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January 10, 2017

State Legislation Effective 1/1/17

2016 Recap - Top 3 Most Visited Articles
  • Media & Screen time for toddlers
  • Stop Codeine for kids
  • How to Get Your Child to Eat More Fruits & Veggies
Healthy Louisiana News
  • Informational Bulletins
  • Health Plan Advisories
Gov. Edwards to Congress: Keep Medicaid Expansion

LA PediaPAC News

Welcome New Members

Happy January Birthdays


Upcoming events

  • Evidence-based Childhood Obesity Treatment Services | 1/20/17 | Webinar
  • "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic" - Documentary Screening | 1/20/17 | New Orleans
  • GOV Talks: Louisiana's Opioid Epidemic | 1/25/17 | Baton Rouge
  • Volume to Value: Physician Payment Proposition | 2/2/17 | Baton Rouge
  • Advocating for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | 2/3/17 | New Orleans
  • Resource Information Workshop- Children with Special Health Care Needs | 2/9/17 | Lafayette
  • Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep 2017 | 2/24-26/17 | Orlando, Florida 
  • Learning Community: Phase II of Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology ECHO | Online

State Legislation Effective January 1, 2017

  • Insurance/Health
    • Act 51 Provides for the submission of a remittance advice by health insurers to pharmacists
    • Act 573 Provides relative to notice and appeal of a change in coverage of medically necessary prescription drugs and intravenous infusions
  • Insurance/Policies
    • Act 596 Provides relative to notice to policyholders of policy changes at renewal
  • Higher Education
    • Act 401 Requires that student identification cards issued by public postsecondary education institutions meet certain requirement
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 2016 Recap

In case you missed it, below are top 3 stories
LA AAP members visited in 2016

AAP Adjusts Recommendations for Media and Screen time for toddlers

Media is everywhere. TV, Internet, computer and video games all vie for our children's attention. Information on this page can help parents and pediatrician understand and communicate about the impact media has in our children's lives, while offering tips on managing time spent with various media. Read more on the updated recommendations.


AAP: Stop Giving Codeine to Children

AAP National reports healthcare providers and parents should stop giving codeine to children. Research shows that the drug can cause a life-threatening or fatal breathing reaction in children. Click here.


How to Get Your Child to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important. But how do you get kids to eat more of these foods? Click here.

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Governor Edwards to Congress:
Keep Medicaid Expansion

January 6, 2017

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Congress begins to consider health care reform. Majority Leader McCarthy solicited input from the nation’s governors on possible alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.  In the governor’s letter, he expresses his willingness to work with Congress to preserve what is working and fix what is broken with our nation’s health care system.

“To begin, I must stress that the expansion of Medicaid is working in Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards in the letter. “In just six months, nearly 375,000 Louisianans have gained health care coverage. For the very first time in our state’s history, we are able to deliver primary care and better health outcomes for our working people. Since July 1st of last year:

• Nearly 47,000 patients have had a primary care visit or received a preventive health service; 
• 4,500 women have been screened for breast cancer, and 58 have been diagnosed and received treatment; 
• 4,000 people have received a colon cancer screening, more than 1,000 had a potentially cancerous polyp removed, and 45 were diagnosed with cancer that can now be treated; 
• 850 people have been newly diagnosed with diabetes; and 
• 2,000 people have been newly diagnosed with hypertension and are getting care. 

Gov. Edwards added, “The evidence is clear that Medicaid expansion has already been life-changing and life-saving for thousands of Louisianans. Here in Louisiana, we are focused on improving reforms and building on the success of Medicaid expansion by partnering with providers to find ways to reform payments, improve quality and create a high-value health system. Block grant repeals of Medicaid expansion would undermine those efforts and further exacerbate our budget crisis.”
Expansion has been a benefit to states like Louisiana struggling with budget difficulties. Upon taking office last year, Gov. Edwards was faced with a nearly $2 billion deficit. The state realized a $184 million savings through expansion in the first fiscal year, and is projected to save as much as $330 million next year by reducing funding on inefficient charity care programs and redirecting resources toward primary care. 

Click here to read the letter.

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LA PediaPAC News

Thank you to the following for their contribution in the month of December:
Albert Richert
Luisa Bacuta Tagorda
The Louisiana PediaPAC is asking for your help.

Your past donations have enabled us to make great strides in preparation for this legislative season. 

We certainly need your donation NOW! This is a critical time in the legislative season, with the session looming in April,  we are in need of your donations to help focus our efforts to fight for issues that will benefit your practice and your profession. It is essential  to keep the momentum moving forward, thus we are asking YOU for immediate donations to LA PediaPAC.

Your donation will play a vital roll in promoting our two main initiatives for this upcoming session. A vested LA PediaPAC will help us fight to restore the Medicaid reimbursements rates back to 100% and implement our primary, resolute initiative: to have every child in Louisiana fully immunized.

PLEASE Stand with us. We NEED your help. 

Please Support 
LA PediaPAC!Your contribution helps achieve the advocacy and legislative goals of the Louisiana Chapter. Please consider making a donation now. 

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Upcoming Events

Evidence-based Childhood Obesity Treatment Services

Friday, January 20th

1:00 p.m.

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free 60-minute webinar focused on the evidence-based treatment for children with obesity, the team members and their roles in delivering effective treatment, and the critical components of a family-based treatment model. 

Find more information.
Register here.

"Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic" - Documentary Screening

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM
LSU Human Development Center, Room 130  411 S. Prieur St.
New Orleans, LA 70112.

HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about, Someone You Love reveals just how dangerous this virus can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following five brave women’s stories who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans. 

About Someone You Love: “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. 

For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year. 
  • CEU are being provided by Indiana University School of Medicine (CME), IU Health (CEU for pharmacists & pharmacy technicians), and Ohio Nurses Association (CNE)
See the flyer.
Register here.

GOV Talks: Louisiana's Opioid Epidemic 

Wednesday, January 25th 
Press Room of the State Capitol
11:00 a.m.

This moderated town hall style discussion with audience participation is recorded live and intended to engage the public about government, opportunities, and vision.  The discussion will center around the State’s response to the opioid epidemic, treatment, and overdose prevention. See flyer here.

Please RSVP to

Volume to Value: Physician Payment Proposition

February 2, 2017
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Lunch Provided

Join LSMS for a new, interactive educational format!

Empowering your patient experience is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs, and an enhanced patient experience!  Is []Direct Primary Care model right for you? Hear from the expert, Garrison Bliss, MD at the 2017 LSMS MICROposium!  Seats are going fast...register today!

For more information and registration click here!

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Kayne Daigle, 


Advocating for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

February 3, 2017
New Orleans

services, and educational settings. Speakers will also address FASD’s impact on individuals in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult criminal justice systems. This training will include renowned FASD experts including Dr. Larry Burd, Ph.D., William Edwards, Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles and Diane Smith Howard, Esquire from National Disability Rights Network in Washington, D.C.   This conference will cover an expansive overview of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and implications of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the medical, social

For more information and to register:

Resource Information Workshop- Children with Special Health Care Needs

Thursday February 9, 2017.  
Lafayette Sheriff’s Training Center

"Improving Early Identification and Access to Comprehensive Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)" 

Please join Children's Special Health Services for a day focused on the importance of developmental screening and surveillance, care coordination, and health care transition for youth with special health care needs. See CYSHCN Flyer.
  • Describe components of developmental screening and surveillance, and strategies for practice improvement.
  • Identify service systems and community referrals which support comprehensive care for children and youth with special health care needs.
  • Explain how care coordination improves patient outcomes and access practice improvement resources.
  • Identify the process of youth health transition and recognize key support elements.

Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep 2017

February 24-26, 2017
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Orlando, Florida 

This state-of-the art course celebrates the latest research findings and hot topics in pediatric pulmonology, sleep medicine, and radiology!  General sessions will feature content on asthma, sleep medicine topics, lung disease, radiology, bronchiectasis treatment, and BRUE/ALTE/IA.  Interactive small group workshops will cover the latest on PSG interpretation, radiology, ventilators in the home, and pulmonary function tests.  The Orlando Chest Rounds will allow opportunities for small group case discussions on specific and unusual cases.  The interactive small group workshops and case presentations will promote a close interaction between the participant and renowned faculty.  AAP members receive a discounted registration!

Earn 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • For more information click here.
  • See registration information here.


Learning Community: Phase II of Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology ECHO

Join your colleagues in learning more about pediatric growth & endocrinology by enrolling in an innovative telementoring model of health care education. This model, Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), is an evidence-based model to expand primary care capacity to deliver state-of-the-art care for common, chronic diseases in vulnerable, underserved communities.

The Georgia AAP Chapter in collaboration with Navicent Health Children’s Hospital, uses case-based learning sessions delivered via videoconferencing technology to bring together subspecialists at academic medical centers and community-based providers. Each Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology ECHO clinic includes a brief presentation by a pediatric endocrinologist, followed by case-based presentations by community clinicians for feedback and recommendations.

Participation in this telehealth program is free and CME is available.

For more information or to join, contact Kylia Crane at (404) 881 5093 /

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New LA Chapter Members

L'Issa Gates MD
Stephanie Treme MD

January Birthdays

Tiffanny P Chevalier MD
Samir Sayem El-Dahr MD
William M. Lennarz MD
Theodorus Johannes Mulder MD
Carlos M Vides MD
Amy  Brown MD
Natalie  McConnell MD
Lutifat Abiodun Kashimawo MD MB ChB
Primaljit  Gill MD
Kelechi Nneoma Iheagwara MD
Carissa Lynn Armstrong MD
Rufus Lester Hixon MD
George E Lawrence MD
Vincent Robert Adolph MD
Sami Labib Bahna MD, DrPH
Richard  Frye MD
Floyd A Buras MD
Ruthanne R Gallagher MD
Marissa  Attis MD
Joyce  Madden DO
Roxanne C Thompson MD
Dawn Rube Vick MD
John Kevin Wilkes
Ulana  Pogribna MD
Susan Jane Berry MD
Virginia M. Quinones Rivero MD
Deborah M. Decker MD
Mary Catherine  Gaston MD
Emily  Husted MD
Oluwayemisi  Adesida MD
Lauren   McKinney DO
Oscar  Shoenfelt
Raymond Gordon Watts MD
Amy Michele Wood MD
Damian Ray Lafitte MD
Stacey  Soileau MD
Dana A Fakouri MD
Radha  Garikepati MD
Keith M Perrin MD
Cynthia Petrus Bimle MD
Mary Elizabeth  Holzer MD
Isaac Aruoture Odudu MD
Henry M Peltier MD
Margaret Ellen Renneisen
Marlene Marie Broussard MD
Paul  Remedios MD
Julia Ann McDonald MD
Courtney  Rozbitsky
Karen Renee Williams MD
Steven Nelken Bienvenu MD
Amanda  England MD
Rebecca Anne Propper MD
Kenshata Mignon Watkins MD
Bridgett  Foreman MD
Sussette  Gonzalez MD

Acadiana Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017
Lafayette, LA


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