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Vaccines (and AAP Presidential Race)

Have you voted, yet, for AAP president? If not, why not? It’s easy.  Go to the voting site.  Read the bios, go to the candidate WWW pages. Read the candidate responses.  Ask your friends.  But whatever you do, vote.  The turnout has been weak the last few years. As some folks know, I’ve helped Dr. …

COCIT and the AAP Need Your Meaningful Use Help

At our UC and Practice Management and Coding event last week. we had the distinct pleasure of a presentation from Dr. Christoph Lehmann, the new Medical Director of the AAP Child Health Informatics Center.  Afterwards, we chatted and we agreed how useful it would be for someone to start a REC and HIE review site, especially for pediatricians. PCC …

Important Changes at the AAP

I interrupt all my work bring two important announcements for those who haven’t heard. First, news from the AAP national: AAP Appoints Founding Medical Director of their Child Health Informatics Center (CHIC) I am pleased to announce that Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, has been appointed the founding Medical Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics …

Meaningful Use, HHS, AAP, You Name It!

After today’s post, I am going to return with some really cool benchmark data (the sort of topic I prefer), but the news about EHRs is coming fast and furiously. My apologies for the length of the post. First, from the AAP: Thank you to everyone who helped promote the Webinar over the last few …

Immunization Coding Update

First, some amazing news.  I understood that it might happening, but I guess it’s official: new admin codes: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was successful in obtaining new CPT codes for immunization administration. The new codes will replace the 90465-90468 immunization administration codes starting January 1, 2011 to better reflect the work associated with …

AAP Federal Health Care Reform Update #3

Siouxsie has given me another AAP Healthcare Reform update to continue our previous announcements.  First, an important webinar: In an effort to provide detailed information on health care reform directly to our membership, AAP will be conducting a Webinar this Thursday, August 13. We hope that you will be able to join us. Please mark …

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Pediatricians

After receiving my third invite to a $450 “Learn What the ARRA Funding Will Do For You” seminar this week, I’ve decided to run a piece I wrote for the SOAPM newsletter that was released a few weeks ago.  Of course, you can become a SOAPM member and get these messages (and better/more!) a lot …

AAP Federal Health Care Reform Update #2

Just yesterday, we had an update from the AAP about how healthcare reform items are taking shape in Washington.  Now, we have a new one, a little more fresh.  The most important part is the “ACADEMY PERSPECTIVE” I think. MEMORANDUM July 31, 2009 To:       AAP Chapter Presidents AAP Chapter Vice Presidents AAP Chapter Executive Directors …

AAP Federal Health Care Reform Update

Today, I share a memo from the Federal Affairs desk of the AAP that pediatricians and their staff should consider.   Normally, I gloss over stuff like this (admit it, you do, too), but the comments Obama has made about child health are important and I think this is the time to make your voices …

Anne Francis, M.D. for AAP President-Elect

Within the AAP, there are some fairly strict/arcane/goofy rules about campaigning for AAP President-Elect.  Most AAP members here are aware of how it works. I, however, am not an AAP member!  So, I can campaign for whomever I wish without breaking any rules. There has been a positive shift in the AAP’s work with private …