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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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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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