Pediatric Practice Improvement
Contemporary Pediatrics brings you 10 tips to make the switch to the ICD-10 coding system.
When I started my pediatric practice in 1986, we tested patients for strep throat by performing a throat culture, which was placed in a small office incubator for 48 hours. Typically, we put patients on an antibiotic pending culture results and would stop antibiotics if the culture proved negative. In my first year of practice, an interesting new technology arrived—rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs). These tests were reasonably accurate and enabled us to make a diagnosis at the time of the visit.
Despite the growth of retail-based clinics, the availability of direct-to-consumer video visits, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, you are having a busy day in the office.
In this follow-up to his article "Telehealth: A primer for pediatricians" that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr. Andrew Schuman describes the logistics of implementing your own office telehealth program.
Andrew J Schuman, MD, FAAP, presents his take on the US Supreme Court decision to uphold the healthcare subsidies provision of the Affordable Care Act and how the monumental decision will affect the future of pediatrics.
Whether you realize it or not, you have been practicing telehealth for years. By communicating with patients by telephone, you are managing their care at a distance.