FPP2020 Online – Connecting for Kids!

The Future of Pediatric Practice 2020 is moving online! Although we won’t be gathering in person this year, FCAAP has planned a fun, interactive, and educational virtual conference for all pediatric health care providers. Join us September 4 – 5, 2020, from the comfort of your home or office for engaging presentations, networking with colleagues, an interactive exhibit hall, games, and a little Disney magic. There is even a little something for the non-provider members of your family! The best part? FPP2020 Online is completely free to attend!

See the full agenda and register here.

Partner packages are available. Download the Partner Prospectus or visit the Partner Opportunities page on the event website.


FCAAP Launching NEW Forum Series July 2

By popular demand following the success of FCAAP’s hit COVID-19 Forum Series, the Chapter is excited to launch its NEW FCAAP Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series! This 12-part webinar forum series for Florida-based pediatricians will feature a new 30-minute session on the first and third Thursday of each month centered around hot topics requested by FCAAP Members.

The series kicks off Thursday, July 2 at 12:30pm EST with FCAAP Secretary Dr. Toni Richards-Rowley discussing Bringing Patients Back to Your Office, including ways to educate parents about vaccinations before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Additional topics include Guidance for Schools Reopening with FCAAP Vice President & School Health Task Force Chair Dr. Lisa Gwynn, Diversity & Inclusion and Racial Inequalities in Pediatrics with FCAAP D&I Task Force Co-Chairs Drs. Kennessa Hugger & Michael Maurer, AAP Works With You by AAP CEO/Executive Vice President Mark Del Monte, Disaster Preparedness for Pediatricians with FCAAP Disaster Preparedness Committee Co-Chairs Drs. Mavara Mirza & Tiffany Berkshire, Vaccine Confidence with Merck’s Southeast Regional Medical Director Dr. W. Michael Brown, Legislative and Advocacy Updates from FCAAP Lobbyist Doug Bell and FCAAP Secretary and Legislative Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Dr. Toni Richards-Rowley, Physicians and Gun Violence with Dr. Melanie Hagen, and upcoming topics to be announced! To view a complete list of dates, topics, and speakers, click here.

To register for the FCAAP Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series and receive event reminders, click here.

Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline is July 20

Below are important updates from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for Medicaid and CHIP providers.

Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline is July 20

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to eligible providers that participate in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. The payment will be approximately 2% of reported gross revenue from patient care. These funds are NOT first-come, first-served, so all eligible providers who apply can expect to receive funds, however, there is a deadline of July 20, 2020 to submit an application. If you are eligible for these funds, the Chapter encourages you to begin your application as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

To help simplify the process, AHCA has created this factsheet which outlines each step of the application process and contains links to detailed instructions, the application form, the application portal, terms & conditions, and FAQs.

We are collecting feedback on any barriers to applying for the Provider Relief Fund, common provider questions, and any other feedback that would help target future outreach efforts. Please take two minutes to complete this survey to give your feedback.

Medicaid Payment for Telehealth Services

There is currently no sunset date on the flexibilities implemented by AHCA during the COVID-19 pandemic related to Medicaid payments for telehealth services. These flexibilities will remain in place until further notice from AHCA. Click here for AHCA’s official Provider Alert issued 7.1.20. Click here to sign up to receive AHCA alerts.

To help eliminate confusion surrounding these flexibilities, please complete this survey to share your feedback on any trouble you have encountered in receiving Medicaid payments for telehealth services.

Supreme Court Rules DACA Cancellation Was Illegal

On Thursday, June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on the consolidated cases regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 5-4 ruling concludes that the Trump Administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act when terminating the program, and therefore the program remains in effect. The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice Roberts, will impact the lives of nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, many of whom are students, parents, and workers.

FCAAP leadership issued the following statement in support of the ruling: “The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is very excited to announce that the Supreme Court has supported DACA, stopping the Trump Administration from dismantling it. We signed onto the brief requesting this action because we believe that these children deserve a chance to live and thrive here in the United States. It is a great day for DACA citizens, and the FCAAP is grateful to the Supreme Court for this ruling.”

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) had filed an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases, alongside the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, FCAAP, and dozens more children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts. The brief was co-authored by Persyn Law & Policy and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. 

As the brief explains, society has a moral imperative to protect children from harm, and the Court must consider the consequences that rescinding DACA would have on the hundreds of thousands of young children whose parents rely on DACA for work authorization and protection from deportation. The brief states: “The imminent threat of losing DACA protection places children at risk of losing parental nurturance, as well as losing income, food security, housing, access to health care, educational opportunities, and the sense of safety and security that is the foundation of healthy child development.”

Click here to read the full CLASP release and amicus brief.

FCAAP Offices Closed in Recognition of Juneteenth

FCAAP Offices Closed in Recognition of Juneteenth

In recognition of Juneteenth, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Inc. (“FCAAP”), will be closed Friday, June 19, 2020. This day commemorates June 19, 1865, when news finally reached African Americans in Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Sometimes called Freedom Day, this date was more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Proclamation and has become a special day of reflection and celebration of the end of slavery.
This year’s Juneteenth has added significance because it occurs amid nationwide protests against racial violence. All are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to reflect and learn about the day, the history of slavery in the United States, and its present day effects. 

FCAAP’s offices will reopen on Monday, June 22.

National AAP Election Results

The national American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) elections have concluded, and Dr. Moira Szilagyi has been voted AAP president-elect. Dr. Szilagyi will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2022, following Dr. Lee Savio Beers, who will serve as president in 2021.

At the district level, FCAAP Past President Dr. Madeline Joseph was elected District X Chairperson, Dr. Michael Ramsey was elected District X Vice Chairperson, and Dr. Yvette L. Piovanetti was elected District X National Nominating Committee Representative. Additional election coverage can be found here.

Congratulations to all newly elected officers!

FCAAP would like to recognize and thank AAP President-Elect candidate Dr. Mobeen Rathore and District X Chairperson candidate Dr. Lisa Cosgrove for their years of service to the AAP at the national and chapter levels. Your Florida colleagues are proud of you both, and the Chapter is fortunate to continue to count you among its leaders!

Vote in the AAP Elections Today!

Help the voices of Florida’s pediatricians be heard by voting in this year’s AAP election! Elect the future leaders of your AAP by visiting aap.org/vote. Elections will conclude on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm (CT). 

Personalized links to election ballots were sent to members via email in May. AAP members in Florida will choose the next president-elect as well as officers for district ten, which is comprised of the Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Puerto Rico chapters. The district officer positions include a district chairperson (who serves on the AAP board), a district vice chairperson (who assists and supports the district chairperson as needed), and a National Nominating Committee (“NNC”) representative (the NNC nominates the two candidates for president-elect).  

The candidates for the positions on which AAP members in Florida may vote are:  

* AAP President Elect: Dr. Mobeen Rathore & Dr. Moira Szilagyi 

* AAP District X Chairperson: Dr. Lisa Cosgrove & Dr. Madeline Joseph 

* AAP District X Vice Chairperson: Dr. Michael Ramsey & Dr. Robert Wiskind 

* AAP National Nominating Committee: Dr. Grant Allen & Dr. Yvette Piovanetti 

You can review all candidate profiles and position statements at aap.org/elections (AAP member login required). Any questions may be directed to the Elections Team at nationalelections@aap.org.


Chapter Quality Network (CQN) Improving Childhood Immunizations Project (ICHIP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to announce the launch of a childhood immunizations learning collaborative convened through the National AAP Chapter Quality Network (CQN).  In collaboration with the Florida Chapter of the AAP and the Texas Pediatric Society (the Texas Chapter of the AAP), the CQN Improving Childhood Immunizations Project (ICHIP)  project will employ quality improvement techniques and clinical education/training to increase childhood immunizations in pediatric clinical practices using the Model for Improvement. The primary goal will be to increase rates of the vaccines recommended by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) schedule for children aged 15-35 months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many children have fallen behind on scheduled immunizations. We hope you will participate in this opportunity to increase immunization rates while earning MOC and CME credits. 

About the Project:
Practices will have the opportunity to participate in a learning collaborative based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model, which includes four practice learning sessions (2 in person, 2 webinars), and seven practice webinars in collaboration with other practices in their region. Project participants will have access to subject matter experts, curriculum, and QI coaching. Practice teams will implement process changes into their practices by conducting small tests of change and collecting practice-level data (Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles). Practice participation will begin in December 2020 and continue through December 2021.  Eligible participants will receive Maintenance of Certification Part 2 and Part 4, and Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME). This project is funded through an independent grant from Pfizer Inc.

View the recruitment packet with more details on the project timeline, requirements, and MOC and PI CME here.

Deadline to enroll:
November 25, 2020.

To enroll in the project:
Complete this survey.

For More Information:
Contact Alicia Adams, Esq., at aadams@fcaap.org.

Questions Regarding MOC & PI CME Requirements:
Contact Kristie Marcelle, MSW, PMP, at kmarcelle@aap.org.

2020 FCAAP BoD Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 election for the FCAAP Board of Directors. All voting members of FCAAP may participate in the nomination process and subsequent election. The call for nominations will remain open until 5:00pm EST on Thursday, June 4, 2020. All nominations must be received via the nomination form before the deadline to be considered for this year’s election. Self nominations are accepted.

The positions open for nomination include:
Vice President
Region 2 Representative
Region 4 Representative
General Pediatrician At Large Representative
Medical School Pediatric Department Chair Delegate

A description of the regions, qualifications, and position responsibilities are provided in the nomination survey.

Access the nomination survey here.

Information re: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PLEASE NOTE:  As of June 12, 2020, this page is no longer being updated.

All new information for PROVIDERS related to COVID-19 after Friday, June 12, 2020 can be found on FCAAP’s new COVID-19 Provider Resources page.

All new information for PARENTS related to COVID-19 after Friday, June 12, 2020 can be found on FCAAP’s new COVID-19 Parent Resources page.

Call to Action – 4.22.20 
Now is a critical time to outline the urgent needs of children, families and pediatricians across the country. This week, the AAP did just that and sent this letter to congressional leaders, making clear the immediate actions lawmakers must take to protect public health. The letter outlines a number of AAP’s policy priorities. Among them, the Academy insists on policies to keep pediatric offices open and increase Medicaid funding to ensure children and families can get covered during the crisis. Please join FCAAP and AAP in amplifying these priorities to your members of Congress.

If you are a member of the national AAP, go to federaladvocacy.aap.org and click on “Protect Children, Families and Pediatricians in Future Coronavirus Legislation” under Key Issues to access an email template to guide your outreach to your legislators. If you are not a member of the national AAP, you can use this template letter to draft an email to send to your members of Congress. You may add some or all of this additional language specific to vaccinations, Medicaid payment parity, and global child health as you are interested. You can find your members of Congress here (email forms are available on each member’s website). During these challenging times, thank you very much for advocating on behalf of children, families, and pediatricians.

Executive Order – Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
On Wednesday, June 3, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 regarding Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. It is important to note that current business restrictions for Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties remain in place until future notice.


FCAAP COVID-19 Florida Pediatric Health Care Provider Forums

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 on the Chapter’s COVID-19 Provider Resources page, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics created a weekly webinar forum series to address some of the most frequently asked questions we received. These weekly forums provided Florida’s pediatric health care providers an opportunity to have their questions related to COVID-19 answered live by FCAAP experts and guest speakers. Replays of all sessions in the COVID-19 Florida Pediatric Health Care Provider Forum series can be found below.

Forum Replay Links:
Session 1 – March 26, 2020 – What is FCAAP Doing During COVID-19? by Dr. Paul Robinson
Session 2 – April 2, 2020 – Medical/Clinical Implications of COVID-19 by Dr. Mobeen Rathore  
Session 2 presentation slides      Session 2 Q&A
Session 3 – April 9, 2020 – Telehealth and Business/Continuity of Operations by Dr. Lisa Gwynn and Dr. Tommy Schechtman
Session 4 – April 16, 2020 – Updated Clinical Implications by Dr. Ivan Gonzalez and Dr. Brandon Chatani
Session 5 – April 23,2020 – Updated Clinical Implications Part 2: Your Questions Answered by Dr. Ivan Gonzalez and Dr. Brandon Chatani
Session 6 – April 30, 2020 – The Business of Pediatrics During COVID-19 by Dr. Toni Richards-Rowley, and Mr. Chip Hart
Dr. Richards-Rowley’s presentation slides        Mr. Chip Hart’s presentation slides
Session 7 – May 7, 2020 – The Role of Primary Care Pediatricians and the Medical Home by AAP District X Vice Chair Candidates Dr. Michael Ramsey and Dr. Robert Wiskind
Session 8 – May 14, 2020 – COVID-19’s Impact on Children in the U.S. from Coast to Coast by AAP President-Elect Nominees Dr. Mobeen Rathore and Dr. Moira Szilyagi 
Dr. Mobeen Rathore’s presentation slides         Dr. Szilyagi’s presentation slides
Session 9 – May 21, 2020 – COVID-19’s Impact on Pediatricians from the Hospital to Private Practice by AAP District X Chair Nominees Dr. Lisa Cosgrove and Dr. Madeline Joseph 
Dr. Cosgrove’s Resource List          Dr. Joseph’s presentation slides
Session 10 – May 28 – Impact of COVID-19 on Florida Practices and FCAAP’s Efforts to Help by FCAAP President Dr. Paul Robinson and FCAAP Lobbyist Mr. Doug Bell, Esq.
Dr. Robinson’s presentation slides
Session 11 – June 4 – Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and the Relation to COVID-19 by Dr. Brandon Chatani and Dr. Ivan Gonzalez
Session 11 presentation slides
Session 12 – June 11 – Updates from the Florida Department of Health by State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, Deputy Secretary for Children’s Medical Services Dr. Robert Karch, and Bureau of Family Health Services Chief Shay Chapman

Future Forums
Based upon feedback from attendees, FCAAP will continue these 30-minute weekly forums to connect with members on a bi-monthly basis beginning in July 2020. We have created this brief survey to help plan the forums around topics that are of interest to you. Please take 1 minute to provide your feedback!

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

Telehealth Resources:

Well-Child Visits Provided Via Telemedicine During the COVID-19 State of Emergency – 5.29.20
Telemedicine Payor Guide – 4.3.2020
Telemedicine Detailed Payor Coverage – 4.3.2020
Disclaimer: The information above is subject to change daily, individual contracts may vary, and the 30-90 day periods for waivers will vary between payors.

Update: Telemedicine Guidance for Early Intervention Services” 4.27.20
AHCA Medicaid Telemedicine Guidance for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers” 3.18.20
AHCA Medicaid Telemedicine Flexibilities for Behavioral Health Providers” 4.16.20
Current Telemedicine Payer Chart” from UF Health Jacksonville
Florida COVID-19 Payment Resources” from the FMA
FCC adopts $200 million COVID-19 telehealth program” 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
Coding During the COVID-19 Pandemic” AAP webinar by Drs. Jeffrey Linzer & Linda Parsi
AAP Online Telehealth Compendium
AAP Guidance on the Necessary Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
All CMS Issued Updates
HHS COVID-19 Funding and Guidance Updates- 4-6-2020
COVID-19 Stakeholder Call Recording/Transcripts
Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge 3.30.20
Additional Background on Regulatory Changes 3.30.20
CMS COVID-19 flexibilities” 
“CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida”
“Florida 1135 Waiver on Medicaid.gov”
Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP
Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs – Updated 3.18.20
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
Guidance for Delivering PPEC Services in Home Settings During the COVID-19 Emergency
Change in Electronic Visit Verification due to COVID-19 Emergency
COVID-19: Maintain Medicaid Recipient Eligibility and Extend Time to Complete Application Process
Medicaid Coverage of Coronavirus Laboratory Testing Update: New Procedure Codes and Rapid Testing” 4.27.20

State of Florida Response:
6.3.2020 Executive Order – Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
On Wednesday, June 3, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 regarding Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. It is important to note that current business restrictions remain in place for Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties until future notice.

Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders
Re-Open Florida Task Force Final Report

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
COVID-19: Your Questions Answered – The CARES Act” from Florida Senator Rick Scott

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov
The Call Center is available 24/7.

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

Florida Healthy Kids:
Florida Healthy Kids Takes Proactive Steps to Protect Members During Covid-19 Outbreak

White House Task Force COVID-19 Response

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
Revised abusive head trauma policy calls for continued vigilance, advocacy
AAP guidance on infants born to mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
AAP updates guidance on newborns whose mothers have suspected or confirmed COVID-19
AAP COVID-19 Discussion BoardsAAP Member Log In Required
COVID-19 Webinars for Pediatricians
Responding to the Needs of Youth Involved With the Justice System During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Return to In-person Education in Schools
AAP guidance on school reopening addresses physical and mental health, instructional time
American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Guidance on School Reopenings
Study details COVID-19 characteristics, co-infections in children
Guidance on Providing Pediatric Well-Care During COVID-19
AAP urges vaccination as rates drop due to COVID-19
CDC details COVID-19-related inflammatory syndrome in children

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
Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

National Briefing with CDC, Johns Hopkins Medicine, UC Davis Health: COVID 19 Briefing with Chronic Disease Community
Learn from experts about why the COVID-19 virus can put people with chronic conditions/diseases at higher risk for complications. The recording of the webinar, slides from the presentation, and additional FAQs can be found here.

CDC Guidelines for Re-Opening Services
Child Care Programs
Mass Transit
Restaurants and Bars

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

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

World Health Organization:Coronavirus

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

Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation:
COVID-19 Projected Hospital Resource Use Tracker

Institute for County Government/Florida Association of Counties:
COVID-19 County Response Dashboard

Florida Department of Health:
Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Florida Medical Association:
Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing Sites by County – updated daily

Continuing Education:

From the American Board of Pediatrics:
In June of 2020, the ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points to all pediatricians maintaining certification to recognize the commitment to lifelong learning and improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no documentation necessary from you, and these points will be visible in your ABP Portfolio in early June. 

For additional information about how COVID-19 has impacted MOCA-Peds, MOC fees, proctored exams, and more, please visit the ABP website.

From Nemours Children’s Health System:
Nemours Children’s Health System has launched a pediatric COVID-19 evidence based literature online resource featuring freely available, evidence-based articles and guidance selected by Nemours faculty and medical librarians for pediatricians. This database is updated bi-weekly and all articles are available in full text. Physicians also have the ability to claim CME credit relating to their search for pediatric evidence.
Access the Nemours Pediatric COVID-19 Evidence Based Resource here. 

From the Florida Medical Association:
The FMA has teamed up with AKH, Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to offer a free 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.

Clinical Resources:

From the Florida Academy of Family Physicians:
Return to Clinic: A Pragmatic Approach to Resuming Face-to-Face Visits
Thursday, May 14 – 8pm EST
Webinar will review relative guidance from the CDC, AMA, and AAFP for a safe-return to seeing in-person visits; discuss medical liability and malpractice concerns; and discuss lessons learned from a DPC as well as large employed group viewpoint. Register here.

Promising Practices

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
All AAP COVID-19 Webinars for Pediatricians
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
Caring for Children with Complex Medical Conditions During COVID-19” recorded webinar by Dr. Elizabeth Lucas
Child Abuse in the COVID-19 Era” recorded webinar by Dr. Suzanne B. Haney
Addressing Family Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic” recorded webinar by Dr. Vera Frances “Fan” Tait
Resilience in Stressful Times and Connecting During Times of Trauma” recorded webinar by Dr. Vera Frances “Fan” Tait

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 HIPPO Education:
“HIPPO COVID-19 resource hub”

Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network (POPCoRN)
POPCoRN is a multi-institutional collaboration to help support the safe offloading of adult patients to pediatric facilities. Our mission is for pediatric providers and health systems to have access to tools and the community necessary to care for adult patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) COVID-19 Webinar Series
In this webinar series, NETEC highlights subject matter experts who have been immersed in the many challenges and topics around COVID-19, including: Telemedicine Innovations; Care of Labor and Delivery Patients; Healthcare Workers and Masks; Caring for Pediatric Patients; Care for Caregivers; Laboratory Operations, Challenges and Innovations; and more. All NETEC recordings and upcoming events can be found here

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.

#GetUsPPE – Request, Donate, Make, and Advocate for PPE

From the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County: 
Child Care Scholarships for Emergency Personnel

Business Resources:

Promote Pediatric Wellness & Preventative Care with the Back to the Office Toolkit
FCAAP recognizes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many changes to pediatric practices. With guidance from the Florida Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FCAAP has been offering guidance to pediatricians throughout the state on ways to continue to safely care for their patients in the midst of the pandemic. FCAAP believes in the value and importance of well child visits and the role preventative care plays to keep children healthy. With that in mind, FCAAP created this toolkit to provide pediatricians with easy to use resources to reach out to families.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet – 5.13.20
Paycheck Protection Program Application
HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund site for provider inquiries and payment attestation portal through United Health Group
HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Instructions 6.11.20
HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Application 6.11.20
HHS Medicaid Targeted Distribution FAQs 6.11.20
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act
U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Loan Information
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
AAP Pediatric Practice Management Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Updates and Resources from Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Certified Public Accountants
Free legal services for healthcare workers from Legal Advocacy for Medical Providers Foundation, Inc. (LAMP) 
FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 fraud schemes
Free Comprehensive Family Trust and waived trust funding fees from Wiser Estate Plan

What the Stimulus Package Means for Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Webinar replay – U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., discuss parts of a new federal stimulus law designed to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

From Pediatric Management Institute:

The Business Impact of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices Webinar Series

This recorded webinar series 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. 

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 1
Tangible action items every Pediatric practice needs to consider over the coming days, weeks, and months.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 2
Human Resource issues as related to staff and providers.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 3
Special guest Dr. Suzanne Berman discusses SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, data trends, future impacts, well visit updates, & legal issues.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 4
Special guest Dr. Christoph Diasio 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 moving forward.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices -Part 5
Special guests Nneka Unachuwku, M.D, FAAP (Dr. Una) and Fernando Ysern, MD, FAAP discuss updates on SBA loan options for practices, data trends, future impacts, well visit updates, Telemedicine updates, and effective leadership during this time.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices – Part 6
Special guests Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP; Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP; and Mobeen Rathore, MD, FAAP discuss the issues Pediatric organizations are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices – Part 7
Special guests Sogol Pahlavan, MD, FAAP; Michael Chamberlin, MD, FAAP; and Todd Wolynn, MD, FAAP focus on marketing efforts practices around the country have utilized to engage with patients during the COVID19 pandemic and the impact their efforts have made to continue providing care for children.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices – Part 8
Special Guests Nola Jean Ernest, MD, PhD, FAAP; Jesse Hackell, MD, FAAP; and Jan Blanchard, CPC, CPEDC, CPMA discuss marketing efforts and their impacts during the COVID19 pandemic.  Dr. Hackell discusses medical malpractice issues Pediatricians need to be mindful of during the pandemic.

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices – Part 9
Special guests Susan Sirota, MD, FAAP; Kerry Fierstein, MD, FAAP; and Jeanne Marconi, MD, FAAP discuss the issues Pediatric organizations are facing as well as a follow up on key items discussed in the last webinar.

FCAAP’s COVID-19 Parent Resources Page

Mental Health Amidst the Pandemic

In a commentary published in The Lancet, Dr. David Gunnell, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bristol, and others wrote, “The pandemic will cause distress and leave many people vulnerable to mental health problems and suicidal behaviour. Mental health consequences are likely to be present for longer and peak later than the actual pandemic.”

Many teens are experiencing disappointment as events like prom, graduation ceremonies, school trips and college visits are canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, and may need increased support for depression during this time. AAP provides this article, Helping Teens Navigate Disappointment In Uncertain Times, which provides tips to help teens. Through the HP2020 grant project, led by Dr. Madeline Joseph and Dr. Elise Fallucco, FCAAP produced this training to help pediatricians identify and treat adolescent depression.

During FCAAP’s COVID-19 Florida Health Care Provider Forum series, FCAAP members were able to submit their questions related to COVID-19 to be answered live during each session as time permitted. FCAAP’s pediatric experts reviewed all unanswered questions following each session and provided guidance in this FAQ section. 

FAQ Answers – Week #1
FAQ Answers – Week #2
FAQ Answers – Week #4

The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice based upon new information, resources, and directives from federal, state, and local authorities and medical experts. While FCAAP will do its best to update information that has been changed due to the issuance of new guidance and directives, there will be a delay in such updates and we cannot guarantee that all information will be updated to reflect such changes. This information is provided only as general guidance and is not being offered as a medical or legal opinion.