PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - Items filtered by date: April 2014
May 30 2014 9:22 PM

AAP Obesity Website

AAP's website dedicated to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. Learn what health professionals or families can do, discover what the AAP is doing and check out helpful links. (URL)

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PA law as it relates to health care facilities. (URL)

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May 30 2014 8:16 PM

EHR and Meaningful Use

Pediatric Practices - EHR and Meaningful Use
HHS Release Final Rule on Meaningful Use of EHR
On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released its Final Rule on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR), along with an additional rule dealing with certification of EHRs. Click here to view the entire Final Rule. For more information and a summary of the changes in the Final Rule visit the AAP Member Center.

Regional Extension Centers for Health Information Technology
Beginning next year, physicians that adopt and make effective use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to improve patient care can earn up to $63,750 from Medicaid. To get the incentive, providers must have an EHR that achieves meaningful use (MU). Basically, providers must show that they are using the system to improve their patients' health. Providers must use an EHR certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT).

Software must be able to generate MU reports to submit to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). This requires specific functionality. In last year's stimulus legislation, Congress anticipated the extra burden that EHR implementation would impose on small provider organizations. Funds were set aside to develop Regional Extension Centers to assist small practices and community health centers with purchasing, implementing and using EHRs. PA has been awarded a grant by the federal government to a non-profit partnership that is led by Quality Insights of Pennsylvania to establish an East and West Regional Extension Center entitled "PA REACH."

The PA REACH East/West are the only federally authorized organizations to help providers transition to MU. Be sure to contact PA REACH prior to signing a vendor contract so you can be sure that the software measures up to MU.
To learn more about PA REACH for Eastern PA: attend one of the Outreach and Education Sessions that are scheduled around the state or vist the website.
To learn more about PA REACH for Western PA: attend one of the Outreach and Education Sessions that are scheduled around the state or visit the website.

ARRA Funding and Pediatric Meaningful Use - Frequently Asked Questions
This document, prepared by Sue Kressly MD, FAAP (Warrington, PA) provides a good background on qualifications for ARRA funding of pediatric EHRs and meaningful use.

PA Department of Public Welfare Plans for ARRA Funding
Click this link for information on DPW's Health Information Technology Initiative. Take a special look at the Pediatric Care EQUIP document found under the sub-heading "Electronic Quality Improvement Projects." This document outlines DPW's thoughts on pediatric outcome measures.

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May 30 2014 8:11 PM

H1N1 Resource

H1N1 Resources

Recommendations for treatment are available at the CDC website (below). CDC is emphasizing the importance of testing at this stage to determine H1N1, seasonal influenza, or the many other viruses circulating at this time of year.

For more information:
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Swine Influenza (Flu)
• PA Department of Health, Swine Flu
• American Academy of Pediatrics, Swine Flu
• CDC Guidance for Clinicians: Prevention and Treatment of Swine-Origin Influenza Virus Infection in Young Children

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May 30 2014 8:07 PM

Pediatric Practices

We hope you find useful information in this section for Pediatric Practices. This page is under development, so please check back in the future for more information related to specific PA topics.

In the meantime, please check the AAP's Practice Management Online website for a wealth of information.

Some key Pennsylvania resources for practices are:
• PA State Board of Medicine
• PA Bulletin Annual Reimbursement for Copying Medical Records
• Consent to Treatment and Confidentiality Provisions Affecting Minors in Pennsylvania (Juvenile Law Center Publication)
• PA Medical Society Liability Insurance Company (PMSLIC)
• PA Medical Society (PMS)
• PA Sales Tax
• Consumer Product Safety Commission

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have suggestions about topics you would like to see on this page.

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May 30 2014 8:05 PM


We hope you find useful information in this section for pediatricians. This page is under development, so please check back in the future for more information and other topics.

CME Credits
PA CME Requirements for Licensure
Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, Licensure Requirements
Next CME License Cycle Ends: December 31, 2016

Resource Library
Resource Library
Check the following websites for helpful tools to track the CME credits you've earned.
Note: you may need to be a member of the organization to use some of the services at the sites listed below.
• AAP, Pedialink
• The Pennsylvania Medical Society, CME
• Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS)
PROS (Pediatric Research in Office Settings) is a practice-based research net work that was established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1986. As of March 2005, PROS consists of 1,953 pediatric practitioners from 719 practices in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, teamed with a research staff at AAP headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL and research consultants from around the country. The PROS Network consists of practices and practitioners organized at the state (chapter) level. Click here to learn more.
PA Coordinator: Richard Kratz, MD, FAAP

CME Offered by the PA AAP
Category I Credits: Participate in the live Let's Talk teleconferences offered monthly Sept - June or host an EPIC program talk at your practice (current topics: Immunization, child abuse and neglect recognition and reporting, child passenger safety, breastfeeding).

Category II Credits: Listen to archived Let's Talk teleconferences for CME Category II credits (Enduring Materials). Check out the AAP Pedialink for other sources of Category II credits and ways to log enduring materials activity.

Please contact us if you have suggestions about topics you would like to see on this page.

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The Pennsylvania Premie Network (formally know as the Pennsylvania Premature Infant Health Network) exists to direct a spotlight on the unique issues premature infants and their families face including continuity of care, access to care and available resources. Specifically, the PA Premie Network will do this through raising awareness, delivering education and promoting collaboration among stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania.

The network is under the leadership of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PAAAP). PA AAP is committed to the health and well being of premature infants. The PA Premie Network Executive Committee is led by Dr. Albert Pizzica, DO, FAAP (Philadelphia), Robert Cicco, MD, FAAP (Pittsburgh) and Kim Costello, DO, FAAP (Harrisburg). The Advisory Committee is comprised of: Colleen Cook-Moine, MD (Lancaster), Susan Brackbill, RN (Harrisburg), Julie Hladio (Pittsburgh), Lillian Rountree Lippencott (Pittsburgh), James A. Cook, MD (Danville), Jen Fiddner, MPH (Pittsburgh), Kathie Wagner (Camp Hill), Casey Hoffman, PhD (Philadelphia), Lily Higgins, MD (Philadelphia), Susan Adeniyi-Jones, MD (Philadelphia), Charrell Bird, MD (Harrisburg), Mike Balsan, MD ( Erie), J. J. La Bella, MD (Pittsburgh).

Through a multi-disciplinary network, the PA Premie Network is identifying a number of specific projects that can help to achieve its mission of directing a spotlight on the unique issues facing preterm babies and their families and finding ways to address those issues. Some of our recent accomplishments are:

Meeting with PA Dept. of Health regarding neonatal levels of care
Meeting with Early Intervention examining referral process
Submitting a grant proposal to March of Dimes
Holding the first of several webinars for NICU and Newborn Nursery Staff on clinical issues
Survey of PA NICUs and Hospital Newborn Nursery Departments
For more information on the network and the network's activities please contact Dottie Schell, the Program Director.

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IEP HPV resources include weblinks, sample facebook posts, sample twitter posts and youtube videos.

May 28 2014 5:43 PM

IEP Program Summary

EPIC®-IEP delivers offers in-office and webinar Immunization Updates for physicians and the entire practice staff, training on immunization techniques through Immunization Skills Workshops for medical assistants and others who wish to review or update their skills, webinars on immunization topics through the Chapter's "Let's Talk" series, and technical assistance on immunization issues. EPIC®IEP programs focus on physicians and the entire practice staff working as a team to stay up-to-date with recommended vaccine storage and handling, vaccine administration, and immunization schedules. Programs are free provided at no cost. Activities are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The PA AAP, with funding from the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has produced a new brochure on HPV that is available for you at no cost. "HPV Vaccine for Boys and Young Men" is oriented towards HPV immunization of the younger-aged males for whom HPV vaccine is recommended. There are several excellent patient and family handouts available on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccine, but none geared specifically towards parents of these younger-aged males. To obtain a sample copy of "HPV Vaccine for Boys and Young Men" along with an order form for more free copies, email your name and address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The PA AAP's EPIC® - Immunization Education Program and the PA Department of Health would like to add your practice to an Honor Roll of Practices which have achieved 100% of all physicians and practice staff receiving influenza vaccine for the current influenza season. Help us see if you qualify and understand what has contributed to your success. (ONLY FIVE QUESTIONS!) Please go to this link to answer this SHORT questionnaire: As of January 2013, 84 Pennsylvania pediatric practices have been recognized.

May 28 2014 4:20 PM

Ped Practice

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