Pediatricians & the COVID-19 Vaccine

FCAAP Members: Join FCAAP at 6:30pm ET on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, for a discussion with Florida State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. Scott Rivkees, on

  • the Florida Department of Health’s plan for prioritizing vaccine administration and the roll out of the vaccine in the state,
  • the Florida Department of Health’s campaign to get Florida’s healthcare workers vaccinated, and
  • other important, time sensitive information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 60-minute session will include time for FCAAP members to ask Dr. Rivkees questions about the State’s plan for the vaccine.

Registration is free and limited to current members of FCAAP. Members can register by visiting the Member Benefits page of the Members Only website. Non-Members can register after joining FCAAP. Membership information is available online or by contacting Alicia Adams at


FCAAP Members,

As many of you are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days and weeks, FCAAP is joining a nationwide campaign to raise visibility and promote positive messaging around the vaccine.

Please consider sharing a photo or video of yourself receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on social media using the hashtags #IGotTheShot and #COVIDvaccine and tagging the Chapter (handles below) to help reinforce and grow the public’s confidence in the vaccine.

If you are willing, please also share your photo or video with the Chapter for possible use in a collage through this form. You may also email Alicia Adams and Melanie Range at and

Campaign Hashtags:

#IGotTheShot                  #COVIDvaccine                #CrushCOVID

FCAAP Handles:

@FloridaAAP (Twitter)                 @FloridaAAP (Instagram)              @FloridaChapterofAAP (Facebook)


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Coding Changes for 2021 – What You Need to Know


By now you have likely heard about the numerous changes to the 2021 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set which will take effect on January 1, 2021. These include changes to the code set for office and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services (e.g., 99203, 99213), as well as code sets that are important for pediatrics. The changes will impact codes 99201-99215. Some of the changes include:

  • Code 99201 will be deleted.
  • History and physical exam no longer will be considered when selecting a code (yet they still are important to document).
  • Code selection will be based on either medical decision-making (MDM) or total time.
  • New MDM tables will be published in CPT but still refer to three elements: problems addressed, data to be reviewed and analyzed, and risk.
  • Time will include “all time on the date of encounter” (including non-face-to-face), and code time ranges (rather than “typical” times) will be published.
  • New prolonged service code will be added for highest level office or other outpatient E/M services only with new threshold time.

During this 90-minute session hosted by the Pediatric Council of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (“FCAAP”), David Morris Kanter, MD, MBA, CPC, FAAP – AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature, will review the changes and how to incorporate them into your practice. The session will include time for live Q&A with Dr. Kanter to help ensure you understand the changes and what you need to do with them.

Registration is free and limited to current members of FCAAP. All attendees will receive a free, web-based E&M Medical Decision-Making Calculator and an Office Visits Level of Medical Decision-Making Table with the CPT code changes at the end of the presentation.

Members can register by visiting the Member Benefits page of the Members Only website. Non-Members register after joining FCAAP. Membership information is available online or by contacting Melanie Range at 850-224-3939 or

FCAAP Forum Series – 2021

By popular demand, FCAAP will continue hosting its Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series in 2021. A new 30-minute session will be hosted at 12:30pm ET (11:30am CT) on the 3rd Thursday of each month beginning in January. We want to know what topics you want to hear about in the 2021 series! Please take one minute to share your suggestions through the survey below.

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Florida Pediatric Foundation Supports No Kid Hungry Florida this Holiday Season

Did you know that 1 in 4 children in the United States could face hunger this year because of the coronavirus?

Florida’s kids need us. Feeding America estimates that 22.7% of children in Florida under age 18 are living in households that experienced limited or uncertain availability of safe, nutritious food at some point during the year. When schools close due to the coronavirus, children lose the school meals they depend on. For some, it’s the only food they’ll receive in a given day.

Beginning on Giving Tuesday, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), the charitable foundation of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), is raising funds to help No Kid Hungry Florida continue their work providing School Breakfast and Afterschool Meals to Florida’s kids in need. While meal equivalency varies during COVID-19 relief, our target goal of $2,500 has the potential to provide up to 25,000 meals. Learn more at

With your help, we can make a difference. Click here to make a donation of any size to No Kid Hungry Florida from December 1, 2020 through the end of the year, and together, we can help children in Florida have access to healthy food.

Thank you for helping us support Florida’s kids to be happy, safe, and healthy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year more than ever, FCAAP is grateful for the continued support of our members and community. Thank you for all you do to support Florida’s children.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and very Happy Thanksgiving!

FCAAP offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, November 30. 

FCAAP Releases November Updates to White Paper Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) today released updates to “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the
COVID-19 Pandemic” – a white paper to assist Florida’s school superintendents as they operate schools in their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following updates have been made to the paper since the update of October 20, 2020:

  • Update on infection rate in Florida (Pages 2-3).
  • Recommendation 11 regarding sports (Pages 11-12).
  • Recommendation 13 regarding change in CDC definition of how to calculate 15 minutes of contact (page 12).
  • Recommendation that antigen tests NOT be used to screen for COVID-19, as a negative test is not helpful (page 12).

Click here to view the updated white paper.

FCAAP President Dr. Lisa Gwynn Explains Why It’s Important to Keep Your Child’s Shots Up-to-Date

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Many families have done the right thing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands more often, and staying home as much as possible, which has been effective in bringing infection rates down to lower rates. Unfortunately, as part of staying home, many parents have postponed doctor’s visits during the pandemic, and as a result, many of Florida’s children have fallen behind on their immunizations. While staying home keeps you and your children safe, routine check-ups – especially those where children get their shots – are essential for making sure your children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Why are shots important? Vaccines protect our community and future generations by keeping diseases that we have eliminated from making a comeback. What most of us don’t realize is that before the turn of the century, diseases like whooping cough, measles, rubella and Haemophilus influenza — which is not the same as the flu — struck hundreds of thousands of American infants, children and adults, many of whom died as a result. Thousands of children were also stricken with polio and either died or became permanently paralyzed.

As vaccines were developed and became widely used, rates of these diseases declined. Because of this, many parents believe that their child is not at risk anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While the likelihood of your child coming down with measles, polio, chicken pox or whooping cough might be quite low today, history tells us if we stop vaccinating, the diseases will return. Also, immunizations aren’t just for protecting ourselves, they help protect the people around us who may not be able to receive vaccines like newborns, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, patients with compromised immune systems, and the elderly.

Whether your child is attending school in-person or not, or going back to daycare or staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important now than ever to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date to ensure they stay healthy and protect everyone around them.

If you are hesitant to bring your kids in for a well-visit, it may help to remember that doctors’ offices are doing everything they can to ensure your safety, including taking extra steps to ensure their offices are properly sanitized and creating appointment schedules that help keep sick patients and well patients separated to prevent exposure. Let’s protect our children from vaccine-preventable diseases and the flu. Contact your pediatrician to discuss your options and make an appointment today!

Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, FAAP
President, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Help Schedule the 2021 #FCAAPwellness Series!

Thanks to the success of the inaugural #FCAAPwellness Series in September 2020, we are bringing this exclusive Member Benefit back for a series of #FCAAPwellness Wednesdays in May and September 2021! So we can find a time that works best for the majority of our Members and ensure as much participation as possible, please take a moment to complete the survey below to provide your feedback on the potential schedule options. Thank you!


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The Florida Pediatrician, Fall 2020

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 Fall 2020 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available. Access the full edition here.



This edition includes:


Please enjoy the Fall 2020 edition of the Florida Pediatrician! Use the full screen presentation/reader mode for optimal viewing.

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View past editions of the Florida Pediatrician here.