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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Nebraska AAP Project Firstline ECHO Sessions

This ECHO series is made possible through a grant the Nebraska Chapter AAP received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics.  The sessions were hosted in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Project ECHO.

Triage And Response Protocols, Risk Recognition, And Communication
Presented by: Russell McCullough, MD, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center 2/3/21

Epidemic/Pandemic Response
Presented by: Bob Rauner, MD, MPH, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln 2/17/21

Applying the Current IPC Guidance for COVID-19 Precautions To Your Job and Facility
Presented by: Angie Kratochvil-Stava, MD, Children’s Clinic – Kearney 3/3/21

Clinical Evidence and Basics of Transmission: COVID-19
Presented by: Alice Sato, MD, PhD, UNMC, Children’s Specialty Physicians 3/17/21

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.


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:

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

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:

Nebraska DHHS Statewide Case Map (includes hospital capacity data):