Announcements

PENNRIDGE PEDIATRICS AWARDED RECOGNITION BY NCQA AS A PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME FOR THE THIRD TIME  10/07/21!

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.

21ST CENTURY CURES ACT
As approved by our Board of Directors on 3/15/21, PPA has an Information Sharing Policy which ensures that patients are able to receive their health information in a safe, secure and Hipaa compliant manner in compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act.  The goal of our practice is to make every effort to share information with patients and authorized representatives in order to empower them to be active participants in their care.  Sharing of information will be accomplished through both active (upon request) and passive (information that is made available upon demand through our patient portal) methods. This full policy is available upon request by any patient to our Office Manager.

CARES Act
1/1/2021: The CARES act requires that providers post their cash price for COVID-19 testing.  PPA'S cash price for rapid COVID-19 testing is $60 which must be paid at the time of service.  Please note, this is only for the COVID-19 rapid test.  Other tests and screenings may be ordered and provided at the same time of service, which will affect the total bill for this service and may require payment of other out-of-pocket costs (for example, office visit copays).  PCR Covid-19 testing, when determined as required by the clinician, will be sent out to commercial labs and billed to insurance.

Patient Portal
9/1/20: PPA is pleased to announce the launching of our new Greenway Patient Portal.  Please note that credentials for our old portal version will no longer be active.  Contact our office for instructions on how to sign up for the new version of our Patient Portal.

PPA Mask Policy
5/1/20: To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and the public and in compliance with the mandates of the State of PA, patients and staff are required to wear masks at all time in our offices. If patients/visitors do not have their own mask, PPA will provide one for them. This requirement will be communicated to parents/patients when scheduling visits and at check in. Medically-exempt individuals with disabilities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the office manager with the continued objective of the safety and well-being of our patients and staff as our priority.  1/1/22 PPA is still requiring all patients (over 2 years of age) and visitors to wear masks in our offices even if individuals are fully vaccinated as we are a medical office.  This mandate has been recommended by the CDC and the State of PA (Department of Health).

VIRTUAL TELEMEDICINE VISITS
4/16/20: PPA is very excited to announce that we will now be scheduling “Telemedicine” visits through doxy.me. This virtual visit will include audio and video capability for issues that are deemed as non-emergent by our nurses and clinicians. If you are interested in a virtual visit for your child, please call 215-257-2727 for Sellersville and 215-256-1999 for Harleysville to be connected to our triage nurse. Our nurse will determine whether or not your child’s ailment can be scheduled as a virtual “telemedicine” visit or if your child requires a face-to-face visit in our offices. Thank you and we hope that all of you are continuing to stay safe and well!

OFFICE HEALTH PRECAUTIONS DUE TO COVID-19 AND INFLUENZA VIRUSES
March 2020: Due to viruses circulating in our area, all books, puzzles, and coloring materials have been removed from our offices for your protection for the time being.  Thank you for your understanding!

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

SURVEY RESULTS
In November 2020, 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

MEANINGFUL USE
We are pleased to announce that Pennridge Pediatrics' attestation for Meaningful Use compliance has been approved by the State of Pennsylvania once again for 2016. 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. 

'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.

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.  Please note that the following paragraph has been added to the Acknowledgement of Hipaa Privacy Notices that must be signed yearly by a parent/guardian/patient:  

Note this change 1/21/22:  If the person who presents with the patient for care, has legal authority to consent to care, our office will provide that care as deemed medically appropriate by the provider and/or members of our staff.  Regardless of whether parents reside in the same or different households, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian who presented with the patient for care, to communicate information to any additional guardians.  Only in cases where there is legal documentation in the medical record stating that there must be informed consent from both parties, will reasonable attempts be made to obtain the consent of the other parent; however, it is still the primary responsibility of the person presenting the child for care to communicate all medical information to the other parent.  As of the date of signing this document, it is the signer's responsibility to make PPA aware of any effective court orders in place and we must have copies of these documents for our files. 
 

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!