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Register Now! May 12 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

Don't miss one of the best pediatric conferences in Minnesota! Join more than 150 pediatricians, pediatric providers, leaders and advocates across the state in taking a closer look at hot topics affecting infants through adolescents. Whether you see patients in a rural hospital or urban clinic, you'll gain knowledge, resources and connections to meet their clinical and social needs.


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Highest Turnout Ever for Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

More than 160 pediatricians and trainees advocated for children's health issues at the Minnesota Capitol on Tuesday -- with access to care for all children as the top priority. Donning "The Kids Sent Me" buttons, they broke out into small groups and met with over 60 members of the House and Senate, leaving behind business cards and fact sheets.

Check out the #PedsDay2017 Twitter stream for some great tweets and fun photos.  


A special thanks to those who couldn't attend in person but made a point to call or email their legislators. Your voice is equally important. 

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Measles Outbreak Vaccination Guidance

As of Thursday, April 20, there are 12 confirmed measles cases in Hennepin County among children ranging in age from 1 through 5 years. All of the confirmed cases are in Minnesota's Somali community, where vaccination rates for measles are much lower than in the general population. 

Anticipating the possibility of more cases, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released a health advisory with action steps for hospitals, clinics and health providers. 


For more detailed information about the revised MMR vaccine guidelines, see MDH's Measles Outbreak Vaccination Guidance


The MNAAP has issued a press release to remind parents and caregivers about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and to urge them to ensure their child's vaccines are up to date. 


Additionally, free to watch/share this educational video on vaccines for Somali American parents

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National Infant Immunization Week April 22-29

Get ready for National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 22-29, 2017. During this week, we highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable disease. NIIW is a great opportunity to help raise awareness and take action in your community. Get more information and resources that you can share on social media on MDH's National Infant Immunization Week website.  

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Nationwide Recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.

Currently, 13 lots of EpiPens -- distributed between December 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016 -- are being recalled by the FDA due to a potentially defective part that may result in a failure to activate. Consumers are advised to call Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to return the product after replacing it with a new one. Please alert your families to this recall. EpiPens from lots that are not included in this recall do not need to be replaced prior to their expiration dates.


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MNAAP Monitoring Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

The Minnesota Legislature has proposed cuts to physician payment rates for services provided under Medical Assistance (MA) and Minnesota Care. Under the Senate bill, payments would be cut by over 2% beginning July 1, 2017 and by 3% on July 1, 2019. The House bill does not include rate cuts, though it does include language that could cut rates to all providers by $204 million.


Ultimately, these proposed rate cuts threaten to restrict access to care for Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens - the young, the elderly and the disabled. Minnesota already ranks in the bottom five states for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement with rates as low as 30 cents on the dollar of private insurance. Without appropriate payments that cover the cost of care, fewer physicians may be able to participate in Medicaid, limiting the number of physicians who can treat low-income patients, increasing wait times for appointments or forcing families to travel long distances to seek care.


Half of all Medicaid enrollees in Minnesota are children. Additionally, 100 percent of children and teens in foster care in Minnesota are covered by Medicaid. In fact, over 407,000 children and 13,000 pregnant women rely on Minnesota Medical Assistance each month. 


Minnesota is already seeing signs that low payment rates are hurting hospitals and clinics; additional rate cuts would only make matters worse.  


MNAAP will be carefully monitoring this issue at the Capitol when legislators return from Easter/Passover Break next week and is prepared to partner with other primary care organizations to urge legislators to vote against rate cuts, which threaten access to care. Watch for another update soon. 

Coming Up...

Thursday, May 4, 7:15-8:00 a.m. 
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Work Group Conference Call 
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058


Friday, May 5, 12:15-1:00 p.m. 
Membership and Communications Work Group Conference Call
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058

Friday, May 12
Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference & Annual Dinner


Tuesday, May 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m. 
Poverty and Health Disparities Work Group Conference Call
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058 


Thursday, June 1, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Immunization Work Group Conference Call  
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058  


MNAAP Upcoming Webinars


Thursday, April 27, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
ADHD and School Performance Issues for Pediatric Clinicians


Thursday, June 8, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Pediatric Depression and Rural Health Resources
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Thursday, June 15, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Sexual Abuse in Children


Thursday, August 18, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Working Effectively with Counties and the CPS System

May 18: Pediatric Health Research Dinner Forum

The University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are hosting a dinner forum event Thursday, May 18 for child health clinicians and researchers.


Dr. Gretchen Cutler, Program Director Emergency Department Research at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Dr. Caitlin Caspi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School will share an update on their collaborative research project, FEED: Addressing Food Insecurity Using the Electronic Medical Record in the Pediatric Emergency Department.