AAP Town hall takeaways: Experts give answers on COVID-19 vaccine for 12+, dispel myths

After working to carry forward COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for adolescents 12 years and older, Amanda Cohn, M.D., FAAP, expressed relief at being able to take her daughter to receive her first dose.

Dr. Cohn, executive secretary of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined an AAP town hall that provided updates on COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents and discussed myths circulating online. Also participating in the virtual meeting were Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID), and Anne R. Edwards, M.D., FAAP, AAP chief population health officer.

The AAP and CDC recently released recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children and adolescents. Both organizations support coadministration of COVID-19 vaccine with other routine child and adolescent vaccines….

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NEAAP Advocacy Resources

Voices for Children

Through its “Vote Kids Nebraska” project, Voices for Children recently asked legislative candidates across Nebraska questions about their stances on youth issues so you don’t have to!

View the survey results from our Nebraska legislative candidates

Webinars on Advocacy Basics:

Identify Your Nebraska Senatorhttps://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php

AAP State Advocacy Resourceswww.aap.org/stateadvocacy

Contact the AAP State Advocacy Teamstgov@aap.org

Voices for Children 2020 Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecardhttps://voicesforchildren.com/2020scorecard/

Coronavirus Information and Resources

The recent outbreaks and now pandemic of novel Coronavirus have many providers looking for most up-to-date information to care for patients and families concerned about how to care for and keep their children safe. The NE Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the resources below.

For all, the CDC website provides comprehensive information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The CDC funds state-level programs to detect, prevent, respond to, and contain HAI and AR pathogens.

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/stateplans/state-hai-plans/ne.html

Updated COVID-19 Clinician Resources Webpage Now Live

At LearnToVaccinate.org, clinicians will find a searchable database of accredited CE activities and links to key articles and other relevant, timely materials.

The AAP COVID-19 resources home page
https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/

The AAP clinical guidance for pediatricians: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/#ClinicalGuidance

MIS-C clinical guidance from AAP:
https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children-mis-c-interim-guidance/

Telehealth Resources:
Coverage and Reimbursement
CMS Fact Sheet [cms.gov] on Medicare telehealth
CMS FAQs [lnks.gd] on Medicare telehealth
CMS chart [cms.gov] on Medicare telehealth
CMS guidance [medicaid.gov] on Medicaid telehealth
CMS state guidance [medicaid.gov] on Medicaid telehealth
AAP guidance for telehealth coding updated in March

Legal
OIG Policy Statement [oig.hhs.gov] on telehealth
OIG Fact Sheet [oig.hhs.gov] on telehealth
AMA Chart of State Telehealth Laws [ama-assn.org]

Practice Guidelines
AMA Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice [ama-assn.org]
AMA Guidance [ama-assn.org]for Ethical Practice in Telemedicine
American Telemedicine Association Practice Guidelines [americantelemed.org]
American Health Information Management Association Telemedicine Toolkit [healthsectorcouncil.org]

Technical Support/Misc.
Telemedicine Quick Set-up Guide in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency [ama-assn.org] developed by Drs. Sylvia Romm, Adam Maghrabi, Tisha Rowe, Aditi Joshi
Providing Preventative Care via Telehealth (Code like a surgeon)

The AAP guidance for families: https://www.healthychildren.org/english/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx

National AAP Advocacy Initiatives:
federaladvocacy.aap.org

Nebraska DHHS Statewide Case Map (includes hospital capacity data):
https://nebraska.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4213f719a45647bc873ffb58783ffef3

HPV Vaccine Quality Improvement Project

Available to pediatricians in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Illinois.

Join your pediatric colleagues in a virtual learning collaborative to increase HPV vaccination rates in your practice now!

Individuals will earn 25 MOC Part IV and 5 CME credits in 2019, free of charge.

Project activities run from April 2019-September 2019. Click the button below to learn more about the course expectations, timelines, and learning objectives! Sign up by April 12th.

HPV Vaccine QI Project Fact Sheet

Meet Our President

Cindy Ellis, MD

Cindy Ellis, MD began her two-year term on July 1, 2018. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Director of Developmental Medicine at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Ellis received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed residency training in Pediatrics and fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU.

AAP Chapter Leaders Take to Capitol Hill, Join Us Today!

A Message from AAP President Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP

Today, I have the honor of joining AAP chapter leaders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in our nation’s capital to urge our members of Congress to protect children’s health care coverage.

Traveling from across the country, each leader brings a unique perspective to the critical advocacy work before us, from those who live and treat patients in rural America to those who work in our country’s largest cities.

Our patient stories, our advocacy journeys and the issues that drive them may vary, but together, we represent one strong and united voice for children. With a new Congress and administration in full swing and decisions taking place every day that will impact the future of children’s health coverage, now is the time to ensure that voice is heard.

I write to you today to ask you to add your voice to our effort.

The AAP Chapter Leaders Fly-In, made possible by the Friends of Children Fund, is also taking place in conjunction with the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs meeting.

This afternoon, all of us will be meeting with our members of Congress and their staff to share three main messages: Renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), keep Medicaid strong, and support consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that benefit children.

For each of these meetings, we will be bringing along new state-by-state fact sheets that highlight how these three programs work together for children.

There are several ways you can take part in today’s efforts from home:

Contact your members of Congress by visiting the AAP’s federal advocacy website and clicking on “Protect Children’s Health Care Coverage” in the Advocacy Action Center. There, you will find a template email and talking points to guide your outreach.

Share messages on social media using #Docs4Coverage on the importance of protecting children’s health care coverage. Sample tweets below:

Children’s health coverage in {Your State} has reached historic highs thanks to #Medicaid, #CHIP, and #ACA. #Docs4Coverage

I’m joining #Docs4Coverage because consistent, affordable coverage gives {state abbreviation} kids a better chance for a healthy future. {link to state fact sheet}

Download your state’s fact sheet for a snapshot of children’s coverage, using data on Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA.

Thank you for all you do for children every day. I look forward to continuing this work together in the name of what is right for our patients and their families.

Sincerely,

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP
President
American Academy of Pediatrics
@AAPPres