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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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Children’s Mental Health Report

Posted on: May 28, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, describes the federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders and presents estimates of the number of children with specific mental disorders.  The report was developed in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Some of the key findings include the fact that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and Tourette syndrome.  ADHD was the most prevalent diagnosis among children aged 3-17 years, and with the exception of autism, the number of children with a mental disorder increased with age.  To see all of the report’s findings, click here.

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32nd Annual Infant Mental Health Conference: 10.25.13

Posted on: May 14, 2013

Join the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health in cooperation with the UIC Child and Family Development Center for Mirror, Mirror: Reflective Practice Across Infant and Early Childhood Setting on October 25, 2013 from 9am-3:30pm at the UIC Forum.  The conference is designed specifically for professionals in the fields of foster care, early intervention, early childcare, children’s mental health and any other setting that includes young children and their families.  Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at the University of Maryland College Park, will act as the keynote speaker, addressing what reflective practice looks like, how it can be useful for clinicians, and how it can benefit children and families.  For more information, view the flyer here.

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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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