Important Information in Pediatric Health from the Louisiana AAP
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March 14, 2017

News and Noteworthy Regional News Upcoming Events
Louisiana Department of Health Healthy Louisiana

Here is your chance
to impact policy!

Make your voice heard. Take the member survey and let us know your thoughts on vaccine administration at retail pharmacies WITHOUT a prescription
Deadline: Wednesday, March 15th

2017 Acadiana Pediatric Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017  |  Le Pavillon  |  Lafayette, LA

Hotel Reservations  |  Online Registration   |  Exhibit/ Sponsor 

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News & Noteworthy

Clinical Advisory on Mumps cases in Louisiana

The Louisiana Office of Public Health has detected Mumps in several students at LSU Baton Rouge in the past few days.

The Office of Public Health (OPH) is requesting healthcare providers in the Baton Rouge area to be alert for mumps.

The Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center (LDH EOC) released this urgent message that elaborates on proper patient management and mumps immunization.
  • Read the Clinical Advisory here.
  • See LDH mumps basics flyer here.

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LA Department of Health News


Update to VFC Eligibility Memo- Medicaid as Secondary Payer

CDC and CMS are currently reviewing the language in the 2017 VFC Operations Guide, which states that Medicaid will be the payer of last resort for immunizations. The wording on this page is being reviewed. Note that this change only impacts children dually insured with Medicaid and private insurance.
Until further notice VFC Programs and Providers have been told to use the language from the 2016 VFC Operations Guide regarding patients dually insured with both Medicaid and private insurance.
Insured and Medicaid as Secondary Insurance:
Situations occur where children may have private health insurance and Medicaid as secondary insurance. These children will be VFC-eligible as long as they are enrolled in Medicaid. However, the parent is not required to participate in the VFC program. There are options for the parent and provider. These options are described below:
  • Option 1: A provider can administer VFC vaccine to these children and bill the Medicaid agency for the administration fee.
  • Option 2: A provider can administer private stock vaccine and bill the primary insurance carrier for both the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee.
Read the memo here.

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 Healthy Louisiana News

See all Informational Bulletins here.
See all Health Plan Advisories here.

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Regional News

International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care was held March 5–8, at the Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2017 Symposium offered cutting-edge presentations, posters, and workshops on emerging issues in health-care human factors and the challenges facing us in the near future. Physicians could also earn CME credits.

Many posters from the symposium are available in the Online and PDF Programs.

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   Upcoming Events

HPV Symposium - An Active Learning Workshop – Human Papillomavirus Risk and Prevention – Protecting Future Generations


Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Registration deadline March 21, 2017
LSU Health Shreveport - Main Auditorium
Free Symposium CME/CE available

Program Purpose
The course is designed to help healthcare providers understand the current state of HPV persistent infection diseases and for the healthcare providers to practice in a safe non-judgmental environment having difficult conversations with parents and young adults to promote vaccination.

Course Objectives
After participating in this activity, learners will be able to:
  1. Describe Human Papillomavirus, current infection rates, the few features acute infection, and the role of persistent HPV infection in cancers.
  2. Articulate the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Advisory Committee on Immunization recommendations on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination to parents and young adults
  3. Provide the communication skills needed to positively discuss common HPV and HPV vaccination issues in a proactive manner with parents or young adults to promote vaccination
Target Audience
  • Fellows
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners/Nurses
  • Residents/Medical Students
  • Other healthcare providers
There are limited seats for the HPV Symposium so click here to register and choose your lunch preference! Click here for more information.

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Louisiana Medicaid Presents: Deep Dive into Quality

Town Hall meetings

Purpose: To solicit input from providers in the selection of Medicaid performance quality measures

The Louisiana Department of Health will host a series of town hall meetings with clinical providers from across the state to solicit input on the selection of Medicaid performance quality measures.
The information discussed and the suggestions offered at the town hall meetings, titled “Deep Dive into Quality,” will be used by the Louisiana Medicaid program in the development of publicly reported quality metrics. Ultimately, the selected quality measures will be presented in a dashboard that will be added to the department’s website.
“We encourage providers to attend a meeting in their area and to be an active participant in this important conversation that will help to shape the Louisiana Medicaid performance dashboard,” said Dr. Harold Brandt, Medicaid Chief Transformation Officer, Louisiana Department of Health.
Town Hall Schedule

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Acadiana Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017
Lafayette, LA


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