Pediatric practices will see a positive change in their bottom lines thanks to increases in work relative value units (wRVUs) assigned to pediatric preventive medicine services codes (well-child visits) and inpatient well newborn services codes that took effect Jan. 1.

The Academy requested a review of these services' wRVUs as part of the Medicare Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) 2010 Five-Year Review process. The result was increases in wRVUs of 18% to 64% for the services, which make up one-quarter to one-third of the patient care activity of a typical general pediatric practice.

Members of the AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature (COCN) worked with leaders of the Bright Futures Steering Committee to identify compelling changes in physician work associated with providing services in accordance with the revised Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents and the Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity...

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