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CME/CEU Let's Talk Webinar/Teleconference

Please join us for the next CME webinars/teleconferences on:

    June 24, 2014 (12:15-1:30pm)
    Let’s Talk: Eczema – Uncovering New Triggers for Flares

    Presenter: Patrick McMahon, MD - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and UPENN School of Medicine

    Moderator: Allen Nussbaum, MD, FAAP - Pediatrician - Pediatric Care of York; President - PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
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    PA AAP EPIC® programs available for CME/CEUs to your Practice at no charge

    • PA Immunization Education Program (PA IEP)
    • Breastfeeding Education, Support and Training (BEST)
    • Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children (oral health risk assessment and fluoride varnish)
    • Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN)
    • Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings
    Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit • On-site with Physician and Community Presenter Team • Helpful handouts and up-to-date resources
    • No Charge

    Contact PA AAP at paaap@paaap.org or call 1-484-446-3000 to connect with any of the programs listed above.

    Did You Know the ABP Has 12 MOC Part IV Modules Available At No Charge?

    It’s true! Once you sign up for MOC and pay the enrollment fee you have access to the ABP’s 12 Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs) which are web-based tools to maintain Part IV of your certification. Click here to preview the PIMs and access FAQs on each module.

 
 
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Pediatrician of the Year
  The PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics congratulates Mark D. Widome, MD, MPH, FAAP as the Pediatrician of the Year. This prestigious award is given annually to a Pennsylvania Fellow who exemplifies the ideals of the pediatric profession and participates in the type of activities that are the foundation of the AAP.

Click here for more info on this award and how to nominate a colleague...
 
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Wendy Ross, MD, FAAP is the featured CNN Hero this week. She is a Pennsylvania developmental/behavioral pediatrician who has dedicated her professional life to improving community-based social experiences for children with autism and their families. See the story here http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/ It will also be played on CNN (TV) at various times over the next week as well. "Like” her story on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CNNHeroes so that she receives the recognition and support of her work that she deserves!

Affordable Care Act Implementation

Starting October 1 as part of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, a six-month open enrollment period begins for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance in the new marketplace (formerly known as exchanges) in every state https://www.healthcare.gov/

In anticipation of this milestone in ACA implementation, the AAP has been distributing materials for pediatricians and families about what this phase of implementation means for them.  In August, the AAP developed and distributed state-specific fact sheets linking parents and families to their state’s marketplace and answering a series of questions about what to look for in an insurance plan. The AAP also developed fact sheets to educate pediatric practices that might benefit from the law’s small business health insurance options. All of these can be found on www.aap.org/ACAmarketplace  
On www.healthychildren.org/ACAmarketplace  (also in Spanish), parents can also learn about how to navigate the new marketplace and better understand how insurance works.

ACA Primary Care Payment Enhancement
• DPW and the MCOs have issued a timeline on initation of new fees and retroactive payment.

• DPW has issued a Bulletin outlining their implementation of the new enhanced fee schedule. The title of the Bulletin is ‘Implementation of the Medical Assistance Program’s Fee Increases for Select Primary Care Services’. The Bulletin number is 31-13-34. As of May 31, all DPW-paid fee for service claims will be paid at the enhanced rate.

 
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