Welcome to Needham Pediatrics

Located in the heart of Needham, Massachusetts, Needham Pediatrics is a primary care pediatric practice for patients from birth through 20 years of age.  

We would like to welcome you to our brand new website!   We have added some exciting new features for our patients, including a link to the AAP Patient Education Library to allow you to find useful information to help you care for your child!

If you are new to us, we welcome you to explore this website to learn more about Needham Pediatrics. Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone if you wish to join our practice. It will be our pleasure to serve you!


 

What's New

 

Early Summer Newsletter

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather as we head toward the end of the school year and summer vacation. We wanted to pass along another general update, highlighting a handful of important topics.
 
1) COVID-19 Vaccination: The FDA has now approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for patients 12 through 16 years of age. For young adults 18 and older, the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines can all be used. To date, we have not received any COVID vaccine to administer to patients, but we will let everyone know promptly if there are updates on this topic. We do recommend COVID vaccine for our eligible patients. 
 
2) Front Desk: As a reminder, our front desk is open. They will be able to provide you with health forms, schedule future appointments, coordinate imaging/lab work, and process payments. We continue to use the text line for rooming patients from the parking lot currently.
 
3)  Masking: Reviewing CDC guidance for health-care facilities, we still require anyone over the age of two to wear a mask while inside the building regardless of vaccination status. 
 
4) Summer Parent Zoom Chats: Starting this summer, we will be providing monthly zoom chats open to all Needham Pediatrics families. Each chat will focus on a different common pediatric topic (for example, toilet training, solid food advancement, sleep training, parenting styles/discipline, etc.). One or two of our providers will moderate these sessions. We see this as both an educational opportunity, as well as another way to connect parents and families within our community. Chats will likely start in July or August with information about the first topic to follow soon.
 
5) Behavioral Health Update: We are excited to be expanding our behavioral health team’s capacity to serve our community. Diane Schwerdt, LICSW, is now available to consult specifically with parents for patient or family support.
 
As always, we hope everyone is staying safe, happy, and healthy as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. ​

 

Billing Update regarding Telehealth and COVID Testing Visits 

Hi everyone. We want to share some information about how we bill for care at Needham Pediatrics, specifically regarding some changes that have arisen during the COVID pandemic.

 

Telehealth Visits
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly rolled out Telehealth capability, allowing many of our patients to get care remotely if they are unable to come into the office or feel safer being treated remotely.  There are two types of telehealth visits: (1) videoconferencing encounters, and (2) audio-only encounters. 

 

We bill both types of telehealth visits to your insurer, just as we would for an in-person visit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, because of a mandate from Governor Baker, insurers have significantly expanded their coverage of telehealth services.  In most cases, your insurer will provide coverage for these visits in the same manner that they cover in-office visits.  Telehealth encounters may be subject to co-payments or may be applied to your deductible, depending on your insurance plan.  

 

Not all insurers are treating Telehealth visits in the same manner. If you are unsure about the specifics of your coverage for these visits, we suggest you contact your insurer.  You are also free to contact our Billing team if you have questions regarding a bill you received from us.  

 

Nursing Visits for COVID Testing

Patients who need COVID tests can have the tests done at Needham Pediatrics.  Symptomatic patients or asymptomatic patients with an exposure will typically be given an appointment with our doctors or nurse practitioner for a clinical evaluation and for testing, if indicated.  These visits will be billed with an "evaluation and management" or E/M code, as is standard for any "sick visit" in our office.

 

 

 

Asymptomatic patients without an exposure can have a COVID test done via a nurse visit, without needing to be seen by one of our providers.  This type of visit is appropriate for asymptomatic patients who need testing because of travel, school, or an extracurricular activity.

 

 

 

Nurse visits for COVID testing will generate a billing charge from us.  For these visits, we use a specific nurse-only billing code (E/M code of 99211).  This charge is meant to cover our office costs associated with staff time, utilization of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing supplies, and cleaning of examination rooms before and after your visit.  In most cases your insurance will cover this charge, but depending on your insurance plan, deductibles or co-pays may apply.  If you are unsure about the specifics of your insurance coverage, you should contact your insurer.

 

 

 

Currently, we send all our swabs for COVID-19 testing to either BID-Needham or Quest Laboratories.  The labs will also generate a charge for performing the COVID test, separate from our office charge.  In most cases, your insurance will cover this charge; again, co-pays and deductibles may apply.

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Needham Pediatrics Welcomes Dr. Kailyn McDermott

Needham Pediatrics is very excited to introduce Dr. Kailyn McDermott! Dr. McDermott will be joining our practice towards the end of July 2020, and she will be working Wednesdays and Fridays. She is accepting new patients. Please contact our office if you would like to book an appointment with her.

 

Coronavirus Update June 2020

At Needham Pediatrics, we are committed to providing safe and outstanding medical care.  There are new guidelines in place promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to protect patients and staff as best we can during this reopening phase and beyond. 

 

Some of these organizational changes include:

·   Thorough screening questions for all patients and their household contacts prior to the visit

·   Anyone over the age of two is required to wear a face covering when entering the office   

·   Patients will continue to complete check-in from their cars on arrival and will be roomed directly from the parking lot 

·   We are managing appointments to keep sick and well visits separate as much as possible​

·   We prefer only one caregiver accompany your child for each visit 

·   Appointments are best handled by phone.  Copays may be made via MyCharts in addition

·   Individual exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected between every encounter 

 

We are continuing to offer in-person and virtual appointments for both well and sick visits. Sick visits will be triaged in order to assess the optimal way we can address each issue, whether it be via telehealth or in-office care.

 

We look forward to seeing you and appreciate all of your support over the past few months. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the office with any questions or concerns. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy heading into the summer. ​

 

Coronavirus Update March 20, 2020

As you are well aware, COVID-19 now is classified as a pandemic, spread worldwide, including many cases in the Boston area.  Around 300 people have been diagnosed in Massachusetts, but most likely the actual number of infections is much higher.

Based on what we know so far, children are at low risk for complications of COVID-19. Middle aged and elderly people account for the great majority of serious cases. So, even if your child does acquire COVID-19, the illness will most likely be a minor flu-like illness which can be easily managed with routine care.  Rarely, children will be hospitalized with pneumonia.  Serious complications (requiring ICU care, for instance) are very rare in children.

In most cases, if your child has fever and cough but appears well, it is appropriate to manage with simple supportive care (rest, fluids, and fever control).  If your child is younger than 2 years of age, or if fevers persist beyond a couple of days, it would be appropriate to contact us to consider an office evaluation.  If your child appears to have trouble breathing or significant lethargy or significant dehydration, please do contact us immediately.  In most such cases, we would refer you to the Emergency Department.     

Because of the concern for COVID-19, many patients prefer not to come into our office for routine care.  In some cases (but not all), we may be able to manage your concern via a Telehealth (or "virtual" visit).  Please contact our office if you feel you need a virtual visit, an we can help you make arrangements.  

 

Here are some links to the CDC and Massachusetts DPH for reliable information about COVID-19.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Reader's Choice Winner 2018!

Thanks to our patients for voting us Needham's favorite for Primary Care Physician in the 2018 Wicked Local Readers' Choice Award.  Thanks also for voting us Blue Ribbon winner for best doctors in Needham in Hometown Weekly Newspapers.  We appreciate these recognitions and look forward to continuing to meet your needs in the coming year!

  

 

Our Affiliations

We are proud to be members of the PPOC, and to be affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.