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Web Based Attestation for Rate Increases Now Available

Posted on: April 8, 2013

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced a Web based Certification and Attestation for Primary Care Rate Increase. This feature allows providers to submit their attestations for the Medicaid to Medicare primary care rate increases directly to the department electronically. Once eligibility for this program has been approved, physicians will receive a new Provider information Sheet from the department identifying a new specialty code has been added to the provider database. Physicians who do not receive a new provider information sheet within thirty (30) days of submittal to the department may contact the Provider Participation Unit (PPU) by calling 217/782-0538 or by sending an e-mail to HFS.PPU@illinois.gov.  For the online attestation form, visit http://hfs.illinois.gov/pcpattest/.

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National Pediatric Readiness Project Begins in Illinois in April

Posted on: April 8, 2013

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Program, working with representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), has designed a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that every emergency department (ED) is ready to care for children.

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Webinar on Chicago’s Homeless Service System

Posted on: March 26, 2013

The FACT Project has collaborated with The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness to provide a free webinar on Chicago’s homeless service system that can be viewed at any time.  This comprehensive 40 minute overview of the services and resources available to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Chicago can be found here, or played below.

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Autism Awareness Night with the Rockford IceHogs

Posted on: March 19, 2013

The Rockford IceHogs will be hosting the inaugural Autism Awareness Night on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7pm to help raise money and awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center, a program of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago – Rockford region. For more information and to order tickets, please visit http://chicago.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ILCH_TAPRockford.

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Committee on Obesity Delivers Obesity Care Coverage Recommendations to Illinois Medicaid

Posted on: February 22, 2013

In January 2013, the ICAAP Committee on Obesity presented its initial recommendations to the Illinois Medicaid program on the coverage and reimbursement of pediatric obesity care. The recommendations, A Critical Gap in Care: Early Intervention to Reduce Pediatric Obesity, outline three steps that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services can take immediately to improve care: (1) clarify coverage of follow-up visits for early intervention of pediatric overweight/obesity; (2) extend well-child and sick visits for counseling of pediatric patients with overweight/obesity; (3) allow the use of the Counseling Risk Factor Reduction and Behavior Change Intervention codes, which are eligible for increased CMS payment, for pediatric obesity counseling.

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Illinois Physicians Advocating for Awareness of Driving Safety (IPAADS) launches online training

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Through support by the Allstate Foundation, ICAAP gathered a group of stakeholders to create the Illinois Physicians Advocating for Awareness of Driving Safety (IPAADS) initiative. We are pleased to announce the launch of an online learning program for primary care providers and medical staff to learn about teen driving in Illinois. The goal of this free training is to provide an overview of teen driving laws and serve as an educational tool for primary care providers to understand their role in promoting safe teen driving. Participants will learn about risk factors associated with teen driving and the components of the Graduated Driver Licensing system in Illinois.

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Illinois Safe Home Coalition Generates Awareness Campaign on Dangers of Furniture Tip-Over Accidents

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Through the Illinois Safe Home Coalition, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued an alert about the risks associated with unsecured furniture and appliances for children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has called for two recent nationwide recalls of dressers made by Bexco and Gemme Juvenile based on tip-over accidents that occur when children have climbed on the dressers. Based on the risk of injury and death for children who climb on unsecure furtniture (dressers, bookcases, televisions), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has created guidelines for securing furniture and promoting home safety.

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HFS Transitioning From Issuing Monthly Medical Cards to Annual Paper Medical Cards

Posted on: January 31, 2013

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is transitioning from issuing monthly medical cards to annual paper medical cards. During the next month all currently eligible Medical Program participants will begin to receive in the mail a new paper medical card along with an instructional brochure.

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Current Concepts in Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference

Posted on: January 31, 2013

On March 14 – 16, 2013, the University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education will host their 10th Annual Current Concepts in Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 East Walton Place in Chicago.

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Illinois Child Deaths Skyrocket in 2012

Posted on: January 17, 2013

A new report by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) claims that child deaths sharply increased in 2012, citing suffocation by neglect as the leading cause of death in neglect and abuse cases. Nearly 40 children, 44% of the total deaths, died from suffocation by neglect caused by unsafe sleep conditions, including unsafe co-sleeping with adults, sleeping with a blanket on an adult mattress, or stomach sleeping.  ICAAP strongly supports the AAP’s 2011 technical report that warns about the dangers of unsafe sleep for infants and states their recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. To read the entire DCFS report, click here.

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