he Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) is dedicated to helping pediatricians maintain financially successful businesses. SOAPM recognizes that the goal of providing quality medical care of children and improving the health of all children can only be attained if pediatricians are successful financially. SOAPM has an active listserve that allows members to ask questions and get advice from pediatricians who are experts in practice management. The section also offers a listserve for office managers of SOAPM members so they can exchange ideas and best practices. This exchange of information and helping one another achieve business success is critical to the mission of SOAPM.
One of my goals as chairperson is to help SOAPM members liaison with other areas of the AAP that affect the business of pediatrics. We will be working collaboratively with the Private Payer Advocacy and Advisory Committee (PPAAC) to help pediatricians dealing with payer problems at both the national and local levels. We will collaborate with Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) to help pediatricians with health information technology in their practices. And with the new focus on the ‘Patient Centered Medical Home’, SOAPM with work with others in the AAP to insure that the certification process represents what is best for children and pediatricians.
The success of SOAPM resides in the expertise and enthusiasm of its members. I encourage all of you to join and get involved. Our collective voices and actions will promote the value of pediatric practice and help both pediatricians and children.