x ||||||||||| Acknowledgments ||||||||||| Coding for Pediatrics, 21st Edition, is the product of the efforts of many dedicated individuals. My work has been made immeasurably easier and the final edition dramatically improved by the dedicated work of my collabora- tors. First and foremost, I must thank Cindy Hughes, CPC, CFPC, consulting editor, for her professional input and particularly for her ongoing work to make this manual more user-friendly and readable, a goal she and I share. Additionally, I must thank the Committee on Coding and Nomenclature (COCN) support staff at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), particularly Becky Dolan, MPH, CPC, CPEDC, staff editor, for her many excellent suggestions as well as for reviewing major portions of the project. Thank you also to Teri Salus, MPA, CPC, CPEDC, for her review of new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes and suggestions for changes to content. I would also like to thank the members of COCN and the AAP Coding Publications Editorial Advisory Board. The members of those committees have each contributed extensive time in reviewing and updating con- tent of the manual. We want to especially thank the following reviewers: Jamie Calabrese, MD, CPC, FAAP Linda Parsi, MD, MBA, CPEDC, CMOM, CMC, FAAP David M. Kanter, MD, CPC, FAAP Jeanne Marconi, MD, FAAP Richard A. Molteni, MD, FAAP Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr, MD, FAAP Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP Jana Stockwell, MD, FAAP I would like to particularly acknowledge those current and past COCN members who have devoted their time and expertise providing a breadth of knowledge not otherwise possible. Lynn Wegner, MD, FAAP, former COCN member and advocate for developmental and behavioral health issues Margie C. Andreae, MD, AAP representative to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Eileen D. Brewer, MD, AAP alternate RUC representative Steven E. Krug, MD, AAP RUC advisor Joel F. Bradley, MD, AAP CPT advisor and former CPT Editorial Panel member Sanjeev Y. Tuli, MD, AAP alternate CPT advisor Julia M. Pillsbury, DO, CPT Editorial Panel member Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr, MD, AAP International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification Editorial Advisory Board representative and ICD-11 Pediatric Topic Advisory Group chairperson and Richard A. Molteni, MD, COCN chair, former AAP CPT advisor, and former CPT Editorial Panel member. I am most grateful to the invaluable input of the following AAP committees and individuals: the Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management, specifically James P. Scibilia, MD, FAAP, and AAP staff Julie Ake, senior health policy analyst the Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee, specifically Sue Kressly, MD, FAAP, and AAP staff Lou Terranova, senior health policy analyst Samuel D. Smith, MD, liaison for the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine coding trainers. I appreciate the informa- tion on emerging payment methodologies provided to me by Edward P. Zimmerman, director, AAP Department of Practice, and by the AAP Committee on Child Health Financing, particularly Mark Hudak, MD, FAAP. This project would not have been completed were it not for the outstanding work of AAP staff. In the depart- ments of Publishing and Marketing and Sales, Alain Park, senior product development editor Jason Crase, man- ager of editorial services Peg Mulcahy, manager of art direction and production Leesa Levin-Doroba, manager of publishing and production services and Mary Jo Reynolds, marketing manager for practice publications, deserve special recognition for their outstanding skill and dedication to this project. In the Division of Health Care Finance, I am especially appreciative of the support and professional expertise of Linda Walsh, MAB, division director, and AAP staff support to the AAP COCN, a dedicated advocate for all of us who provide medical care to children. Edward A. Liechty, MD Editor
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