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Pediatric Coding Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

Are you clear on Z code options when your pediatrician finds nothing clinically wrong with a child presenting with signs or symptoms?

Coding for encounters in which the pediatrician merely rules out conditions is one of the many reporting scenarios Pediatric Coding Alert helps you untangle.

Maximize Pediatric Revenue with Expert Coding Advice

Get the tools, guidance, and strategies you need to defeat your reporting shortfalls. Our veteran pediatric coders show you how to navigate the maze of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, what is meant by “controlled” and “uncontrolled”, and how to determine — and code — when complications are involved.

Whether you’re struggling with behavioral health codes, the dos and don’ts of adolescent preventive medicine coding, spirometry testing, newborn feeding, or how to report tick encounters, Pediatric Coding Alert gives you the timesaving, revenue-boosting guidance to preserve your bottom line and elevate your productivity. 

5 More Reasons to Subscribe to Pediatric Coding Alert

  • Real-World Answers: Learn how to report even the trickiest coding scenarios as our experts dissect real-world cases and answers questions from pediatric coders like you.
  • Handy Tools: Download cheat sheets and checklists covering everything from seasonal condition coding to ADHD/ADD/coexistent condition coding.
  • Master Updates: Don’t let code or guideline changes slow you down. Transition smoothly with straightforward guidance on CPT®, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM codes, including American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations and NCCI edit explanations.
  • Enhance Efficiency: Find vital information fast in our pediatric coding archive, packed with thousands of pediatric coding and compliance articles dating back to 1998.
  • Annual CEUs: Work toward keeping your CPC or CPEDC certification current by earning 6 CEUs with your subscription to Pediatric Coding Alert.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

AAPC coding newsletters will help new coders get up to speed on the job. The articles cover several in-specialty topics each month and delve into the specifics of coding procedures and services. A new coder could get information on a coding scenario in a newsletter before they encounter it in the workplace, which is a huge asset.

Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.


eNewsletter Title


Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert


Cardiology Coding Alert


E/M Coding Alert


ED Coding Alert


Gastroenterology Coding Alert


General Surgery Coding Alert


ICD-10 Coding Alert


Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert


Neurosurgery Coding Alert


Ob-gyn Coding Alert


Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert


Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert


Orthopedic Coding Alert


Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Path/Lab Coding Alert


Pediatric Coding Alert


Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert


Primary Care Coding Alert


Pulmonology Coding Alert


Radiology Coding Alert


Urology Coding Alert



Health Information Compliance Alert


Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement


Part B Insider


Practice Management Alert



Home Care Week


Hospice Insider


MDS Alert


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Question: One of our pediatricians has an established patient whose mother contacted one of our nurses about her daughter having pink eye. The nurse contacted the pediatrician, who was not in the clinic that day, but who told the nurse to have the mother send him a picture of her daughter’s eye by email. After viewing the picture, he prescribed an [...]

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Question: Our pediatrician documented a patient with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with attention problems. The ICD-10 Alphabetic Index lists a number of possible code choices. How do I assign the correct one, and when would I choose F98.8 over one of the F90.- codes, especially as the synonyms for F98.8 do not mention attention deficit disorder (ADD)? AAPC Forum Participant [...]

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