The following press release was issued on behalf of the Nebraska Chapter AAP, Nebraska AFP and the Metro Omaha Medical Society to address confusion and misinformation regarding COVID-19 masking precautions.
Lessons Learned From the Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network: A Transdisciplinary Virtual Collaboration Addressing Health System Fragmentation and Disparity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lessons Learned From COVID-19:
A Practical Guide for Pediatric Facility Preparedness and
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….
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!
Webinars on Advocacy Basics:
- The Nebraska Legislative Process – presented on 8/7/20 by Senator John Arch and Liz Lyons, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
- Identifying & Connecting with Your Lawmakers – presented 9/18/20 by Karla Lester, MD
- Writing Letters to Lawmakers and Testifying – presented 10/9/20 by Beth Ann Brooks, MD
Identify Your Nebraska Senator – https://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php
AAP State Advocacy Resources – www.aap.org/stateadvocacy
Contact the AAP State Advocacy Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices for Children 2020 Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecard – https://voicesforchildren.com/2020scorecard/
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.
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
The AAP clinical guidance for pediatricians: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/#ClinicalGuidance
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
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]
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:
Nebraska DHHS Statewide Case Map (includes hospital capacity data):