Hurricane Michael Preparedness

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle as a category 2 or 3 hurricane tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, October 10. Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for the counties in the panhandle of the state and several areas have been ordered to evacuate.

Visit to find current evacuation orders and other resources to help prepare your family for the storm. The State of Florida Emergency Response Team recommends that all preparations be completed before tonight.

The AAP’s Healthy Children website provides tips and resources to help prepare families for a hurricane. Visit the site to download a information on how to create a disaster supplies kit, prepare your home and pets, and help children cope.

Remember to listen to emergency officials and follow evacuation orders. FCAAP will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael as the storm approaches Florida’s coast and will remain in communication with the AAP and our members to assist with recovery efforts after the storm passes.

Webinar: SMMC Program: Overview of Early Intervention Services

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program:
Overview of Early Intervention Services
October 5, 2018, 9:30am EST – Webinar

Due to Hurricane Michael, the webinar was cancelled. You may review the information about the Program here.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (“Agency”) will be hosting a public webinar on October 5, 2018, to share information about updates to the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (“SMMC”) program.

The Agency contracts with Medicaid health and dental plans to provide services to health plan enrollees in the SMMC program. The Agency recently entered into new contracts with health and dental plans. As part of those contracts, the Agency achieved program changes that greatly benefit enrollees and providers.

In addition, the Agency is focused on fully integrated health care.  As such, under these new contracts, health plans will be responsible for covering services previously paid for through the fee-for-service program.  These services include:

  • Early Intervention Services
  • Medical Foster Care
  • Nursing Facility Services
  • Child Health Services Targeted Case Management

This webinar will focus on Early Intervention Services.  Additional webinars will be presented at a later date on the three remaining services listed above.

Join the webinar on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 9:30 AM EST. To register for this webinar, please click the “Register Now” button below:In order to accommodate as many participants as possible, please try to consolidate participation within organizations. Please note that if you are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts or the webinar has reached the webinar capacity limit, the information will be posted on the Agency’s website.In addition, the Agency will be hosting other informative webinars in preparation for the implementation of the new SMMC program contracts. Dates will be forthcoming.

For additional information on the SMMC program please visit the agency’s website at

Rule 59G-4.085, Early Intervention Services Notice of Rule Development Workshop

The Agency for Health Care Administration has scheduled a workshop for Rule 59G-4.085, Early Intervention Services.

The workshop is October 15, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., EST at the following address:

Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive
Building 3
Tallahassee, FL 32308

There will not be a phone call-in number available. 

Official notice of the workshop was published in Volume 44, Number 190 of the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) on September 28, 2018. A copy of the notice may be found on the FAR website.  

Please note that a preliminary draft of the reference material, if available, will be posted prior to the workshop on the Rules webpage.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Matt Brackett, Bureau of Medicaid Policy, 2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop 20, Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5407, telephone: (850)412-4151, e-mail:

Official comments to be entered into the rule record will be received until 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2018 and may be e-mailed to For general inquiries and questions about the rule, please contact the person specified above.

SMMC Program Changes

SMMC Program Changes

The Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”) is responsible for administering the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (“SMMC”) program. Most Medicaid recipients receive all their Medicaid services through the SMMC program. The following explains AHCA’s plan for communicating with Medicaid recipients to prepare them for the transition to the new SMMC plans. AHCA recently re-procured health plans for the SMMC program. These plans will provide medical, behavioral health, and long-term care services. AHCA also competitively selected dental managed care plans to provide dental services for adults and children. Recipients will enroll in one plan for their medical, behavioral, and long-term care services and a second plan for their dental services.

The new contracts contain major program improvements that will greatly benefit recipients and providers.  Some of the most noteworthy benefits include:


  • Double the primary care providers in each network
  • Guaranteed access to afterhours care and, where available, telemedicine
  • Higher standards and accountability for transportation services
  • More than 55 expanded benefits offered by health plans and extensive adult dental benefits offered by dental plans
  • Smoother process for complaints, grievances, and appeals


  • More pediatric physicians participating in the Medicaid Physician Incentive Program, which pays providers at the Medicare rate
  • Plans will complete credentialing of providers seeking to join a plan’s network in 60 days
  • Prompt authorization of services
  • Smoother process for complaints, grievances, and appeals

AHCA will transition to the new contracts through a regional phased rollout. During this transition, enrollees and new recipients will receive letters with specific enrollment information and needed action approximately 45 days prior to each phase going live. The chart below shows when AHCA will transition to the new contracts and when letters will be sent for each Medicaid region.

Below are links to resources about changes to the SMMC program:


USF Named the FCAAP Statewide Brain Bowl Champion

USF Named the FCAAP Statewide Brain Bowl Champion

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Statewide Brain Bowl Champion! The pediatric resident team from the University of South Florida walked away victorious after the 2018 FCAAP Brain Bowl competition on Friday, August 31, 2018, at The Future of Pediatric Practice 2018, stealing the title from the two-time champion Florida Hospital Orlando. The USF team, led by Dr. Sharon Dabrow, included Dr. Alexandra Howard, Dr. Carissa Simone, Dr. Mahad Mohammad, and Dr. Matthew Gates.

August is Child Safety Awareness Month!


This month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists to focus on child safety on and around Florida roads and ensure all children are correctly buckled into a vehicle, every time. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Education, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) to recognize August 2018 as Child Safety Awareness Month.

“FCAAP is committed to promoting the safety of children and adolescents in Florida. We are looking forward to continuing to work on common goals with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to protect children from preventable injuries and deaths. We will accomplish this mission together by working collaboratively to raise awareness regarding the use of age appropriate child safety restraints, implementation of safety measures in and around school zones and school buses and prevention of child heatstroke in cars,” said Madeline M. Joseph, MD, and President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read the full press release here. Share these resources with your patients, family members, and friends to help increase everyone’s child safety awareness.

4 Courses to Get You on the Path to Increased Profits and Patient Satisfaction

4 Courses to Get You on the Path to Increased Profits and Patient Satisfaction

A new, optional bonus track has just been added to the schedule of The Future of Pediatric Practice 2018, FCAAP’s annual conference! The track includes lunch and 4 continuing education sessions designed to help you increase profits and patient satisfaction in your office!

The track, beginning with lunch at 1:00pm EST on Sunday, September 2 and concluding at 4:45pm EST, will feature the following 4 accredited sessions.
​(1) How Much Should I Pay That Employed Clinician?
(2) Mental Health Coding – how to make it pay well and grow your practice
(3) Avoiding Patient Bottlenecks
(4) Attendees will vote on which of the 5 Biggest Business Mistakes That Pediatricians Make to examine in more detail.

The featured speakers are:

Eugene Hershorin, MD


Chip Hart


Lynne Gratton






The track is available for registration with or without full conference registration! Register for the full conference and add the “4 Courses to Get You on the Path to Increased Profits and Patient Satisfaction” track to your conference agenda for just $50! Or register for just the 4-course track for $125!

Register for the full conference here.
Register for just the 4-course track here.

This track is great for practice administrators, office managers, allied health professionals, pediatricians, and other healthcare professionals looking to increase profits and patient satisfaction in their office.

Course Location and Date
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830, USA
Sunday, September 2, 2018
1:00pm – 4:45pm EST

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Sponsored by

2018 Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Schiebler and Lichtblau Awards!

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.


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.



Submit your nominations by 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, via the form below or by following this link.


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Caring for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD in the Parkland Generation: a primary care workshop


How to screen for and diagnose adolescent depression, anxiety and PTSD;
How to start treatment and when to refer;
How to talk to teens about depression, suicide, and trauma.

A case-based interactive seminar;
An applied practice session interviewing role-playing adolescents (standardized patients).
Dinner will be served at each event. Two dates available to choose from: August 22 and August 23, 2018.

Registration is FREE and is limited to the first 25 providers per evening. Register now now to reserve your spot!