As this is the first blog concerning pediatric podiatry, I would first like to thank Podiatry Today for giving me the opportunity to participate on behalf of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics. As more and more of us step into the realm of podopediatrics, it is important to have a regular forum to not only ask questions but gather information across our profession.
Even though this may be more of a clinically oriented blog, it is important to protect yourself as a practitioner and protect your practice as a business. Although we may not think about this for the general patient population, this becomes increasingly important when dealing with children and their families.
Generally, the pediatric population cannot provide important information which is critical for both the Red Flag Rules and HIPAA. Accordingly, it is paramount to get the information from the parent and/or guardian who brings the child to your practice. It is also important to make sure that whoever brings the patient in can demonstrate legal guardianship of the child through the appropriate paperwork. Lastly, in most cases, the child cannot sign informed consent so it is vital that the child’s parent/guardian sign on his or her behalf.
If you have any questions about these potential issues and implementing appropriate measures for your practice, you may want to consult with an attorney for the particular laws in your state.
Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org  with questions about your pediatric patients.