National Institute CME Courses
The number of prescriptions filled for opioid pain relievers has increased dramatically, leading the CDC to identify prescription drug abuse a problem of “epidemic” proportions. To better equip family physicians, pediatricians, and other health professionals against this crisis, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers two free online CMEs/CEs:
- Safe Prescribing for Pain (1.25 credits) teaches the prevalence of prescription opioid abuse and explores ways to effectively screen for and prevent abuse in patients with pain.
- Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Rx Drugs (1.75 credits) identifies the prevalence of opioid addiction and dependence in patients with chronic pain, and assists health care providers in identifying emerging abuse behaviors.
New York’s Health Benefit Exchange
The New York Health Plan Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. For more information, view the Webinar or the Powerpoint presentation. See the announcement of the Marketplace’s name, New York State of Health.
Announcing the NEW GeneticsinPrimaryCare.org!
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute is pleased to announce the launch of their new Web site, GeneticsinPrimaryCare.org. This site houses practical tools and information for pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) regarding genetics and genomics, genetic testing, family history, genetic counseling, and patient communication. Visit our Provider Education page for resources, webinars, and live educational activities, including the upcoming Dive into the Gene Pool Conference. Explore the role of pediatric primary care providers in the provision of genetic medicine with the new Genetic Medicine & Primary Care Infographic.
Additional informational resources include:
- Video testimonials from experts providing insight and a variety of perspectives on genetic-related topics including genetic testing, family history, and genetic counseling.
- The What’s New page provides visitors with current and recently released policy statements, articles, online resources, and events
- The archived Time Out for Genetics webinar series is housed in the Provider Education section of the site and provides 30 minute overviews on genetic topics relevant to pediatric primary care providers. Each webinar in this series has a companion fact sheet that offers a brief summary of the information presented in each webinar.
- The 2013 Integrating Genetics into Your Practice webinar series is scheduled to kick off on June 6 at 12pm Central with the first webinar on Family History in Primary Care. Registration for these 60-minute educational webinars will be available on the GPCI Webinars page of the site in the coming weeks.
- Within the Patient Management and Guidelines page there are a number of resources available for PCPs to access and utilize in their everyday practice including a list of management guidelines for patients with genetic and genetic-related conditions, a “How-To” handout on building a genetic patient registry, and guides on the creation of both emergency and transition plans
- Pediatricians are invited to participate in a cutting edge conference, Dive into the Gene Pool: Integrating genetics and genomics into your pediatric primary care practice, to be held on August 9-10 in Chicago. Visit www.pedialink.org/cmefinder to Dive into the Gene Pool this summer!
New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format Announced
A new database developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can help software developers create better Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for the care of children. The children’s EHR format establishes a blueprint for EHRs to better meet the needs of health care providers and pediatric patients by combining best-practices in clinical care, information technology, and insights from experts in children’s health. Since few EHRs have been created with children’s needs in mind, gaps in functionality, data elements and other areas tend to occur. The format guides EHR developers in understanding the requirements for functionality, data standards, usability and interoperability of an EHR system to more optimally support the provision of health care to children – especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The format is readily accessible and adoptable by EHR developers for use during product development or enhancement.
In addition to providing guidance to developers, the format can provide guidance for EHR system purchasers and policy makers. For example, policy makers and purchasers can use the requirements when assessing functionality of EHRs. For more information or to access the format, select: http://healthit.ahrq.gov/childehrFormat.
Letter from District II to Governor Cuomo regarding Gun Control (Posted January 17, 2013)
The Department of Health is pleased to announce the release of the New York State Medicaid Managed Care Information Website, developed in partnership with the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
This initial phase of the website release is intended to provide easy access for members and providers looking for information on the drugs and supplies covered by different Medicaid and Family Health Plus managed care health plans. In the near future, the Department plans to release phase two of the project, which will allow interactive comparison of coverage searches. The Pharmacy Benefit Information Website is available at: http://pbic.nysdoh.suny.edu
Restrictions on Requiring Disclosure of Social Security Numbers: Effective December 12, 2012, as per N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 399-ddd, healthcare providers, among others, are prohibited from requiring an individual to disclose or furnish his or her social security number (SSN), as well as from refusing any service, privilege or right as a result of an individual’s refusal to disclose or furnish such number, unless an exception applies. Such exceptions include when the individual consents to the acquisition or use of his or her SSN, when the SSN is expressly required by federal, state or local law or regulation, or when the SSN is requested for purposes of internal verification, tax compliance, employment, credit transactions or is requested by an authorized insurer for the purpose of furnishing information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In light of the new rule, healthcare providers who require patients to furnish SSNs should review their policies and remember to implement appropriate safeguards to protect such information. To review the amended law and all exceptions, go to: http://ow.ly/frB2Y.
|Louis Z. Cooper, M.D., FAAP was awarded the AAP’s 2012 Abraham Jacoby Award in recognition of a pediatrician who has made long-term notable contributions to pediatrics nationally in teaching, patient care and/or clinical research.Dr. Cooper, an AAP past president (2001-’02) and past President of District II, is a professor emeritus of pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and chair emeritus of pediatrics at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. He has served on numerous governmental, AAP and state medical society advisory bodies. At Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Cooper created the Rubella Project, a vaccine research program that evolved into a multidisciplinary team dedicated to defining and resolving the rubella problem. This project enabled Dr. Cooper to translate scientific information into public policy, legislation and program building in health, education and social services.|
|New Yorkers speak out for justice: Governor Cuomo has proposed legislation to create the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which will give New York State the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities. [Click here for more...]|
AAP, District II, NYS formally supports New York City’s Initiative in Support of Breastfeeding. The New York City initiative tracks with AAP policy supporting breastfeeding for all healthy babies and mothers. [Click here for more...]
Please complete Hassle Factor form to report insurance administrative and claims processing concerns including settlement disputes that you may have filed.
Welcome to our new Web Site!
For suggestions, contact the Webmaster.
This website has been developed by District II (New York State) of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The authors, editors and contributors are expert authorities in the field of pediatrics. No commercial involvement of any kind has been solicited or accepted in the development of the content of this web site. Advertising does not influence editorial decisions or content. The appearance on District II web sites is neither a guarantee nor an endorsement by District II of the product, service, company or the claims made for the product in such advertising.