An important Message from the Missouri AAP Chapter

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Medicaid Q&A
Non-Citizen Coverage
MEDES Users Group Update
Hospital Update Backlog
Common Process Matrix
MOAAP leadership has been informed that many of our members’ patients are struggling with issues surrounding patient enrollment and re-enrollment in Medicaid.  Specifically, newborns, children and pregnant women are losing their Medicaid coverage as the system has transitioned to a call center approach.  They are either inactive or unable to get enrollments started with newborns.   In the meanwhile these children are unable to get medical care, prescriptions, or procedures.  I am sure that we all have heartbreaking stories to tell.
Your MOAAP leadership has been engaged on the front lines for you, contacting key people at the state level to try to solve this problem. We were able to have conversations explaining what our patients have to go through just to be seen, not to mention the challenges pediatricians and their office staff experience every day trying to help families re-connected to the help they need.  I am happy to report that we have made some progress, and we will continue to work with the key parties until this problem is solved.

In the meanwhile, for cases where getting needed help is crucial, you can contact the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) via email at . This mailbox is monitored by a team of specialists who will work on these cases to resolution. In addition to a synopsis of the barriers you are encountering, please include your patient(s’) name(s) and DCNS(s) (DSS’s Department Client Number).  If the sending office can encrypt the message*, a SSN and date of birth is also helpful information.  When you email DSS, please copy to our office ( so we may continue to help.
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MEDES Webinar

Missouri Eligibility Determination and Enrollment System (MEDES) Webinar

August 14, 2014

10am- noon

Meeting Password: training123

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Save the Date Well-Being Conference


Social and Emotional Well-Being in Early Childhood Conference

Friday, November 14, 2014

YMCA/O’Fallon Rec. Center


Webinar: From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst


Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Description: This one hour Webinar is geared toward the primary care provider who works in an office setting. The Webinar will offer general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. Tips will be shared on how pediatricians can work to improve preparedness in families with children with special health care needs, as they are more vulnerable in disasters. The Webinar will also assist pediatricians to take concrete steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning.

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Young Physicians Council Mentorship Program Application


Pedslines headerThe Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Physicians Council has developed a mentorship program exclusively for Young Physicians! The mentorship program hopes to meet the unique needs of the Chapter’s young physicians by creating partnerships with senior chapter members.

Topics to be discussed would include: transition from training to early career, professional development, career goals, work/life balance and advocacy. The mentorship program is designed to match a young physician and senior chapter member pair in a geographic region with similar career types, interests and professional goals or achievements. The time commitment may vary, but pairs would be expected to meet at least three times during the one year program. After completion of the one year program, the mentor and mentee may continue to meet if mutually desired.

If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please download the application, complete it and return to Johanna Derda.

Pedslines, Spring 2014 Edition

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Midwest Health Informatics and Telemedicine Conference(mHIT)

August 21-22, 2014 | Westin Crown Center  in Kansas City.

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MoAAP’s Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day

Mark your calendars for
MoAAP’s Annual Pediatric Advocacy Day
March 11, 2015, Jefferson City!

Urgent Call to Action!

Urgent Call to Action on Medicare Payment Reform

We need your help. There is some promising momentum in the long fight to repeal the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula in Washington, DC. Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bi-partisan bill (H.R. 2810) that would repeal the SGR and replace it with annual updates of .5%, and also would create a pathway for physicians to design and participate in alternative payment models in the future. That package, and similar bills being advanced by two other House and Senate committees, are expected to be debated on the House and Senate floors when Congress returns from its annual August recess next month.

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