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January 2, 2013
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  • AAP calls for doctors in every school district
    The AAP, in a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, said that each school district in the U.S. should have a doctor to oversee health services and that all schools should have a nurse. The group recommends that these doctors have an expertise in pediatrics or be certified pediatricians, with specific knowledge on risk management, vaccinations, sports medicine and disease outbreak control. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Recess is crucial to child development, AAP says
    Withholding recess time as a form of punishment or for academic reasons may be detrimental to child development, according to an AAP policy statement in Pediatrics. Aside from improvements in children's attentiveness and behavior in school, safe, supervised recess gives them a chance for unstructured play and social interaction and creativity, the group said. USA Today (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates Keeps Adding Fun with New Soft Play Equipment "I can't tell you how many times parents call and say, 'My child is dying to come to the dentist!'" says Melody Snodgrass, Director of Operations. "There are plenty of dentists where people can take their children. The experience we provide is a key differentiator for us." (More)
  Pediatric Health Care 
  • Economic strains at birth may raise teenage delinquent behavior risk
    Teens born in areas experiencing high unemployment rates at the time of the recessions of 1980-1981 and 1982 were more likely to display certain delinquent behaviors such as smoking, drinking, marijuana use, arrests and thefts, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. However, researchers said that employment rates were not linked to use of guns or hard drugs. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • PI CME model focuses on quality improvement
    As the nation moves to a pay-for-performance health care system, experts say demand will grow for Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education, which allows doctors to compare patient outcomes with national benchmarks and make measurable improvements to care. The model will help provide more systematic, evidence-based care for patients, one expert said. American Medical News (free content) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile apps seen as one of top medical trends for 2013
    Smartphones were included as one of the top six medical innovations that will help fight disease for 2013, according to this article. The report points to an iPhone application recently receiving government approval that will provide doctors with a mobile electrocardiogram, as well as apps that help patients monitor potential skin cancer threats. The Wall Street Journal (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Regulations 
  • HHS, states prepare for multiple ACA provisions in 2013
    The implementation of health insurance exchanges, a Medicaid pay increase for doctors and the Medicare tax increase are among the Affordable Care Act provisions the federal government and states are enacting in 2013 or preparing for in 2014. This year will be crunch time for the law because each state should have an operating exchange by Jan. 1, 2014. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CATCH call for grant applications
    Grants of up to $12,000 for pediatricians and $3,000 for pediatric residents are available from the Community Access to Child Health Program. Applicants should have innovative initiatives that will 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 Implementation Grants, Planning Grants and Resident Grants from November 2012 to Jan. 31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's new in Washington? Sign up for the Federal Legislative Update
    Every Friday when Congress is in session, the AAP Department of Federal Affairs compiles a federal legislative update summarizing events taking place in Washington, D.C., that impact child health policy. Updates include information on bills the AAP supports, requests for pediatrician action, AAP responses to federal regulations as laws are implemented, photos and summaries of D.C. events with pediatrician participation, and updates on federal policy that impacts children and pediatricians. Federal updates are for AAP members and Chapter Executive Directors only. To sign up to receive these weekly updates, please e-mail Jamie Poslosky in the AAP Washington Office. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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