Updated vaccine recommendations for children and adolescents will be published in the February 2015 issue of Pediatrics and published online Jan. 26. The policy statement, “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – United States, 2015” will include links to the 2015 recommended childhood and adolescence immunization schedules approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the importance of timely vaccinations for children, and encourages parents to adhere to the schedule as the best way to protect children from infectious diseases, including measles and influenza, which are currently experiencing outbreaks. Minor changes in the schedule have been made this year, including new columns to emphasize the availability of inactivated influenza vaccine and live-attenuated vaccine starting at 2 years of age as well as the need for 2 doses of flu vaccine for some children 2 through 8 years of age. A second column has been added at 9 through 10 years to indicate when 2 doses are no longer needed. A purple bar has been added for young children 6 months to less than 12 months traveling outside the United States who need the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. In addition, minor, clarifying word changes were made to the catch-up schedules and the footnotes. The meningococcal footnote underwent extensive revision to clarify appropriate dosing schedules for high-risk infants and children for the use of three different vaccines – See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Issues-Updated-Immunization-Schedules-for-Children-and-Adolescents.aspx#sthash.DoGNx1WV.dpuf
ESD Pediatric Group has been recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. Level 3 certification is the highest level of recognition. The providers and staff take great pride in this accomplishment.
You may have heard talk about Patient-Centered Medical Homes, but what exactly is a patient-centered medical home? A patient-centered medical home is a system of care in which a team of health professionals work together to provide all of your child’s health care needs. Here at ESD, we use technology such as electronic medical records and the secure patient portal to communicate and coordinate your child’s care and provide the best possible outcomes.
Your child is the most important part of a patient-centered medical home. When you take an active role in your child’s health and work closely with us, you can be sure that your child is getting the appropriate care.
As your child’s medical home, ESD leads the health care team which may include specialized doctors, nurses, health educators, and other health care professionals such as pharmacists or physical therapists. Our team acts as “coaches” who help your child get healthy, stay healthy, and get the care and services which are right for your child. Your child, of course, is at the center of his/her care team.
In a patient-centered medical home, the ESD health team:
- Is available when you need us. You can communicate with us easily and efficiently and get appointments quickly. The secure patient portal allows you to communicate with us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Knows your child and his/her health history. We know about your personal or family situation and can suggest treatment options that make appropriate medical sense.
- Helps you understand your child’s conditions and how to take care of your child. We explain your options and help you make decisions about your child’s care.
- Helps you coordinate your child’s health care – even if we are not the ones giving you the care. ESD’s care coordinator will help you find specialists, get appointments, and make sure specialists have the information they need to care for your child.
- Uses technology such as electronic medical records and share records to help prevent medical errors and make sure that we are always on the same page.
The ESD medical home team looks forward to providing your child with superior patient-centered care!
Congratulations to one of our own.
Dr. Jeff Drasnin has been voted one of Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors. Chosen for the first time in 2013, Dr. Jeff was again selected for this honor in 2014 and 2015. This is a remarkable accomplishment and puts Dr. Jeff among an elite group in the city. Top Doctors are chosen by fellow physicians in the city as practitioners that they would entrust the care of a family member to.
Following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Ronald Drasnin who was also listed, Dr. Jeff has been recognized by the magazine as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati. This is a reflection not only of Dr. Jeff ‘s accomplishments but also of all the hard work and dedicated service everyone at ESD Pediatric Group puts forth on behalf of its patients.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Drasnin for being chosen by his peers as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top Doctor!
Does your child see well? We can tell you! ESD Pediatrics is proud to offer state-of-the-art vision screening at our offices using the PediaVision® Early Vision Screening system.
The PediaVision system allows our staff to quickly and effortlessly assess your child’s vision. Since the system is automated and passive, we can test children as young as 6 months old. PediaVision uses an infrared camera that takes a digital photograph from just over a yard away. The information acquired is used to automatically assess a child’s vision in as little as five seconds. This data can be used to assist in the detection of any number of problems or issues.
For full details about the PediaVision system, you can visit PediaVision’s web site or ask the doctor or nurse the next time you visit our office.
The ESD PATIENT PORTAL allows you to login to a secure environment and review important information about your child’s healthcare. In addition to the functions that were available in ESD INTERACTIVE, you are able to review appointment times, appointment history, complete and submit paperless forms, review and pay your statements online, get lab results and much, much more! To send questions to our providers, use the messaging feature.
Registration is fast and easy. To get started, from the home page, click on ESD Patient Portal. Follow the steps to register your child or children. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of technology in terms of accessing patient information and communicating with ESD doctors and staff!
At ESD Pediatric Group, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of our busy families!
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Introducing Card-on-File Payment Processing
As healthcare costs continue to rise, patients are being required to pay more and more of those costs out of their own pockets, in the form of premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. Consumer-directed health care plans are also becoming more popular. ESD Pediatric Group is excited to offer a convenient bill payment option which will help parents better manage their health care costs.
Card-on-File allows the parent to securely store a credit card of their choice on file. The Card-on-File will be used to pay future balances, co-pays and deductibles. The Card-on-File agreement is validate for twelve months and can be cancelled at any time. The total maximum amount to be charged each month is specified by the parent. Notifications and receipts are sent to the parent via e-mail.
Do not delay, sign-up for Card-on-File today! It’s easy to take advantage of this time savings bill payment service. The Card-on-File feature can be set-up by the front desk staff at your child’s next office visit.
If you have additional questions about the Card-on-File feature, please contact our billing office at 513-248-3063.