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October 4, 2016

In this edition:

News of Interest
  • Academy creates blueprint to guide next U.S. president on children's health matters
  • ABP Updated Policy
  • HPV Quarterly Report- Louisiana


ACEs News

News from Louisiana Department of Health
  • Gov. Edwards, Our Lady of the Lake Announce New ER in North Baton Rouge
  • Deadline for Providers and Submitter of Electronic Claims
      Healthy Louisiana News
  • Informational Bulletins
  • Health Plan Advisories
Welcome New Members
Happy Birthdays
Upcoming Events
  • LA AAP Legislative Caravan | Lafayette, La | 10/11/16
  • Preventing Obesity in the Early Years | Baton Rouge, La | 10/25/16
  • Advocating for Individuals Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders | New Orleans, La | 2/3/17

News of Interest

Academy creates blueprint to guide next U.S. president on children's health matters

From poverty to education, the Academy has created a roadmap designed to guide the next U.S. president on issues that will impact children's health and well-being.
AAP leaders and other experts gathered Monday to discuss the plan Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future.
"The blueprint is based on our belief that children are the country's most enduring and vulnerable legacy," said AAP CEO/Executive Director Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP. "They must be at the center of every federal policy discussion and deliberation. A bold and thoughtful approach to prioritizing children is the single best investment that the country can make." READ MORE

ABP Updated Policy

American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Time Limited Eligibility Policy has been disseminated and carefully explained to program directors, and is now considered public. Please see the press release, below: READ MORE

HPV Quarterly report- Louisiana

Click here for Louisiana's eighth HPV vaccination quarterly report. This quarter’s report includes 2015 NIS -Teen coverage estimates for adolescents aged 13-17 years for your state or city, in addition to distribution data for all CDC and non-CDC distributed Gardasil and Gardasil 9 vaccines. In order to review coverage estimates for all states and selected local areas, please review the recently released MMWR entitled “National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2015”, at
More HPV-related material and resources can be found on our HPV Portal,  If you have any questions, please contact us at This report will not be shared with other states or cities, and will not be posted online.
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to increase HPV vaccination coverage.


LA PediaPAC is a Louisiana State Political Action Committee (PAC) representing our specialty, working to elect individuals for Louisiana State Legislatures and helping LA PediaPAC members develop important relationships with your elected officials.
LA PediaPAC works with the Louisiana Legislature and other physician specialty groups to make sure that our concerns and interests are at the top of the state’s legislative agenda. Contributions from LA AAP members like you help us elect candidates who support LA AAP’s legislative agenda including mandatory vaccination and increased Medicaid payment, as well as promoting awareness and support for all aspects of children’s health.
LA PediaPAC helps elects candidates who support pediatricians through direct campaign contributions, independent expenditures, and supporting leadership PACs. We use every dollar you contribute to protect our specialty, help our patients by electing pediatrician friends, and defeat our adversaries when we must.
LA PediaPAC, the Louisiana State political action committee, is completely dedicated to advocating for pediatricians, our specialty and our patients. We have no allegiance to any political party; our allegiance is to you and our specialty.
Your contributions to LA PediaPAC help elect pro-physician candidates who support:
  • Children’s Health in Healthcare Implementation
  • Increased Medicaid Payment
  • Mandatory Vaccination
  • Medical Liability Reform

Thank you to those who have already invested in the LA PediaPAC:

Founder's Circle
Keith Perrin, MD
Gold Level
Stuart Gordon, MD
Silver Level
Bryan Sibley, MD
Rachel Chatters, MD
Raymond Watts, MD
Bronze Level
Francis Donner, MD
Roberta Vicari, MD

ACEs News

About the Program:
  • Louisiana ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Educator Program was created in the spring of 2015 through a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Family Health and the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, with the support of the Louisiana ACE Initiative, a network of child- and family- serving organizations dedicated to creating a common understanding of ACEs in Louisiana.
  • The ACE Educator Program seeks to build community awareness around neuroscience, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience across the state. Our trained ACE Educators provide presentations to communities using presentation materials that have been vetted by experts in the field and are designed to effectively teach audiences about the impact of childhood trauma and promote open, ongoing conversation about these issues.
  • In the fall of 2015 the first cohort of ACE Educators was selected and trained using the ACE Interface strategic training approach developed by Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal researcher of the ACE study, and Laura Porter, the Director of ACE Partnerships in Washington State.
  • The cohort includes 28 Louisiana professionals from a range of sectors including juvenile justice, education, social work, child welfare, and health. In the past year they have given over 100 presentations, reaching thousands of professionals across the state.
  • For More Information: To schedule a presentation or connect with an ACE Educator near you, contact Ana Bales, Project Coordinator, at (504) 568-7706 or
Why ACEs?
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic childhood experiences.
  • The landmark Kaiser ACE Study links the short and long term effects of these experiences to many lifelong health and social problems.
  • The scope of the ACE Study, combined with its health and economic implications, make it an ideal starting point for collaborative efforts between diverse people, organizations, and service sectors working to improve health and well-being at every age.


Gov. Edwards, Our Lady of the Lake Announce New ER in North Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced an agreement with Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) to build a new emergency room at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

“As the son of a retired emergency room nurse, I know how critical it is for a community to have access to immediate care,” said Gov. Edwards. “While this mission has been a priority for me and many other local officials, it’s the voices of the people in this community that should be credited the most for making this day happen. I am grateful to everyone involved in making this new emergency room possible, especially Our Lady of the Lake and the community leaders who have carried this fight for nearly a year and a half.” READ ARTICLE

Deadline for Providers and Submitter of Electronic Claims

The deadline for receiving the 2017 Annual Certification Forms is December 31, 2016. If you have not submitted a Certification Form for your submitter number (beginning with 450), immediate action is required. Submitters who do not submit the required form will be deactivated February 1, 2017. Providers should verify with their submitter that this requirement has been met to ensure no delays in claims payment. Submitters must mail the Annual Certification Forms to Molina at the following address: Molina Medicaid Solutions - EDI Department PO Box 91025 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9025 Next week, Molina will begin sending email communication to submitters using the email address previously provided by the billing entity. The form can be found here: 2017 EDI Annual Certification Form

Healthy Louisiana News

Informational Bulletins
Find all  Informational Bulletins here
NEW- Informational Bulletin 16:17: Prevention of Unintended Pregnancy and Risks Associated with Zika

Health Plan Advisories
Find all Health Plan Advisories here

HPA 16-29: Pharmacy copayment exemptions for preventive medications

HPA 16-28: Intranasal Flu Vaccines for 2016-2017

HPA 16-27: Managed Care Organization (MCO) Returned Mail Procedures

HPA 16-26: Preventive Services Added to Fee Schedule as a Result of Medicaid Expansion

Welcome New Chapter Members

Dr. Adrian Chapa-Rodriguez
Kevin Francioni
Zoe Haemer
Dr. Athena Fuqua Lefort
Zabeen Noorani
Ryan Reynolds
Holly Guillaume Schiele
JoNell H Bolton   Paul David  Yuratich
Ernest C Hansen   Paige K Kretschmar
Antoinette Cefalu Logarbo   John David Hinrichsen
Michael Jude Marzullo   Michelle Catherine Knecht
Benjamin Iyiola Oyefara   Donald Frederick Meyn
Laura Elizabeth Classen   Toye  Gaspard
Laura Elizabeth Classen   Stephen David Levine
Ashley  Sarver   Olabode Olaosebikan Desalu
Ellis   Landreneau   Vincent  Devlin
Anne  Nuttli   Thomas  Tarro
NaQuita Lefear Webb   Lynn Thuy Tran
Brandi Elizabeth Bradley   Patrick J Unkel
Micah L. Karasov   Catherine Avice Vanchiere
Elizabeth  Kelly   Diana Di Iulio Bienvenu
Justin  Meche   Lauren Hope Nolte
Brandii  Criss   Brannon Charles Perilloux
Paige  Oliver   Ryley A McPeters
Laura C. Rachal   Indu V Varier
Megan  Ranck   Mary Montz Gioe
Virginia Homza Carter   Dionna  Mathews
Meredith  Collins   Sarah  Rito
Jean Giang Tran   Rodney B. Steiner
Leo Ralph  Westmoreland   Stephanie C Arnaud
Rachel Leah Branton   Stewart Thomas Gordon
Robert William Clarke   Olivia  Sturm
Geneva  LeJeune   Cong T. Vo
Adharsh  Ponnapakkam   Bruce Michael Thompson
Sairah  Thommi   Jessica Denise Blanding
Lori M Cook   Rachel Z. Chatters
Nicholas A Danna   Sara  Sussman
Sam  Solis   Rachel  Herdes
Stephanie McCollister Kelleher   Mary Kay  Thomas

Upcoming Events


LA AAP Legislative Caravan

Date: October 11th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: WalkOn’s Bistro Private Room (2336 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508)
Hors d'oeuvres and Drinks will be served.
RSVP recommended: or
Legislators Attending: 

Senator Fred Mills & Representative Jean-Paul Coussan

Preventing Obesity in the Early Years: 
Translating Evidence into Action

The 9th annual childhood obesity and public health conference will be held at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
Given the recent evidence that risk for obesity begins early in life, the topic of this year’s conference is on the environmental, dietary, and physical activity factors that influence young children’s risk of developing obesity, and on the evidence-based public health strategies to address the problem. A unique focus of the conference this year is on Louisiana-specific data and solutions to address childhood obesity among preschool-aged children.
Learning Objectives
Participants at this conference will be able to:
• describe factors within the child care environment that promote healthy weight;
• identify several of Louisiana’s public health, nutrition, and education initiatives to prevent obesity in the early years;
• evaluate dietary interventions to influence young children’s eating habits and food choices;
• understand the role of physical fitness and fundamental motor skill development in promoting healthy weight in the early years; and
• comprehend evidence-based public health and policy strategies to achieve demonstrable improvements in obesity-related behaviors in the first five years of life.
Who Should Attend?
This conference is designed for professionals engaged in public health efforts, including: physicians, nutritionists, physical activity specialists, registered dietitians, nurses, health educators, psychologists, counselors, healthcare policy makers, researchers, media, business and civic leaders, parks and recreation personnel, and early childhood and school-age educators and decision-makers.
CEU/CME credits will not be provided at this conference. Pennington Biomedical is not an accredited CEU/CME provider.
How Can I Register?
To register or learn more, please visit:

Advocating for Individuals (and Their Families) Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

February 3, 2017 |  New Orleans

Sponsored by Advocacy Center of Louisiana
LSUHSC Human Development Center
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Louisiana Public Defender Board
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Louisiana State University School of Social Work
 Many families enter the child welfare system through family and juvenile delinquency courts due to drug and alcohol abuse. FASD/ND-PAE should be a primary “rule out” in these cases. Neurodevelopmental issues impacting a child’s actions in school, foster care placement, juvenile and adult detention, and/or other community agency settings may not be apparent. The lack of a proper diagnosis for a child with FASD/ND-PAE may deprive the child of adequate services or effective treatment to prevent recidivism and further involvement with the court system. READ MORE

Acadiana Potpourri

August 18-20, 2016
Lafayette, LA

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