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October 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion in Phase 3 CARES Act provider relief funding will be released to providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Phase 3, providers who have already received Provider Relief Fund payments may apply for additional funding. Previously ineligible providers, including those who started practicing in 2020, and a wider group of behavioral health providers are also eligible.

Providers may apply for Phase 3 funding through Nov. 6, 2020. Visit the HHS website for more information.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) sent a letter to MNAAP this week, asking for pediatric providers help with an issue in close contact reporting. The letter, signed by Ruth Lynfield, MD, FAAP, state epidemiologist; and Sarah Lim, MD, explains that MDH “has received reports from healthcare providers of instances where they have been asked by patients to re-assess a close contact determination that has been made by public health, usually due to disagreement with recommendations for isolation or quarantine.”

If you receive such a request, MDH asks that you decline to provide a close contact determination and instead refer patients to MDH guidance and encourage compliance with public health recommendations.

You can read the entire letter here.

October 6, 2020

An open letter drafted by Climate Health Now and several other organizations is being circulated to offer physicians and other medical professionals the opportunity to support climate protection measures.

The letter is non-partisan and does not support particular candidates. In the body of the letter, it states, “We need leaders to protect our health and our climate by:

  1. Prioritizing your health and the health of future generations over the profits of the fossil fuel industry.
  2. Listening to health experts, climate scientists, and members of communities already most impacted by climate change and using their knowledge to protect our communities.
  3. Solving our climate crisis with policies that speed up the transition to a clean energy economy and create millions of family-supporting jobs in the process.”

The groups aim to collect at least 11,000 signatures by October 4, and intend to share the letter with the media. To view the letter, use the link provided in the October 2 All Member Email.

Special thanks to MNAAP’s Climate Change Champion Lisa Cinar, MD, who shared this information.

The MNAAP Pediatric Mental Health work group is hosting a virtual learning collaborative to help pediatricians statewide improve clinic rates for adolescent/young adult depression screening/referral. After a COVID-break, we are re-starting to assist participants in completing this MOC4.

This MOC4 has been approved by the ABP for 25 points that can be completed in three months by Dec. 15, 2020. This project is being done in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services and there is no charge for this MOC4.

If you want to sign up for this MOC4, please complete this online sign-up. For more information or questions email cairns@mnaap.org.

September 27, 2020

Voting is one of the most powerful tools we have to influence public policies that impact children and families and address health inequities in our communities. Election Day is 39 days away. Make sure you are registered to vote, and encourage eligible patients, families and colleagues to do the same.

Here are just a few ways to do that:

  • Print out this “prescription“(English and Spanish versions) to share with families in your practice, encouraging them to register to vote and complete the census, which will end on Sept. 30.
  • Encourage eligible patients and their families to register to vote or request to vote by mail using tools available here, including a digital badge backer and phone background, from the nonpartisan voter registration effort VotER.
  • Post messages on social media using #VoteKids about why you plan to vote like children’s futures depend on it. Here you can find sample social media messages and graphics, including a new social media cover photo!
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