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February 20, 2017

AAP News

Louisiana Department of Health

News and Noteworthy

2017 Louisiana Special Session Update

PediaPAC News

LA Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Legislative Reports

Healthy Louisiana News


Upcoming events


AAP News


Revised policy offers recommendations for expert witnesses

National AAP updates recommendations for expert medical witnesses. Pediatricians involved in a lawsuit of any kind, need to know the dos and don’ts. Read the highlights that outline every step of the litigation process here.

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2017 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization
Schedules Now Available

The 2017 immunization schedules for children and adolescents from birth through 18 years of age is now available and updated to reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines. The schedules are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.             

These schedules are revised annually to reflect current recommendations for use of vaccines licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration and include the following changes from last year:
  • A column was added for adolescents at 16 years of age, separated from 17- to 18-year-olds, to emphasize the need for a meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) booster dose.
  • Reference to live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) was removed from the influenza vaccine row.
  • A blue bar was added to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine row at 9–10 years to indicate that, even in the absence of a high-risk condition, children may receive HPV vaccine at this age.
  • A new table was added that addresses which vaccines may be indicated for persons 0 through 18 years of age who have a specific medical indication.
To see additional revisions to the Immunization Schedule click here.

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2017 AAP HPV Vaccination Update Webinar

March 6, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Join a panel of experts in pediatric primary care, infectious diseases, obstetrics and gynecology and ear, nose and throat for an HPV vaccination update webinar. Experts will cover a range of topics related to HPV vaccination, including the latest trends in HPV disease prevalence and prevention.

What you will learn:

  • What the new HPV vaccination series recommendations means for your practice?
  • How to best address commonly asked questions about HPV vaccinations from parents?
  • How to increase HPV vaccination rates among your patient population?
 For more information and to register click here.

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AAP members can comment on 2017 resolutions

Deadline March 8

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to provide AAP members the opportunity to review and share comments electronically on resolutions for the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF). 
Please share your comments on any resolutions that are of interest to you. Your comments are important to the AAP leadership and representatives of your district, chapter, committee, council, and section who will attend the ALF and vote on resolutions.
Comments received on resolutions from AAP members, ALF attendees, and national AAP staff will be compiled and shared with the members of the reference committees and also posted online by Wednesday, March 8, so that ALF attendees can view the report.

The ALF is scheduled for March 9-12.
  • To share your comment on a resolution, please click here. * Note- AAP ID login required
  • Read complete story here.
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Call for Nominations- National Award

2017 Section on Child Abuse & Neglect Award for Outstanding service to maltreated children

Deadline March 10, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatric's Section on Child Abuse and Neglect is requesting nominations for the 2017 Award for Oustanding Service to Maltreated Children.  The Award for Oustanding Service to Maltreated Children will be given to a pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist who has demonstrated clinical care and service to abused and neglected children and their families ideally at the local or regional level.  The individual must be a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • Contributions to promoting access to specialized medical care for victims of child maltreatment at a state, regional or national level through outreach clinics, training, mentorships or peer review.
  • Participation in child maltreatment taskforces/ advocacy groups at a state, regional or national level
  • Recognition as a leader in the multi-disciplinary approach to child maltreatment issues at the state, regional or national level (MDT, death review...).
  • Active participation in the education of medical and non-medical professional from the community who are involved in the response to child maltreatment at the state, regional or national level (this would be beyond just medical student and residency lecture).
To nominate someone, click here.

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2017 Louisiana Special Session Update

RM Strategies

The Louisiana legislature began the first Extraordinary Session on February 13, 2017 to deal with this year’s $304 million budget shortfall. Things are moving quickly as state senators and representatives work together to finalize a plan before session ends on Wednesday, February 22. Click the button below for a summary of the action as of Sunday evening. 
2017 Special Session Summary

PediaPAC News

RM Strategies


Greeting all PediaPac Friends,


There are some serious and disturbing undertones planned for the upcoming regular session. 

Major Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Chains are attempting to expand vaccinations list including HPV vaccines. Additionally, nurse practitioners are mounting another campaign to expand their scope of practice.We need your help NOW! 

Both efforts will impact your practice, and the opposition has a considerable amount of monetary leverage on us.Between October 1stand December 31st2016, the makers of the HPV Vaccine (Merck), has made political contributions in our state totaling close to $20k. 

We are asking you to help us "fight the good fight!" Your immediate contribution will go directly to help us in these tough battles.The regular session begins April 10. We need your support! Help us Help You!




News & Noteworthy

Pediatricians can now counsel about firearm safety

Physicians in Florida can counsel patients about firearm safety without fear of sanctions, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday.

"We are pleased with the 11th Circuit's common-sense decision, which allows physicians the right to counsel families on firearms ownership and storage," said Madeline Joseph, M.D., FAAP, president of the AAP Florida Chapter. "This ruling will allow physicians to offer sound medical advice to families without fear of state interference or penalties."

Research has shown that age-appropriate counseling about gun locks and safe storage increases the likelihood a family will take the steps to store their firearms safely.

Since 2011, 14 other states have considered legislation similar to Florida, but none of the proposals have passed.

Read the complete article here.

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LA Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Legislative Reports


Life in foster care is, more often than not, riddled with uncertainty, but what happens when a child “ages out” of the foster care system? Officially an adult in society’s eyes, kids are left to figure it out on their own. However, with the help of others, this group does not have to be left alone. The Louisiana Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care prepared two reports that shed light on this issue.
Read the legislative summary.
Read the final report.

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LA Department of Health News


LA AAP Joins Forces to Increase HPV Vaccinations Rates

The Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and multiple other industry leaders have partnered in an effort to increase HPV vaccination rates in Louisiana. This letter focuses on the idea that the provider’s delivery is everything when it comes to a successful vaccine experience. LDH Secretary, Rebekah Gee writes, “What you say, and how you say it, matters.” Providers need to give a strong recommendation to the patient and their parents if Louisiana is going to see an improvement. The letter includes strategies to normalize and promote the HPV vaccine during a visit. Read the entire letter here.

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Makena® and Compounded 17-P in Louisiana Medicaid

Preterm birthrates in Louisiana continue to be some of the highest in the nation, and LDH is working to educate providers on the appropriate use of 17-hydroxyprogesterone to improve these birth outcomes.
“We would like to remind prescribers and pharmacists that Prior Authorization is NOT required for Makena or compounded 17-P for Louisiana Medicaid patients. This includes both Fee for Service and all the Managed Care Organization Plans. Makena Care Connection, an adherence support program from the manufacturer, is NOT required and should NOT be used for Louisiana Medicaid recipients…”
Read entire memo here.

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Healthy Louisiana News

Healthy Louisiana Informational Bulletins
  • 17-2: Opioid Epidemic Click here.
Find all  Informational Bulletins here

Health Plan Advisories
Find all Health Plan Advisories here

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Upcoming Events

Teen Dating Violence: Perceptions of New Orleans Youth

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. We will be hosting a webinar discussing the perceptions of young people in New Orleans on adolescent dating violence. Data will be presented from interviews conducted by LPHI and Dr. Aubrey Madkour from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. We will also be joined by Jennifer Taylor of the New Orleans Family Justice Center. 

The webinar will be on Thursday, February 23 from 1:00 to 2:00pm.


To register click here.

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Pediatric Jambalaya


Saturday, April 29, 2017
LITE in Lafayette, LA

Pediatric Jambalaya will be held on the same weekend as Festival International de Louisiane. Festival International is a free 5 day music and art festival just minutes from the conference venue.  This one of a kind festival celebrates the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana.  

 Who attends?

  • Pediatricians
  • Pediatric Sub-Specialists
  • Family Practice Physicians
  • RNs
5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
For more information and to register click here.

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Acadiana Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017
Lafayette, LA


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