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Zika 101 – New Topics!

Two New Topics, Two Additional Hours of CME!

Join pediatric infectious disease experts, Dr. Mobeen Rathore and Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, on May 22 and May 23 for two new Zika presentations to help improve your understanding of the Zika virus, when and how to test, how to counsel families, and the available referrals and resources for patients who test positive for Zika.

Counseling and Testing, presented by Dr. Mobeen Rathore
May 22, 2019, 5:00pm E
T  – Live webinar
Approved for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
View the accreditation information here. View the viewing instructions for the live webinar here.
Email info@fcaap.org for a calendar invite.


Referrals and Resources, presented by Dr. Ivan Gonzalez
May 23, 2019, 5:00pm ET – Live webinar
Approved for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
View the accreditation information here. View the viewing instructions for the live webinar here.
Email info@fcaap.org for a calendar invite.

The Florida Pediatrician, Spring 2019

Read the Spring 2019 Florida Pediatrician here! Featured articles include:

  • Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Sickle Cell Disease Through Networking and Project ECHO Telementoring
  • Skin Care: Sunshine & Bug Bites
  • Teens in Need
  • Survey for Smiles: The Role of Structured Oral Health Counseling in the Pediatrician’s Office


2019 Regional Glances Series

The 2019 Future of Pediatric Practice Regional Glances Series

This year’s series features 5 venues, each including dinner, networking, and presentations by pediatric experts. Each event in the series is FREE to attend; however, pre-registration is required. Learn more about each event below and register for one or more by clicking the images below. Space at each event is limited, so register early!






























Join the #HHSVaxChat on March 13!

Join the #HHSVaxChat on March 13!
Vaccinations save lives, protect our children, and are one of our greatest public health achievements. Join leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the #HHSVaxChat on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m., Eastern. Hosted by @HHSVaccines, the Twitter chat will highlight the recent New York Times opinion piece on the importance of vaccines, discuss common questions about vaccines across the lifespan, and raise awareness about this important public health issue. Tweet questions in advance to #HHSVaxChat!

Call for Nominations: 2019 Schiebler and Lichtblau Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 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: 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 2018 recipient was David W. Kays, MD, FAAP.



The awards will be presented during The Future of Pediatric Practice 2019 on August 31, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

Submit your nominations by 5:00pm EST on Monday, April 15, 2019, by following this link.

Issues with Medicaid?

The new Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) contracts were rolled out in December 2018, January 2019, and February 2019. Providers experiencing issues with proper payments from plans or other issues related to the roll out are encouraged to first attempt to resolve the issue with the SMMC plan directly. SMMC plan contacts can be located here. Should the SMMC plan fail to correct the error in payment or otherwise resolve the issue in a timely manner, a formal complaint should be submitted to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Filing a formal complaint is the only way AHCA can track complaints to identify a pattern of behavior by a plan. Information on filing a formal complaint with AHCA is available here. Complaints may be submitted online or by calling 1-877-254-1055 Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm EST.


The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

ACEs Documentary RESILIENCE Will Broadcast Throughout the State of Florida On Public TV

KPJR Films & PBS Stations will broadcast the award-winning documentary in Honor of the
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Victims and to Support the Healing of the Community

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope will air on public TV Station throughout Florida on February 15th at 9:00 pm ET. The broadcast will commemorate the victims and
survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which happened in Parkland, FL one year ago. Following the broadcast KPJR Films will host a RESILIENCE National Twitter Town Hall with discussion of aspects of trauma, toxic stress and resilience with professionals and subject matter experts including: James Redford, Director of Resilience; Alice Forrester, PhD CEO Clifford Beers Foundation, Jane Stevens, ACES Connection and other experts from Florida. Join the Twitter Town Hall at @DocResilience using #ResilienceFL.

RESILIENCE shows us, through science and the stories of our young people, how adults are stepping up to help children who are exposed to adverse experiences,” said James Redford, Director, KPJR Films. “We hope the stories of children, educators and scientists grappling with the results of trauma help raise awareness, foster conversation and inspire action. We so appreciate the PBS stations who are broadcasting this timely information into their communities.” “We are thrilled that RESILIENCE will be broadcast throughout the state of Florida on Public TV. The broadcast works to meet our goal of helping our states and communities build resilience and change the trajectory of that child and families’ lives. We believe that many of Florida’s most costly, intractable social problems, including our opioid and substance abuse crisis, our growing public health costs, tragic school failures, and the multigenerational cycle of families in our criminal justice and child welfare systems, can be decreased by addressing early trauma and building resilience,” said MiMi Graham, Director, Florida State University Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy.

The following stations will be airing this film:
WGCU Naples area          WUCF Orlando                WSRE Pensacola        WJCT Jacksonville
WEDU Tampa                  WUFT Gainesville            WPBT Miami              WFSU Tallahassee/North Florida

We see the film Resilience as an advocacy tool that our community can use to help explain toxic stress and its impact on students and how they function in schools,” said Katherine C. Cowan, Communications Director, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). “This is a problem we can solve, but it will take expertise and support from educators, school psychologists, health experts and elected officials.”

KPJR Films, a producer of independent films about pressing social issues, offers documentary films Paper Tigers and Resilience for screening in local communities. There are additional resources available on the KPJRfilms.co website, including a Resilience Facilitator’s Guide and a One Caring Adult Resource portal.

Learn more about Resilience here.

Register Now – FPP2019!

Registration for The Future of Pediatric Practice 2019 is now open! With a new venue and expanded educational sessions, this year’s conference is not to be missed!

After the Pediatric Resident Forum and Brain Bowl competition on Friday, attendees and their families are invited to enjoy live entertainment in the Exhibit Hall before eating, dancing, and meeting Disney characters at the Family Reception. Saturday and Sunday both start with an optional yoga session and hot breakfast before some of the top pediatric experts take the stage. Saturday includes 8 hours of CME/CEU and a full, complimentary lunch. Sunday offers 6 hours of CME/CEU with two new tracks tailored to your practice and educational needs! “Big Thunder Mountain” is the Community Pediatrics Track which includes topics that have been tailored to the primary care general pediatrician, whether in solo or group practice. “Carousel of Progress” is the Hospital Pediatrics Track which includes topics that hospital-based pediatricians, such as hospitalists, specialists, and acute care pediatricians would find beneficial. View the full conference agenda here.

Back by popular demand, an optional bonus track is available on Sunday afternoon. “Stay Independent! Running a Successful & Profitable Pediatric Practice.” will provide a complimentary lunch and additional 4 hours of CME/CEU. Industry experts will discuss ways to retain patients, increase revenues, and effectively manage a pediatric practice. The afternoon will end with an open panel, allowing you to ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered! This bonus track, which can be included with full conference registration or registered for separately, is perfect for providers practicing in an independent practice, providers considering a move to independent practice, and practice administrators/office managers working in a pediatric practice.

Attendees and their families will enjoy beautiful accommodations at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Specially priced rooms are available to conference attendees and their guests during the conference and for three days before and three days after the conference, allowing you to participate in educational sessions during the day and enjoy the amenities at night. Specially priced tickets to Disney theme parks are available to conference attendees, including tickets to attend the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot – a short walk from the resort.

See the full conference agenda and details here. Register early to take advantage of discounted registration rates!


New CMS Health Plan

A message from Deputy Secretary of Children’s Medical Services, Dr. Jeffrey Brosco:

Dear Colleagues,

You are likely well aware of the exciting changes to our CMS Health Plan starting this Friday, February 1st.  By partnering with Wellcare, we believe that the CMS Health Plan will be able to better serve children with special health care needs, their families, and pediatric providers.  This “Frequently Asked Questions” document that you should have received already by email.

Some key messages:

Families should be getting calls and letters (such as this one) with the message that they do not need to do anything to continue with CMS Health Plan coverage.  Families should continue to make and go to appointments just as they always have.  If a family has questions, they should call CMS Health Member services operated by WellCare at 866-799-5321.

More than 90% of current CMS health care providers are already part of the new CMS Health Plan operated by Wellcare, so most families will not see any disruptions in their child’s care.  There is also a 180 day continuity of care provision, so there is still a lot of time for signing on providers and ensuring smooth transitions when there has to be a change in providers.

Many of our current CMS care coordinators, as well as leaders in the current CMS Health Plan, have been hired by Wellcare.  We are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for families and health care providers.

The Florida Department of Health will continue to have close oversight of all aspects of the CMS Health Plan, including clinical eligibility, to help ensure that children receive the care they need.

Additional information will be available on our website: 


We appreciate all the work that you do to improve the health of children with special health care needs, and we hope that you will help disseminate this information to families and your colleagues.

There are bound to be difficulties in a transition of this magnitude.  Please do not hesitate to let us know what’s working and what’s not.

We all want the best for Florida’s children and families.

Thank you,

Jeffrey P. Brosco MD PhD
Deputy Secretary
Children’s Medical Services
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A06
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1707
Phone: 850.245.4213

The Mission of the Florida Department of Health:
To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.