FYI: Many of our parents have been calling and telling us they received a letter from Horizon NJ Health stating Dr. Brauner is no longer participating at our Hillsborough location. This is not true and we are currently looking to correct this issue. She is active and you are able to continue to schedule appointments with Dr. Brauner.
Laurie McVey has Retired! We wish her the best!
NEW – Patient Education provided to you from HPA and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The most current statement from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) about COVID-19 vaccine for children is:
The AAP recommends that anyone 16 years of age and older who meets criteria in phased implementation groups, as recommended by the ACIP, receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Therefore HPA also recommends the COVID vaccine for our patients. Currently, the vaccines that are available are for either 16 years or older or 18 years or older. There are restrictions on who can receive a COVID vaccine in NJ. Therefore most of our patients are either too young or do not meet criteria to be vaccinated. If a patient does meet the criteria, then they need to sign up at a vaccine site. HPA does not have COVID-19 vaccine, nor can we enroll patients to receive it.
Below is the link for Hunterdon Healthcare’s COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist:
HPA continues to be here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will continue to bring our services back as quickly and as safely as possible. In order to make sure that all visits are as safe as possible, we will do the following:
- Staff will be wearing masks at all times with frequent hand washing.
- The office is cleaned on a daily basis and exam rooms will be cleaned between patients.
- Fewer patients will be in the offices to allow social distancing.
- Patients will be brought back to an exam room ASAP.
- The patient and parent will have their temperature checked and asked to use hand sanitizer.
- Masks will be worn by both parents and patients except for younger children (under 2 years old).
- We ask that one parent and no siblings come to reduce the number of people in the office.
Hunterdon Pediatric Associates consists of 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. Click below for more information about our policies and services.
Virtual Visits now available at Hunterdon Pediatric Associates
We can now offer telehealth visits for many conditions. Some examples include medication checks, certain follow-up visits, and some types of illnesses. By calling our main number 908-782-6700, our staff can help determine whether or not a virtual visit is appropriate.
Prescription Refills and Prescriptions for OTC medications
School, Camp and Sports Forms
Consent for Medical Care
Managed Health Care and Referrals
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program
Statement on Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal
Hunterdon Pediatrics offers appointments for health check-ups and sick child/emergency visits. While we allocate appointment time every day for sick child appointments, we realize that children do not get sick on a schedule. If your child becomes ill when our office is closed, CALL US. Someone is available to help 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Hunterdon Pediatrics Associates also offers appointments for adolescent health, child development, asthma services, smoking cessation, weight management, sports assessment, and premature baby follow-up.
We make a tremendous effort to stay on schedule and keep waiting time to an absolute minimum. We ask that you make every effort to be on time for appointments.
Patients who arrive late for well-child visits may be asked to reschedule. Patients who arrive late for an illness visit will be worked into the schedule with the next available provider.
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 receptionist 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.
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.
Registration Form (PDF format – 2 pages – 67KB)
School, Camp, and Sports Forms
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.
HPA 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:
- By 1:30 pm if the call is received in the morning
- By 6:00 pm if the call is received in the afternoon
Calls made after regular office hours are handled by the St. Peter’s University Hospital Pediatric Call Center.
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.
Consent for Medical Care
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.
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.
Managed Health Care and Referrals
The vast majority of our patients are covered by a managed care insurance plan. It is your responsibility to know the rules of your policy regarding emergency room utilization, the use of specialists, and the need for referrals from our office.
Managed Care Referral Process – Obtaining a referral is not just a matter of completing a written document. It includes first obtaining authorization from your insurance company for the particular specialist or procedure. Referral authorization, except in a medical emergency situation, takes a minimum of 5 business days, sometimes longer depending on the service being requested.
A representative from our Referral Department is in our Sand Hill office, available Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. This individual is an expert at obtaining the appropriate authorization from your managed care insurance company. Please call with any questions you have concerning your referral.
In order to ensure the referral is completed appropriately and authorized by your insurance company, please abide by the following guidelines:
- Check your benefits – When your child’s pediatrician is referring you to a specialist for a consultation, or to another facility for testing, please check your benefits by calling the 800 member services number on your insurance card. Ask if the service is a covered benefit under your plan, and check to see if the specialist or facility is a participating provider.
- Schedule your child’s appointment – After confirming the above, make your appointment with the specialist or testing facility. You should allow 5 business days for the referral department to process your referral before the date of your appointment. Once you have obtained your appointment for the specialist or testing facility, contact our referral department.
- Call Hunterdon Pediatrics Referral Department at 908-782-6700, prompt “3” to process your referral. (Your referral will not be processed until you contact our referral department.)
- Please have the following information available for the Managed Care Specialist:
- Name of specialist or facility
- NPI #
- Phone and Fax #’s
- Appointment date and time
- Due to Covid, we are faxing referrals directly to your appointment facility. If you would like a copy, one can be mailed home upon request.
Check status – If you do not receive a phone call from our Referral Department within 5 business days, please call any of our Managed Care Specialists at 782-6700, prompt “3” and state that you are calling to learn the status of your referral request.
Obtain additional referrals – Future follow-up referrals to the same specialist, if necessary, can be obtained by calling the Referral Department at 782-6700, prompt “3.”
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program
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.
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.
Clinical research trials are conducted to further scientific knowledge and provide reliable and accurate data. Hunterdon Pediatric Associates has been the study site for multiple important clinical research studies.
Ricky Braff, MDPediatrician (HPA-Clinton & Washington)
Rachel Brauner, DOPediatrician (HPA-Hillsborough)
Mitchell I. Clarin, MDPediatrician (HPA-Reading Ridge)
Michael Coraggio, MDPediatrician (HPA-Clinton)
John Douvris, MDPediatrician (HPA-Sand Hill)
Jody Kroon, MDPediatrician (HPA-Clinton)
Donna J. Krupinski, MDPediatrician (HPA-Reading Ridge)
Holly Potts, DOPediatrician (HPA-Sand Hill & Washington)
Kevin B. Roche, MDPediatrician (HPA-Clinton)
Peter J. Scott, MDPediatrician (HPA-Sand Hill)
Ami Tailor, MDPediatrician (HPA-Sand Hill)
Lori Ioriatti, CPNP, PMHSPediatric Nurse Practitioner (Hillsborough & Reading Ridge)
Carol Koprowicz, CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner (HPA-Clinton & Washington)
Yamileth Rios, CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner (HPA-Sand Hill & Washington)
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