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In the spotlight

New Name for the Section:

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SONPM)

From the Chair: Renate Savich, MD
You voted and the AAP Board listened! We overwhelmingly voted to get “NEONATAL” into our Section name-so we officially changed it to the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SONPM). This more accurately reflects who we are and what we do. More changes to come!

Neonatology Productivity and Compensation Survey

Eric Horowitz, MD

Eric Horowitz, MD FAAP surveyed neonatologists in the US in order to provide a neonatology specific sampling of common productivity and compensation. This informative survey compares academic and private practice neonatologists regarding salaries, productivity and work load by region.

Access the survey here »

SONMP Strategic Plan

The SONPM Executive Committee is in the process of developing a new strategic plan for the Section. The areas identified are:

  • 1. Education
  • 2. Member Value
  • 3. Quality
  • 4. Advocacy
  • 5. Health of the Subspecialty and Subspecialists
In the next few weeks we will be polling Section members for their input. Please respond!

Upcoming Meetings

NeoPREP 2016

January 23-29, 2016
Atlanta, GA

Register to attend NeoPrep-the neonatal Board Review course sponsored by the section featuring outstanding speakers covering all content related to the ABP Neonatal-Perinatal Board exam. This is an excellent review course featuring plenary sessions with Audience response questions, mock board review questions, calculation sessions, work shops and expert panels sessions.

Link to brochure »


New Perinatal Coding Book

Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation

The Perinatal Section is excited to offer this new edition of the Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation. This publication is the definitive source on all aspects of neonatal coding including recommendations on best practices for choosing the proper CPT codes, documentation guidelines and a deeper understanding of the RBRVS system. New in this edition is a chapter on correct coding for the follow up care of the NICU graduate. Perhaps most importantly, this book is being released at a critical time with the start of ICD-10. The Guide contains information on how to crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10. All of these components make the Second Edition of the Quick Reference Guide the ultimate source for neonatal coding and documentation and hence an invaluable tool for neonatologists and their billing staff.

To order, contact Jim Couto »

Counseling Families at 22-25 Weeks

A recent Clinical Report published in Pediatrics “Antenatal Counseling Regarding Resuscitation and Intensive Care Before 25 Weeks of Gestation” provides guidance to neonatologists regarding counseling of families at the limits of viability and offers options including comfort care and support.

Link to report »

Articles of Interest

The Perinatal Section Website Working Group has posted all new monthly Articles of Interest to neonatologists from the top journals. Access this website first to find the most recent clinical trials and research related to neonatology.

Current Articles of Interest »

Coding Corner

AAP Perinatal Coding Experts answer your questions

Andrew Meyer asks: In terms of billing, is there a certain amount of time a baby has to be clinically "critical" to bill for critical care during a calendar day?

Answers to this and previous coding questions »

Send us your coding questions »

Download the 2014 Perinatal Pediatrics Coding Toolkit »

what is the Section on perinatal pediatrics?

The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty subgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.

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