We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia and the US and as a Chapter are making adjustments to ensure the safety of our members, partners, staff and community at large. We are committed to following all recommendations from the CDC and state and local public health departments and will be modifying and postponing events as necessary. The Jim Soapes Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Pediatric Foundation of Georgia scheduled to be held on April 22, 2020 has been postponed. The Georgia Pediatric Practice Manager and Nurses meeting scheduled to be held on May 15, 2020 has been postponed to the Fall. We are hopeful that regularly scheduled meetings will be back on track by June and we will re-visit the status of the Pediatrics by the Sea meeting on May 1, 2020. Please keep an eye on your email for updates.

The Chapter will be limiting in person meetings and providing a call-in or webinar option for all meetings. All Chapter staff are working remotely in the coming weeks, so we ask for your patience in returning calls. Email is the best way to reach the staff.

For questions regarding our response to COVID-19, contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org.
For questions regarding telehealth, contact Fozia Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org.

You can also visit the About tab for a full staff directory. Thank you!

COVID-19 Resources

You will find newer information is added to the bottom of the following resources.

Georgia AAP: COVID-19 Update Post, March 8, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Updates regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to change. Members should remain up-to-date with CDC and AAP changes, which are occurring very frequently. Please use the links below to remain current.

This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update, highlights guidance and recommendations for evaluating and identifying patients who should be tested for COVID-19 that were shared on March 4, 2020, on the CDC COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html. It supersedes the guidance and recommendations provided in
CDC’s HAN 428 distributed on February 28, 2020.

In an email sent yesterday (March 9, 2020), the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising members of the steps they can take now to prepare as the outbreak continues to spread. Visit the AAP News Coronavirus disease outbreak page for regular COVID-19 news updates. Here
are some additional resources on COVID-19:

 

Guidance for Clinicians, Georgia Department of Public Health, March 27, 2020:

DPH and COVID-19

The following information is a summary released from the Georgia Department of Public Health around guidance for clinicians on evaluation, reporting, and requesting testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. To review the UPDATED Interim Guidance for Clinicians Evaluating, Reporting, and Requesting dated March 13, 2020, please click here. covid-19_healthcare_guidance.

COVID-19 Testing Priorities & Referral System – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the limited inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) and laboratory testing supplies. Testing must be prioritized for those whose laboratory diagnosis would have the biggest impact on healthcare infrastructure or spread of disease. Per DPH and federal guidelines, the people who should be prioritized for testing at established remote Specimen Collection Centers include:

• Healthcare workers
• First responders
• Long-term care facility staff
• People living in congregate settings where the disease can spread rapidly.

Only individuals who have been evaluated by a healthcare provider and assigned a PUI #
number will be referred to collection centers. To view this DPH message in its entirety please click here. COVID 19 Testing Priorities

To access the referral system and obtain instructions for testing, visit this link.

To view the DPH flow chart for Specimen Point of Collection Healthcare Provider Instructions click here. Specimen Point of Collection HCP Flow Chart

To view the DPH established steps for the healthcare provider to complete the assessment click here. SPOC Data Instructions for Helathcare Providers

 

Responding to Coronavirus in Pediatric Practice: A Message from
AAP President Dr. Sally Goza
 Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Georgia AAP: COVID-19 FAQs & Updates

COVID-19 Update #11 4/27/2020

COVID-19 Update #11 PDF

Dear Georgia AAP Colleagues:

Here are the updates for Friday, April 24:

NOTE: If you are reading this message as a blast fax, visit us on the web at www.gaaap.org to view the message on-line to enable links. All previous blasts are archived on our website.

Georgia Medicaid Planning To Allow Tele-Well-Visits

We learned on Wednesday that the Georgia Medicaid program is planning to permit Healthchecks when done by telehealth. This is great news and would be done by reporting place of service as 02 – Telehealth. However, further details–how a practice reports the telehealth components and the in-person physical exam, administration of vaccines, and labs, etc—are pending. Stay tuned… we’ll keep you informed.

Town Hall on Telehealth for Georgia AAP Members!

Join us as one of the nation’s top experts in pediatric telehealth, Mick Connors, MD, FAAP, president of Anytime Pediatrics presents information on telehealth: implementing it in your practice and understanding the aspects of this critically important care modality.

Telehealth in Pediatrics: Getting Started, Getting Paid
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm EDT

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1854025500495729934

Questions? if you have telehealth questions you want the experts to answer, send them to Fozia Khan Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org by Monday at 5pm. Please put GA AAP Town Hall in the subject line.

National Infant Immunization Week: April 25 – May 2, 2020.

NIIW highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. As we are working diligently in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it is even more important for us to ensure that our patientsn remain free of vaccine preventable diseases and that individuals are as healthy as possible. If routine vaccination is postponed, we could be faced not only with a COVID-19 pandemic, but an outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases, like measles.

During these uncertain times, ensuring the delivery of newborn and well-childcare, including childhood immunization, requires different strategies. The AAP and the CDC have provided additional guidance on immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit CDC NIIW 2020 CDC Toolkit for more resources.

Pediatrics By the Sea, Update

The status of Pediatrics By the Sea, set for June 17-20, 2020 will be decided next week.

DCH/Medicaid Announces Webinars Next Week

The Department of Community Health (DCH) (aka Medicaid) also will have a Telehealth Webinars next week—which will be repeated. Practice managers, billing staff, business associates or others who submit Medicaid claims should attend. The webinars will provide important information you will need to know on the following topics including, but not limited to:

  • Originating Site
  • Distance Site
  • Providers able to perform telehealth
  • Billing Requirements

The webinar will be offered twice on the dates below:

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

To register online, visit – https://forms.gle/HiRLpwSYKPBpE8wBA Upon completion of your  registration, a confirmation notice will be sent via e-mail to the address provided during registration. For more information, contact DXC Technology at GAworkshopregistration@dxc.com.

Whatever Your Learning Needs During the COVID-19 Closures, Your Local Library is Ready to Help.

While libraries are closed, you can still use digital resources available at your library. Whether you are working on a school assignment, doing research, or simply want to gain a new skill, your library has easy-to-use resources available. Just sign in from your desktop, laptop or mobile device. Click here for five online library resources that you can access for free. Find even more here.

DCH offers webinars on Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) -Promoting Interoperability Stage 3

The Ga. Department of Community Health and its IT vendor, DXC Technology will have monthly webinars beginning in May on Promoting Interoperability – Stage 3. Topics include: General Program Guidelines, Stage 3 Software Edition Qualification Updates, Meeting Requirements for Clinical Quality Measures, and How to Eliminate Common Provider Common Application Errors.

This obviously is a timely topic and space is limited. If multiple staff from same practice wish to attend, please reserve one spot, and participate via speakerphone if possible. To RSVP click here. Questions? Contact DXC MAPIR Outreach by e-mail at hp.mapir.outreach@dxc.com.

EPIC® Programs Now Delivered Virtually

A reminder that the Chapter’s popular EPIC® programs have gone virtual. We are innovating tobring our peer-to-peer education to you in a new way – online! We can customize a program to your office staff availability (they can even log on or call in from home) or you can register for one of our new webinar offerings. Visit the EPIC® website at www.GaEPIC.org to request a

Breastfeeding or Immunization webinar.

This education is at no cost to your practice, through our partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org.

If you have questions regarding Telehealth, please contact Fozia Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org.

Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP
President

This message is also posted on the Georgia AAP listserv for our Pediatric nurses and practice managers.

COVID-19 Update #12 4/29/2020

Federal PPP Resumes

Blast Communication

Urgent Bulletin

Federal Payroll Protection Program Resumes Monday, April 27 at 10:30am

Following the signature of the President on Thursday, the federal Payroll Protection Program has received new funding and will re-open for new applications Monday morning at 10:30am EDT. The original funding allotment for the PPP program was exhausted when the first round was announced 2 weeks ago. Click here for further information on how practices might apply.

Also, don’t miss the Georgia AAP webinar, this Tuesday at 6pm-7:15pm with nationally known pediatric telehealth expert, Mick Connors, MD, FAAP, presenting:

Telehealth in Pediatrics: Getting Started, Getting Paid.

Register via the link below.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1854025500495729934

Stay tuned for our next Update on Tuesday, April 28th at 4pm.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact
Kathryn Autry at kautry@gaaap.org.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP, President

Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

COVID-19 Update #13 5/1/2020

COVID-19 Update #13 PDF

Dear Georgia AAP Colleagues:
Here are your updates for Friday, May 1:

NOTE: If you are reading this message as a blast fax, visit us on the web at www.gaaap.org to view the message on-line to enable links. All previous blasts are archived on our website.

Clinical Guidance

Presidents of AAP And AMA Urge Parents to Not Skip Well-Child Visits or Vaccines During The Pandemic Dr. Sara “Sally” Goza, Fayetteville, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Patrice Harris, Atlanta, president of the American Medical Association, write in an op-ed for USA Today (4/28) about the importance of keeping up with children’s health during the pandemic. Drs. Harris and Goza write “for the most part, children seem to be spared from the most extreme and dangerous effects of the coronavirus,” but they urge parents to not skip well-child visits or vaccines. Harris and Goza conclude, “At a moment when our nation’s eyes are on the spread of the virus, our eyes are on the children.” (from AAP Daily Briefing.)

FURTHER READING: We Are Taking on What May Be Most Important Work Of Our Lives

New AAP guidance released today (April 2, 2020) addresses the care of infants whose mothers have suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The report “Initial Guidance: Management of Infants Born to Mothers with COVID-19” along with a Q&A covers precautions for birth attendants, rooming-in, breastfeeding, testing, neonatal intensive care, visitation and hospital discharge. Click here for the article from AAP News.

Practice Management

COVID Template to Practices for Parents
The Chapter has created language for practices to use with their patient’s families to encourage well visits during this time. Please click here to access the template.

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Financial Resource
MGMA has created a spread sheet for loan forgiveness and weekly expenses to help practice understand if they are staying on track. This information is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or replace the advice of a qualified professional. Users are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel and representatives of lending institutions regarding the completion of their loan applications. Clear here to view the spreadsheet document. Georgia Chapter

American Academy of Pediatrics

1350 Spring Street, Suite 700  Atlanta, GA 30309-2904
Fax: 404-249-9503  Phone: 404-881-5020  website: www.gaaap.org
Plan for the Possibility of a Back to School Rush

The possibility of a busy back to school season approaches. Please be sure to plan by verifying that your site has a cushion of 3 months’ supply of VFC vaccine on hand. DPH will currently honor vaccine requests of up to 100 doses over the presumed doses needed amount during the rush. If you have any questions, please contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org.

Telehealth

Chapter Presents Telehealth in Pediatrics: Getting Started, Getting Paid Chapter hosted a 75-minute webinar on Telehealth in Pediatrics: Getting Started, Getting Paid on April 28th from 6:00 – 7:15 pm. To view the recorded webinar please click here Questions? if you have telehealth questions you want the experts to answer, in the next telehealth webinar, send them to Fozia Khan Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org. Please put Telehealth Question in the subject line.

Family Support

Breastfeeding During COVID-19 Pandemic The outbreak of COVID-19 is a stressful time for everyone. This may be especially true for mothers who are breastfeeding and concerned about their baby’s health. However, new moms can successfully start and maintain breastfeeding during the pandemic , with some recommended precautions. This topic is addressed in the Chapter’s EPIC® Breastfeeding Programs. See more information below.

Cloth Face Coverings for Children >2 Years (asphyxiation risk ) During COVID-19 To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education

American Board of Pediatrics Recognizes MOC During COVID-19 This June, the ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points, for MOC, to all certified pediatricians who have requirements due this year to recognize the commitment to lifelong learning and improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no documentation necessary from the physician, and these points will be visible in your ABP Portfolio in early June.

For additional information about how COVID-19 has impacted MOCA-Peds, MOC fees, proctored exams, and more, view the ABP Board website or contact the ABP directly.

EPIC® Breastfeeding & Immunization Programs Delivered Virtually! A reminder that the Chapter’s popular EPIC® programs have gone virtual. We are innovating to bring our peer-to-peer education to you in a new way – online! We can customize a program to your office staff availability (they can even log on or call in from home) or you can register for one of our new webinar offerings. Visit the EPIC® website at www.GaEPIC.org to request either program. This education is at no cost to your practice, through our partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Advocacy

COVID-19 Update: Video Message from AAP President Dear Colleagues: As so often happens when confronted with unpredictable challenges in our profession, pediatricians have shown remarkable resilience, flexibility and creativity during COVID-19. Seeing the stories pour in from the frontlines of your work to keep children safe and healthy has been inspiring, and also illuminating.

The truth is that pediatricians are facing unprecedented challenges. You’re trying to do all you can without the right protective equipment, or a road map for how to do telemedicine on this scale, or assurances that your practice will be able to remain open next month or even next week. Today I want to talk to you about all your AAP is doing to get the word out. Please click here to view Sara “Sally” Goza, MD, FAAP (AAP President, ) video message and find out the two ways you can add your voice to our efforts.

Georgia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

1350 Spring Street, Suite 700  Atlanta, GA 30309-2904
Fax: 404-249-9503 Phone: 404-881-5020  website: www.gaaap.org

Announcements

Pediatrics By the Sea Canceled This Year As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the nation and our state, the Chapter has made the sad decision to cancel Pediatrics By the Sea, which was to be held on June 17-20, 2020, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island, Fla. As a Chapter, the safety and well-being of our members, partners, and staff is of utmost importance, and we feel this is the best decision for all. If you have already registered as an attendee for PBS 2020, you will be receiving
information on your hotel reservations and the refund process. Visit our website for more information, www.gaaap.org.

Georgia Lags Behind Nation in Census Responses Georgia ranks 35th, among states, in its rates of response to the 2020 Census. Please continue encouraging families in your practice to complete the census on- line or via the phone. Click here to visit the Chapter’s website for more information and resources. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org. If you have questions regarding Telehealth, please contact Fozia Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP President

This message is also posted on the Georgia AAP listserv for our Pediatric nurses and practice managers.

COVID-19 Update #14 5/5/2020

COVID-19 Update #14 PDF

May 5, 2020

Dear Georgia AAP Colleagues:

Here are your updates for Tuesday, May 5th:

NOTE: If you are reading this message as a blast fax, visit us on the web at www.gaaap.org to view the message on-line to enable links. All previous blasts are archived on our website.

Announcements

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Offers Tuition Assistance to Essential Workers

Medical personnel, first responders, childcare personnel, grocery store personnel, and others that meet eligibility criteria can receive tuition assistance from DECAL to pay for childcare over the next three months. Find out here if you are eligible!

Pediatrics by the Sea Canceled

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the nation and our state, we have reluctantly canceled Pediatrics by the Sea, which was to be held on June 17-20, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island, Fla. Visit our website for more information, www.gaaap.org.

AAP Voting for Sections & Councils

Your vote counts! Please remember to log on to the AAP website to access the E-Voting System to cast your vote for our 2020 Section/Council representatives

Metro Atlanta May Market Days

The Atlanta Motor Speedway and Atlanta Community Food Bank will hold FREE Friday May market days to offer families 30 to 40 pounds of food. Click here for details.

Advocacy

Urging Georgia Medicaid & Legislature to Assist Practices

The Georgia AAP is working to ensure financial help for our members’ practices. First, we have joined several other medical associations in asking Georgia Medicaid (Dept. of Community Health) to implement advance payments to Medicaid providers, patterned after federal CMS provisions for Medicare providers. To date, DCH is still considering the matter.

Secondly, as part of the primary care coalition (with FP, IM, OB-Gyn, & DO societies) we have asked the General Assembly that the state Medicaid payments for E/M codes be updated to 2018 Medicare levels in the FY21 budget. This will be taken up when the legislature reconvenes to finish the session, which it suspended on March 13, and this is expected in late May or mid-June.

Clinical Guidance

Access to COVID-19 Testing is Expanding Across the State

Access to COVID-19 testing is expanding across the state with popup and rotating sites being designated as needed. Children 12 and under can be tested at Georgia Department of Public Health sites if testing criteria are met. An appointment must be made to test along with notification of the need for pediatric testing and associated age. Testing sites and appointments can be made by accessing this link (https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-19-testing-site). Additional testing and contact information can be found by accessing the following document.

https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/covid-19testing-directpatientlinespdf/download.

Education

Georgia AAP Upcoming Webinars

The Chapter’s education programming continues, now all of it virtual and will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 unless noted otherwise. To register for webinar visit: https://www.gaaap.org/upcoming-webinars/

  • Breastfeeding Fundamentals for Pediatricians/Pediatric Practices, May 7th 12:15-1:15 pm
  • EPIC Immunization 2020 Update: Vaccine Hesitancy, May 12th
  • EPIC Immunization 2020 Update: Coding for Childhood Immunizations, May 21st
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma in Pediatrics Friday, May 29th
  • A Look at Georgia Newborn Screening: Update on Pilots & More, June 2nd
  • HPV Vaccination Update: New Challenges, New Inspiration, June 3rd
  • Public Health Resources in Education & Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, June 9th

Practice Management & Operations

DPH & PPE: The process through which Clinical Providers, such as pediatric practices, can obtain emergency resources for PPE from the national stockpile is working. Please note inventory

is critically low and not all items will be available at any given time. If you receive a portion of your order, it will be considered filled.

Step 1: Visit ReadyOp at https://ga.readyop.com/fs/4cMi/8d3e to order via the online form.

Submit your form by 12 PM on the following days:

  • Saturdays for Tuesday deliveries
  • Mondays for Thursday deliveries
  • Wednesday for Saturday deliveries

Step 2: Requests will be reviewed, allocated, and assigned.

Step 3: Request will be reviewed, allocated, and assigned:

Filled Resources will be sent to the 5 zones on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.

Districts will be notified of what is moving to the zones for their area to share with their facilities

Items will then be dispersed to the districts for partners

Step 4: Please call 404-852-0250 for

any resource request follow-up questions.

Telehealth

Free Telehealth Platform for Rural Areas

The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) is offering six months of free telehealth services to improve access to care for those living in rural areas. Please click here for details.

Chapter Telehealth Committee Now Meeting Weekly

If you have telehealth questions, send them to Fozia Khan Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org. Please put Telehealth Question in the subject line. The Committee is planning another Telehealth Town Hall webinar soon, this one a “201” version aimed at more experienced users.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org. If you have questions regarding Telehealth, please contact Fozia Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP
President

COVID-19 Update #15 5/8/2020

COVID-19 Update #15 PDF

May 8, 2020

Dear Georgia AAP Colleagues:

Here are your updates for Friday, May 8:

NOTE: If you are reading this message as a blast fax, visit us on the web at www.gaaap.org to view the message on-line to enable links. All previous blasts are archived on our website.

Advocacy

AAP National Elections to open May 26

AAP candidates for president-elect, Moira Szilagyi, MD, Los Angeles; and Dr. Mobeen Rathore, MD, Jacksonville, will have a national webinar on May 19 and will also participate in the Chapter Chat on May 20. The link to bio/statements for all candidates can be found here . Also, an election for our District Vice- Chair will be held. Candidates are Robert Wiskind, MD, Atlanta, and Michael Ramsey, MD, Dothan, Ala. Online voting will begin May 26 and conclude June 9.

Clinical Guidance

DPH Testing for Pediatric Patients Is Available

The Dept of Public Health has many testing sites around the state with the capacity to test pediatric patients.

Follow these steps:

1. go to www.dph.ga.gov.

2. Scroll down to “Find Covid-19 Testing.”

3. Since all tests require a prior appointment, click on “Call for COVID Testing” and find the location in your county. These numbers will link to local county health department telephone numbers.

4. Call this number and make an appointment for a test. (Either the physician can do this or the parents.) Make sure you tell them it is for a pediatric patient, so they can have the proper equipment and personnel available.

5. The health department staff will set the appointment for the patient and direct the patient to the nearest site that can do their test.

Additional Notes:

1. There is also a listing of “GA Testing Sites” on the website but this list won’t contain all DPH sites, since some are “pop-up” sites and may be temporary. That is why the call is the critical first step.

2. The National Guard and private labs have also set up testing sites. It is not recommended by DPH to use these sites for specimen collection for pediatric patients.

AAP Statement on New Data Showing Declines in Childhood Immunizations

“Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention published new data that documents what pediatricians around the nation have been reporting for weeks: many, many children have missed receiving important immunizations to protect them against diseases like measles, meningitis and whooping cough.

Opportunity to Connect and Learn about COVID-19 and Children with Medical Complexity The American Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with Boston University has launched a new ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) project, titled “COVID-19 and Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) ECHO.” This tele-mentoring program leverages video conferencing technology to

increase clinician knowledge and support in caring for CMC during the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting clinicians with experts in infectious disease, emergency preparedness, primary care, subspecialty care, and family-centered care. This platform provides a space for participants to discuss topics that impact children with medical complexity during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as telehealth, home care supports, mental/behavioral health needs, health care financing, emergency planning, special education considerations, and more. The AAP COVID-19 and CMC ECHO will meet twice per month on a reoccurring date/time; flexible opportunities to participate are also available. If you are interested in participating, please contact aapecho@aap.org or complete the project application by May 11.

Novel Presentation of Pediatric COVID-19 as Multisystem Inflammatory Disease Clinicians in Europe and the UK have recently shared reports of children presenting with an unusual manifestation of COVID-19, including varying features of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and atypical Kawasaki disease (KD), including reported myocarditis and/or coronary aneurysms. Typical presenting symptoms have included fever, tachycardia and abdominal pain, along with KD/TSS symptoms. Physicians in New York also reported an unusual cluster of such cases this past week in hospitals and PICUs.

Of note, patients may have varying test results. Some may test positive by COVID-19 PCR. Others have had a negative COVID-19 PCR yet demonstrate evidence of infection by COVID-19 IgG antibody test, suggesting a post-infectious syndrome. While still rare, providers should be aware of existence of this unusual syndrome and consider it in children with these symptoms. A case definition is being rapidly developed for international release. Children’s will provide further information in upcoming updates.

Education

Identifying and Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Course for Pediatric Clinicians (A Developed by the AAP. Units within the course are eligible for CME and MOC Part 2 points

Link: https://shop.aap.org/identifying-and-caring-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-acourse-for-pediatric-clinicians/

AAP Webinars on Mental Health Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 7 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. AAP experts have continued producing and expanding a series of webinars on COVID-19 for members, including some on mental health issues and physician wellness.

  • Child Abuse in the COVID-19 Era: Strategies for identifying children at risk for or currently experiencing abuse and neglect during the pandemic and ways to support families to keep children safe.
  • Addressing Family Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Offering tips for pediatricians for conversations to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on family mental health.
  • Resilience in Stressful Times and Connecting During Times of Trauma: In this session, experts share strategies to support physician resilience while social distancing and caring for patients with COVID-19.

Physician Wellness

Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

This fact sheet explains social distancing, quarantine, and isolation in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses feelings and thoughts that may arise during this time and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.

SAMSHA Disaster Mobile App

In a disaster, it’s essential that behavioral health responders have the resources they need—when and where they need them. The free SAMHSA Disaster App offers first responders immediate access for any type of traumatic event at every phase of response, including pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance and post-deployment resources.

Practice Management & Operations

Critical Health Care Supplies to Those on the Frontlines

Many Georgia companies have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical health care supplies to those on the frontlines of this fight: health care workers, first responders and law enforcement, food service industry employees, logistics workers, and reopening small businesses.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development has been working to share this information with purchasing managers in state agencies, local governments, school systems, and higher education organizations to assess demand for the most needed critical supplies. To view the latest version of the list of Georgia.

Resources for Families

Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) COVID-19 Children’s eBook Competition Winners

EGHI invited interested writers and illustrators (or aspiring writers and illustrators!) to write and illustrate a children’s eBook aimed at providing age-appropriate information for children ages 6-9 on the COVID-19 pandemic. The eBook submission guidelines required books to include age-appropriate, factual information on COVID-19, reassure the reader they are safe and that it is ok to feel upset, and describe actions taken by medical professionals and others.

The books are available on the Emory Global Health Institute website . We hope you will share them with your children, friends and networks. Our goal is to share these delightful and informative books with as many children as possible.

Atlanta Motor Speedway & Atlanta Community Food Bank will Hold Free Market Days The Atlanta Motor Speedway and Atlanta Community Food Bank will hold FREE market days in May giving families 30 to 40 pounds of food each Friday. May 15, and May 22 are the dates. Please click here for more information.

Telehealth

Send Us Your Telehealth Questions!

If you have telehealth questions, send them to Fozia Khan Eskew at feskew@gaaap.org. Please put Telehealth Question in the subject line.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact Noreen Dahill at ndahill@gaaap.org. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP
President

Websites for Additional COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus disease outbreak Website

March 16, 2020 Data on COVID in Children

Website

CDC updates guidance on PPE for health care personnel; COVID-19 declared a pandemic
Website

“Preparedness measures urged in anticipation of more COVID-19 cases in U.S.: CDC”
Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Website Coronavirus
Website FAQ

Sign up for CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response health alerts:
Website

Medicaid
Updates on Medicaid and coverage for children can be found on the CMS website:
Website

National Institutes of Health:
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Website

National Library of Medicine:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Website

COVID-19 Webinars & Online Learning Opportunities

(The following webinars are not hosted by the Chapter.)

The Business Impact Of COVID-19 On Pediatric Practices (Series of webinars)
Host: Pediatric Management Institute
https://www.pediatricsupport.com/ 
(Previous segments of this series is available on the website)