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Hurricane Response/ Relief


LA AAP has established an intake form to report needs for our members both personal and professional, as well as patient needs. This can be for short term or medium term needs and requests for relief. We are collecting data to connect you with what you need. Please share this link with anyone who may need it.  
Report a need/ request: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXPPS8
 


From the Office of the Governor:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2020
Contact: govpress@la.gov

 FEMA Individual Assistance Approved for Two Additional Parishes

Baton Rouge —  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that FEMA has approved an additional two Louisiana parishes for Individual Assistance following Hurricane Laura, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18. The newly approved parishes are Union and Morehouse. 

“Hurricane Laura traveled the length of Louisiana, bringing with it hurricane force winds in areas that simply haven’t seen that type of weather before. This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for assistance,” Gov. Edwards said. “To date, FEMA has registered 131,349 Louisiana survivors since Hurricane Laura, with $73 million in aid already paid out. We continue to advocate to FEMA and the White House for additional assistance so that we can make sure that the survivors of Hurricane Laura are not forgotten.” 

Hurricane Laura made landfall on Louisiana’s coast on Thursday, August 27. Gov. Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration was approved on Friday, August 28. In his request, the Governor requested Individual Assistance, which is for people who suffered damage in the storm, for those affected in 23 parishes total. So far, FEMA has approved IA for 18 parishes.  

Federal FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans for uninsured property loss and other programs to help people and businesses recover from Hurricane Laura.  

People who sustained losses in Hurricane Laura in the designated parishes of Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Ouachita, Vermilion, Vernon, Rapides, Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Union and Morehouse can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Nearly 13,000 Louisianans are sheltered in state, with thousands more in Texas hotels as well. If you need shelter, text LASHELTER to 898-211 for information about where to go or call 211.

For information about Disaster SNAP, text LADSNAP to 898-211.

COVID-19 News

Gov. Edwards Outlines COVID-19 Restrictions as Louisiana Moves Cautiously into Phase 3 Until October 9

September 11, 2020- Gov. John Bel Edwards has released details of his proclamation moving Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 to Phase 3. Some businesses will be able to increase their occupancy, and bars may reopen subject to certain restrictions, only in parishes that do not have high incidence of illness and only if local governments choose to opt in.

“We have seen some improvement in decreased COVID-like illness, new COVID cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, as our strong mitigation measures are working. That said, I want the people of Louisiana to know that moving into Phase 3 does not mean that COVID is no longer a problem for us because in fact it is. That’s why it is incumbent upon all Louisianans to follow the guidance, wear their masks and avoid going out when they are showing symptoms,” Gov. Edwards said. READ MORE



Reminder- The deadline to apply for CARES Act funding is Tomorrow!

The deadline for applying for the funds is September 13, 2020. You must begin the process to have your TIN verified before this deadline. HHS has  streamlined the application and the process based on feedback they have received from providers and provider groups such as the LA AAP and AAP. 

The view HHS's portal, go to: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html

Download the Provider Relief Fund Step by Step Guide

LA AAP recommends that all pediatricians who believe they may be eligible for these funds apply now.
 
If you see patients on Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program and you have not yet applied for financial relief, you have until Sept. 13th to apply.

If you received an automatic Medicare-based payment and you either rejected that initial payment or did not apply for additional funding, you can now attest to receiving the initial payment and then apply for a second, "true-up" payment, bringing your total relief payment up to 2% of your annual patient revenue. The deadline to apply is Sept. 13th.

Click here to visit HHS’s provider relief website for additional information and to begin your application.

Louisiana Medicaid has also created additional Frequently Asked Questions to help with the process after several discussions with providers about the difficulties faced.

AAP recently updated its FAQ page with more information on these funding opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email the Academy for help at covid-19@aap.org.

 

Chapter News


LA AAP Asking for Input on Virtual Learning Preferences

LA AAP is working with the Bureau of Family Health is conducting a brief (less than 3 minutes) survey of individuals who work with young children birth to five years around virtual learning preferences.  
 
The survey is anonymous and will be used to help inform our decisions around providing virtual training for providers who are interested in implementing developmental screening for their population. 

SURVEY LINK: https://forms.gle/1D1CFt7bUdM8dwFc6
 
We thank you for completing the survey, if you have any questions, please reach out to Laura Thornton, PhD the Developmental Screening Coordinator (laura.thornton@la.gov).
Thank you so much for your input!
 
 

 

Relief from American Board of Pediatrics Certification


Members brought to the attention of the chapter that it may be difficult for many providers  to complete their MOC points this year because of COVID and now with the displacement and destruction following Hurricane Laura. Chapter staff reached out to the ABP and below is what we were told. 

MOC Cycles Ending in 2020
The ABP has awarded MOC points for COVID-19-related learning and improvement to all certified pediatricians who have requirements due this year. These MOC points will satisfy any remaining Part 2 and Part 4 requirements, allowing all ABP-certified pediatricians with a cycle that ends in 2020 the ability to enroll in their next cycle. There is no documentation necessary from you, and these points should now be visible in your ABP Portfolio.

For those pediatricians who have already completed their Part 2 and Part 4 activity requirements for their MOC cycle ending in 2020, thank you! We will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points for COVID-19-related learning and improvement in January 2021 to count toward your next cycle.

Every pediatrician whose cycle ends in 2020 will still need to log in to their ABP Portfolio and enroll in their next cycle by Dec. 17, 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to moc@abpeds.org.

MOC Cycles NOT Ending in 2020

The ABP has awarded 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points to all pediatricians maintaining certification to recognize the commitment to lifelong learning and improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no documentation necessary from you, and these points should now be visible in your ABP Portfolio

For more information visit: https://www.abp.org/news/covid-19-updates
 

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Don't Forget to Nominate a Colleague for a 2020 Chapter Award

Each year, the Chapter takes an opportunity to recognize exceptional members who focus their skills and passions on improving LA AAP and the health of Louisiana’s children and community. If you know a colleague that exemplifies one of the Chapter Awards below, please click here and include the following information:
  • Nominator's contact information
  • Nominee's contact information
  • Award they are being nominated for
  • Brief paragraph explaining why your nomination deserves the award
Nominations are due September 15, 2020.
 
Charles M. Vanchiere Child Advocacy Award 
—This award is to given to recognize special efforts to improve the health of children in Louisiana by increasing their access to needed health care.
 
Bettina C. Hilman Award for Services to Special Needs Children
—This award is given to a pediatrician that has provided significant services for special needs children in the state.
 
Chapter Service Award
—This award is to recognize a committee or special interest group that has most successfully accomplished its goals and objectives.
 
Sandra C. Adams Award
—This award is to recognize a non-physician in their efforts to improve health of children in Louisiana through advocacy and community involvement.
 
Read the history behind each LA AAP Chapter award here.

State Department News


ISPOR - Alexander Billioux, M.D, D.Phil.,Dr. Alex Billioux, the state’s assistant secretary of health, announced this week he would be leaving the Department of Health at the end of the month. Dr. Billioux has been the public health face of the COVID response in Louisiana. He is stepping down to spend time with his family.
 
Healthy Louisiana Open Enrollment Begins October 15th

Open Enrollment for Louisiana Medicaid enrollees is approaching. Between October 15, 2020 and November 30, 2020, enrollees can change their health plan without a qualifying reason, outside of their initial enrollment period. Please download the Open Enrollment Informational Flyer and display it in your office.

There are five health plans to choose from: Aetna, AmeriHealth Caritas, Healthy Blue, Louisiana Healthcare Connections and United Healthcare. In addition, for the first time, enrollees will have a choice between two dental plans. Previously, all Medicaid enrollees received dental coverage through one dental plan. There are two dental plans to choose from: DentaQuest and MCNA. Letters with information and instructions for choosing plans will be mailed in September to all enrollees that are included in this Open Enrollment period.

As a provider, it is important to let your patients know which plans you are accepting. There are limitations on what you can tell an enrollee. In general, you can inform enrollees which plans you accept, and the benefits, services and specialty care offered. However, you cannot:
 recommend one plan over another or incentivize a patient to select one plan over the other; or
 change an enrollee’s plan for him/her, or request a disenrollment on an enrollee’s behalf. These prohibitions against patient steering apply to participation in all Medicaid programs.

More details on Open Enrollment can be found in Informational Bulletin 20-18: Open Enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care Plans and Informational Bulletin 20-19: Open Enrollment for Medicaid Dental Plans.

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National AAP News

In other COVID news... With a vote of 52-47, the U.S. Senate blocked a "skinny" Senate Republican COVID response bill from advancing. While the bill contained some new funding for enhanced unemployment insurance, schools, testing and contact tracing, vaccine development and distribution and childcare, the funding fell far short of what Democrats are calling for. The prospects for congressional approval of a COVID response package before the election are uncertain.

To urge your members of Congress to prioritize children and families in COVID legislation, go to federaladvocacy.aap.org.
 

Key Deadline Arrives for E-Cigarette Regulation Efforts

This Wednesday marked the court-ordered deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to keep their products on the market. Under the order, any e-cigarette product that has not submitted an application is considered illegal and is subject to immediate federal enforcement action to remove the product from the market.

FDA now has one year to review the applications and determine whether each product is appropriate for the protection of public health. AAP and other health groups issued this statement, outlining their joint principles to the agency - including stating that flavored tobacco products, including menthol-flavored, cannot pass this test due to their attractiveness to youth.

Election 2020: Vote Like Children's Futures Depend On It
The AAP's Get Out the Vote campaign is focused on the connection between health equity and voting. This election, we encourage pediatricians and those who care about children to vote like children's futures depend on it. Visit AAP.org/VoteKids for more.
 
Save the Date! National Voter Registration Day is September 22. Please stay tuned for more from AAP on how to add your voice.
 
In the meantime, there are many ways you can help get out the vote:

  • Share the Rx to Vote & Fill Out the Census with patients' families. Print out this "prescription" to share with families in your practice, encouraging them to register to vote and complete the census. Spanish version here.
  • Educate patients and their families using tools from the nonpartisan voter registration effort
  • VotER. Digital badge backers, phone backgrounds, and posters are available here.

Share social media graphics about the importance of voting and tell your followers that you plan to vote like children's futures depend on it.

Census 2020: Make Children Count  
 
Pediatricians have an important role to play in helping to ensure all kids are counted in the 2020 census, which will end on September 30. In 2010, more than 2 million children went uncounted. Data determine not only the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, it also drives how the federal government allocates resources for health care, food and education.
 
This op-ed from AAP CEO/Executive Vice President Mark Del Monte, JD, and Sesame Workshop President and CEO Jeffrey Dunn, has more on what is at stake.
 
What you can do:

  • Continue to have conversations with families during office visits: Have you completed your census? Educate parents on the importance of including all of their children, even newborns. 
  • Share the Rx to Vote and Fill Out the Census. (English and Spanish)
  • Reassure parents that private data is protected and cannot be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies

A database on the Count All Kids website helps identify neighborhoods and census tracts where the risk of undercounting young children is highest

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CME/ Webinars/ Other Opportunities


Cervical Cancer Summit
September 25, 2020 - September 26, 2020 | Online | Fri, Sep 25, 2020 – Sat, Sep 26, 2020
For more Info : http://cervivor.org/events/

A virtual event for the cervical cancer community focused on creating connections and sharing our stories!

 

Human Trafficking in the Healthcare Setting
Live webinar
Thursday, October 1, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Register: https://ulcne.cds.pesgce.com/hub.php
For additional information contact: Robbie Stefanski, RN, MSN at nursing_ce@louisiana.edu or 337-482-6682
 
Three expert presenters will examine the myths and misconceptions of human trafficking and share their extensive knowledge and first-hand experiences of this complex world where victims confront the worst of humanity.

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