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Advocates for Youth offers CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Providers

advocates-for-youthWith the generous support of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Advocates for Youth is pleased to offer CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Provider materials to help improve the delivery of family planning services for teens in the District of Columbia.

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As a health care provider, you play a critical role in helping DC teens reduce their risk for early pregnancy.

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National AAP President-Elect Responses – “How Can You Help ME Take Care of Children?”

Every year, the two candidates for President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics are asked to submit brief responses to questions about their respective visions and priorities for the Academy.

This year, Dr. Joseph Hagan of Burlington, VT and Dr. Benard Dreyer of New York, NY have responded to the following question:  “How can you help ME take care of children?”

Benard P.

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AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) – Journal Articles and Pearls

Please see the articles and practitioner-friendly study summaries regarding second-hand smoke below from Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) section of the AAP.

Implementation of a Parental Tobacco Control Intervention in Pediatric Practice
Strict Smoke-free Home Policies Among Smoking Parents in Pediatric Settings

PROS Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) Study
The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) Intervention: A Decade of Lessons Learned
PROS Clinical EffImplementation of a Parental Tobacco Control Intervention in Pediatric Practice

Please visit the PROS website for more information.

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Top 10 Adopted Resolutions from the 2014 AAP Annual Leadership Forum

At the close of the 2014 Annual Leadership Forum on Sunday, March 16th, all voting members present were invited to select the Top 10 resolutions they felt were of most importance to the grassroots of the Academy.  Please click here for a report of the prioritization of 2014 Adopted Resolutions.

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Parent Encouragement Program (PEP): A Non-Profit Parent Education Group in the DC Area

Pediatricians are charged with a tremendous responsibility – caring for the physical and mental health of their young patients. Because the time of an office visit is limited, the focus on the child’s physical health sometimes takes priority over inquiry into the child’s emotional health, even though the latter is critically important to the child’s overall well-being.

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Senate Approves Bill to Delay ICD-10 Implementation Until October 2015

By a vote of 64 to 35, the U.S. Senate on March 31, 2014 approved legislation that includes a provision to delay the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The bill will be sent to President Obama for his expected signature.

The so-called “Doc-Fix” bill also suspends Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that would have cut the physician reimbursement rate this year by nearly 24 percent.

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