The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 will have a tremendous effect on access to care, health care coverage, and payment for services provided to children. The following provides a brief summary of how these health reform laws will benefit children and affect pediatric practices:

Please visit www.aap.org/advocacy/washing/mainpage.htm to access the health reform law. Health Reform and the AAP: What the New Law Means for Children and Pediatricians can be found on the AAP Member Center Web site at www.aap.org/moc/loadsecure.cfm/fedlegislation/Health%20Reform%20SummaryOnePager5_3_10.pdf. “2010 Health Care Reform & Its Affect on Coding/RBRVS” provides a more complete overview of how these acts will affect coding and the RBRVS; it can be found at http://practice.aap.org/content.aspx?aid=2955.

*Effective beginning January 1, 2011.

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