By the end of 2006, each of the 4 million babies born in the United States will be scheduled to receive more than 30 vaccinations each by the time they grow up—a whopping 120 million immunizations. Hopefully, the increased availability of combination vaccines will make this a bit easier.

With the exception of payroll expense, pediatricians who purchase vaccines often find that vaccine costs are their second-largest practice expense. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is devoting a great amount of energy this year to helping pediatricians maintain effective and efficient vaccine payment in their offices through

This special edition of Pediatric Coding Companion will cover important immunization issues, from selecting the best Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes to establishing a value for vaccines that accurately reflects the cost to deliver immunization services. All of the AAP...

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