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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Materials Available for Your Practice

Posted on: November 14, 2014

As part of the Rethink Your Drink campaign on sugar-sweetened beverages, ICAAP and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) are distributing educational materials that you can use in your practice to raise awareness about the health costs of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and the strategies available to address them. These materials include:

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Upcoming Free Webinar on the Baby-Friendly Physician’s Office

Posted on: August 25, 2014

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, from noon-1:00pm, ICAAP will be hosting a free, We Choose Health Baby-Friendly project webinar, “Supporting Breastfeeding: The Baby-Friendly Physician’s Office.”  The webinar, which will be presented by Karen Federici, MD, IBCLC, FABM, will discuss the benefits, characteristics, and strategies of a baby-friendly physician office. She will explain how physicians can support breastfeeding within their practice, while getting reimbursed for doing so.   She will also provide a framework for effective collaboration with lactation consultants, WIC, and other community organizations. To register for this event, please click here.

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HFS Issues New Directive on Pediatric Weight Management

Posted on: December 4, 2013

On October 3, 2013, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) issued a new directive on pediatric weight management documentation and claims coding. The directive, BMI Assessment and Obesity-related Weight Management Follow-up among Children and Adolescents: Documentation and Claims Coding Instructions, was published in a provider informational notice and is posted on the HFS website (a PDF can be downloaded here).

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Webinar Recording: Evaluation and Management of Hyperlipidemia in Children

Posted on: August 28, 2013

This webinar was recorded July 7, 2013 as a presentation of an educational module for ICAAP’s current pediatric obesity care MOC Part IV quality improvement project, Improving Quality of Care for Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. It is now being made available for public viewing via the ICAAP website.

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Webinar Recording: Pediatric Weight Management in a Community Health Center in an Under-served Urban Neighborhood

Posted on: August 28, 2013

This webinar was recorded June 26, 2013 as a presentation of an educational module for ICAAP’s current pediatric obesity care MOC Part IV quality improvement project, Improving Quality of Care for Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. It is now being made available for public viewing via the ICAAP website.

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Illinois Collecting and Reporting Pediatric Weight Assessment

Posted on: October 13, 2012

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IDHFS) has confirmed to ICAAP that weight assessment is one of the child health quality measures that it will voluntarily report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on an annual basis as part of its Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Project activities. The measurement rate for this obesity quality measure is calculated by assessing the percentage of children ages 3-17 who had an outpatient visit with a primary care physician or OB/GYN and whose weight is classified based on body mass index (BMI) percentile for age and gender. Illinois reported its baseline rates for the pediatric weight assessment measure as 0.4% for 2010 and 0.6% for 2011. The actual rate of documentation, however, may be much higher because the measurement rate is based only on administrative claims data and not chart review data. ICAAP will soon be promoting the measure through provider guidance and education with the goal of increasing the rate for the quality measure. For any questions regarding the quality measure, please contact Mary Elsner, Director, Obesity Prevention Initiatives at 312/733-1026, ext 220 or melsner@illinoisaap.com.

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Summary Report: Illinois Medicaid Physician Survey, Survey of State Medicaid Policies and Literature Review, and Survey of State Quality Measures

Posted on: September 25, 2012

ICAAP’s Obesity Prevention Initiatives team is pleased to offer a Summary Report on its Review of State Medicaid Policies and Quality Measures, conducted in the April – June 2012 quarter. The activities undertaken by ICAAP identify Medicaid policies and programs outside of Illinois that should be considered for inclusion in the Illinois Medicaid program to improve the quality and delivery of care. The report also identifies quality measures addressing obesity care implemented in other states. The results of the surveys will inform anticipated ICAAP recommendations to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services about how to clarify and strengthen Illinois Medicaid policies to improve the quality of pediatric obesity care. The survey findings will also assist in the development strategies to increase provider reporting of a weight assessment quality measure in the Illinois Medicaid program.

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Illinois Announces Plan to Enhance Physical Education in Schools

Posted on: June 13, 2012

On June 5, 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) released the Illinois Enhanced Physical Education Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is a call to action to the education and health advocates and stakeholders to make daily, high-quality physical education a reality for all Illinois K-12 students. It highlights the critical role of local school boards, superintendents, and principals in enhancing P.E. and key opportunities for them to provide leadership.

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Hospital Breastfeeding Council of Metro Chicago: Physicians Panel on Breastfeeding

Posted on: June 7, 2012

We are pleased to offer a video recording of the May 15, 2012 Hospital Breastfeeding Council of Metro Chicago Physicians Panel on Breastfeeding. Watch the video embedded below.

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ICAAP Members Testify at Illinois Obesity Prevention Act Hearings

Posted on: April 25, 2012

The Obesity Prevention Initiative Act (PA96-0155) required the Illinois Department of Public Health to hold three public hearings to gather testimony on the social and human costs of obesity and to highlight existing state and community level initiatives; identify existing plans and opportunities for action; inform policy makers and the public about effective solutions to the problem; and engage stakeholders to promote action to reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity. ICAAP members Dr. David Dungan, Dr. Jason French, Dr. Cynthia Mears, and Dr. Krystal Revai each testified; their written remarks are available for download by clicking on their names.

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