Important Information in Pediatric Health from the Louisiana AAP
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April 11, 2017

News & Noteworth Louisiana Department of Health
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Pediatric Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017
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News & Noteworthy

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Report: Louisiana

This quarter’s HPV Vaccination Report focuses on establishing partnerships to increase rates. Immunization programs can improve HPV vaccination rates by leveraging partnerships with local and state-based organizations. Read the report here

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Louisiana Tumor Registry - Pediatric cancer reporting requirements

The Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) would like to remind you of pediatric cancer reporting requirements specified in the legislative rules (Louisiana Register, Vol. 39, No.12, 2013, pp.3304-3308). The LTR is mandated by state law to collect data on all cancer cases diagnosed and/or treated in the state, and as a public health authority, the LTR is exempt from HIPAA patient consent rules.

In 2008, the US Congress signed into law the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, which created the Early Case Capture of Pediatric and Young Adult Cancers program (ECC) to increase the availability of timely pediatric cancer data for the surveillance, clinical, and research communities. The LTR responded by enhancing its routine cancer surveillance activities and building sustainable infrastructure for identifying new pediatric and young adult (ages 0‐19) cancer cases within 30 days of diagnosis.

Reporting Requirements:

1. Submissions should be made within 30 days of diagnosis.

2. Submissions should include a minimum set of data elements (race, address, site, and histology) or a pathology report and demographic data.

3. This is especially important for clinically diagnosed cases and those referred out of state for treatment.

4. Submissions can be made via fax (504-568-5800) or the LTR’s secure online tool, WebPlus.

For more information on how to report cases to the LTR, please contact Brent Mumphrey at or visit the website here.

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Potential defect in EpiPens prompts recall in U.S.

Thirteen lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr products in the U.S. are being recalled because of a potential defect that could prevent the epinephrine injector devices from activating.
  • Read complete article here.
  • For a list of the recalled lots of EpiPens, click here..
  • Read the safety alert from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here. 

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LA Department of Health News


Opioids: The Problem and Challenge in Louisiana

LDH launched a new resource page that includes valuable information surrounding opioids. Below are some of the available links, click here to view the page. Return to article list.

Zika in Louisiana – Message to hospitals, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and pediatric subspecialists

The State of Louisiana has confirmed 39 cases of travelers returning from Zika affected areas with the virus. However, we are aware that this is just an indicator; there may be many more cases of people in Louisiana who may have returned with the infection, but did not get sick or have symptoms. We also have areas of our state, including heavily populated parishes in and around New Orleans that have Aedes aegypti, the mosquito known to spread the Zika virus. These parishes are adjacent to those that were impacted by the August 20 I6 flood.

Zika virus has been designated by the State Health Officer under Section 319 of the Public Health Service Act as a mandatory reportable condition. Read the complete Zika Birth Defect Provider Letter.

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Fee for Service Provider Notice

Point of Sale (POS) Edits and Clinical Pre-Authorization for tasimelteon (Hetlioz) and Iumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi)

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Healthy Louisiana News

Healthy Louisiana Informational Bulletins
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Health Plan Advisories
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Acadiana Potpourri

August 18-20, 2017
Lafayette, LA


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