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. 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
While the COVID-19 Forum series has concluded, FCAAP will continue these 30-minute weekly forums to connect with members on a bi-monthly basis on the first and third Thursday of each month, beginning July 2, 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!

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


The Florida Pediatrician, Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available! Click here to aceess this edition. 

Featured articles include:
• Asthma in Children: An Update for the Clinician
• The Hematologic Workup for General Pediatricians: Which Tests to Perform Prior to Hematological Referral
• Retained Splinters and Thorns in Pediatric Patients

Parent Resources – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 12, 2020, this page is no longer being updated.

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.

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.

From the Department of Children & Families (DCF):
DCF COVID-19 Information

From the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP):
How to Prevent Illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by Dr. Brandon Chatani
Tips on Infant Feeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic” by Cara Cannon, MD, FAAP
Keeping Immunizations Up-to-Date During the COVID 19 Pandemic” by David Berman, DO, FAAP

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Masks and Children During COVID-19” from the AAP

From HealthyChildren.org:
2019 Novel Coronavirus” Parent Resources 
Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19
Breastfeeding During COVID-19 Pandemic
Caring for Children in Foster Care During COVID-19
Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home
Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home
Ask the Pediatrician: How should we feed our baby if we’re running low on money?
¿Cómo debemos alimentar a nuestro bebé si se nos está acabando el dinero?
COVID-19 and Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome
Mental Health During COVID-19: Signs your Teen May Need More Support
Age-Based Tips to Help Juggle Parenting & Working at Home During COVID-19

Additional Resources:
A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads” from CNN Health
COVID-19 Child Safety Tips” from Lauren’s Kids
Safer, Smarter Families: Digital Health & Safety Resources” from Lauren’s Kids and FL Dept. of Education
Staying calm, vigilant can help mitigate COVID-19 effects on children’s mental health, experts say” from Healio
Virtual Learning, Play-Based Yoga, and more at-home resources from Action For Healthy Kids
Playful learning tips for toddlers”  from the LEGO Foundation

COVID-19 and Legal Aid and Resources for the Public
• Pose a legal question to a panel of volunteer lawyers: Florida Free Civil Legal Answers
More resources from Florida Free Civil Legal Answers
Contact your local legal aid office. Offices listed by county.
Renters’ rights
Landlord/Tenant Law in Florida
County-by-county eviction status list provided by Community Justice Project
Legal Resources Guide from Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
Florida Courts Help website

For additional COVID-19 resources, visit FCAAP’s COVID-19 Provider Resources page.

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.

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 Wednesday, April 15, 2020, by following this link.

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.