We Need You to Help Address Ohio’s Physician Shortage

Leaders in Ohio are working to address the primary care physician shortage and we need an Ohio pediatrician to take part.

A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projected a shortage of up to 104,000 doctors nationwide by the year 2030. Meanwhile, the Ohio Statewide Primary Care Needs Assessment by the Ohio Department of Health identified 137 geographic areas in Ohio in which population groups or facilities were determined to have a current shortage of healthcare providers according to federal criteria.

A shortage of primary care physicians across Ohio poses a great risk to patient care. The Primary Care Coalition, which includes the Ohio AAP, is creating the Ohio Primary Care Physician Workforce Collaborative to devise a strategy for enhancing the primary care workforce for the state of Ohio.

The major focus will initially be on graduate medical education (GME), as there has been little change in the number of primary care residency slots in Ohio in the last decade, despite significant growth in the number of medical student training positions during that same time.

There is agreement among all national agencies that predict health workforce needs that there is and will continue to be a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio, with the only question being just how great the deficit will be.

Because there is no current statewide plan in Ohio to address this shortage, this new collaborative of leaders to begin discussing how to best address this need. Since this in the planning stages, the time commitment in not yet known but we welcome any feedback our members may have.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Melissa Wervey Arnold at marnold@ohioaap.org.

Pediatricians Can Save Lives by Identifying Abuse and Providing Family Resources

More than half of the 474 Ohio children who died from suspected abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2016 had been on the radar of a local child protection agency prior to their deaths, according to the Dayton Daily News’ examination of state records.

In 85 cases, a children services agency had investigated multiple reports of abuse or neglect before the child’s death.

And in at least 19 cases, the child had been initially removed from the home because of an unsafe living situation and then returned — sometimes just days before their deaths.

The Dayton Daily News shared these dismal facts of child abuse and neglect in Ohio in fall 2017, as the state faces ever rising risks from the opioid crisis. The often overworked children’s services system in Ohio has fallen behind national standards, leading to gaps in service and potentially fatal results for children. According to the article, in many cases, the child’s environment “could easily be made safe with the right kind of family service intervention.”

The Ohio AAP is empowering physicians to be part of the solution to this problem by identifying children at risk and providing resources to families. Injury Prevention Plus SEEK is a Part IV MOC program that will launch a second wave in January 2018, and is enrolling physicians now with flexible learning options. Participants will receive assistance to connect families with community resources, as well as up to $1,000 in incentives for use with families – including sleep sacks, board books, and cabinet locks.  To learn more about how the Injury Plus SEEK program can assist your practice, visit www.ohioaap.org/seek or contact Program Manager Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org.

The Infant Mortality Rate in Ohio is Increasing: Together We Change That

Earn Part IV MOC Credit with the Ohio AAP’s Smoke Free For Me Learning Collaborative.

Recent reports show that, in spite of a great deal of work, the infant mortality rate in Ohio increased in the past year.  The Ohio AAP has a program to help primary care providers save infant lives and promote long-term health outcomes for Ohio’s children by decreasing in-home smoke exposure for infants age 0-12 months.

The program requires NO data entry from providers. Participating providers will screen infants 0-12 months of age at every well visit appointment, using a smoke exposure screening tool that tracks smoking behavior change over time.

Providers will be trained to implement the 5As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist, Arrange) of smoking cessation during the well visit appointment for infants exposed to smoke in their home environment.  Other benefits of program participation include:  networking opportunities with other healthcare providers interested in smoking cessation, community resources for caregiver and family referral to address smoking cessation, guidance and quality improvement coaching from The Ohio AAP, practice facilitation assistance to develop a process to track behavior change over time, and resources and incentives for families.

Click on the link to register:  http://ohioaap.org/smoke-free-families-wave-1-enrollment/ or contact Kristen Fluitt at kfluitt@ohioaap.org if you have questions or want more information about the program.

#SaveCHIP Day of Action

Today (Wednesday, January 10) is the #SaveCHIP Day of Action, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Before leaving Washington for the holiday break, Congress passed short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of its larger spending bill.

While the legislative language states the patch runs through March 30, 2018, states and experts estimate the funding will run out far sooner than that. Throughout the day today, we encourage you to contact your members of Congress, share messages on social media and amplify the message that Congress must immediately extend CHIP funding for five years.

WHAT TO DO TODAY:

  1. Call: To reach your members of Congress, please call (877) 233-9025 and the operator will direct you to the DC Offices of your federal legislators. Click here for the AAP’s Ohio CHIP fact sheet.
    1. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) (202) 225-5355
    2. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) (202) 224-2315
    3. Sen. Rob Portman (R) (202) 224-3353
  2. Post: Share messages on Social Media using the hashtag #SaveCHIP. Download a spreadsheet of social media posts here. This spreadsheet is also formatted to be uploaded to Hootsuite or other social media scheduling services.
  3. Join: Join @AmerAcadPeds and @MomsRising for a #SaveCHIP #WellnessWed Tweetchat for today (1/10/2018) at 2pm.

More Resources:

  • AAP CHIP Advocacy Toolkit
  • AAP Ohio CHIP Fact Sheet
  • Talking Points
    • Hello. I am pediatrician from Ohio and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge {U.S. Senator’s name/U.S. Representative’s name} to pass legislation immediately that would extend current funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and maintain the bipartisan history of the program.
    • CHIP funding expired over 100 days ago. Now, families are facing uncertainty and entering the new year without knowing if their children will have health care coverage.
    • The short-term solutions Congress has offered so far do not give families the relief they need so that their children can access care, and also fail to address states’ funding concerns. States and families need stability.
    • Because CHIP funding has not been extended, states have been forced to make difficult choices as they question the future of their CHIP programs. Actions include sending notices to families that they may not be able to rely on CHIP for more than another month or two. Already several states are using funds meant to operate the program to begin the process of shutting it down.
    • It doesn’t have to be this way. CHIP is a bipartisan success story. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its creation.
    • Nearly 9 million children across the country are enrolled in the program. CHIP stands on the shoulders of Medicaid to cover children in working families who are not eligible for Medicaid and lack access to affordable private coverage.
    • The program is designed around what children need. It offers benefits that are age-appropriate, including dental coverage and mental health and substance abuse services, which may not be covered by a family’s employer-sponsored insurance.
    • CHIP plans include networks of pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, and children’s hospitals, which are especially critical for children with special health care needs.
    • Please extend current CHIP funding for five years immediately. Inadequate, patchwork funding is not the answer. As families begin a new year, they must be reassured that their children will not go a single day without health care coverage.
    • Thank you for all you do for children.

As always, thank you for all that you do to improve the health of Ohio’s children.

Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

How Pediatricians Can Help Fight Hunger

Dr. Sampson Davis knows about hunger. He grew up with a single mom and five siblings; his mom depended on public assistance to put food on the table. Davis, who is speaking at the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s 23rd Annual Menu of Hope luncheon in February, says pediatricians can play an important role in childrens’ lives when it comes to food insecurity.

“Figure out a way to lend a hand. Step outside the hospital or office walls and get to know the community,” he said. “People don’t want to be pitied but most people want you to point them in the right direction.

Menu of Hope was created with the goal of raising funds to provide healthy meals and nutrition and physical education to Ohio’s at-risk children who do not have consistent access to the nutrition they need. More than 575,000 Ohio children – or more than 1 in 5 – live in a household where they will experience hunger or inadequate access to healthy food. The health effects of food insecurity in children can vary from developmental delays to behavioral issues to an increased risk of obesity due to eating highly processed, calorie dense foods. The luncheon will take place in Columbus on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Click here for more information on the event!

The Ohio AAP has a number of resources available for pediatricians to share with their patients. You may find them by clicking here.

You can read more of the Ohio AAP’s interview with Dr. Davis in the Winter edition of Ohio Pediatrics magazine, due out in February.

MOC Changes: Have Your Voice Heard

In an effort to keep our members updated on innovations in MOC, the Ohio AAP is partnering with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for our first-ever Spring Education Meeting on April 20, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. Keynote speaker, Dr. Marshall Land, a general pediatrician in Vermont and a past chair of the ABP has been in the trenches practicing pediatrics and has also served on the ABP for 20 years as a powerful voice for practicing general pediatricians.  Dr. Land will present the positive in MOC program and, most importantly, listen to YOUR comments and ideas for further improvements.

Below you will see the schedule of topics, a complete brochure will available soon. MOC Part II points will be available.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Trust Me, I’m a (Certified) Doctor: Innovations and Improvements in Maintenance of CertificationMarshall Land, MD, FAAP, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Recent changes in the process of Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
  • The 10-year test will soon be replaced by an ongoing “take at home” exam designed as a learning experience and allowing the use of reference materials
  • Qualifying CME activities are now eligible for MOC Part II points, which are reported automatically in a diplomate’s portfolio
  • MOC Part IV credit is available for work already being done in your workplace
  • Opportunity for ABP to listen to diplomates for their ideas and comments

1:00 – 3:30 pm – MOC Part II: Secondhand Smoke Causes SIDS – Help Prevent Infant Mortality at the Statehouse and in Your Community

Click here to register for this FREE education today.

Contact Elizabeth Dawson at edawson@ohioaap.org with questions.

Flu Hospitalizations Skyrocket in Ohio

The number of people hospitalized due to flu-related issues has risen to 2,104, according to the Ohio Department of Health. At this time last year, the number was 369. CDC data show the highest hospitalization rates nationwide are among people 65 years and older, followed by adults aged 50-64 years, and children younger than 5 years.

While Ohio has not yet reported any pediatric deaths from the flu, the CDC reports 13 children have died nationwide. Access ODH’s flu season updates here. Access CDC’s updates here.

 

Adolescent Health Webinar Series Starts Next Month!

Join the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics for our Adolescent Health Webinar Series with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

These webinars are brought to you by a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and include important topics to improve the care of adolescents in your practice.

You are invited to join any or all of the following free webinars:

Webinar #1:  “Adolescent Health 101″

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • 12:15-1:15pm

Webinar #2:  “Making the Most of Adolescent Well Visits”

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • 12:15-1:15pm

Webinar #3:  “Owning It:  Preparing Adolescents & Families for Transitioning to Adult Care”

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • 12:15-1:15pm

Click here to register!

We Need You to Help Address Ohio’s Physician Shortage

Leaders in Ohio are working to address the primary care physician shortage and we need an Ohio pediatrician to take part.

A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projected a shortage of up to 104,000 doctors nationwide by the year 2030. Meanwhile, the Ohio Statewide Primary Care Needs Assessment by the Ohio Department of Health identified 137 geographic areas in Ohio in which population groups or facilities were determined to have a current shortage of healthcare providers according to federal criteria.

A shortage of primary care physicians across Ohio poses a great risk to patient care. The Primary Care Coalition, which includes the Ohio AAP, is creating the Ohio Primary Care Physician Workforce Collaborative to devise a strategy for enhancing the primary care workforce for the state of Ohio.

The major focus will initially be on graduate medical education (GME), as there has been little change in the number of primary care residency slots in Ohio in the last decade, despite significant growth in the number of medical student training positions during that same time.

There is agreement among all national agencies that predict health workforce needs that there is and will continue to be a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio, with the only question being just how great the deficit will be.

Because there is no current statewide plan in Ohio to address this shortage, this new collaborative of leaders to begin discussing how to best address this need. Since this in the planning stages, the time commitment in not yet known but we welcome any feedback our members may have.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Melissa Wervey Arnold at marnold@ohioaap.org.

12 Flu-Related Pediatric Deaths Reported in the U.S.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 children have died so far this season of flu-related illnesses. No pediatric deaths are reported in Ohio. You may view the report from the CDC here. You may view Ohio’s most recent flu report here.

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics offers a number of immunization resources and programs for our members and partners.

  • Age-Specific Immunization Resources  – click on your child’s age to find information!
  • Fast VAX Facts Mobile App – a free mobile app with an interactive immunization schedule, frequently asked questions, videos and more!
  • In-Office CME Immunization Education – find out how you can have a nurse educator travel to your office for this CME program!
  • MOC Part II – We have several opportunities to earn MOC Part II on the topic of immunizations. Go to our Pediatric Education Center to find out how!

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