Announcements

PENNRIDGE PEDIATRICS AWARDED RECOGNITION BY NCQA AS A PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME FOR THE SECOND TIME  11/29/17!

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a national model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patient's experience of care and reduce costs. This means our practice, as your MEDICAL HOME, is the central resource for all of your child's healthcare needs. "The MEDICAL HOME is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, and culturally effective care for your child", as described by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are honored to serve as the MEDICAL HOME for the children of this community. Our practice is proud to join an elite group of primary care physicians in America committed to advancing quality in health care as an NCQA-recognized practice

Quality Improvement
We are happy to share you with you our quality improvement results!  Some examples we are trying to improve upon are: determining smoking status of our adolescents, making sure that patients above 12 years of age are receiving the Depression Screening Tool, and determining the percentage of our active patients that have not received an annual physical so that we can identify those patients and schedule appointments. Quality improvement worksheet

Importance of Early Literacy!
It's never too early to start reading to your baby! The AAP promotes early literacy even for infants younger than 6 months of age. Talking and reading aloud with your young infant or child is an extremely effective way to expose them to language. Here's a link to the AAP healthychildren.org with some more tips: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/pages/Developmental-Milestones-of-Early-Literacy.aspx

MEANINGFUL USE
We are pleased to announce that Pennridge Pediatrics' attestation for Meaningful Use compliance has been approved by the State of Pennsylvania.  We are just the 6th practice to receive this achievement in 2014. Meaningful Use involves using certified electronic health record technology to improve care coordination, maintain privacy and security across all areas, reduce health disparities, engage patients and families in their healthcare, improve population and public health, and improve quality, safety, and efficiency in patient care. 

SURVEY RESULTS
In December 2017, we passed out Patient Experience Surveys in the Sellersville and Harleysville offices.  Please see the attached links below for the results! 

Sellersville Results and Harleysville Results

'DEDUCTIBLE' Balances
Due to the high cost of sending out billing statements, 'DEDUCTIBLE' balances will only receive one statement advising parents of the balance due.  If the deductible balance is not paid in full or payment arrangements made within 30 days of the first statement, the account will be forwarded to a collection agency. Parents should contact their insurance companies to determine if their office visits with PPA are subject to a deductible.

Patient Portal
Pennridge Pediatrics has launched its Patient Portal!  Here you have access to your immunization record, demographics, and insurance information.  You can also request appointments and referrals, ask billing questions, send files or notes, request refills on active medications, and fill out our pre-visit questionnaires to faster serve you at your next well-check.  We will be having a monthly giftcard drawing for any family that signs up with the patient portal! 

Early Intervention
Pennridge Pediatrics and Penn Foundation are teaming up for a pilot project designed to provide better access to Early Intervention.  Early Intervention is a state-supported program that provides services at no cost to the family for children birth to age three with developmental delays and disabilities.  On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, a representative from Bucks County Early Intervention will be available in our Sellersville office to speak to parents. If you are concerned about your child's development, please try to schedule his or her next well check at that time.  If you have any questions about this program or feel your child may benefit from Early Intervention services call our office for further information.

HIPAA Privacy Notice
Please see the attached link for new HIPAA regulations HIPAA Privacy Notice.  Please be advised that to comply with HIPAA, Photo ID is required for a parent/guardian/patient picking up any paperwork at our offices.  Written authorization must be given by the parent/guardian/patient if another individual is designated to pick up paperwork; and in turn, that designated individual must then provide Photo ID at the time of pick up.  No exceptions will be made to this policy.

Nondiscrimination and Accessibility Requirements, ACA
PENNRIDGE PEDIATRIC ASSOC., INC. complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.  Pennridge Pediatrics does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Please see the entire disclosure required by law in 15 different languages.

Asthma Consult
Does your child have asthma?  Do you have questions about his/her treatment and management?  We now have appointments available for a full asthma consultation between 12 and 1 pm.  Your consultation will include education on how asthma affects the airways, proper technique of inhalers or nebulizers, medication management, and an asthma plan tailored to your child's needs.  Please call the office to set up your appointment!

Registered Dietician
Pat DiNunzio-Ruth is a licensed, registered dietician with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals on nutritional issues, and she is seeing patients right here in our Harleysville office!

Pat is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-graduate clinical internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.  Her professional experience includes work as a clinical dietician in hospitals, a consultant dietician for eating disorder treatment centers and working with individuals in private and gastroenterology practices.  She also serves as the dietician for the Grand New Youth Program at Grand View Hospital.

Pat enjoys working with families to promote changes in eating habits, addressing not only food intake but also eating behaviors and activity patterns.  She strives to provide information on ways to nourish and nurture the body in a healthy way, identifying the specific needs of each individual and meeting your child's needs for growth and development.

Pat is a preferred provider for several insurance plans but there are a few plans that do not cover the cost of nutritional counseling by a registered dietician.  She recommends calling the Member Services number on the front of your insurance card to ask them if services are covered, how many visits the plan will cover, if there are any exclusions and if there is a copay for the service.  If you do have a copay, this would be payable by check or cash at the time of the visit.

Pat is currently seeing patients every other Monday afternoon. Please call the front desk at our Harleysville office (215) 256-1999 for more information or to set up an appointment.  She looks forward to working with you!