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Medical Neglect: A One-Pager for Pediatricians

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment. Medical neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide necessary medical care by refusing or failing to seek, obtain or follow through with necessary medical care, posing serious risk to a child. 


In 2016, there were 379 cases of medical neglect in Minnesota. Children ages 0-3 and those with disabilities are at higher risk.  


MNAAP's Child Abuse Work Group recently put together a one-pager on how and when to report medical neglect. Feel free to download and share it with your colleagues.

Medical neglect one-pager

Making the Most of MNAAP Membership

Have you ever wondered what MNAAP can do you for you, individually? Ever doubted whether being involved in a professional group really makes a difference? Watch a short video about the impact of MNAAP membership. 


Feel free to share on social media and with fellow pediatricians! 


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Register Now: March 7 Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

Each year MNAAP brings together more than 100 residents, community pediatricians and medical students to discuss and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the health of Minnesota children. Ensuring access to care is among MNAAP's top priorities for 2018.


Following a brief primer on the chapter's positions, we'll hear from our state lobbyist and key legislators about specific child health issues being debated. You'll have the opportunity to weigh in and discuss priority issues with your own legislators as well. 


Children can't vote, and there are no pediatricians in our state legislature, which is why these discussions are so important. Please plan to join us the afternoon of March 7 at the State Capitol to speak on behalf of children! 


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Implementation of Some C&TC Requirements Extended to March 1

The implementation date is delayed for certain screening components or health services of the October 2017 version of the C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards (Periodicity Schedule) (DHS-3379) (PDF) .


Providers have until March 1, 2018, to implement the following components:


-Weight for length percentile for infants up to two years of age


-Inclusion of social determinants of health as part of the health history


-Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening at least once between ages 15 and 18 years (regardless of reported sexual activity or risk factors)


-Dyslipidemia risk assessment


-The addition of the near visual acuity (plus lens) screening beginning at age 5 years for children who pass their distance screening and do not already have corrective lenses


-The addition of high frequency hearing screening at age 11 years (6,000 Hz at 20 dB)

If you submitted claims for preventive health screening visits provided on dates of service of October 1, 2017, or later, but did not enter the two-letter HIPAA-compliant referral code because you had not implemented one or more of the new requirements, you may replace these claims if you provided the rest of the required screening components. Replace these claims indicating a complete C&TC visit by adding the appropriate two-letter referral code.


If you have already implemented all of the October 2017 C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards, please continue to follow those standards between now and March 1, 2018. Continue to work toward implementation if you have not yet implemented the March 1, 2018, requirements.


Review the Child and Teen Checkups section of the MHCP Provider Manual for more details of the requirements. Review both page 1 and page 2 of the C&TC Periodicity Schedule for additional details and clarification of the October 1, 2017 revisions and the C&TC FACT Sheets for each component.


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AAP Seeking Nominations for National Committees

The call for nominations for 2018 national committee member positions is now open until February 23, 2018. Member appointments will take place at the May 2018 board meeting and new member terms will begin on July 1, 2018. Consider nominating yourself or someone else. 


Committee on Adolescence (COA): 1 position


Committee on Coding and Nomenclature (COCN): 1 position


Committee on Continuing Medical Education (COCME): 1 position


Committee on Development (CODe): 3 positions


Committee on Fetus and Newborn (COFN): 1 position


Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID): 1 position


Committee on Nutrition (CON): 2 positions


Committee on Pediatric AIDS (COPA): 1 position


Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE): 2 positions


Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM): 1 position


Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW): 2 positions


Committee on Practice & Ambulatory Medicine (COPAM): 2 positions

Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH): 2 positions


Committee on State Government Affairs (COSGA): 2 positions



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CATCH Funding Available for Pediatrician-Led Projects to Improve Children's Health

Up to $10,000 is available to individual pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan community-based child health initiatives that address a range of topics. Since 2011, 13 physicians from Minnesota have received CATCH grant funding for projects involving foster care, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, mental health, and other topics.


If you are interested in applying or have questions about the application process, contact MNAAP CATCH Facilitator Brian Lynch at


Application deadline is January 31, 2018.


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Join the Conversation! January is Health Equity Month!

If you're on Twitter, tweet or re-tweet messages about the importance of addressing pediatric health equity using 


Consider attending the January 24 Health Equity Forum in St. Paul. Speakers include Bruce Thao, director of the Center for Health Equity at the Minnesota Department of Health; and Brooke A. Cunningham, MD, PhD, assistant professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. The forum will also include several table discussions on health equity topics - an opportunity for participants to roll up their sleeves and see how care can be improved for ALL Minnesotans. More info here. 

Earlier this week, MNAAP member Dr. Sarah Atunah-Jay and other guests participated in a Facebook Live event to discuss the steps that health care can take to achieve health equity for patients. Did you miss it? Watch the recording here.


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Save the Dates and Plan to Join us!

Block these dates off now and plan to join MNAAP!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol - Register now!
St. Paul, MN  


Friday, May 11, 2017
MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics - Register now! Conference & Annual Meeting
St. Paul, MN


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