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

Posted on: April 30, 2014

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.

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ICAAP Joins Campaign for Dental Health as Partner

Posted on: March 13, 2014

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.

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

Posted on: March 11, 2014

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.

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

Posted on: February 27, 2014

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.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter Report Available

Posted on: February 13, 2014

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…

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

Posted on: January 10, 2014

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.

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Family Voices Launches Health & Wellness Website

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Family Voices has launched a new website, IMPACT (Improving Maternal Child Health Programs and Policies so All Children Thrive) Health and Wellness for Families. Little changes can make a big difference in the health and well-being of children and adults. This website offers information and tips that parents can use to fit into their own lives, and shares information that is valuable to the wider world of family health and wellness. The site promotes health and wellness knowledge for all families, including culturally diverse families and families with children and youth who have special needs and disabilities.

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2014-2015 AAP National Committee Member Appointments

Posted on: October 31, 2013

The AAP Board of Directors is soliciting nominations to fill 21 AAP national committee member vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2014, as follows:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect (2)
  • Child Health Financing (3)
  • Coding and Nomenclature
  • Development (Districts VI and X) (2)
  • Federal Government Affairs

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ICMHP Issue Brief: Early Childhood Mental Health and Homelessness

Posted on: October 3, 2013

The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) recently released their first Issue Brief, Early Childhood Mental Health and Homelessness. The facts and statistics in this brief call for increased awareness and education on how to best reach and serve this vulnerable population. Read the brief here. For more information about ICMHP, visit http://www.icmhp.org/.

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Report – Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives

Posted on: September 26, 2013

ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends recently released the report, Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives. This report represents findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. It identifies innovations in policy and practice, and highlights key challenges, gaps and barriers that child welfare agencies across the county face in meeting the needs of very young children who have experiences maltreatment. Three short companion pieces offer highlights from the survey and recommendations for states around core issues.

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