ICD-10 Delay

President Barack Obama has signed a measure to delay the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system for one year.

The provision was included in a bill the president signed Tuesday evening that delays the implementation date until October 1, 2015.

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics can help you prepare for the implementation of ICD-10. Richard Tuck, MD, FAAP, will present “ICD-1O Update and Top 10 Coding Opportunities” at our Practice Administrator Workshop at Annual Meeting this September.

Practice Administrator Workshop Information

Annual Meeting Information

Put A Lid On It! Fundraiser and Contest


Bike Helmet Safety Awareness announces:

T-Shirt Sale and Helmet Contest

Only $15 per shirt!

Win up to 30 helmets for your group!

Open through April 11, 2014

*Proceeds will be used for the purchase of bike helmets.

The Ohio AAP Put a Lid On It Program is happy to announce our first ever t-shirt sale and contest in conjunction with Bike Helmet Safety Week 2014! Now through April 11, you can purchase a shirt for only $15, with proceeds supporting the purchase of bike helmets. The group who purchases the most t-shirts will win 30 bike helmets; additional winners are possible subject to the success of the sale. You do not have to participate in the contest to purchase a shirt – every sale will lead to additional helmets for Ohio’s children!

To participate, simply:

  1. Visit: http://www.booster.com/put-a-lid-on-it by April 11.
    1. Share this link with anyone who may be interested in purchasing t-shirts or supporting the Put A Lid On It program.
  2. Purchase your desired number of Put A Lid On It t-shirts through the site.
    1. T-shirts are available in sizes from Youth XS to Adult 4XL (ladies shirts also available!)
    2. Shirts cost only $15.00 each, and there is a $5.00 shipping and handling fee per order – order multiple shirts together to minimize this fee!
  3. When checking out, put your group’s name in the “Display my name as:” box. We will add all orders with the same group name together to determine the contest winner(s).
    1. Be sure to share your agreed upon group name for checkout with anyone who will be ordering shirts from your group.
  4. T-shirts will be automatically delivered to the address you enter at checkout on about April 25.
  5. We will contact the contest winner(s) regarding distribution of their helmets after the close of sales on April 11.

* Please also note: Helmet grant decisions will be announced by the end of this week.

Poison Prevention Week – March 16-22


Poison Prevention Week is March 16th – 22rd.

Both locally and nationally, drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of unintentional fatalities, causing more deaths than auto accidents or firearms.  Poison centers continue to be the focal point for prevention and treatment of these exposures, with over 3 million people every year contacting poison centers nationally to report a poisoning.  The vast majority of these cases can be handled in the home with the help of a poison center’s specially trained staff.

Not only is treatment in the home better for the patient, but it’s dramatically better economically for our entire health care system.  A recent study found that poison centers saved our health care system a total of $1.82 billion in 2011; and for every $1 spent on our poison centers, our health care system saves $13.39.  That’s a great return on an investment in public health.  And this “investment” in poison centers which saves all this money comes at a cost of only 43 cents per U.S. resident per year.

Unfortunately, we still get many calls from emergency departments regarding a patient who could have been safely treated at home, but came to the ED without contacting us first.  So we know that many people are either not aware of the importance of contacting us immediately in the case of an exposure, or they don’t know how to reach us.

One of the best ways you can help with both of those situations is the continued promotion of the national poison hotline: 1-800-222-1222.  Calling this number from anywhere in the U.S. immediately connects the caller with the appropriate poison control center for their location, much like the 911 system.  This one number gives people simple access to emergency poison information whether they are at home or traveling on vacation or business, and is especially important for a regional center like ours that covers several areas across the state.

Thank you for supporting our efforts in this critical area of health care.  With your help we can make an even greater difference in both the outcomes for patients and the cost of health care for our communities.

Materials to enhance poison prevention awareness are available via the following links:

If you have a passion for Injury, Violence and/or Poison Prevention and you would like to get involved, please contact Sarah Denny, MD or Mike Gittelman, MD.

Primary Care Rate Increate – October 16 Update

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has released another update on the Primary Care Rate Increase.

This updated provides details about timeline for payments, as well as a comprehensive list of physicians who have successfully attested for the increase.

The document released by the Ohio Department of Medicaid on October 15 can be found here.

View other updates associated with Increased Reimbursement.

Mental Health in Primary Care

The Building Mental Wellness (BMW) Learning Network will support you and your practice to develop the culture, skills, and collaboration that can assure your success in serving your patients affected by emotional, developmental or behavioral issues. In addition to the benefits of improving patient care, participants will also receive Part IV MOC, CME and a practice stipend.

Click here to visit the BMW Project Page. Also, take a second to fill out the form below and a member of BMW Team will follow-up with more information, including how you can register to participate!

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Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative Recruitment

The Ohio AAP has recently partnered with Prevent Blindness Ohio to create a Quality Improvement project focused on preschool vision screening. The Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative will benefit health care professionals by:

  • Improving vision screening within their practice
  • Introducing quality improvement topics to practices at a pace that is comfortable, allowing providers to meet MOC requirements
  • Offering them a stipend for their participation
  • Providing vision screening equipment at no cost

For a copy of the formal recruitment letter, click here.

For a copy of the project’s recruitment packet, click here.

Click on the image below to view a copy of the project’s recruitment postcard.


If you are interested in receiving additional information about the Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative, please fill out the below form.

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Affordable Care Act

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces began on Tuesday, October 1, with coverage beginning as soon as Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Health Insurance Marketplaces are one-stop shops for consumers to research, compare, and purchase comprehensive health insurance plans, but currently, less than 25% of Americans are aware that marketplaces exist.

Providing good information to help patients make informed decisions about their health care is something you do every day, and it’s what you can do now to help make sure your patients are aware of their options.

People who are unaware of the ACA implementation run the risk of not being ready for enrollment deadlines and are likely unaware of the new services and benefits.

Health Insurance Marketplaces offer:
  • Low cost coverage options
  • Comprehensive plans with essential benefits.
The ACA’s changes for 2014 mean:
  • Plans can no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions
  • People without health care coverage will have to pay a fee.

Primary care physicians and other health care professionals have the opportunity to help patients understand and navigate the changing health care landscape by discussing the insurance options that are available through the marketplace.

In August, the AAP developed and distributed state-specific fact sheets linking parents and families to their state’s marketplace and answering a series of questions about what to look for in an insurance plan. The AAP also developed fact sheets to educate pediatric practices that might benefit from the law’s small business health insurance options. All of these can be found on www.aap.org/ACAmarketplace. On www.healthychildren.org/ACAmarketplace (also in Spanish), parents can also learn about how to navigate the new marketplace and better understand how insurance works.

Additional information about the ACA and the new marketplace can be found at Healthcare.gov.

2013 Annual Meeting – Thank You

The Ohio AAP would like to thank all of the sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, speakers, and guests who made the 2013 Annual Meeting a huge success!

If you missed this year’s meeting, feel free to take a look at what took place at this year’s meeting by visiting the 2013 Annual Meeting Resources page.

Mark your calendar’s for next year’s meeting: September 4, 5 and 6, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin, OH