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AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Announces Selection of the Steering Committee – Congratulations to DC AAP Chapter Member Ryan Buchholz, MD, FAAP!
The Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Steering Committee (IHCW SC) is a small working group of the Institute that will be actively involved in moving the initiatives of the Institute forward. Our first call for Steering Committee members was met with great interest as we received over 80 outstanding applications. The selection process for the Steering Committee was conducted by a subcommittee of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Advisory Board and applications were carefully reviewed based on specific criteria to ensure a range of expertise and experience in community or clinical approaches to promoting healthy active living, quality improvement and involvement with obesity prevention or treatment projects and programs.
Congratulations to Ryan as a newly selected member!
Ryan Buchholz, MD, FAAP
Dr Buchholz has significant experience in immigrant and global child health issues and is currently working in a large urban community health center where he is actively engaged with clinicians and patients in community-based efforts to prevent and treat obesity.
Advocate: The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care Needs Your Help
School-based health centers (SBHCs) – and the students they serve – need you to reach out to your Member of Congress today.
Find your Members of Congress at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members by using your home address. The Congressional switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121. We have included a few talking points below to help you with your calls and/or emails. Please feel free to add your own stories.
Your SBHC needs you, your community needs you, and our nation's students need you!
- “Hi, my name is ____ and I live in ___. I am calling to ask [Sen./Rep. ___] to support funding for school-based health centers in the next federal budget. SBHCs keep our kids and teens healthy, safe, and learning.
- “They are on the frontlines addressing some of the costliest and most challenging health care issues affecting children and adolescents, such as mental health, oral health, and obesity prevention.
- “Can we count on Sen./Rep. ___ to include funding for school-based health care in her/his appropriations request?”
For more information, please contact the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care at 202-638-5872 or visit us at nasbhc.org
Registration is Open for 2 Upcoming AAP Events
Full Day CME Program:
3rd Annual Pediatric Nutrition Update: Challenges in 2013 and Beyond
Friday, May 17, 2013
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Obesity and Pediatricians - The BIGGER Picture
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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NYS AAP, District II & District III
New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Avenue
(8th Ave and 34th St)
New York, NY 10001
Jessica Geslani, Admin. Coord.
AAP, District II (NYS)
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Recruitment Information Session
May 16, 2013
Learn about this employment opportunity and how to be part of our pool of dedicated aid workers.
MSF is an independent, international humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries. We have more than 27,000 doctors, nurses, administrators, and other professionals in the field, but are constantly recruiting both medical and non-medical personnel to provide expertise and fulfill the ever-increasing need for emergency health care in the developing world.
We are always looking for medical professionals from a variety of disciplines, including physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, nurses, obstetricians and gynecologists, nurse-midwives and midwives, and specialists in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, and TB, to complete our missions. Additionally, experience in construction, pump and generator maintenance, electricity, vehicle mechanics, bookkeeping/planning, water and sanitation systems, supply management, equipment electricity, financial controlling, logistics, and team leadership are just a few of the talents that we seek in aid workers.
Our missions would not be possible without the constant inflow of new talent, and we rely primarily upon information sessions like this upcoming session in Baltimore to seek that talent. For more information and to register please visit: http://msfbaltimoreinfosession051613.eventbrite.com/#
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Pain: Myths, Stigma and Facts - Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium
May 7, 2013
Howard University Hospital - Basement Auditorium
Important Information Re: Higher Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Under ACA - ACTION REQUIRED
On November 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final regulation implementing Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which increases Medicaid reimbursement for specified primary care services to 100% of Medicare levels in 2013 and 2014. These changes are currently being implemented in the District’s Medicaid Program by the Department of Health Care Finance. Under the new regulation, Evaluation & Management (E&M) codes 99201 through 99499 and vaccine administration codes 90460, 90461, 90471, 90472, 90473 and 90474 (or successor codes, where applicable) are eligible for higher reimbursement.
The ACA provides for higher reimbursement in both the fee-for-service (FFS) and managed care settings for specific primary care services furnished by:
Practicing physicians who first self-attest to a specialty designation of:
- family medicine, general internal medicine, or pediatric medicine; and
Who then self-attest to:
- board-certification in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or in a subspecialty of family medicine; general internal medicine or pediatric medicine as designated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS); or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); and/or
- at least sixty (60) percent of all Medicaid services the physician bills FFS or provides in a managed care environment are for the specified Evaluation & Management (E&M) and vaccine administration codes.
Physicians interested in receiving increased reimbursement for eligible services must submit a self-attestation form to Health Care Operations Administration (HCOA), Provider Enrollment and Outreach Branch for processing. The form is available on DHCF’s website: https://www.dc-medicaid.com/dcwebportal/nonsecure/downloadEnrollmentPackage. To be eligible for reimbursement retroactive to January 1, 2013, the form must be received by HCOA no later than July 1, 2013. Forms may be faxed to 202-727-5645, ATTN: Provider Enrollment and Outreach Branch or mailed to Department of Health Care Finance, Provider Enrollment and Outreach Branch, 609 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002.
Please refer to the FAQ – Increased Primary Care Service Reimbursement and Medicaid Primary Care Practitioners Self Attestation Form. If you have further questions, please refer to one of the following resources:
For questions about registration, self-attestation and billing, contact Provider Services:
- Inside DC metro area: 202-906-8319
- Outside DC metro area: 866-752-9233
- For questions about managed care, contact:
Associate Director, Division of Managed Care
- For questions concerning DHCF policy, contact:
Claudia Schlosberg, JD
Director, Health Care Policy and Research Administration’
Attention CNHN Members: MOC Project Feedback Wanted
Most pediatricians are now enrolled in ongoing “maintenance of certification” (MOC) with the American Board of Pediatrics. MOC participants are required to complete ABP-approved Quality Improvement activities to receive Part 4 (Performance in Practice) credits.
CNHN has sponsored three ABP-approved regional QI “learning collaboratives” (immunizations, obesity and asthma). Our current asthma QI project (September 2012 – June 2013) involves 50+ practices and 250+ providers in Maryland, Dc and Virginia. Participating pediatricians receive structured support to measure and improve care- and MOC and CME credit.
CNHN is now approved by the American Board of Pediatrics as a “Portfolio Sponsor” - CNHN is now delegated to develop and approve our own MOC projects.
We are now planning future MOC projects for our pediatricians - and would like your feedback about which QI topic areas would interest you most.
Please complete the short online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CNHNMOCProjects
AAP Quality Connections – Winter 2013 Issue Now Available
The Winter 2013 issue of AAP Quality Connections is now available. AAP Quality Connections was launched by the AAP Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management (SCOQIM) to communicate timely information and increase awareness of the importance of quality improvement. The newsletter also provides updates on current AAP quality improvement programs and projects.
Highlights from the Winter issue follow:
- Music to the Ears of Patients with IBD
- Innovations in Practice: No "Flu Drive Thru"
- Breaking Down the Walls of Inpatient Silos
- New AAP Guideline on Managing Type 2 Diabetes
- Advanced Access
- SCOQIM Proposing Topics for Measure Development
To access the newsletter, visit http://www2.aap.org/visit/Winter2013QIConnections.pdf. To view past issues, visit http://www2.aap.org/visit/QIConnectionArchive.html.
Help AAP #PutKids1st: Urge Congress to Keep Children Safe from Guns
AAP is using social media to help raise awareness that gun violence is a public health issue profoundly affecting children, and that pediatricians have an important role to play in gun violence prevention.
On Twitter, follow @AmerAcadPeds and use #putkids1st to:
- share public health facts about why gun violence is a child health issue;
- share AAP’s recommendations for Congress and the White House on how to keep children safe through strong federal policies; and
- urge Congress to invest in children’s mental health needs, fund federal gun safety research, take steps to reduce media violence and pass strong gun safety laws as soon as possible.
Write, call or meet with your federal legislators and tell them to give children a vote.
- Using this AAP gun violence prevention fact sheet as a guide, call your federal legislators with the following information or by logging on to federaladvocacy.aap.org
- Visit federaladvocacy.aap.org and email your legislators’ offices by clicking on the “Keeping Children Safe” advocacy issue on the home page.
Tell your story by writing it in the media.
If you have seen the impact of gun violence in your community, write about it in your local paper. Use these recently published op-eds by pediatricians as a guide:
- New England Journal of Medicine: “Preventing gun deaths in children” by former AAP President Judith S. Palfrey, MD, FAAP, and pediatrician Sean Palfrey, MD, FAAP
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Gun violence is a pediatric public health crisis” by AAP Missouri chapter leaders and pediatricians
- North Carolina Times News: “Pediatricians endorse measures to curb gun violence” by Harriet Burns, MD, FAAP; Kori Flower, MD, FAAP; and Caroline Smith, MD, FAAP
- Hartford Courant: “Gun violence is a public health issue” by Peg O’Neill, MD, FAAP
To find out who to pitch your op-ed to, visit the “Media Outreach” tab of federaladvocacy.aap.org and search for media outlets by Zip code.
Where to learn more:
To help guide your outreach, the AAP Department of Federal Affairs has produced the following resources:
- “Federal policies to keep children safe” resource page on aap.org
- AAP testimony for the record on gun violence prevention, submitted to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
- Talking points and draft e-mail text on the home page of federaladvocacy.aap.org to guide your outreach to Congress in urging strong federal legislation to keep children safe
NIMH Clinical Research Studies Are Enrolling Adults & Children
NIMH research studies are conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Since 1953, patients from all 50 states have participated in research on an inpatient or outpatient basis. For frequently asked questions about participating in a mental health research study and for a list of current research studies, download: NIMH_IRP Research Studies.pdf. For an online list of current mental health research studies by health topic visit: http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS) Research Study for Children
The National Institute of Mental Health and Yale Child Study Center are jointly conducting a research study of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) for 4-12 year old children with PANDAS. Children who, after a strep. (streptococcal) infection, have suddenly and rapidly developed obsessive-compulsive symptoms for the very first time or after a period without symptoms are eligible. In the first 5-day inpatient visit in Bethesda, Maryland, there is a chance of receiving placebo. At the second visit those children with persistent severe symptoms may receive IVIG. Two additional one- or two-day outpatient visits are required. Please call Rachel Kuschner at Yale (203-737-5588) or Lorraine Lougee at NIH (301-435-6652), or TTY# 1-866-411-1010, or email Rachel.Kuschner@yale.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/Pandas.aspx
Graduating Residents and Chiefs:
To continue to receive the many benefits the AAP provides long after graduation, such as PREP, and Pediatrics in Review, please update us with your new contact information post-residency.
Here is a simple form to fill out and submit:
The AAP also has an array of other resources that could help graduating residents and chiefs during this transition on the AAP YoungPeds Network website:
DC Healthy Homes Program for Children with Poorly Controlled Asthma
Now Accepting Referrals!
Our asthma program will provide case management services to DC residents aged 0-18 with poorly-controlled asthma. We will provide include a home environmental assessment for asthma triggers, education about managing these triggers, and, depending on the case, resources for helping contain the triggers, such as mattress and pillow covers, safe insect control products, and/or specialized referrals to DC Government agencies that can provide low- or no-cost assistance to remediate home environmental hazards.
For more information or printed brochures, please contact:
Harrison Newton, MPH, CPH
Chief, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Housing Branch
Government of the District of Columbia
1200 1st Street, NE 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
You can also get additional information at www.dchealthyhomes.com
Doctor's Orders: Get Outside
click here to read about PARK RX
NIH Research Study
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development seeks girls ages 12017 who have a family member with type 2 diabetes. Girls should consider particpating in an NIH research study to see if improving mood decreases girls' risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study involves 2 screening visits, a 6-week group program and 3 follow-up visits within a year. Eligible participants will be financially compensated for their time.
For more information on Study #11-CH-0230, call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) or visit http://mir.nichd.nih.gov
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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Project
The State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy School Policies (www.statehonorroll.org) is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify states with the most comprehensive and preferred statewide public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis risk and related allergic diseases in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools. The goal of this report is to identify state-level progress towards better school-based policies, and to provide a blueprint for asthma and allergy advocates nationwide.
Six states have been named to AAFA's Honor Roll this year: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. To learn more about your state, click here to access the interactive map and the additional resource links for detailed reports for all 50 states and DC, comprehensive reports for the six Honor Roll states, study methodology and more.
Children, Youth and Environments: Special Issue on Community and Physical Environments as Contexts of Violence and Healing for Children
With support from the Van Leer Foundation, Children, Youth and Environments just published a special issue on community and physical environments as contexts of violence and healing for children. It includes excellent papers from Northern Ireland, the United States, Columbia, Brazil, Portugal, South Africa, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Guest Editor Kevin Lalor notes in the Foreword, the papers present innovative approaches to research and interventions with children and youth, including focus groups, mapping, drawing, oral history, Photovoice and asset-based community development.
The issue is available at:
For subscriptions see: http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye/access_restrictions.htm
Dr. Robert Zarr blogs about DC Parks Prescription Program on NORTHFACE BLOG
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Dr. Lee Beers blogs about Early Brain and Child Development Programs
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DC AAP Breastfeeding Committee Announcements & Recent Accomplishments
DC Asthma Coalition
Advisory - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population
Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings
GeneticsInPrimaryCare.Org - Your Source for Genetic Information and Support
National Environmental Education Foundation - Children and Nature Initiative
Tools and Resources
Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment (MACCHE)
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)
Factsheets: Arsenic in Food, Autism and the Environment, Chelation Therapy