AAP Association News


CATCH grant applications now being accepted

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Grants of up to $10,000 for pediatricians and fellowship trainees and $2,000 for pediatric residents are available from the Community Access to Child Health program for innovative initiatives that ensure all children, especially underserved children, have medical homes and access to health services not otherwise available in their communities. Applications will be accepted for Planning, Implementation, and Resident Grants until the Friday, Jan. 30.


Home safety tips from the AAP

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

The AAP is working with Procter & Gamble to provide parents with information to keep children safe around household cleaning and fabric care products. As part of these efforts, AAP content -- including specific tips on how to keep various areas of the home safe and secure - is available on HealthyChildren.org.


Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

From infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleep time problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what the difficulty may be -- getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares -- it's never too late to take steps to correct it. The AAP book "Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know" helps parents and caregivers better understand sleep, answers questions and examines conflicting theories.


Webinar: Promoting Early Literacy & Brain Development in Pediatric Practices & the Community

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Wednesday, Jan. 28
4:30 p.m. ET
Research shows that talking, reading and singing with young children starting at birth builds strong and healthy parent-child relationships, fosters early language skills and promotes children's brain development. Yet, fewer than half of children younger than five years old are read or sung to daily in the United States. This webinar aims to help pediatricians play an important role in closing this gap.


Collaborate with Head Start

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The AAP and the Head Start National Center on Health are conducting a learning collaborative through September 2015 to improve collaboration between 10 medical home and Head Start partnerships. By jointly implementing activities that address healthy brain development and toxic stress, it is hoped to see increased collaboration between health care and Head Start. Applications are due Feb. 9. Those interested in applying or with questions should contact AAP staff Heather Fitzpatrick at hfitzpatrick@aap.org or 847-434-7642.


Maps help identify gaps in pediatric healthcare delivery

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The AAP partnered with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to update maps that show areas where pediatricians are in short supply and locations of vulnerable populations, among other data. The AAP Child Health Mapping Project provides national/state data on pediatric health care delivery.


2015 AAP Legislative Conference: Registration now open

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The Legislative Conference will be held April 12 to 14, in Washington, D.C. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their federal advocacy skills through interactive workshops, learn about timely child health policy topics, hear from several guest speakers from Congress and the Administration, and visit with their legislators on Capitol Hill.


Resources to help care for patients with epilepsy

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Did you know that the AAP was selected as the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy under Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau? Be sure to check out all of the professional resources available on www.aap.org/epilepsy.


AAP practice transformation pearl: Videotaping office visits -- a good thing or a big risk?

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Have parents asked to videotape their child's preventive medicine visit to share with spouses on military deployment or who are otherwise unavailable? There are several items to consider when faced with such requests. A recent Pediatricians and the Law column addressed this emerging request and provides helpful information.


Proven coding guidance from the AAP

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter features best practices in coding and compliance to help guide you through the changing landscape with exclusive insights from experienced coding experts. And now access is easier and faster than ever with our new state-of-the-art digital platform. View a sample issue here.


New Red Book app now available

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

The newly enhanced Red Book app is now available in the Apple Store and on Google Play. It features upgraded search and browse for quick answers, an updated design to align with the newly enhanced Red Book Online site, more access to online features when your device is connected to the Internet, and better capabilities to keep you on top of Red Book updates.


Learn about great achievements in pediatric research

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

The AAP Committee on Pediatric Research hosted a congressional briefing titled, "Great Achievements in Pediatric Research." The briefing highlighted seven major achievements in the field of pediatric research over the past 40 years and addressed the importance of federal funding for these research activities. The briefing included presentations from both families and researchers.


New sites, faster access and better search with links to essential resources

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 16, 2015

AAP Point-of Care Solutions is the new home to the trusted content of Pediatric Care Online, the indispensable diagnosis and treatment solutions found in Red Book Online, patient handouts from the Pediatric Patient Education, and expert coding guidance included in the AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter.


Sign up to see HAN emergency alerts

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 16, 2015

The Health Alert Network system is the CDC primary method of sharing information about urgent public health incidents with health professionals. These messages include summarizes and key information related to the Ebola outbreak. Sign up for HAN notices here.


Access to ACOs newsletter for AAP members

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

The AAP has contracted with the Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence business, to make their ACO Weekly Insights newsletter available to AAP members. MyAAP login is required. For more information, visit the AAP Accountable Care Organization (ACO) page.


AAP launches AAP chapter Twitter list

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

The AAP -- @AmerAcadPeds - has launched a Twitter list that includes all AAP chapters with active Twitter accounts. Subscribe to the list to follow what your state AAP chapter -- and others around the country -- are talking about and sharing.


Visiting Lectureship Grants

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

The AAP Julius B. Richmond Visiting Lectureship Program provides grants of up to $3,000 to support two-day, customized, educational meetings both in the U.S. and abroad that are focused on protecting the health of children and families by controlling tobacco smoke exposure. Proposals are due Jan. 30.


2015 CPT Changes for Pediatrics: What You Need to Know

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

This archive webinar discussed the 2015 CPT code changes including revised codes for chronic care management services, new codes for pediatric services such as topical fluoride varnish application and new vaccine codes.


AAP practice transformation pearl

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2015

Of the adolescents who start the series, only 70% of girls and 48% of boys finish all three doses of HPV vaccine. Use a reminder recall system to make sure adolescents and their parents know to come back for doses two and three. Get details on simple recall systems for offices. For more practice-related information, visit the AAP Practice Transformation Page.


Video helps physicians manage food allergies

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2015

Aimed at physicians, the entertaining and educational video, "I Will Thrive," focuses on five key steps for the diagnosis and management of food allergy. The video stems from the idea that if the main message about diagnosing, treating and managing food allergy could be distilled down into a four-minute video -- with a catchy jingle -- it may spark physicians to work more closely with patients to manage food allergy.


Do you know when and to whom to give each influenza vaccine?

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2015

In this AAP News article, "ID Snapshot" author H. Cody Meissner, MD, FAAP, takes a look at some of the finer points in this year's immunization recommendations.


New Affordable Care Act fact sheets

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2015

Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four fact sheets highlight provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Each fact sheet is written in plain language, making the content easy to read and understand. Pediatric clinicians can use these fact sheets to educate families on information related to concurrent care, habilitative services, Health Home programs, and health insurance marketplace and Medicaid coverage for children and disabilities.


Diagnosing and managing food allergy in the medical home

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 09, 2015

The AAP Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis will host a free webinar, "Food Allergy: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Management in the Medical Home" on Jan. 27 at 12:30 p.m. CT. This one-hour webinar is designed to educate on the role of the primary care pediatrician in diagnosing and managing food allergy in the medical home.


Advancing the pediatric medical home model: New resource from NCMHI

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 09, 2015

As part of its ongoing collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation has published its latest state profile highlighting Connecticut's initiatives to advance the medical home model in pediatrics. View Connecticut state profile to find out how their Glide Path program is helping practices transform into medical homes.


Digital Navigator helps practices reach NCQA standards

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Let the AAP help your practice become a medical home. The deadline to submit applications for the 2011 National Committee for Quality Assurance Standards is rapidly approaching. Act now and let the AAP Digital Navigator guide your practice as you aim to be a NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home.


Learn the Signs. Act Early.

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Early identification and intervention is crucial to help children with developmental disabilities build new skills and reduce the need for costly interventions in the future. The CDC program "Learn the Signs. Act Early." provides clinicians, early childhood educators and families with resources, materials and tools to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Blueprint for Success: The Pediatric Medical Home is Here to Stay

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 6
This AAP conference will examine transforming practices into medical homes -- maximizing both quality of care and profits. Faculty will debunk some common misconceptions about the medical home model, describe national policy perspectives shaping the movement, and offer practical guidance and tools necessary to make the transformation a reality. Register by Jan. 12 for early-bird rates.


Reminder: Ebola preparedness for pediatrics call takes place tomorrow

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

The AAP and the CDC are hosting an Ebola preparedness audio call for pediatricians, taking place on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET. Dial-in information: USA Toll Free: 888-390-0686; International: 630-395-0494; Passcode: 1320992. The call will provide updates from the CDC on the Ebola response, information on AAP resources, reports from two hospitals on pediatric cases where Ebola was ruled out, and time for questions and answers. For more information, see the AAP Ebola FAQs and Ebola Outbreak Web pages.


AAP practice management pearl

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2015

The AAP Pediatric History Center features inspiring, intriguing and often funny oral histories from the pioneers of the field of pediatrics, including those who have advanced pediatric practice management. In addition, teaching resources are also available. For more information, visit the AAP Practice Support Page.


AAP radio show available on iHeartRadio Talk

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2015

The AAP weekly digital radio show with RadioMD.com is featured on iHeartRadio Talk. The AAP show, Healthy Children, offers parent-friendly advice on nutrition, immunizations, injury prevention, mental health and other topics. Podcasts are perfect for sharing on pediatric practice websites and social media sites. To hear recent podcasts, or to listen to the live show at 1 pm ET on Wednesdays, visit the Healthy Children show page or iHeartRadio Talk.


ICD-10-CM: Coming Oct. 1

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 05, 2015

With less than a year to go before the Oct. 1 compliance date, now is the time to get ready. The AAP has a collection of ICD-10 resources to help you prepare for this transition including books, a monthly coding newsletter, webinars and more. Visit shopAAP for more details.


Tune in to CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds on Birth Defects

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 05, 2015

On Jan. 20, the CDC will debut a session titled "Understanding the Causes of Major Birth Defects: Steps to Prevention." Experts in birth defects research will present an overview of current and historical efforts to understand the causes of major birth defects and explore the challenges to translating findings into effective prevention efforts. For more information on CDC Public Health Grand Rounds and upcoming session topics, visit the CDC website.


New Red Book app now available

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 02, 2015

The newly enhanced Red Book app is now available in the Apple Store and on Google Play. It features upgraded search and browse for quick answers, an updated design to align with the newly enhanced Red Book Online site, more access to online features when your device is connected to the Internet, and better capabilities to keep you on top of Red Book updates.


Top 10 Procedures to Increase Your Bottom Line

AAP SmartBrief | Jan 02, 2015

Jan. 13
1 p.m. ET
This webinar will detail the many procedures and non-E/M services that are performed in the pediatric office and how to properly code for them. The webinar will be available for archived viewing until April 13.


Ebola preparedness for pediatricians call

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2014

On Jan. 8, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET, the AAP and the CDC will hold an Ebola preparedness audio call for pediatricians. Call-in details will be shared in future communications. For more information, see the Ebola FAQs and Ebola Outbreak web pages.


AAP national committee appointments -- Member positions

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2014

Now through Feb. 6, 2015, nominations are being accepted to fill member positions on national committees for terms starting July 1, 2015. To apply, send your application via email to nominations@aap.org or fax via 847-434-8000, ATTN 2015 Applications -- AAP National Committees. Nominations must be submitted to the AAP national office, Chapter Presidents and Executive Directors. For more information, visit the AAP National Committee Nomination Page. Nominees will be notified in June 2015.


January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

AAP SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2014

Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Pediatricians can support all women, including teens, to make healthy choices that increase their chances of having a healthy baby when they choose to become pregnant. Education and awareness templates are available through the National Birth Defects Prevention Network website.




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