Coding for Pediatrics, 23rd 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.
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 excel-
lent 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 these 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
David M. Kanter, MD, MBA, CPC, FAAP
Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP
Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr, MD, FAAP
Jeanne Marconi, MD, FAAP
Renee F. Slade, MD, FAAP
Sanjeev Y. Tuli, MD, FAAP
I would like to particularly acknowledge those current and past COCN members who have devoted their
time and expertise to 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; David M. Kanter, MD, MBA, CPC,
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 Pediatrics 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; the Section on Telehealth Care, specifically Peter Dehnel, MD, FAAP; and the
Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine coding trainers.
This project would not have been completed were it not for the outstanding work of AAP staff. In the
departments of Publishing and Membership Engagement, Marketing, and Sales, Barrett Winston, senior editor,
professional/clinical publishing; Jason Crase, manager, editorial services; Peg Mulcahy, manager, art direction and
production; Leesa Levin-Doroba, production manager, practice management; and Mary Jo Reynolds, ­marketing
manager, 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, dedicated advocates
for all of us who provide medical care to children.
Edward A. Liechty, MD
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