Expecting a Baby
Pediatric Associates of Greater Salem and Beverly (PAGS) is one of the largest pediatric practices on the North Shore with two offices conveniently located in Beverly and Salem. Our staff consists of nine pediatricians, three nurse practitioners, an asthma specialist, a child psychologist and two lactation consultants.
PAGS has been providing quality, comprehensive care since 1977 in a child-friendly atmosphere and we are committed to serving our pediatric and adolescent patients and their families with both compassion and first-rate medical care. Using the most current medical information available, as well as common sense and reason, it is our mission to assure that our patients grow up in a healthy environment, thus allowing them to achieve their greatest potential.
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What to Do Before Your Child's Birth
You are already well under way to completing what you need to do before you have your baby. Research our Pediatricians and the locations of their offices. Confirm that we accept your health insurance. Attend a Meet the Pediatrician Night and/or schedule a prenatal consult. You may do all of these or none of them. We are happy to accept new babies without a prenatal consult.
What to Bring to First Visit
Once your baby is born, please call the office to schedule the baby's first visit. Please call us before you are discharged from the hospital. Our Pediatricians prefer to see the baby 2-3 days after discharge from the hospital. Once you have called, registered and schedule your first appointment, you will receive an email from us that will allow you to access and complete your registration paperwork from the comfort of your own home. Please contact us if you do not receive this email.
If a member of your family requires hospitalization or emergency care, please visit one of the following:
After the visit, call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.
85 Herrick Street
PH: (978) 922-3000
81 Highland Avenue
PH: (978) 741-1200
Pediatric Associates (PAGS) accepts most major managed care (HMO, PPO) and private indemnity plans. Prior to your first appointment, please call your insurance company to verify that one of our pediatricians is listed as an in-network provder with your plan. Also, review your insurance policy to understand what services and procedures are covered and which services and procedure may be applied to your deductible. Any questions about the coverage of a service or procedure should be directed to your insurance carrier prior to your visit in our office.
Your care team at PAGS is committed to your health care needs and the billing of your visit is determined by the services and care received, not by the insurance coverage. PAGS providers cannot change billed services to match your insurance coverage.
Since insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company, PAGS does not get involved in any disputes regarding deductibles, co-payments, covered charges, non-covered charges, etc.
Below are descriptions of the typical language used when referring to medical services:
- Preventative Care – This includes services such as physicals (well visit), screening tests, and immunizations that are given when your child is symptom-free and you have no reason to believe that the child might be sick.
- Diagnostic Care – This is what is received when your child has symptoms of an illness or injury (sick visits) or is being followed for a chronic condition; this may include office visits, tests, or treatments.
Preventative and Diagnostic Care can occur at the same visit. For example, your child may have a physical during which a chronic illness is discovered or discussed – some of the tests ordered that day might be preventative, but others might be diagnostic. In most cases, you don’t pay anything for Preventative Care, but you might have to pay something for Diagnostic Care. As always, please call your insurance company with any specific questions you may have about your plan or your level of coverage.