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National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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Soriah Esquivel

It's officially 2022 and while January is not only the time for new year's resolutions, it also happens to be National Birth Defects Prevention Month. So, whether you're looking to plan a family or are a healthcare provider who delivers pediatric care, we've compiled some important facts and resources about birth defects in an effort to bring awareness to proactive women's health.

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Client Testimonial: Washington Health System

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Soriah Esquivel

Established in 1897, the expansive Washington Health System (WHS) provides compassionate patient and family-centered care in over 40 facilities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Since then, their commitment to delivering the highest quality of care has positioned themselves as a leader in healthcare safety and valued patient experiences.

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Client Testimonial: MedCare Pediatric Group

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Soriah Esquivel

Founded in 1991, MedCare Pediatric Group is a multi-location practice that boasts a comprehensive range of nursing and therapy services for children with special medical or developmental needs. For the past 25 years, MedCare’s mission has been to enhance the lives of children every day with individualized physician directed care. 

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What Are The Four Therapy Specialties?

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Bobbie Byrd

People of all ages with a wide range of health conditions need care from an expert therapist, but finding the right provider can sometimes be confusing. Although therapies may share some naming conventions or have similar end goals, there are four primary therapy specialties that are most frequently employed to help people living with disabilities, injuries and illnesses: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language and applied behavioral analysis.

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Client Testimonial: Small Talk Speech and OT

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Melissa Bergquist

Serving locations across San Diego county (CA), Small Talk Speech and Occupational Therapy provides children of all ages with advanced speech-language and occupational therapy services. Both are available online via Teletherapy and require an assessment of the child prior to planning therapy sessions. Each therapist that works at Small Talk has a diverse background in experience working with numerous disorders and delays. This allows them to be able to build a customized program to help each child individually.

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Client Testimonial: Assential Therapies

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Melissa Bergquist

Located in multiple communities throughout the Chicago area, Assential Therapies has been a multifaceted pediatric therapy practice since 2003. They offer a variety of developmental services, including physical and occupational therapy as well as speech language pathology and their very own specialty feeding clinic. These therapy programs are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Early Intervention Program, so that children ranging from newborns to three years of age can proactively receive the care they need.

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Client Testimonial: Heartspring

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Melissa Bergquist

Heartspring, formerly known as the Institute of Logopedics, was founded in 1934 and has been leading innovation in the field of special needs services for children ever since. In fact, their two objectives to help their patients grow and build a life with more independence has remained constant throughout the years.

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Client Testimonial: Easterseals DuPage

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Melissa Bergquist

Founded in 1942, the Illinois Association for the Crippled, now known as Easterseals Dupage, began as an in-home service for 15 different families. Easterseals DuPage opened its doors in June 1999 with a mission aimed to help disabled infants, children and adults attain full independence while also supporting the families who care for them. 

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4 Software Needs For Pediatric Practices

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Melinda Curle

Delivering care to young children differs greatly from treating adult patients, which means pediatric practices have unique operational requirements that are best streamlined with specific technology-enabled solutions. Instead of opting for a software tailored to adult therapy, pediatric clinics need a system with specialty specific documentation, interactive engagement and configurable practice management tools that ensure proper storage of electronic medical records (EMR) (i.e. immunization cards, family medical history etc.) as well as adequate reporting capabilities. Also, pediatric therapists should adopt a billing software that includes a pediatric format for notes along with goal banks, assessment content and standardized test data relevant to the population they serve. 

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Telehealth Guide For Pediatric Providers

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Melinda Curle

Although telehealth adoption was already on the rise before Covid-19, the demand for virtual care has significantly increased since March 2020, which saw a 154% surge in telehealth visits. As healthcare specialties began adapting to telehealth, pediatricians in particular started recognizing the benefits of virtual visits for children as well as how it offered parents more options to actively participate in their child's plans of care. While safeguarding loved ones from virus exposure was a chief concern throughout the pandemic, parents saw that telehealth also gave them the flexibility and convenience to seek continuity of care for their children without even having to leave the comforts of their own home. 

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