First Bite #170 – December 16, 2021

Ethics for PFD: Evaluations through Treatment

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle and Erin are back together again and incredibly excited to discuss all thangs “Ethics in PFD”! Thanks to the years of dedicated advocacy and volunteerism from Feeding Matters, we are officially one month into have new PFD codes! To say the ladies of “First Bite” are excited is an understatement. But with the new codes, comes new ethical challenges for proper implementation. Let Michelle and Erin offer functional advice on ICD-10 code selection, appropriate selection of CPT codes, quick resolution to common documentation errors, as well as how to avoid common HIPAA violations. Michelle and Erin have to express their heartfelt gratitude for the work that Feeding Matters and their interprofessional practice partners (aka volunteers) put in to bring the new PFD codes to fruition…so one more time…”Thank You!” So, let’s get our ethical learning and then Feeding Matters Volunteering games on!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The term pediatric feeding disorder and define the two new PFD codes.
  • 2 resources for selection of appropriate ICD-10 codes and CPT codes for a patient with pediatric feeding disorder.
  • 2 common HIPAA violations that clinicians treating PFD may encounter and resources to educate/avoid them.


Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP

Erin currently resides in Greenville, SC but grew up in Rochester, NY where her family still resides. Erin attended the University of Pittsburgh for her Undergraduate degrees in Communication Science and Disorders and Psychology, and completed her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of South Carolina. She has worked in a variety of settings including early-intervention/home-health, NICU in a children’s hospital, and an outpatient feeding clinic. Erin currently works for a non-profit outpatient speech clinic, where she specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Erin is the Co-Host of the wildly acclaimed PodCourse/PodCast “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional a Speech Therapy”, sponsored by Erin is passionate about engaging in interprofessional practice for her patients and advocating for attainment of functional independence for patients and their families, all done with a little bit of fun and joy. She believes that if you tell a child they can do something, they can do it, which is what makes working with children so rewarding, as they inspire her every day.