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Quality Improvement Project to Improve Developmental Screening and Follow-up


The AAP Division of Children with Special Needs, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is recruiting primary care pediatricians to participate in a quality improvement project to learn how to improve developmental monitoring, screening, and follow-up for developmental concerns in practice. Participating pediatricians will also have an opportunity to be part of a community of learners from around the country, test and share strategies, access practical tools and resources, and receive ongoing support and technical assistance regarding progress.


Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is collecting applications for innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric medical home stakeholders are eligible to apply, including individual AAP Chapters.

All applications will be reviewed by an expert panel and selected innovative and promising practices will be published on the NCMHI Web site.


Progress on HPV Vaccination Rates in the District of Columbia


The District of Columbia has made significant progress in increasing HPV vaccination rates for both males and females from 2013 to 2014. Based on the data in the table below (extracted from the MMWR published 7/31/2015), HPV vaccination rates among females – first dose – increased by 22.8%, second dose – increased by 27.2%, and the third dose increased by 28.6%.


Back-to-School Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment


There are still millions of children and teens who are eligible for – but not enrolled in – Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so now is a great time to remind families that they can apply year-round for health insurance coverage via AAP members can utilize Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign resources to engage families.


Telehealth Care Payment: New AAP Resource

Telemedicine technology has the potential to transform how pediatricians and other physicians practice in the rapidly changing health care environment. State policymakers are actively engaged in creating public policies that affect physician payment for telehealth care services for Medicaid and private payers. This new State Advocacy FOCUS resource offers AAP chapters a closer look at where states stand and supports related advocacy work.


DC DOH Reminds Providers/Patients to Sign & Submit School Health Forms

dcgov_logoAs we enter into a new school year, the DC Department of Health wishes to ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn. The assessment of a student’s health status begins with a physical examination and completion of health forms to share with the child’s school. Providing information about a student’s current health status is critical to ensuring that the health needs of students are met while in school.


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