DC AAP Chapter Hosts DC Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit
On Tuesday, October 8th, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the DC Adolescent Health Working Group sponsored a day-long Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit, which was hosted at the John A. Wilson Building by the Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health of the District of Columbia Council. 95 health care professionals and community advocates, including pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, pediatric fellows, medical students, program administrators, social workers and community advocates were trained on effective advocacy skills related to adolescent and reproductive health. Feedback from both novice and experienced advocates alike indicate that the day was a resounding success. Kristen Reese, MD, pediatric chief resident at Children's National Medical Center stated "the speakers were engaging and educational, and the advocacy experience was fantastic. I know that for several of our interns, this was their first advocacy experience - and they loved it!"
The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, addresses DC health care professionals and community advocates at the 2013 DC AAP Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.
In addition to general advocacy training, attendees learned about the DC legislative and budgeting process, utilization of communication and social media tools, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on adolescent health; and the vision and priorities of the DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration. Presenters included the director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Federal Affairs; the Children's Budget Consultant for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; and the Interim Senior Deputy Director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration, DC Department of Health. In addition, the Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair, Committee on Health, District of Columbia City Council addressed the group, sharing her vision for adolescent health in the District. Attendees ended the day by meeting with ten of the thirteen DC Council members and/or their staffs to share important messages about primary pregnancy prevention; access to quality health education and increased funding for school based health centers.
The Adolescent Health Working Group, formed by DC AAP in 2012 with the support of the Summit Fund of Washington, is comprised of DC leaders and experts in adolescent health from healthcare organizations, community based organizations, government agencies and other key policy makers.
Contributors include leaders from DC AAP, Children's National Medical Center, Metro TeenAIDS, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Unity Health Care, Inc., Georgetown University Medical Center, District of Columbia Public Schools (Office of Youth Engagement, Health and Wellness Team), Department of Health Care Finance (Division of Children's Health Services), Chesapeake Regional Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, School Based Health Alliance, GWU School of Public Health & Health Services (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools), American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, MedStar, Inc., Mary's Center, Peer Health Exchange; TAYA and Latin American Youth Center.
Attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Summit meet with DC Council staff.
The Honorable Yvette M. Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health for the DC Council, and Melanie Williamson, Legislative Counsel, meet with Dr. Lee Beers, President of DC AAP, and several attendees of the Adolescent Health Advocacy Training Summit.
Children's National Medical Center pediatric interns Alison Nobil, MD and Amanda Page, MD getting ready for the day!
Congratulations to DC AAP Chapter Member Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, FAAP - Recipient of the 2013 AAP Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award
We would like to congratulate DC AAP member, Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, FAAP, who was the recipient of the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award on October 26th at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
The Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award (Section on Emergency Medicine) recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric emergency medicine.
Dr. Wright is Senior Vice President for Community Affairs at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a Professor of Pediatrics (Vice Chair), Emergency Medicine and Health Policy. Dr. Wright is among the original cohort of U.S. board-certified pediatric emergency physicians. His interests include injury prevention and prehospital pediatrics for which he provides leadership as principal investigator of the federally funded Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center. He is an elected member of Delta Omega, the nation's public health honor society, and a recipient of the Fellow Achievement Award from the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.
DC AAP Members: Park Rx Champions Needed
Tired of spinning your wheels with chronic disease? Looking for a new way to prevent and treat obesity, asthma, and ADHD? Look no further. You will soon be able to prescribe time outside in Nature via DC AAP's 350 Searchable Park Rx Database. Numerous studies show that spending time outside improves health outcomes. If interested in becoming a Nature Champion at your practice, please contact Robert Zarr, MD, MPH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC AAP Members: Improve Pediatric Asthma Care in Your Practice - and Receive CME & MOC Credit
IMPACT DC has partnered with the DC Department of Health, Children's National Health Network, DC PICHQ and the Maryland and DC AAP chapters to recruit and coach new practices for a new QI project to improve asthma care. If you are a pediatrician, family physician or other health care professional interested in improving your asthma care for children - and earning CME and MOC QI credit - here's a great opportunity.
Last year, IMPACT DC and CNHN guided 250 pediatricians in almost 50 practices from Maryland, DC and Virginia to measurably improve their asthma care - and received American Board of Pediatrics Part 4 MOC QI credit (25 points) and CME credit (up to 30 hours). Satisfaction scores with the regional QI project and its impact on asthma care were extremely high. Practices improved how they delivered asthma care based on nationally benchmarked quality measures.
Practicing physicians and their teams are busy. They are often challenged to find the time to measure and improve care - and meet CME and MOC QI requirements in a meaningful way. This project learning is conducted through lunchtime web conferences - using an internet-connected computer. Sessions are recorded for viewing at other convenient times. Providers earn individual MOC and CME credit for performing simple practice-based chart audits, team meetings and improvement pilots. The project will provide hands-on coaching in your practice to get you started and monthly lunchtime project calls where practices can see how they are performing compared to their (de-identified) peers and share improvement tips with each other. This model is called a quality improvement "learning collaborative"- and CNHN is one of the country's innovators. The American Board of Pediatrics has recognized CNHN as a QI portfolio sponsor - we can develop and approve our own QI projects for ABP MOC credit.
What's new for 2013-2014?
- CNHN has improved and streamlined the project - combining several learning sessions and project calls.
- CNHN has special DC DOH funding to underwrite participation by DC practitioners serving underserved populations - especially SE DC.
- CNHN will seek MOC credit from the American Board of Family Medicine - so family physicians can receive MOC QI credit for participation.
Practices can enroll online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asthmaqi.
Improving pediatric asthma care in a busy practice can be done! IMPACT DC & CNHN have developed a practice-based model, coaching and support to help you meet your CME & MOC requirements and to improve clinical care in your practice and regionally. You, too, can achieve great results!
For more information, contact Tamara John at email@example.com or 202-476-5481.
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16th CNHN Pediatric Practice Management CME Program:
The Business of Pediatrics 2013
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
9am - 4pm
Marriott North Bethesda Conference Center
You can't afford to miss this year's 16th CNHN Pediatric Practice Management CME Program: "The Business of Pediatrics 2013". CNHN's highly rated seminar for pediatricians, office and coding managers offers practical tips, updates and "news you can use" to help your practice thrive in turbulent times. Learn from national & local experts. Attendance is FREE to CNHN member practices and local AAP chapter members who pre-register by December 2nd. Register online now at: http://www.cvent.com/d/b4qj2j/1Q.
This year's conference will feature: Coding Updates 2014, Getting Your Practice Ready for ICD-10, Medical Homes 2014, Putting Pop in Your Practice: Getting Paid for Population Health, Health Care Payment Reform Update, The Future of Independent Practice and more. Please send your topic ideas & suggestions to Donnita Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: Three Day-long Advocacy Trainings in 2014
What: A day-long federal advocacy training in Washington, DC, led by pediatrician federal policy experts and AAP staff. Two dates are offered for identical trainings, and one date in spring is an advanced training.
Each training will provide a federal policy overview of a timely child health topic and an in-depth training session on how to advocate that issue to members of Congress and their staff. Participants will then conduct in-person visits with their federal legislators on Capitol Hill during the afternoon, which they will schedule in advance of the training.
Who should attend: AAP members who are interested in learning more about federal advocacy and conducting in-person visits with Capitol Hill staff on federal policy issues of importance to children and pediatricians. Novice and experienced advocates are welcome for the first two trainings. At least one previous training and/or additional advocacy experience required for the June training.
Cost information: There is no cost to attend other than travel to/from Washington, DC.
Scholarship funding: There are limited scholarships available to cover travel and lodging expenses. Please download the application form and apply by December 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm ET.
- Monday, January 13, 2014 from 8am - 5pm
- Friday, February 21, 2014 from 8am - 5pm
- Monday, June 23, 2014 (advanced training) from 8am - 5pm
Agenda and additional materials are forthcoming.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
RSVP: Please e-mail Jamie Poslosky in the AAP Washington Office at email@example.com to secure a spot in one of the trainings. Space is limited... RSVP ASAP! Questions? Contact Jamie Poslosky in the Washington office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTENTION Graduating Residents and Fellowship Trainees
We want to hear from you! Please let us know what your plans are for next year by filling out this short form depending on whether you are a current resident or fellowship trainee:
We would like to help you with your transition out of training. Be on the lookout for your "Life After Training" information packet coming early May. We encourage you to check out the Section on Young Physicians as your next "home" within the AAP. They also have some great relocating resources on their website.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Julie Raymond.
Clarification of TB Screening And Testing Requirements For Children Entering Child Development Facilities And Schools
DC Pediatric Providers: Please see the attached communication which clarifies that the District of Columbia requires a Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment before a child enters a child development center or school. Tuberculin skin tests should only be conducted upon recognition of high risk factors. You may refer to this communication if you have questions from schools or child care centers and/or attach a copy to the health certificate.
For more information on the most current recommendations for Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment and Tuberculin Skin Testing, please visit the link to the AAP RedBook online below:
District Implements Enhanced Payments for Primary Care Services
Having obtained final approval from the federal government, the DC Department of Health Care Finance (DCHF) is set to start issuing enhanced Medicaid payments to eligible primary care providers. Increased payments will apply to all qualifying fee-for-service claims submitted after Friday, July 5, 2013. See DCHF press release at http://dhcf.dc.gov/release/district-implements-enhanced-payments-primary-care-services
2013 AAP National Conference & Exhibition:
Orlando, FL, October 26-29, 2013
Help the American Academy of Pediatrics Spread the Word!
There are a few simple ways to help the American Academy of Pediatrics spread the word about our biggest annual educational and networking endeavor - the National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida October 26-29.
- Visit www.aapexperience.org/spreadtheword to view faculty listings by affiliation, program materials, planner tool, registration, and social media links and more!
Questions? Contact US
National Conference CME Manager - Theresa Woike email@example.com
National Conference Program & Marketing Specialist - Tori Davis firstname.lastname@example.org