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April is Autism Awareness Month

Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.

Webinar: Achieving Bright Futures – A New Resource from the AAP/Bright Futures

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/255055030

Title: Webinar: Achieving Bright Futures – A New Resource from the AAP/Bright Futures

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

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…

IL HFS Directs Enrolled Providers to Document Patient Weight Assessment in Billing Claims

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) issued a new directive on pediatric weight management documentation and claims coding in October 2013. The directive, BMI Assessment and Obesity-related Weight Management Follow-up among Children and Adolescents: Documentation and Claims Coding Instructions, was published in an informational notice and is posted on the HFS website (a PDF can be downloaded here). The informational notice applies to the following enrolled health care providers:  physicians, advanced practice nurses, federally qualified health centers, encounter rate clinics, hospitals, local education agencies, local health departments, and school-based/linked health centers.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16

House Bill 3190, which will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), was signed into law as Public Act 098-0480 to become effective in January 1, 2014;