||||||||||| IX Acknowledgments |||||||||| Coding for Pediatrics 2021, 26th Edition, is the product of the efforts of many dedicated individuals. Our mission is to make coding easier to understand so that pediatric providers can continue to serve children well. We have sought to make this book easier to understand by categorizing care areas and by using many examples (vignettes) of different coding situations. This knowledge is key to helping all pediatric providers stay in compliance and correctly code with confidence. We hope you enjoy reading this book, and we will continue to strive to always serve you with excellence. This work has been made immeasurably easier and the final edition dramatically improved by the dedicated work of many collaborators. 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 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 these committees have each contributed extensive time in reviewing and updating content of the manual. We want to especially thank the follow- ing reviewers: Margie C. Andreae, MD, FAAP Cheryl Arnold, MHSA, FACMPE Greg Barabell, MD, CPC, FAAP Vita Boyar, MD, FAAP David M. Kanter, MD, MBA, CPC, FAAP S. Kalyan Katakam, MD, MPH, FAAP Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP Jamie C. Lago, MD, CPC, FAAP Edward A. Liechty, MD, FAAP Jeanne Marconi, MD, FAAP Richard A. Molteni, MD, FAAP Renee F. Slade, MD, FAAP Sanjeev Y. Tuli, MD, FAAP None of this work is possible without the support of the COCN members who work tirelessly to develop and value codes and fight for pediatrics “at the table.” The committee strives to keep pediatrics at the forefront of coding and valua- tion. The excellent teams listed as follows are truly experts in these areas and are devoted to representing the AAP and its members: CPT Team Joel F. Bradley, MD, FAAP (CPT Advisor) Renee F. Slade, MD, FAAP (CPT Alternate Advisor) Teri Salus, MPA, CPC, CPEDC (AAP Staff to CPT) American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Team Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP (RUC Advisor) Margie C. Andreae, MD, FAAP (RUC Representative) Eileen D. Brewer, MD, FAAP (RUC Alternate Representative) Linda Walsh, MAB (AAP Staff to RUC) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Team Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr, MD, FAAP (AAP Representative to ICD) Edward A. Liechty, MD, FAAP (AAP Alternate Representative to ICD) Becky Dolan, MPH, CPC, CPEDC (AAP Staff to ICD) I am most grateful to the invaluable input of the following AAP committees and individuals: the Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management, specifically Richard L. Oken, MD, FAAP, and AAP staff Julie Ake, senior health policy ana- lyst the Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee, specifically Sue Kressly, MD, FAAP Greg Barabell, MD, CPC, FAAP and AAP staff Lou Terranova, senior health policy analyst and the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine coding trainers. In addition, we reached out to other AAP members for their expertise on specific content areas. Coding_2021.indb 9 Coding_2021.indb 9 9/15/20 2:23 PM 9/15/20 2:23 PM
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