becoming independent, and still have a long road ahead to stay that way.
On Her Own Terms: How Going Solo Was the Best Decision for Dr. Warner
Union PediatricsUnion, Ky.
Nine years after opening her own practice, Dr. Warner knows going solo was the right choice for her practice.
The Continued Evolution of Pediatrics
Chip Hart introduces the new Independent Pediatrician online and explores why pediatricians across the country are renovating their offices and their businesses as payment models and measures of clinical success shift.
Dr. John Ivan Sutter: Pediatrician, Activist, and Champion of Physician’s Rights
NuHeights PediatricsClifton, N.J.
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?
Absent Adolescents: Solving the Problem of Continuity of Care Through the Teenage Years
Center for Pediatric and Adolescent CareDover, Del.
Annual well visits with a trusted pediatrician are the best forum to address the physical, social, and emotional changes adolescents face today.
Need for Adolescent Specialists Grows as Pediatric Subspecialty Evolves
Children’s & Women’s PhysiciansValhalla, N.Y.
It was during his pediatric internship that adolescent health specialist Dr. Gilberto Velez-Domenech realized he had the passion, talent, and the patience it takes to tackle the diverse health needs of adolescents.
Proust Questionnaire: Christoph Diasio, MD, FAAP
Sandhills PediatricsNorth Carolina
The Independent Pediatrician borrows on a personality test resurrected from the Victorian era to find out what makes North Carolina pediatrician Dr. Christoph Diasio tick.
Beyond the Nuts and Bolts: One Doctor’s Vision for the Perfect Pediatric Electronic Health Record
CareMount MedicalNew York State
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.
The evidence that physicians can be as successful at business as they are at care-giving continues to mount, suggests Pediatric Practice Consultant Chip Hart, who cites independent pediatricians who have capitalized on business acumen and an inner drive to thrive financially.
Adding Breastfeeding Support Services to Your Practice
The Verden Group
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. Patricia Edwards: My Story
Concord PediatricsMerrimack Valley, NH
Dr. Patricia Edwards was fresh out of residency when she joined a two-doctor practice in Concord, NH that embodied the spirit of small town, personalized medicine. Twenty-eight years later, Dr. Edwards continues to watch her practice grow and thrive in keeping with the values of independent medicine.
Taming the Lion
Hershey Pediatric Center, Penn., and Pediatric Associates of Fall River, Mass.
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.