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….
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:
- 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/
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.
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
MIS-C clinical guidance from AAP:
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
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]
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):
NEAAP e-Newsletter – 8/20
Spring Conference 2020
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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.