Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Proactive Approach-Staying On Track

2015 has arrived and New Year’s resolutions are in full swing.  The gyms are packed, the produce is picked over, and everyone is sporting new workout gear!

In your family’s quest for health and wellness have you considered proactive approaches to healthcare, or do you only think of your pediatrician when your child has an ear infection or sore throat?

Northpoint Pediatrics can help you keep your kids healthy and on the wellness track.

  • Preventative Well Child Exams
  • Asthma Action Plan Visits
  • Skin and Acne Treatment
  • Baseline Impact Testing for your Athletes
  • Sports Physicals for your Athletes
  • ADD and ADHD Treatment
  • Lactation Services for Newborns
As you look to get your kids health and wellness on track for 2015, begin by scheduling an appointment with Northpoint Pediatrics.  

Step up to the starting line of change!

Northpoint Pediatrics is Currently Accepting New Patients.  Call 317-621-9000 today for more information or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE

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       George Wright, CPC
Sr Director Business Operations
Sr. Director of the Business Operations at Northpoint Pediatrics and a certified coder himself, George leads a team of professional coders, patient account professionals and scheduling team members. Married and dad of three active boys, you can often find his family either at the soccer fields or watching soccer matches. Having a spouse who graduated from IU and George graduating from Purdue keeps the house lively as they try to persuade their children to root for their Alma Maters while watching sports!

Friday, January 9, 2015

More Evidence Against Keeping Electronics in Kids’ Bedrooms

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN

Mon Jan 5, 2015 4:52pm EST
(Reuters Health) - Parents concerned about their children not getting enough sleep may want to remove televisions and other small electronics from the kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study.
Children who slept with televisions or other small-screened devices in their bedrooms ended up getting less sleep than children without those electronics in the room, researchers found.
Past studies found that having televisions in kids’ bedrooms is tied to less sleep (see Reuters Health story of April 14, 2014 here: reut.rs/1FbfcBj.) Less sleep is ultimately tied to other issues, including obesity and academic performance.
But few studies have looked at the presence of other small electronics in bedrooms, the researchers write in the journal Pediatrics.
For the new study, Falbe and colleagues used data from 2,048 fourth- and seventh-graders enrolled in an obesity study in Massachusetts.
They found that kids with TVs in their rooms reported sleeping about 18 minutes less each night than kids without bedroom televisions.
Additionally, children who slept near small screens, such as phones or other portable electronics, reported sleeping about 21 fewer minutes per night than children who didn’t sleep near those types of devices.
Kids who slept near small screens also reported feeling as if they didn’t get enough sleep, the researchers found.
Watching television and playing video games – including those on a computer – was also tied to worse sleep.
Hispanic and black children were particularly vulnerable to the possible effects of screened devices, but the researchers don’t have the data to say why, Falbe said.
It’s already known that televisions in children’s bedrooms are linked to worse sleep, said Dr. Heidi Connolly, head of sleep medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital in New York.
“The novel thing in this study is that it’s not just TV, it’s other screens,” said Connolly, who wasn't involved with the new study.
She advises parents to keep televisions and all other electronics outside of children’s bedrooms.
“You want your brain to associate being in bed with being asleep, said Connolly. “For kids, the only thing that should be happening in bed is sleeping.”
There are a number of reasons why televisions and small-screened electronics may result in worse sleep, such as the bright light of screens before bed, sounds and alerts and more sedentary activity to name a few.
“Parents can keep screen media out of the child’s bedroom, limit total screen time and set a screen time curfew,” Falbe said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age two years avoid screens. Additionally, it recommends that parents establish “screen-free” zones in the home – including bedrooms - and limit their children’s screen time to one to two hours of high-quality content each day.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Don’t Forget Preventative Visits in 2015

Are you holding off on your own or your child's next wellness exam or preventive screening due to insurance concerns? Under the new Healthcare Reform Laws, most preventative care services are covered at 100% under your insurance with no out of pocket expense to you.  It is easy to forget about preventative care during the increased illness season over the winter months.  If your child is due for their Well Child Exam, call 621-9000  today to schedule their Well Child Appointment!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lost 2014 FSA, HRA and HAS Dollars!

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays we often forget about our healthcare benefit dollars sitting in our Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts (HRA), and Healthcare Savings Accounts (HAS). Much of this money was placed tax deferred and is USE IT OR LOSE IT! Check those balances and maximize your healthcare dollars - don't let your healthcare dollars go to waste!

Northpoint Pediatrics offers a variety of important services:

  • Preventative / Yearly Check-Ups (Usually paid 100% by insurance)
  • Ill walk-in clinic 7 days a week
  • Asthma monitoring and treatment
  • Acne treatment
  • Concussion management
  • ADD/ADHD treatment
  • Sports physicals
Northpoint Pediatrics WWW.NORTHPOINTPEDS.COM Accepting New Patients | Call 317-621-9000 today for more information or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE _________________________________________________________________________________

George Wright, CPC
Director Business Operations
Sr. Director of the Business Operations at Northpoint Pediatrics and a certified coder himself, George leads a team of professional coders, patient account professionals and scheduling team members. Married and dad of three active boys, you can often find his family either at the soccer fields or watching soccer matches. Having a spouse who graduated from IU and George graduating from Purdue keeps the house lively as they try to persuade their children to root for their Alma Maters while watching sports!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Asthma Quiz!

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects the airways of the lung.  About 7 million children in the United States have asthma and it can begin at any age. Children with asthma have airways that can become inflammed by certain "triggers". Triggers can be cold air, physical exercise, indoor and outdoor allergens and certain odors. Asthma can be controlled with proper medication and medical care.
Below is a quick quiz to determine if you think your child has asthma.
1. Does your child ever wheeze?
2. Does your child become short of breath often?
3. Does you child complain of chest hurting or has tightness?
4. Does your child have cough during play or at night?
5. Is your child more weak or tired more often lately?
If you answer yes to any of the questions consider making an appointment  to discuss your concerns here at Northpoint. 

Kim Hatchett
RN, MSN, CFNP, AE-C


Kim grew up in Columbus, IN and attended Ball State University for her Bachelors degree in Science and Indiana University for her Masters degree. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Having a special interest in education, treating allergies and asthma, she has established asthma clinics and precepted nurse practitioners students.




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