Hunterdon Pediatric Associates is a team of highly trained physicians, certified pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, certified medical assistants, and patient service representatives. All of our physicians are board-certified in pediatric medicine, having completed intensive training and examinations. Our certified nurse practitioners are uniquely qualified to oversee well childcare and diagnose and treat a wide variety of common childhood illnesses.
Our specialized training enables us to meet the unique healthcare needs of adolescents. We provide care to young adults until the age of 21 or through the college years. We offer confidential discussions of problems.
We take our responsibility to maintain your confidentiality very seriously. We will not release any information without written consent. For patients under 18 years old, a parent’s written consent is required.
If someone other than a parent or legal guardian brings a child under the age of 18 to the office, we require consent for medical care. If a friend, babysitter, or grandparent brings your child to the office, we require a written note.
Lab specimens may be collected in our office during routine visits. Some tests are done in our office including throat cultures, flu testing, and urinalysis. Specimens that may need additional testing that cannot be done in our office can include throat culture back-up testing, urine cultures, stool cultures, and blood testing. Hunterdon Pediatric Associates will send all specimens to Hunterdon Medical Center for processing unless your insurance specifies that samples must go to Lab Corp or Quest.
We request that parents tell the clinical staff if your insurance requires a particular lab for processing specimens.
If you are a new patient, you can complete the following registration form, save a copy for your records, print it, and bring it with you to your appointment.
Hunterdon Medical Center offers a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program for newborn and older children, providing inpatient care by a team of pediatricians who specialize in the hospitalized child. One of these pediatricians is in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be there whenever your child needs them. They do not work in the office setting. Hospitalists can rapidly respond to emergencies, and they communicate with our HPA providers regularly if your child is in the hospital at Hunterdon Medical Center.
Refills for medications for chronic conditions can be arranged by calling our office and requesting a refill.
Radiology testing may be ordered during a routine or acute visit. Our staff will provide the necessary paperwork for this testing. If your insurance requires a referral for radiology testing, our Referral Department staff will assist with this process.
We will gladly fill out health forms if your child’s well visits are up to date. We charge just $10 to complete the forms and the fee is waived if the form is presented at the well visit or if your child is covered under Medicaid or the Patient Assistance Program.
Health forms provide information about your child. We regard the proper completion of these forms as an important part of your child’s care. Please allow 5 business days for processing these forms. You must complete your portion of the form, including your health history, and sign it prior to submitting it to us. Incomplete forms will be returned to you.
We recognize that siblings often have illnesses at the same time. If you would like us to evaluate more than one child at your scheduled appointment time, please tell the Patient Service Representative in advance so that their charts are available for the doctor. Each sick child deserves a complete assessment and requires proper information, time, and support.
Hunterdon Pediatric Associate's nurses are specially trained in assisting parents in the management of a wide range of problems by following detailed telephone protocols. These protocols are designed to assist in managing simple illnesses at home and to assist the nurse in determining if an office visit is necessary in order to evaluate a more serious problem.
Some issues cannot be addressed in a telephone call. Issues such as toilet training refusal or chronic behavior problems will require an office visit. Illnesses such as ear infections or strep throat cannot be diagnosed over the phone and will require an office visit. Calls of an emergency nature will be answered or returned as soon as the nurse is available.
Telephone calls for all other advice are returned in the following timeframe:
Calls made after regular office hours are handled by the St. Peter’s University Hospital Pediatric Call Center.
It is important to have a good understanding of your healthcare benefits. Please call your managed healthcare provider directly with any questions and always verify coverage prior to making an appointment.
Present your insurance card at the beginning of each appointment and alert staff to any changes in your coverage. We will help you with your plan as it relates to benefits, referrals, and billing; but ultimately it is your responsibility to understand your insurance.
Our practice has a policy to charge a "No-Show" fee of $25.00 for the second time a patient has not shown up for his/her appointment without contacting our office within a reasonable amount of time prior to the appointment.
We appreciate your efforts to be here on time for your appointment and for understanding the value of the time that has been set aside for you. Thank you.
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