AAP Association News


AAP urges protection for Syrian health facilities

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

A letter from the AAP to President Obama urges the White House to use its influence to protect health facilities in Syria. A report identified at least 122 attacks on Syrian hospitals in 2015, with children and their doctors often their victims. "The safety of children and health workers in conflict settings has become a matter of increasingly urgent concern," says Linda Arnold, MD, FAAP, chair of the Section on International Child Health.


Pediatric Care of Children in Poverty: Strategies that Work to Lessen the Stress

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 24
1 p.m. EDT
This Pediatric Care Online webinar aims to help pediatricians learn effective practice strategies to improve the care of children in poverty. Featured speaker, James H. Duffee MD, MPH, FAAP, will address recommendations from the 2016 AAP policy statement, Poverty and Child Health in the United States. Contact cocp@aap.org with questions.


Mastering the Media: Blog post goes viral, educates thousands on importance of vaccines

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

In this month’s AAP News column Mastering the Media, one pediatrician writes about his experiences after his blog post about measles vaccination goes viral. He suggests that pediatricians be ready to take advantage of opportunities, both big and small, as they present themselves and educate families about the importance of vaccines. Read more.


Remind patients to care properly for contact lenses

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the more than 40 million people in the U.S. who wear them. But failure to wear, clean, and store lenses as directed by an eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections and other complications. This week is Contact Lens Health Week and a good time to remind patients who wear them of proper care and hygiene for their lenses. Visit the CDC website for posters and other materials that can be shared.


PCO Webinar—Rescue Medication and Seizure Emergency Planning

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

This new Pediatric Care Online webinar focuses on the following:

  • What a seizure emergency plan is, why it is created, and what it should contain
  • The basics of how to create an effective school seizure action plan
  • The various seizure rescue medications, their side effects, and the practical considerations that come into play when prescribing them for the school setting
Pediatric Care Online is supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition.


New AAP member discount program-Budget Car Rental

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

Whether it’s work or play, traveling with Budget is more rewarding for AAP members with low rental rates, discounts and exclusive offers on car rentals in the US. AAP members save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code (BCD) R705700, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. Visit the AAP website for more information on special AAP member offers or to book your reservation online.


Course provides pediatricians with the knowledge to treat opioid use in teens

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

With opioid use disorder being identified in younger patients, it is critical for pediatricians to become trained and approved to provide medication-assisted treatment to youth. There is an insufficient number of providers of this life-saving service, fewer still with the willingness and developmental expertise to provide it to adolescents and emerging adults. This 8-hour online course is free to AAP members and will allow them to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine as part of treatment of young people with opioid use disorder and learn about the use of naltrexone.


Talking with families about childhood obesity

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

In 2014, the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight in partnership with Kognito, launched a tool for healthcare professionals aimed at helping to reduce childhood obesity. “ChangeTalk,” a 12-minute online simulation, is designed to help professionals use motivational interviewing techniques to navigate challenging family and patient conversations regarding childhood obesity. Learn more about this novel approach, preliminary results and positive user experiences.


Weighing children in kilograms key to reducing drug-dosing errors

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

The Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children Program recently released an infographic based on data from the National Pediatric Readiness Project assessment. The infographic states the importance of weighing children and recording the weight in kilograms, based on a patient safety recommendation from the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department” and supported by the Institute of Medicine. The emergency readiness assessment revealed that half the hospitals in the nation do not weigh and record in kilograms. This simple patient safety initiative has been recognized as one of the most important to prevent drug-dosing errors. Learn more.


Health care coverage and financing for children with special health care needs

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

Children and youth with special health care needs face disparities in health care coverage and financing. Created by the Catalyst Center, this tutorial will provide pediatric clinicians with tools and examples of policies, programs, and partnerships to improve access to coverage and financing of care for the most vulnerable children.


Handy tips for back-to-school

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

Children are headed back to school and the AAP offers go-to guidance for families to calm first-day jitters, prepare for homework, lighten backpacks and practice safe transportation to and from school.


Protecting children from extreme temperatures

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

Extreme heat can lead to severe health consequences in children. Talk to families about monitoring children’s exposure to heat and making plans for home cooling or shelters in a heat wave. Inform parents of the dangers of leaving children or pets in the car, and suggest locking parked cars so children cannot get inside to play. For more information, visit the FEMA Extreme Heat web page or the AAP Children and Disasters website.


Do you know your Asthma and Allergy Medical Home Chapter Champion?

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

The AAP established the Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis to meet the need for better quality care for pediatric patients with asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis in the medical home. As part of this program, the AAP has identified at least one pediatrician in each chapter to "champion this cause." Learn more about the Medical Home Chapter Champions program or locate your chapter champion.


Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

Sept. 1
1 p.m. ET
This one-hour webinar is designed to educate practitioners on issues pertaining to adolescent transitions from the medical home, with practical tips to start using immediately, and a particular emphasis on successfully transitioning adolescents with asthma and allergies to independent living.


Consider joining the AAP Section on Infectious Diseases

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

The AAP Section on Infectious Diseases aims to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with infectious conditions. The SOID offers its members a forum for education, networking, leadership and advocacy. Membership is available to general pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, fellows in training, residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more. Join here.


Private payer advocacy – Pediatric councils

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

Several AAP chapters have developed pediatric councils as forums to discuss pediatric issues with payers. Pediatric councils have the potential to facilitate better working relationships between pediatricians and health insurance plans and to improve quality of care for children. AAP members are encouraged to work with their chapter pediatric council on private payer issues.


Help kids in sports play it safe

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 11, 2016

More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. The AAP has tips for parents that can help kids avoid getting hurt and enjoy a safe sports experience.


Breastfeeding Matters – The Pediatrician’s Role

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 11, 2016

This PediaLink course will help identify barriers to breastfeeding, show how to assess breastfed infants during early follow-up visits, and how to implement protocols for breastfeeding care/services. Learn how to promote and support breastfeeding, identify common breastfeeding issues, handle challenging breastfeeding cases, and more. Qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).


Should you disclose an adverse medical event?

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

Most pediatricians remain uncomfortable disclosing medical errors because they are concerned about legal liabilities. Yet nearly 40 states have laws that encourage physician communications after medical errors. Hospitals and practice groups are adopting these policies and programs also. Learn how to disclose and apologize appropriately and safely during an interactive session at the 2016 National Conference and Exhibition entitled “Disclosing Medical Errors: Sorry Shouldn’t be the Hardest Word.”


New Patient Education Handbook

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

Written at a sixth-grade reading level, this guide will reduce unnecessary calls and visits to your office by helping parents make decisions when their children become ill. “Caring for Your Sick Child” is based on clinical protocols developed by Barton D. Schmitt. MD, FAAP, and tested for nearly 20 years on more than 300 million phone calls.


Materials on trauma and toxic stress now available in Spanish

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 08, 2016

With the support of Friends of Children funding, the AAP has translated into Spanish several resources that support pediatricians to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children and families. “Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians” and the “Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care” are both available on the AAP website.


Advance registration rates for the 2016 National Conference end Sept. 9

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 08, 2016

Register today to receive 20% off your registration fees. Don’t miss out on the exceptional educational sessions presented by some of the world leaders in pediatrics, daily special events, and opportunities to network with other pediatric health care professionals. Learn more at www.AAPexperience.org/register.


Neonatal Resuscitation eBook Collection for Institutions - Exclusively from the AAP

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

An annual site license gives your entire organization access to the essential Neonatal Resuscitation eBook Collection, including the following titles:

  • Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition
  • Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 7th Edition
  • Guidelines for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients, 4th Edition
  • PCEP: Neonatal Care, 2nd Edition
  • PCEP: Specialized Newborn Care, 2nd Edition
Visit AAP ebooks or contact institutions@aap.org for more details.


Video series helps implement mental health priorities in practice

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs requires skill and practice. The program, Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families, featuring six videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters, can help physicians start these discussions. The videos encompass the most difficult conversation areas in the area of mental health, including depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use and suicide/self-harm.


​Vaccines: One of Pediatricians' "Super Powers to Protect Kids”

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

In this AAP Voices blog, Dr Ari Brown talks about rewarding and memorable moments she’s experienced in her twenty years of private practice pediatrics. She says her white coat is her super power that helps her make a positive difference in her patients’ lives, especially when ensuring they are vaccinated.


Specialty Review in Pediatric Cardiology course

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

Sept. 19 to 23
Chicago
Whether seeking a review as part of a pediatric cardiology board exam preparation, or simply to remain current in pediatrics, this course is designed to strengthen knowledge in the specialty of pediatric cardiology. It features an intensive and concise board review of pediatric cardiology, a blend of relevant basic science and clinical application and practice questions and answers for each presentation, with audience response system.


Helping families with special needs children prepared for disasters

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

Disasters can be particularly difficult for families with children and youth who have special needs. During hurricane season, begin the conversations with families about potential disasters in their area. Share the new AAP/Family Voices handout. Also, follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator on Twitter for the latest information and resources during hurricane season.


How to advise parents on insect repellents in era of Zika, chikungunya

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

Due to the upsurge in insect-borne infections such as chikungunya and Zika, pediatricians need to counsel their patients on the safe and effective use of insect repellents. This AAP News article has information on advising parents about the appropriate use of insect repellents.


Reminder – Are you providing fluoride varnish to your young patients?

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

The AAP as well as the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all children, from tooth eruption through age 5, receive fluoride varnish applications to prevent decay. To learn more about this recommendation read the AAP Clinical Report or visit the AAP Oral Health website.


World Breastfeeding Week

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, and National Breastfeeding Month, form an important campaign for AAP members, and a great opportunity to share information and resources with mothers about breastfeeding. This year, the AAP will have an active social media campaign featuring a RadioMD podcast. Visit the AAP website often to see updates throughout the month.


National Immunization Awareness Month #WhyIVax

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This year, the AAP is asking members to go on the record and explain #WhyIVax on social media, and share resources from HealthyChildren.org, YouTube videos on vaccines, and AAP Voices blogs about the power of vaccines. This year, AAP will be posting infographics on the history of vaccines on Twitter and Pinterest promoting a timeline displaying the long and impressive history of vaccines. For more information about the NIAM campaign, visit the campaign hub www.aap.org\whyivax.


Global Mentored Scholarship Program

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

The AAP Section on Orthopaedics offers awards of up to $1,500 to orthopaedic residents and pediatric orthopaedic fellows in the United States and Canada who are interested in providing musculoskeletal care to children in resource-poor regions of the world. The scholarship program facilitates mentored experiences for young surgeons in training. The application period is from July 1 - Nov. 1. For more information, visit the Section website. The Global Mentored Scholarship Program is supported by a grant from K2M.


Improving early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

The CDC Autism Case Training is an AAP-endorsed curriculum that provides real life scenarios to improve early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders. The training modules help with identification, diagnosis and management of patients with autism spectrum disorders. A free CME and MOC Part 2 version of the training is available.


Developmental surveillance and screening at well-child visits

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

The AAP recommends that pediatricians conduct developmental surveillance at every well-child visit and conduct developmental screening using formal, validated tools at 9, 18, and 30 months or whenever a concern is expressed. The AAP policy statement and algorithm provide additional details related to this recommendation, including available screening tools. The Centers for Disease Control also offers additional resources related to screening and diagnosis, including a sample pediatric developmental screening flow chart.


Get help preparing for new ICD-10-CM coding changes

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2016

Beginning Oct. 1, there will be 1,943 new ICD-10-CM codes, 422 revised codes and 305 “invalid” codes, which will have additional digits to further classify them. This article in the July issue of AAP News has details about these changes and how they may affect pediatric practices.


Help parents form positive parent-child relationships

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2016

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers” is a free, online resource developed by the CDC to help parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior, while decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies.


National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Technical Assistance and Support for Pediatric Clinicians

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2016

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation in the AAP is available to all pediatric clinicians and practices as the premier source for tools, resources, literature, and state-based initiatives focusing on pediatric medical home implementation. Contact the NCMHI for technical assistance and support.


NIH - Moms' Mental Health Matters

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 26, 2016

The NIH has a new initiative, Moms' Mental Health Matters, to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters, and a conversation starter postcard. Learn more.


New ICD-10-CM codes take effect Oct. 1

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 26, 2016

AAP News provides continuing coverage of what will be the largest update to the code set due to the code freeze that was implemented during the lengthy transition to ICD-10-CM.


Join the AAP tobacco cessation listserv

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2016

The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence and American Lung Association are excited to launch a new listserv for health professionals who are interested in increasing tobacco cessation through health systems change. The listserv will facilitate a discussion and share resources related to systems change strategies, implementation and impact on tobacco cessation. We encourage anyone with interest in the topic to sign up.


#VoteKids: Join AAP’s Get Out the Vote Campaign this election season

AAP SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2016

The AAP launched its Get Out the Vote campaign, #VoteKids, with the goal of making children a meaningful part of the election conversation and encouraging all who advocate for children to vote with their needs in mind. The campaign offers a portal of tools and resources to help raise awareness about why it’s important to #VoteKids. These resources and more are all available now on aap.org/votekids.




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