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Whether you want to be prepared for your child’s next well visit or you just have general pediatric care questions, our practice resources are a great place to start.

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If our patient care coordinator suggested you go to our website and download some forms to save time when you arrive, you’re in the right place. Click here to download and complete the forms prior to visiting our office. You can email your completed forms to us at:

Recommended Websites — Bookmark this now, you’ll thank us! There is no better website covering childhood development, sickness, pediatric news, treatment guidelines, etc, with articles, audio files, and videos edited and written with parents as the audience. From the AAP, this is where to start when you don’t know where to go for pediatric medical information. — Nemours Children’s Hospital’s very complete website for pediatric medical information. A good site to consider when wanting parent, teen, or kid specific audience information. — Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s hospital has a plethora of information. I frequently reference their information on babies and development. Another robust website for an encyclopedia of pediatric educational resources. — Super impressive vaccine information website from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This vaccine information is sourced by medical experts and scientists who have dedicated their lives to decreasing illness, infection and disease through vaccines. If you want an in-depth education about vaccines, this website is for you. — Traveling and want to know what health risks exist? Concerned about a concussion? Want to learn more about immunizations, antibiotic resistance, age-appropriate dietary recommendations? This website is so robust there isn’t much that cannot be found here. — Uncertain about Tennessee’s car seat laws? Click here and you will no longer be uncertain. , — Two of the best websites for information on ADD/ADHD. — Can’t keep up with your child’s taste in music, video games, books or movies? Uncertain if what they’re influenced by is something that could be harmful? This website is the most complete source of reviews to help guide your parental influence in a world of media. — Technology Tuesdays are a great way to find out about the pulse of technology in teens. If you get a chance to hear these people speak, take it. You are investing your time into your kids by learning from them.

Suggested Reading

Baby 411 Ari Brown– Formatted by subject matter and styled like a handbook, Dr. Brown’s writing style is informative and entertaining. An easy to use reference book for the parent who wants to get information quick.

What to Do the First Year Heidi Murkoff– Dr. Murkoff has set the bar very high with this exhaustive volume on everything in a child’s first year. A true standard in recommended pediatric books.

The Happiest Baby on the Block Harvey Karp– Dr. Karp’s tips on calming a sleeping baby are practical and research based. Great information and available in a video format (which I recommend over the book).

1, 2, 3 Magic Tom Phelan– Ever have trouble getting your kids to listen and respond? Dr. Phelan’s standard for how to handle the routine challenges of children listening and responding has become a practical standard in pediatric behavioral management.

The Care and Keeping of You Valerie Schaefer– Approachable, accurate, and well-recieved by parents and pre-teen girls alike, this book addresses the physical changes and aspects of sexuality as a girl goes through puberty.

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys Cara Natterson–The boys version of The Care and Keeping of You. An excellent resource for parents addressing the pubertal changes in boys.

Holy BibleAncient wisdom that is timeless in value. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Insurance 101

Understanding your insurance policy is vital to coordinating your child’s health care. Here are a few tips to ensure the correct handling of your insurance claims:


Your insurance policy is a contract between you and the insurance company.

Our reimbursement for services provided is also based on a contract between Compass Pediatrics and your insurance company. We are obligated to report all services provided and to bill for them in accordance with our fee schedules. Much as it would be a contract violation for you to refuse paying your insurance premium, it is also a contract violation to not charge or to undercharge for services we provide.


Charges for services provided may vary depending on many factors.

Check-ups are billed based on age, but other visits are billed based on a complicated system of time, complexity, number of diagnoses, and medical decision making. Therefore charges may not be the same for each visit. In addition, you may be billed for services including (but not limited to) laboratory testing, screening tools, vaccines, procedures, counseling, urgent visits and after-hours visits.


Carry your insurance card with you at all times.

It should have your name or the names of your covered dependents, the policy and group numbers, the claims mailing address and phone number, and the co-pay information. Your doctor may not be able to see you without verification of insurance benefits, or you may have to pay out-of-pocket for the visit.


Understand your insurance benefits.

Your insurance plan decides which benefits are covered in full, which apply to your annual deductible, and whether or not they will allow the benefit and pay for the service. Your doctor’s office does not make this decision. If your policy does not cover the service, you will be responsible for the full amount.


Understand which specialists and laboratories are in-network with your plan.

The best way to verify that the specialist, doctor, or lab is in-network is by calling your insurance company directly. You are not prohibited from seeing a doctor who is out-of-network, but you may be required to pay the full amount of charges. We are happy to see your child even if we are NOT in-network with your insurance company.

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