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Upcoming Webinar on Connecting Communities to Coverage through the ACA and Medicaid

Join ICAAP staff at Noon on December 10, 2014 for a webinar update on everything you and your staff need to know about how to connect your parents to coverage though the Illinois Insurance Marketplace. In addition, the presentation will also include a review of the recent changes to the Illinois Medicaid program. Physicians and their staff are encouraged to register for the webinar to learn more about the ACA and how to connect patients to coverage.

ICAAP Seeks Pediatricians to Serve on Advisory Group to Address Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The ICAAP Committee on Obesity invites interested pediatricians to join an ad hoc advisory group to address the issue of sugar-sweetened beverages. ICAAP is working on a limited-term initiative with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity to engage the pediatric provider community, other health care providers, and health care organizations in advocacy and education on the negative health impacts of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and the promotion of healthier beverage choices. The ad hoc group would provide consultation to ICAAP on strategies to engage health care providers and organizations in the initiative. The estimated time commitment for the advisory group is three to five hours over the next six months. If you are interested in joining the ad hoc group or would like more information, please contact Mary Elsner, Director, ICAAP Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at 312/733-1026, ext 220, or melsner@illinoisaap.com.

“Little Children, Big Challenges” Webinar Link

Both Sesame Workshop and Reach Out & Read Illinois would like to thank all of those who joined in for the Little Children, Big Challenges webinar on June 11, 2014. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to join in, or who would like to re-watch the webinar, the link to the recording is now available: https://sesameevents.webex.com/sesameevents/lsr.php?RCID=a7af4e01c3196342ffd278da2eb6407a.

ICAAP Committee on Obesity Secures Answers from HFS on Payment for Weight Management Visits

In response to questions raised by ICAAP members, ICAAP’s Committee on Obesity, chaired by Dr. Karen Walker, sought clarification from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) about provisions in its recent pediatric weight management provider notice, Revised – BMI Assessment and Obesity-related Weight Management Follow-up among Children and Adolescents: Documentation and Claims Coding Instructions. The provider notice was published on January 24, 2014 and is available on the HFS website and as a PDF. Specifically, ICAAP asked HFS for further clarification of the circumstances under which weight management evaluation and management (E&M) visits solely for the diagnosis of overweight/obesity will be paid. These questions and their accompanying answers can be downloaded in PDF form here.

ICAAP Joins Campaign for Dental Health as Partner

ICAAP has joined the Campaign for Dental Health (CDH), a movement to protect children and all Americans from the unnecessary pain and costs associated with tooth decay. The CDH is a volunteer network of local, state, and national organizations that provides reliable, scientific information about oral health and community water fluoridation. To get answers to the most common questions about fluoride and access tools and resources, please visit the CDH website at www.ilikemyteeth.org.

ICAAP Invites Clinics to Participate in New Learning Collaborative on Pediatric Obesity and Coordinated Care

ICAAP is seeking Chicago clinics to participate in a new and exciting learning collaborative on pediatric obesity and coordinated care. The learning collaborative is expected to launch in mid-2014, with a pilot for a coordinated system of care component to begin in spring 2015. The goal of the pilot is to promote integration of primary care and community resources to help impact the health status of patients with overweight/obesity. If you are interested in learning more about this learning collaborative opportunity, click here or contact Mary Elsner, JD, Director of Obesity Prevention Initiatives, at melsner@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026, ext 220.  Informational question and answer calls will be scheduled in the coming months.

AAP Updates Schedule of Screenings and Assessments for Well-Child Visits

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its schedule of the screenings and health assessments that are recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. The updated periodicity schedule reflects current AAP recommendations for preventive pediatric health care, which are explained in detail in the third edition of “Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents.” Under the Affordable Care Act, non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover services that are recommended by Bright Futures (and included in the periodicity schedule), with no cost sharing.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter Report Available

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics developed an annual chapter report outlining priorities, activities, and achievements in 2013. ICAAP indicated its three highest priorities for 2013 as advocacy/legislation, medical home, and public health. The report also outlines membership status and challenges for the chapter. Read more…