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MNAAP wants to make sure members have useful, accurate information during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the tabs below, you will find recent webinars hosted by MNAAP and its sponsors on this subject, as well as resources from reputable partner agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Clinic Messages to Patients and Families

Communicating the importance of continuing well child visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic can clear up confusion for parents and patients, and provide reassurance. Consider using the templates below for written messages and phone messages to families about clinic practices to keep children safe and healthy during the pandemic. These messages can be revised to match your clinic’s specific protocol.

Message templates: Well child visit messages for families during COVID-19

Social media is a great tool to help remind parents and patients of the importance of continuing well child visits and immunizations, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAP is reporting between 70 and 80 percent of children are delaying visits to the doctor out of fear over COVID-19.

Consider using one of the posts or images below, reposting a MNAAP post, or by creating your own and tagging MNAAP on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also download this infographic to print or post: Well Child Visits Infographic

Sample social media posts:

  • Well child care is important, even during a pandemic. Wash your hands often and call your pediatrician to discuss regular well child visit options.
  • Stay on track with vaccinations! Washing your hands and social distancing help prevent COVID-19 and routine immunizations help prevent many other dangerous illnesses.
  • Pediatricians are here for you by phone, through telehealth or in person! Call your doctor today to learn the options available for your child’s visits and vaccinations.

Social media images:

 

Important COVID-19 reminders:

 

Testing Updates

MDH recommends that all people who participated in recent protests and/or community clean-ups should be tested for COVID-19. This includes people who are asymptomatic. Free testing is available at locations in communities impacted by recent large gatherings.
It is especially important to respect patient confidentiality in testing some patients following protests. Recognize that some patients may be afraid to seek care because they fear legal consequences from participating in protest activities. To ensure confidentiality, here are some recommendations:
  • Do not ask patients about the details of their participation as this is not relevant to testing and may dissuade them from participation.
  • If a patient mentions the details of their participation, do not document unless relevant to their immediate health needs.
  • HIPPAA privacy rules supersede any concern you may have about your patient’s involvement in recent events.
  • Results of these tests should be processed consistent with your institution’s policy

American Board of Pediatrics to award MOC points for COVID-19 response

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is helping pediatricians meet board certification requirements and deadlines by awarding points for “advancing child health under extraordinary circumstances” in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In June, the ABP will award Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points for COVID-19-related learning and improvement to all pediatricians maintaining certification. Pediatricians whose MOC cycle ends in 2020 will get enough points to satisfy their remaining requirements. Individuals whose cycle ends in 2020 and have already completed these requirements will receive the points toward their next cycle in January 2021. Pediatricians whose cycle ends after 2020 will get 25 Part 2 and 25 Part 4 points.

No documentation is necessary on the part of pediatricians. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MDH Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Response Grants

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now accepting applications for $150 million in grants the Legislature approved as part of a $200 million health care response fund to help providers prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers will be able to use the money to fund staffing costs, to establish temporary sites to provide testing or treatment services, to expand the number of beds available for COVID-19 treatment, for isolating affected patients or staff, and to support emergency transportation. Grants can also fund temporary information technology systems to support triage, screening and telemedicine. In addition, providers can use the funds for PPE, testing and other supplies and ICU equipment, among other things.

There is no application deadline, but eligible applicants should apply immediately to help the department assess the scope of the need and to improve the chance of obtaining funding.

Additional details, as well as the complete RFP and application, are here.

 

 

 

Minnesota Receives Waiver Approval for Telemedicine in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare 

Minnesota recently received a Medicaid waiver approval regarding use of telemedicine for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare programs.

 

Resources by Source

From the Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota COVID-19 Dashboard 

COVID-19 information for Health Care Professionals

  • Executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz related to COVID-19
  • Guidance on reporting COVID-19 infections
  • Minnesota guidance for evaluating and testing patients.

Mental Health tips for health care providers during COVID19

COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers (PDF)

Pediatric Vaccination During COVID-19 (PDF)

From the American Academy of Pediatrics

Critical Updates on COVID-19

  • Clinical guidance
  • Information on PPE
  • Telemedicine and telephone care resources
  • Coding information
  • Information for families
  • Physician wellness tips

The AAP has launched a new virtual community to connect directly physicians with one another about everything related to the novel coronavirus, from the impact on practices to PPE to telehealth. Sign in to the community using your AAP username/ID and password.

 

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 information for Health Care Professionals

  • Current Interim Guidance
  • Resources for Healthcare Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE (From the CDC)

From the Minnesota Governor’s Office

  • Childcare Information
  • Call 1.888.291.9811 to be directed to available providers
  • View available childcare providers on this map
  • Read the governor’s letter regarding childcare for emergency workers here

 

 

From Children’s Minnesota

COVID-19 Clinician Toolkit 

From the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet

(PDF) Children and Families Resources in COVID-19 Response – A comprehensive list of available resources and information for families during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources by Topic

Children’s Emotional/Mental Health

Family Support Services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will begin issuing emergency supplements to qualifying households on April 28 and will continue throughout May on a staggered basis. People who qualify don’t have to take any action. Instead, the supplemental aid will be added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.
Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the DHS food emergency webpage . Food help is also available through the Minnesota Food HelpLine, 1-888-711-1151 or  www.mnfoodhelpline.org.

Guidance for Child & Teen Checkups (C&TC)

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the benefit of attending a C&TC well visit and receiving necessary immunizations and screenings should be balanced with the risk of exposure to other children and adults with potential contagious diseases. Many providers are reviewing their daily workflows and practices in consideration of their patient population, safe practice capacity, clinic environment as well as guidance from the Minnesota Governor’s executive orders. The current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for providing well visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic as of Mar. 19, 2020 are:

  • Newborn visits or infant weight checks
  • Well child visits two years of age and younger, of special importance maintaining up to date immunization status
  • Reschedule well visits for those in middle childhood and adolescence to a later date

 

 

Telemedicine

COVID-19 Coding and Non-Direct Care

AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19

The Great Plains Telehealth and Resource Assistance Center (gpTRAC) provides“Telehealth Office Hours”
With the significant uptick of interest in utilizing telehealth in the delivery of care (specifically at home), gpTRAC has initiated “telehealth office hours” via Zoom, specifically for Primary Care Clinics/Providers (Tuesdays at noon) and Mental Health Clinics/Providers (Thursdays at noon). These sessions will continue for several weeks in order to provide an opportunity for organizations and providers to get timely information and to ask specific questions as they initiate telehealth within their clinic structure.  For the link to the on-going Tuesday (Primary Care) office hours, click here. The link for the Thursday (Mental Health) office hours can be found here.

 

 

 

Children’s Mental Health: Adapting in the Era of COVID-19 

Presented April 27, 2020 by MNAAP and Dr. Kirsten Cowan, Essentia Health

Presentation Slides: Cowan_Children’s Mental Health Virtual Visits COVID19 4.27.20

COVID-19: What are Pediatric Practices Doing Differently?

Presented April 6, 2020 by MNAAP and Children’s Minnesota

Presentation Slides (PDF): COVID 19 and Pediatric Practices

COVID-19: Impact on Children, Preparing the Community

Presented March 20, 2020 by Children’s Minnesota

Presentation Slides: COVID-19: Impact on Children, Preparing the Community

The Great Plains Telehealth and Resource Assistance Center (gpTRAC) provides “Telehealth Office Hours”

With the significant uptick of interest in utilizing telehealth in the delivery of care (specifically at home), gpTRAC has initiated “telehealth office hours” via Zoom, specifically for Primary Care Clinics/Providers (Tuesdays at noon) and Mental Health Clinics/Providers (Thursdays at noon). These sessions will continue for several weeks in order to provide an opportunity for organizations and providers to get timely information and to ask specific questions as they initiate telehealth within their clinic structure.  For the link to the on-going Tuesday (Primary Care) office hours, click here. The link for the Thursday (Mental Health) office hours can be found here.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has launched ECHO groups across the country that meet twice per month at various times and days of the week.

 

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is partnering with DHS, Stratis Health, Project ECHO and others to offer online education on COVID-19 through twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) ECHOs.

 

The Minnesota Department of Health is holding weekly calls for infectious disease professionals each Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. and with the Minnesota Hospital Association on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

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