Call for Nominations: 2020 Schiebler and Lichtblau Awards

FCAAP Members: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award and the Phillip O. Lichtblau, MD, Award!

Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award
This award is given annually to a physician who has worked beyond the profession, educated local and state legislators, and diligently advocated to improve the health and welfare of Florida’s children. Recent past recipients of this award include: 2019 – Thomas T. Chiu, MD, MBA; 2018 – Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD, FAAP; 2017 – Lisa Cosgrove, MD, FAAP; 2016 – John Curran, MD, FAAP; and 2015 – Louis St. Petery, Jr., MD, FAAP.

Phillip O. Lichtblau, MD, Award
This award is given annually to a pediatric surgeon or pediatric surgical specialist who has contributed significantly either regionally or statewide to the Children’s Medical Services Program. The 2019 recipient was Ernesto Ruas, MD, FACS.

Submit your nominations by 5:00pm EST on Monday, April 15, 2020, by following this link.

Information re: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FCAAP COVID-19 Florida Pediatric Health Care Provider Forum

With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spreading through the country, information and recommendations are changing daily. While up-to-date information, resources, and recommendations are available in the post below, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has created a weekly webinar forum series to address some of the most frequently asked questions we have been receiving. These weekly forums will provide Florida’s pediatric health care providers an opportunity to have their questions related to COVID-19 answered live by FCAAP experts and guest speakers. The forums will be held weekly on Thursdays at 12:30 pm EST. To register for the forum series click here.

Upcoming Forum Schedule:
Session 2 – Medical/Clinical Implications of COVID-19 by Dr. Mobeen Rathore – April 2, 2020
Session 3 – Telehealth by Dr. Lisa Gwynn – April 9, 2020
Session 4 – Business/Continuity of Operations by Dr. Tommy Schechtman – April 16, 2020

Forum Replay Links:
Session 1 – What is FCAAP Doing During COVID-19? by Dr. Paul Robinson – March 26, 2020

Note: We recommend attendees join using a laptop or desktop to fully participate in the poll and question features.

You can also submit COVID-19-related questions to be considered for future forums through FCAAP’s COVID-19 Q&A Form. FCAAP’s pediatric experts will review questions as they are received and provide guidance in a FAQ section on the FCAAP website in the near future.


Below is FCAAP’s compilation of resource materials on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This list is updated daily as new information becomes available.

Telehealth Resources:
AHCA Medicaid Telemedicine Guidance for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers
Current Telemedicine Payer Chart” from UF Health Jacksonville
Florida COVID-19 Payment Resources” from the FMA
The Physicians Foundation Announces The Telehealth Initiative to Improve Access to Quality Health Care
CMS Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak:
Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions
Medicaid State Plan Fee-for-Service Payments for Services Delivered Via Telehealth” from CMS
General Medicaid Telehealth Guidance” from CMS
AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19
Telehealth and COVID-19” AAP webinar by Dr. Sue Kressly
AAP Online Telehealth Compendium

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
“CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida”
“Florida 1135 Waiver on”
Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP
Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs – Updated 3.18.20
COVID-19 Stakeholder Call Recording/Transcripts
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit” 
COVID-19 New Tools To Help Speed States’ Access to Emergency Flexibilities and Resources
COVID-19 Elective Surgeries and Non-Essential Procedures Recommendations
How Can Medicaid Enhance State Capacity to Respond to COVID-19?” by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA):
All AHCA Issued COVID-19 Alerts
Policy Transmittal 2020-18 Re: COVID-19 State of Emergency: Coverage of Services and Other Provisions

State of Florida Response:
State of Florida Coronavirus Emergency Order” 
State of Florida Executive Order 20-72 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
Keeping Floridians Informed About Coronavirus” from Florida Senator Rick Scott
State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Legislation” from NCSL
State-by-State Public Health Resources” interactive map from the NGA
All Florida Driver Licenses Expiring in the Next 30 Days Extended” from FLHSMV

Florida Department of Health:  
FDOH COVID-19 Dashboard” – updated twice daily
DOH Emergency Order 20-002 COVID-19
Enhanced Surveillance and Preparedness for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates” 3.19.20
COVID-19 Call Center: call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email
The Call Center is available 24/7.

Florida Division of Emergency Management:
Sign up for email updates from the Florida State Emergency Response Team

USDA Food & Nutrition Service:
FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

American Academy of Pediatrics:
COVID-19 Clinical Guidance Q&A
Link to all AAP News coverage
Red Book Online “2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infections
Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices
CDC updates guidance on PPE for health care personnel
Critical Updates on COVID-19
“​Fighting Racism and Discrimination in the Wake of Coronavirus
COVID-19 Talking Points for Media RelationsAAP Member Log In Required
Responding to Coronavirus in Pediatric Practice- A Message from AAP President Dr. Sally Goza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Children” 
Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding for a Mother Confirmed or Under Investigation For COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza — United States, 2017
Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Travel Health Notices
Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—Information for Clinicians Caring for Children and Pregnant Women” Webinar Playback

National Institutes of Health:Coronavirus (COVID-19)” 

National Library of Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” 

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering:
Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak in Near Real Time” 
Desktop version
Mobile version

World Health Organization: Coronavirus

American Board of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Updates to MOC Requirements and MOCA-Peds

Clinical Resources:

Promising Practices

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
COVID-19 Pandemic – Clinical Guidance for Pediatric Practices” recorded webinar by Dr. Ann-Christine Nyquist
Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic” recorded webinar by Dr. David Schonfeld
Disaster Management for the Pediatrician in the COVID-19 Response” recorded webinar by Dr. Joelle N. Simpson

From California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics:
Talkshow: COVID-19 Overview & Update” video by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena van der List

From the Palm Beach County Medical Society:
COVID-19: the Facts” video by Dr. Larry Bush

From Anytime Pediatrics:
Pediatric Community Response to COVID-19 Using Virtual Care” recorded webinar by Drs. Mobeen Rathore, Susan Sirota, and Mick Connors.
Pediatricians Lead Community Response to COVID-19 Using Virtual Care 2.0” recorded webinar by Drs. Mobeen Rathore, Susan Sirota, Barton Schmitt, and Mick Connors.

From Pediatric Management Institute:
The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices

This recorded webinar by PMI’s Paulie Vanchiere and PCC’s Chip Hart discusses financial and operational issues Pediatric practices are facing as COVID-19 continues to evolve and provides tangible action items every Pediatric practice needs to consider over the coming days, weeks, and months.

Webinar: The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 2
Thursday March 26, 2020 – 7:00PM ET
Join PMI’s Paulie Vanchiere, PCC’s Chip Hart, and special guests who will focus on Human Resource issues as related to staff and providers, and follow up on key items discussed in the last webinar. Click here to register.

Webinar: Flatten the curve of COVID-19 with Rhinogram
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
In this free webinar, Seattle clinician Dr. James Thomas shares how your practice can flatten the curve of COVID-19 using Rhinogram to continue delivering high-quality care through virtual visits and check-ins. Plus, discover internal communication tools to keep your entire practice informed. Click here for details and registration.

From HIPPO Education:
“HIPPO COVID-19 resource hub”

Coronavirus CME course now available online
The FMA has teamed up with AKH, Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to offer a new online CME course, Identification and Containment of the Coronavirus: COVID-19. This text-based course reviews the current data on emerging coronavirus, and highlights best practices for identification and management of patients exposed to coronavirus.

Does your office have an infection control/emergency preparedness plan?
All medical offices should have infection control and emergency preparedness plans. Review these recommendations from The Doctors Company on how to proceed if a patient with suspected COVID-19 seeks care in your office.

Webinar: Preparing for COVID-19 – Infection Control for Outpatient Settings
This on demand training from Layer Compliance™ by Caek covers the infection control policies and procedures that Infection Control Officers/Coordinators should review to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ​Register here.

What should private offices do now with febrile kids with a cough?
Dr. Mobeen Rathore, Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, recommends considering several strategies:
1. Triage by phone at time of scheduling is most important
2. Ask patients to wait in their vehicle until time to be seen
3. Telemedicine
4.  Schedule sick visits in the afternoon or end of the day

From Headspace:
Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals, who work in public health settings, free access to their Headspace Plus meditation platform through 2020. Click here to subscribe.

Parent Resources:
How to Prevent Illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by Dr. Brandon Chatani
2019 Novel Coronavirus” Parent Resources from
A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads” from CNN Health
Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Child Safety Tips” from Lauren’s Kids
Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times” from the AAP

FCAAP has created the COVID-19 Q&A Form below where FCAAP members can submit their questions related to COVID-19. FCAAP’s pediatric experts will review questions as they are received and provide guidance in a FAQ section on the FCAAP website in the near future. As common threads emerge through the form over the coming weeks, the Chapter will begin producing live community forums hosted by pediatric experts to address these topics. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

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AAP members can comment on 2020 resolutions

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to provide AAP members the opportunity to review and share comments electronically on resolutions for the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF).

Please share your comments on any resolutions that are of interest to you. An important aim of the ALF is to incorporate diverse perspectives in the discussion and debate of leading pediatric issues. Your comments are important to the AAP leadership and representatives of your district, chapter, committee, council, and section who will attend the ALF and vote on resolutions. Please note that AAP resolutions are advisory and not binding.

Comments received on resolutions from AAP members and ALF attendees will be compiled and shared with members of the reference committees and also posted online by Monday, March 9, so that ALF attendees can view the report. Keep in mind that the report shared with ALF attendees and resolution authors will include your name, district, how you voted for the resolution and your comments. Please focus your comments on the content of the resolution itself.

Comments considered inappropriate, slanderous or containing personal criticism as determined by the ALF Executive Committee will be removed. Inappropriate and removed content will not be considered during the drafting of the reference committee report. Comments will not be accepted after Friday, February 28.

The ALF is scheduled for March 12-14.

To share your comment on a resolution, please click here. AAP Member log in required.

New Public Charge Rules Take Effect Feb. 24: What You Need to Know

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the Trump administration’s public charge final rule to take effect nationwide, except for Illinois. The Department of Homeland Security will begin implementing the rule on February 24.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been speaking out against this policy since it was first proposed three years ago, and issued this press statement on the heels of the court’s decision.

Pediatricians can play a critical role in educating immigrant families about what this final rule does and does not mean for their children and their ability to access vital services.

The AAP has resources from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign that can be shared with your patients or displayed in pediatric offices.

Here’s a quick rundown of what pediatricians should know and how you can help:

What is the public charge final rule?

Some people who apply for a green card or a visa to enter the United States will be subject to a “public charge” test, which looks at several factors, including whether the person is likely to use certain government services in the future. In making this determination, immigration officials review all of a person’s circumstances, including their age, income, education, and health status as well as whether they are using or are likely to use certain public programs.

Under the final rule, an immigrant’s use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, housing assistance, and Medicaid (for non-pregnant adults) on or after February 24, 2020, can now be considered to deny entry or permanent legal status in the United States.

What did the Supreme Court ruling do?

The decision allows the government to move forward with implementing the public charge rule everywhere except Illinois, which has its own injunction enforceable within the state.

What should I tell my patients who are immigrants or live in immigrant families?

Public charge does not apply to all immigrants. Every family is different, and most people who are subject to the new rule are not eligible for the programs it now includes.

Programs that are not listed above will not be counted in the public charge test. This includes Medicaid for children under 21 years, pregnant women, and new mothers, WIC, CHIP, school breakfast and lunch, food banks, state or local health care programs, and many more. You should still encourage immigrant families in your practice to access these services as needed. Please feel free to share the resources from AAP and the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign.

What’s next?

Since the Supreme Court only ruled on the legality of the nationwide injunction and did not rule on whether the public charge rule itself is legal, the AAP will continue advocate for the rule to be overturned in the courts. One way the AAP has done this is through the filing of amicus “friend of the court” briefs. Various state AAP chapters, including FCAAP, have joined with the national AAP in filing these briefs.

The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign will be hosting a Twitterstorm on Monday, February 24, at 2 p.m. EST to raise awareness about public charge. Please consider adding your voice by sharing messages using #ProtectFamilies.

Thank you to the many AAP members who have lent their voices to speaking out against this harmful policy. We will be in touch soon with opportunities for you to learn more about public charge, including an educational webinar. Stay tuned!

Registration Now Open – FPP2020!

Registration for The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020 is now open!

Returning to Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and adding extra educational content over the 3 day event, you will not want to miss FPP2020!

Load up on extra continuing education credits by attending a NEW Mental Health Symposium for primary care providers, followed by a Pediatric Dermatology Workshop – What Pediatricians Need to Know on Children’s Skin Disorders Friday afternoon before enjoying the friendly yet fierce competition of the Brain Bowl. Join your family Friday night for food, dancing, and photo opportunities with Disney characters at the Family Reception!

Learn from top pediatric experts on Saturday in one of the two tracks – one designed for providers in primary care and the other designed for providers in the hospital setting, before joining your family in the afternoon to enjoy the amenities of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk, the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, or any of the other easily accessible Disney parks!

Sunday morning will offer plenary sessions with big names in pediatrics, followed by a bonus track for anyone interested in starting or running a successful private pediatric practice.

Special room rates at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and specially priced tickets to Disney’s theme parks make it easy for attendees to enjoy the evenings and add an extra day for relaxation with family and friends. Register today and see what has made The Future of Pediatric Practice the Florida conference to attend each year!

Visit the event website to see the full schedule, speaker line-up, and venue details.

Friday, September 4, 2020 – Sunday, September 6, 2020

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8443


Happy Holidays from FCAAP!

With the holiday season upon us, FCAAP Offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Sunday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 through Wednesday, January 1 for the holidays. We will respond to email and voicemail messages when we return, and appreciate your patience and continued support.

On behalf of FCAAP, we wish you all healthy, safe, and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Young Physicians Leadership Alliance Faculty Applications—Due January 31

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) is pleased to welcome faculty applications for the 2020-2022 class of the Young Physicians Leadership Alliance (YPLA). Applicants must be an active member of the AAP for the full duration of the program. The YPLA is funded through the AAP Insurance Program and Kabrita USA. 
Contact: AAP’s Kim Vandenbrook in Membership Engagement and Marketing

Florida Healthy Kids MCO Change Update

Changes are coming to the Florida Healthy Kids (FHK) program next year.

Starting January 1, 2020, three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) will provide coverage for all Florida Healthy Kids members—Aetna Better Health of Florida (Aetna) and Simply Healthcare (Simply) will provide statewide coverage, and Community Care Plan will also be available in the following 8 counties: Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe.  
Therefore, after December 31, 2019, Staywell Kids, United Healthcare and Sunshine Health will no longer provide coverage for Florida Healthy Kids members.  
Impacted families were asked to select a new 2020 MCO during a Special Open Choice Period (October 28-November 30) so new member ID cards can be mailed and available for services starting January 1. If you are interested in becoming an Aetna, Simply, or Community Care Plan provider, please click here for Provider Relations contacts. 
Florida Healthy Kids is one of four Florida KidCare partners. Florida KidCare is the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program, offering a seamless continuum of coverage for children from birth through the end of age 18. 
These changes apply only to Florida Healthy Kids members (children ages 5-18). If you are a network provider for other Florida KidCare programs, nothing else will change. 
There are no changes to the following Florida KidCare programs: 
Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan (CMS Plan) for children with special medical needs: (birth-18) 
Medicaid for Children: (birth-18) 
MediKids: (children ages 1-4) 

Download the Provider Bulletin for complete details including the FHK TRANSITION OF CARE POLICY and FLORIDA HEALTHY KIDS 2020 MCO MAP.

Ate too much at Thanksgiving? Lose the “wait” and save 8%!

With a beautiful venue and exciting new CME topics, FCAAP’s Annual Conference is going to be bigger and better than ever in 2020! We know you’re excited to attend, so we want to help you lose the “wait” this holiday weekend. For a limited time, take 8% off registration rates for FCAAP’s Annual Conference: The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020!

Labor Day Weekend – September 4-6, 2020

Why attend The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020?

•             Hosted at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

•             Network with fellow Florida providers and FCAAP Leaders

•             Earn CME, CEU, and MOC 2 credits while learning from top pediatric experts

•             Cheer on Florida’s top pediatric residency programs during the Brain Bowl

•             Enjoy food, fun, dancing, and meet Disney characters at the Family Reception

•             Special hotel rates and discounted tickets to Disney theme parks, valid for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Discounted rates start at 12:00am EST on Friday, Nov. 29 and run through 11:59pm EST on Monday, Dec. 2.

Click here to download the registration form. 

Send completed forms to by the deadline to reserve your spot at the discounted rate!

Download the flyer to share with your colleagues.


Zika 201 – Free Educational Conference!

As pediatricians in South Florida continue to care for children with confirmed cases of Congenital Zika Syndrome and those who were exposed to the Zika virus in utero, additional education is needed regarding the known effects of the Zika virus on infants and children as well as the recommended screenings to be performed as the child develops.  

To effectively expand upon the work completed through this project over the past couple years, FCAAP will host a FREE one‐day accredited educational conference for pediatric healthcare providers. Sessions will be led by South Florida area experts with experience caring for Zika exposed and infected children. Topics will include:

Serology, PCR Testing, and Interpretation – Dr. Samita Andreansky
How to Screen for Zika‐Related Audiological Defects – Dr. Robert Fifer
How to Screen for Zika‐Related Neurodevelopmental Defects – Dr. Roberto Lopez-Alberola
Local Radiological Research Findings Related to Zika‐Infected Children – Dr. Gaurav Saigal
Local Nephrological Research Findings Related to Zika‐Infected Children – Dr. Chryso Katsoufis
Local Cardiological Research Findings Related to Zika‐Infected Children – Dr. Juanita Hunter
End Organ Damage Correlation to Zika Exposure – Dr. Ivan Gonzalez

CME, CEU, and MOC Part 2 credits will be available.

Registration is now open. See the full conference agenda here. For more information, please contact Cheval Breggins at

Limited Partner Packages are available! View the Partner Prospectus, visit the event website, or contact Alicia Adams at for more information.