What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

CDC COCA Call: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2pm EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call on May 14th at 2pm EDT.

Topic: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group.

Click here to register.

There will be a web on-demand version of the call available after the live event.

FCAAP Receives 2020 AAP Outstanding Chapter Award

Congratulations, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Members! YOU did it! FCAAP has received the 2020 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Chapter Award in the Very Large Chapter Category! We’re so proud of your hard work and dedication to Florida’s kids, especially through the trying times of 2020. THANK YOU!

Some of FCAAP’s work during 2020 that helped the Chapter earn the Award included the COVID-19 Forum Series, the “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic” white paper, the #FCAAPWellness program for Chapter members, and the FCAAP Trainee Tips video series for trainee members. Full details can be found in FCAAP’s 2020 Annual Report. Thank you to all of our outstanding members, leaders, and partners that made these initiatives possible!

2020 AAP Special Achievement Awards

FCAAP is also very proud to honor the following Chapter leaders with 2020 AAP Special Achievement Awards to recognize their outstanding AAP work and Chapter achievements:

Immediate Past President David Paul Robinson, MD, FAAP for his unwavering leadership and support of Florida’s pediatricians through the many challenges of 2020, including the pelvic exam law and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice President Toni Richards-Rowley, MD, FAAP for her leadership of the Chapter’s legislative initiatives and the education of Florida’s private practice pediatricians.

Secretary Nicole Torres, MD, FAAP for her dedication to pediatric education, demonstrated through her creativity and persistence in leading The Future of Pediatric Practice conferences despite natural disasters and a pandemic.

The 2020 award nominations were reviewed by the AAP District Vice Chairpersons and approved by the AAP Executive Committee. Awardees were honored at a special District X virtual meeting on Thursday, May 6. Congratulations, and thank you for your dedication to FCAAP, AAP, and Florida’s kids!

SBIRT Procedure Codes Update

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Procedure Codes Update

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) announced this afternoon that Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SBIRT codes have been added to the Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedule and are retroactively effective to January 1, 2021 dates of service. The codes can be used once per day, as medically necessary. At this time, only physicians and physician extenders can render SBIRT services. This includes the following provider types:

  • 25 – M.D.
  • 26 – D.O.
  • 29 – PA
  • 30 – APRN

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

Procedure Codes

AHCA is working with stakeholders to develop an SBIRT training for all providers.  In the meantime, there is an SBIRT training for pediatric providers available online from the University of Florida: https://cme.ufl.edu/skill-building-module-7-substance-use-in-adolescent-populations/

MDs and DOs who watch the lecture and receive a passing grade on the five-question quiz will be issued a certificate of completion and receive CME credits. The University of Florida’s CME office will automatically upload the credit into CE Broker for MDs and DOs. PAs and APRNs will also receive the credit and certificate of completion if they have a passing score; however, they are required to self-report to CE Broker.

Please submit questions about the SBIRT codes to MedicaidPolicy@ahca.myflorida.com.

Registration Now Open for FPP2021!

After a year of the unexpected, we are excited to bring back one of FCAAP’s most anticipated events – The Future of Pediatric Practice annual conference! Although this year’s conference will look somewhat different than previous years due to enhanced safety and health measures, we are confident that you will have an exceptional experience whether attending in-person or virtually.

Join us Friday, September 3 through Sunday, September 5 for three days of cutting-edge educational sessions led by pediatric experts from around the country.

On-site attendees will get to experience the magic of Walt Disney World’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, including spectacular room rates at the resort, amenities for the entire family, easy access to Walt Disney World theme parks, and a fun family reception the first night of the conference!

Virtual attendees will get to participate in the educational sessions, the virtual exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and competitive gaming activities from the comfort of their home or office – pajamas and comfortable socks welcome!

Regardless of how you decide to attend, this year’s conference will offer three days of top-notch presentations and engagement opportunities for everyone. View the conference website for the agenda, speaker list, and other details.

Space is limited – so register today to reserve your seat at The Future of Pediatric Practice 2021!


Looking for partnership opportunities at FPP2021? Download the Partner Prospectus or visit the Partner Opportunities page on the conference website for details on the available partner packages.

Continuing Education Credit: AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Successful completion of this CME activity, with individual assessments and feedback, enables participants to earn 24.5 points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ Maintenance of Certification program. This activity is designated for 24.5 ANCC Contact Hours and 24.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine designates this program for a maximum of 24.5 hours of AOA Category 1-A credits. See the final CE activity announcement for specific details. The full agenda & accreditation information is available on the conference website.

Direct questions/comments to 850-224-3939 or info@fcaap.org.

#FCAAPwellness Spring 2021


a pediatric provider wellness series
exclusively for FCAAP members

Purpose:             To provide activities and resources to support the all-around wellness of FCAAP members, including physical fitness, nutrition, mental wellness, self-care, self-awareness, and connectedness skills.

Details:               The #FCAAPwellness series is free to all FCAAP members and will include at least one live activity or discussion each week, at least one email with resources and tips each week, and weekly raffle drawings for participants. Get connected with the series on social media by following FCAAP on Twitter (@FloridaAAP), Facebook (@FloridaChapterofAAP), and Instagram (@FloridaAAP) and use the series hashtag #FCAAPwellness. *A social media account is not required to participate in the series!


  • Week One – Self and Social Awareness
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a discussion on self-awareness and social awareness, led by Dr. Mobeen Rathore.

    • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:30pm ET.
  • Week Two – Nutrition
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a discussion on balanced nutrition for busy professionals with registered dietician, Alyssa Greenstein.

    • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:30pm ET.
  • Week Three – Physical Fitness
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a live 30-minute virtual yoga session, customizable to all fitness levels, led by an expert teacher from Yoga International.

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:30pm ET.
  • Week Four – Relationship Skills and Connectedness
    Join your colleagues from across the state for a discussion on ways you can improve your relationship skills and connectedness with your patients/families, colleagues, and the community at large, led by Dr. Elizabeth Pulgaron.

    • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:30pm ET.

Login to the FCAAP Member Only website to access the Zoom link for each session and to request a calendar invitation for the series. The #FCAAPwellness series is provided exclusively to FCAAP members. Ensure your membership is current and your email is up to date by contacting Anayra Barreras Pena at abarreras@fcaap.org.

“Self-care is not a waste of time.
Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
– Jackie Viramontez

The Florida Pediatrician – Spring 2021

The Florida Pediatrician is a peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the Editorial Board of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal includes scientific articles, case reports, legislative updates, and other information relevant to pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric allied health practitioners in Florida.

The Spring 2021 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available. Access the full edition here.




This edition includes:

Editor’s Note

Knowing Too Much, but Understanding Too Little: Making Sense of Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in Modern Day Medicine

Long Term Psychosocial Outcomes of Childhood Cancer Survivors

Symptomatic Hypercalcemia as a Rare Presentation of Leukemia in an Adolescent Male

Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria in a Young Male

Dyspnea on Exertion… An Asthma Masquerader!

Severe Necrotizing Pneumonia and Persistent Bacteremia in a Teenager with a History of Vaping


Please enjoy the Spring 2021 edition of The Florida Pediatrician! Use the full screen presentation/reader mode for optimal viewing.

Download a printer-friendly version here.

View past editions of The Florida Pediatrician here.


Supporting Pediatric Healthcare Providers to Increase Vaccination Uptake

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is recruiting primary care practices to join a 4-month learning collaborative aimed to identify the needs of pediatric healthcare clinicians related to increasing routine vaccination in children and adolescents with focus on children with chronic medical conditions and high-risk immunocompromised pediatric populations, such as survivors of childhood cancer and gastrointestinal (GI) patients on immunosuppressive medications. This project creates opportunities to share successes, lessons learned, and resources to support a more optimal vaccine delivery system and facilitate increased vaccination rates. Review the flyer for full details.

Interested? Take the Needs Assessment by April 29, 2021. Contact Tracy Sumpter, FCAAP Grant Coordinator at tsumpter@fcaap.org for any questions.

Introducing FCAAP’s 2021 Addressing Pediatric Obesity Webinar Series

Join FCAAP’s Obesity & Nutrition Committee for a month-long educational webinar series, Addressing Pediatric Obesity. The series will feature a 30-minute presentation and discussion on a new topic each Wednesday at 12:30pm ET (11:30am CT) beginning on March 31, 2021 and running through April 28, 2021.


Registration is FREE and CME is provided by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Learn more and register here.


The series will include:

  • 3/31  Addressing Pediatric Obesity – The Microbiome, led by Shaista Safder, MD
  • 4/7  Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Common Comorbidities, led by Lital Reitblat, MD
  • 4/14  Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Cultural and Socioeconomic Impacts, led by Audrey Ofir, MD, FAAP and Cynthia Roque, MD, FAAP, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • 4/21  Addressing Pediatric Obesity – The Use of Technology, led by Lloyd Werk, MD, MPH
  • 4/28  Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Plant-Based Nutrition, led by Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, CCMS, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine

Thank you to the Dairy Council of Florida for supporting the development of educational opportunities and resources for Florida’s pediatricians!


Watch Past Sessions On Demand

Addressing Pediatric Obesity – The Microbiome, led by Shaista Safder, MD
Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Common Comorbidities, led by Lital Reitblat, MD
Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Cultural and Socioeconomic Impacts, led by Audrey Ofir, MD, FAAP and Cynthia Roque, MD, FAAP, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
Addressing Pediatric Obesity – The Use of Technology, led by Lloyd Werk, MD, MPH
Addressing Pediatric Obesity – Plant-Based Nutrition, led by Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, CCMS, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine


Join FCAAP’s Immunization Social Media Learning Collaborative

Would you like to build support for immunizations, ensure FAQs from your patients’ families are answered by you and other trusted sources, and free up time in your patient office visits? Is your practice looking to develop or expand its social media presence? You can save time and remain the key source of vaccine information for your patients and families by using the AAP Immunization Social Media Toolkit to share resources, videos, memes and more. A suite of infographics is also available on the AAP Immunization Campaign page.

To help magnify this messaging, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is seeking pediatric practices willing to partake in a virtual learning collaborative for 10 weeks, from April 26 to June 30, 2021. The practice would need to:

  • Assign a Project Lead
  • Create (if need be) and use at least two social media accounts (preferably Facebook and Twitter)
  • Recruit parents to follow the practice’s social media accounts
  • Share posts from the Immunization Social Media Toolkit through the accounts at least 3 times per week for the duration of the learning collaborative
  • Discuss challenges, successes and tips with other learning collaborative participants
  • Follow or like the social media accounts of other learning collaborative participants and immunizing colleagues and share their posts
  • Manage and respond to followers’ comments/questions
  • Use an AAP-developed questionnaire to survey families/followers anonymously about the messages they viewed through your practice’s social media and submit family survey data to FCAAP staff
  • Complete an evaluation of the toolkit.

In return, your practice will receive:

  • Monetary participation incentive for your time at completion of the project.
  • Support from FCAAP in setting up and using your social media account(s).
  • The satisfaction of helping other practices start or improve their social media immunization messaging!

If you are interested in enrolling your practice or institution in the learning collaborative, please complete this brief questionnaire. Deadline to enroll is 12:00pm EST on Friday, April 23, 2021. Please note space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Questions? Contact FCAAP Communications Coordinator Melanie Range at mrange@fcaap.org or 850-224-3939 ext. 1001.

FCAAP Immunization PSA Toolkits Available for Providers and Partners

Vaccines save more than 6 million lives a year and should not be delayed because of a pandemic. To help raise awareness, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) has released a statewide PSA reinforcing the benefits and importance of children’s routine vaccinations.

“Skipping or delaying annual immunizations raises the risk of children catching preventable diseases, especially during the pandemic,” says FCAAP President Dr. Lisa Gwynn. “We want to encourage parents and the community to ensure children’s routine vaccinations remain a priority to help them stay healthy and safe, and to save lives.”

This essential task can help keep children safe, healthy, and out of the urgent care or emergency room, yet in 2020 alone, there was a 26 percent decrease in vaccine doses, and 40 percent of parents said children missed shots due to COVID-19, according to recent data released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

We encourage you to help amplify the message by sharing the new PSA with your patients and their parents in your offices and on your practice’s social media pages.

For Providers: These provider toolkits in English and Spanish contain links to the PSA videos, messaging you can use in emails to your patients’ families, and suggested text for sharing the videos on social media. This calendar outlines the Chapter’s recommendations on when to post a PSA video on social media each week. As you join your fellow FCAAP members in posting the messages on the same days, you will help create a “social media storm” and increase the number of people who see the PSA.

For our Partners: These partner toolkits in English and Spanish contain links to the PSA videos, messaging you can use in emails to your providers, and suggested text for sharing the videos on social media.

Remember to let your patients and their parents know that proper steps have been taken to keep them and their family safe during their visit to your practice. Families without health insurance coverage may be eligible for vaccines at reduced or no cost through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. To learn more about the Florida VFC program visit FloridaHealth.gov.

Thank you for all you continue to do for Florida’s kids!