The Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee addresses appropriate payment for pediatric services through education and advocacy. PAAC works with and supports the Pediatric Councils at the state level and maintains communication with payers nationally and regionally. PAAC collaborates with the Committee on Child Health Financing to inform and disseminate relevant financing and payment policy.


To assess the public and private payer sector and advocate for benefits coverage for pediatric services and appropriate payment for primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeons.


  • Engage payer support of the pediatric medical home model and Bright Futures Guidelines for preventive care
  • Work with key groups within the Academy on strategies to address new payment models by payers
  • Develop education programs and tools to strengthen member's negotiation & contracting with payers
  • Strengthen chapter pediatric councils in engaging payers on pediatric issues

Committee Members

Greg Barabell, MD, FAAP
Charleston, SC

Wyndolyn C Bell, MD, FAAP
Atlanta, GA

Michael S Chamberlin, MD, FAAP
Cincinnati, OH

Christoph Robert Diasio, MD, FAAP
Pinehurst, NC

Kerry F Fierstein, MD, FAAP
Plainview, NY

Shannon Jamie Fox-Levine, MD, FAAP
Wellington, FL

George Rogu, MD, FAAP
Dix Hills, NY

Mike Chen, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Section on Surgery
Birmingham, AL

Herschel Robert Lessin, MD, FAAP
SOAPM Liaison
Poughkeepsie, NY

James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Committee on Child Health Financing
Boston, MA