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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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Early Bird Registration for the 4th Annual ABC Conference is Now Open

Posted on: July 24, 2013

The 2013 4th Annual ABC Conference, “Making Systems Work Across the Lifespan for Children with Special Health Needs,” occurring Friday, November 22, 2013 at Moraine Valley Business and Conference Center in Palos Hills, is approved to offer 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsto physician attendees. Speakers include leaders in research, advocacy, and medicine. For more information, click here or view the conference brochure. To register, click here.

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New Toolkit on Collaboration for the Social Determinants of Health

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Medical care accounts for less than 25% of a population’s health status. Other factors, including genetics, social circumstances, environmental conditions, and behavior, have significantly more impact on health. Academic health centers are recognizing that they are uniquely positioned to have a significant and positive impact on the determinants of health and the health of their communities. The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is interested in broadening the view of academic health center leadership from focusing just on health care to improving health, addressing real and perceived barriers to this culture change and translating the isolated local successes of some academic health centers into a nation-wide movement.

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Illinois Opens Transition Web-Based Trainings to National Audience!

Posted on: June 25, 2013

The Illinois Transition Care Project (a partnership between Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and UIC-Specialized Care for Children) received MOC Part IV approval from all three primary care boards for its web-based trainings. Course enrollment is now open nationally here. The project offers two separate curricula. The pediatric course offers 15 CME PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 25 Maintenance of Certification Part IV points (approved by the American Board of Pediatrics). The adult medicine course offers 10 CME PRA Category 1 Credits™, 20 Maintenance of Certification Self-Evaluation credits (approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine) and 20 MC-FP Part IV points (approved by the American Board of Family Medicine). For more information, please review this article on the trainings and view the informational flyers for the pediatric course and adult-oriented courses for internal medicine and family medicine.

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New Documentary: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

Posted on: June 14, 2013

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? is one of the supporting episodes to the forthcoming documentary series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. Science has demonstrated that a child’s experiences during the earliest years are vital to building the foundation for life-long individual successes in school and in life.  Economic studies by James Heckman and others have concluded that high quality early care and preschool yield huge individual and public benefits: children are more likely to graduate high school and college, get better jobs, and contribute more in taxes and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, be unemployed, or go to jail.  In fact, the return on investment is six dollars to one, or more.  For more information or to watch the episode, click here.

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House Bill 1063 Passes

Posted on: June 4, 2013

After unanimous approval in the Illinois House and Senate, House Bill 1063 awaits Governor Quinn’s signature to become a law.  The legislation removes the criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old and ensures that all survivors, many of who remain silent about childhood abuse for years, have the opportunity to seek justice.  Illinois joins 33 other states that have already begun extending the statue of limitations related to child sexual abuse.  For the full text of HB 1063, please click here.

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