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Registration is Now Open for ICAAP Baby-Friendly Hospital Conference

This is an exciting time in Illinois, with almost half of the state’s maternity hospitals pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. In order to assist hospitals throughout the state as they work on implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the Illinois Department of Public Health We Choose Health Initiative, in collaboration with ICAAP and the Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force, is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference, Ten Steps Forward: Building Momentum on the Baby-Friendly Pathway in Illinois, in Springfield, IL on September 11, 2014. The conference is intended for representatives of organizations pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation, as well as any individuals who are interested in supporting the Baby-Friendly initiative in their communities. For more information or to sign up, visit the conference registration page.

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.

Upcoming Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program Webinar

Join ICAAP’s Chapter CATCH Facilitators, Drs. Julie O’Keefe and Margi Scotellaro, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 12:30-1:30pm for a short update on the AAP Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. CATCH supports pediatricians to collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services and a medical home and providers planning and implementation grants to AAP members nationwide. The webinar will provide an update on the CATCH program, review grant opportunities that are available to ICAAP members and residents, and highlight the work of recent Illinois CATCH grantees who have addressed issues such as school health, autism, foster care, and more with their grant funds. The webinar is free and open to all ICAAP members.

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.