“One of the best-connected tech devices”

January 30, 2017 By Andrew J. Schuman, MD., FAAP of and longtime contributor of medical technology to Contemporary Pediatrics. One of the best-connected tech devices I’ve reviewed in recent years is the Oto from Cellscope. It is an optical attachment that turns your iPhone 5 or 6 (not all models- please see the video) into a full functioning otoscope. It attaches to the iPhone via either… (Read More)

SafeStraw Might Help You Swallow Through Thick and Thin

Written by Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP Ventilator-Assisted Living Vol. 28, No.5 October 2014 Aspiration, food, or liquid getting misdirected into the airway can be a source of aspiration pneumonia, and result in a hospitalization and recommendation for altering the diet, which often includes thickening liquids. Thickened liquids, no matter what formula to get there, are often enjoyed by patients, and many individuals, once out of… (Read More) SafeStraw Product Review

TAKE A SMALL SIP! Product Review: SafeStraw by Bionix Medical Technologies by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Background: Do you find yourself choking when you are chugging your drinks? Does fast drinking from a cup or straw make you cough, like liquid is going down the wrong pipe? Maybe it is. Maybe a Speech-language Pathologist (SLP) needs to evaluate your swallowing function. See… (Read More)

Best Tech for Pediatrics: 2014

December 01, 2014 By Andrew J Schuman, MD, FAAP In case you missed my presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference last month, here’s a recap of my most favorite tech for the pediatric office. I recently had the good fortune to present a forum on medical office technologies (“Must-Have Gadgets, Gizmos, and Technology for the Pediatric Office”) at the American Academy of… (Read More)

Billing and Coding Tips for 69210 — Manual Removal of Impacted Cerumen

Billing Tips for 69210 Tips provided by Don Self & Associates, Inc. When billing Medicare for 69210, a provider should be cautioned that Medicare, Blue Cross and other carriers do NOT consider lavage, or washing of ears, to be the same as described in the CPT codebook or Medicare Carrier Manual as 69210. Often, depending on the provider, ear lavage is not separately billable and… (Read More)

Solving Your 9 Biggest Billing Blunders

April 30, 2010 | E&M, Medical Billing & Collections, Coding, Audits, Meaningful Use, Productivity, Stimulus By Robert Redling Coding can be a dense and Byzantine process. Doctors hate it. The worst of it is that every payer seems to have its own take on coding. But you can’t bill for services without coding for them. And as Medicare’s pay-for performance program catches on and private… (Read More)

The Lighted Ear Curette: Ten Devices Changing Medicine

Necessity is the mother of invention, and from cleaning ears to healing wounds, these tools are taking up the challenge By Kurt Soller “Medical device designers need to be in touch with their customers,” says Dr. Jay Goldberg, who works as a professor at Marquette University. “You can’t design a product sitting in your office — you need to go talk with people who will… (Read More)

Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes

An Enteral Feeding Tube is recommended when an ALS patient is no longer able to ingest sufficient liquids to prevent dehydration and/or sufficient calories to maintain their body weight. A physician should suggest a feeding tube, after swallowing tests have determined the patient can no longer safely eat sufficiently to maintain their body. After this is determined there are a few different types of tubes… (Read More)

New Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Otitis Media

April 12, 2004 Recently a subcommittee representing the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians published new clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute otitis media (AOM). These guidelines provided six recommendations to primary care clinicians for the management of uncomplicated acute otitis media in children ages 2 months to 12 years. Within this document a number of… (Read More)

Case by Case, Transitioning to Oral Feeds

as published in Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Newsletter, October 2007 By Amy Thorpe, M.Ed., CCC/SLP Background: JC, a 4 month old male, was a term baby born with a tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF). TEF repair was completed and esophageal dilation was performed 5 times to reduce stricturing. Primary method of nutrition was via G-tube feeds with intermittent attempts of oral feeds as tolerated. Upon evaluation at… (Read More)