Pediatricians who provide care to children with developmental or behavioral disorders recognize the challenges not only in providing the care, but getting paid for their work. These services are very time intensive and coding for the work can be complex and confusing.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been working diligently to provide coding education to members and national payers for recognition of these vital services, and a new developmental and behavioral PediaLink® coding module has been developed. Included are tips for correct coding to help pediatricians receive payment for the services provided. PediaLink is an AAP-developed Internet-based continuing medical education system that facilitates the acquisition of new information in children’s and adolescent’s medical care. Self-contained modules not only provide current information, but also show how this information can be integrated into daily practice.

The initial assessment may be performed on a new or an es-tablished...

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