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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Special Registry Action Needed within First 60 Days of MU Reporting Period

Special Registry Action Needed within First 60 Days of MU Reporting Period

Eligible Providers must register intent to submit to a public health registry within the first 60 days of their MU reporting period.

How do I register my intent?
Registering intent is simple:
  • Visit the Meaningful Use Registration System (MURS) within the first 60 days of the 2017 MU reporting period
  • Select “Start” at the bottom of the screen
  • Answer questions about your registry selection and enter information about your practice
  • If the registry you select isn’t yet collecting data you can provide, registering with MURS is enough to satisfy the MU public health measure until the registry requests that EPs move forward with enrollment and EHR integration
How do I decide on a registry?
There are a number of registries available that can help you meet the MU measure. The Illinois Prescription Drug Monitoring (ILPMP) has been approved as a specialized registry, regardless of whether an EP dispenses controlled substances or submits data to the registry.  The National Health Care Surveys is another resource that can be used as a specialized registry. To see other options, view a list of approved registries.
What if I already registered with MURS, or am testing or sending data to a registry for MU?
You do not need to re-register in MURS.  

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
HFS Annual Provider Blood Lead Screening Report

HFSMedical ProvidersNotices

Annual Provider Blood Lead Screening Report

Date:  June 19, 2017
To:     Enrolled Medical Assistance Providers
Re:     Annual Provider Blood Lead Screening Report
In accordance with Public Act 098-0690, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has published the annual Provider Blood Lead Screening Report  
The report documents the frequency of lead testing and elevated blood and lead levels among children receiving benefits through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to the Bureau of Quality Management at (217) 557-5438.
Felicia F. Norwood

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
ICAAP-lets Update - June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017
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ICAAP will be presenting a free CME-approved one-hour webinar over the lunch hour for physicians, health care providers, and those interested in the effects of climate change on their patients' health on Wednesday, June 21, from noon-1pm. The webinar Preparing Pediatric Providers to Address Health Effects of Climate Change: Vector-Borne Diseases, Public Health Implications from Floods, and Mental Health Concerns will focus on climate change’s impact on vector borne illnesses, extreme weather events, and mental health. Register here.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Summarize the impacts of climate change on vector-borne diseases and extreme weather events
  2. Identify sources of reliable precipitation and vector-borne disease data related to climate change in the Midwest
  3. Describe the health impacts of floods
  4. Describe the mental health consequences of extreme weather events
  5. Apply principles of climate change communications in explaining to patients and their parents the connection between climate change, flooding, vector-borne diseases, and mental health
The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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The Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) Conference Planning Committee is seeking presentation proposals for the 8th Annual ABC Conference, "Lives in the Balance: Caring for Children with Special Needs, Their Families, Their Communities, And Ourselves in These Precarious Times," scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2017, at Moraine Business and Conference Center in Palos Hills, IL. The conference theme has been determined by current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) priorities and past participant feedback.

ABC Conference participants learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs (including those that have been impacted by trauma and adversity) from birth through adolescence, and develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Each track features sessions that converge with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that benefit children served across interprofessional groups. More information about ABC Conferences can be found here.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, June 23, 2017 at 5pm.

For more information, contact Elise Groenewegen at or 312/733-1026 x 204.
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The AAP is hosting a webinar on buprenorphine prescribing for youth on Wednesday, June 21 from noon-1pm. The webinar will discuss risk factors for and consequences of non-medical use of opioid medication in youth, current treatment options, and office-based buprenorphine treatment. Register here.
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Italy and Germany have passed new mandatory vaccination laws. This is in response to an increase in the number of cases of measles. Germany now mandates the measles vaccine for children entering kindergarten. Italy made this requirement last month due to a measles epidemic that has been sweeping across Europe. Click here to read more.


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Chicago Tribune
Louise Brown and Elizabeth Carr have heard all sorts of questions. "Do you feel normal?" "How did you climb out of the test tube?" "Do you have a belly button?" Brown, the world's first baby born through in vitro fertilization, and Carr, America's first IVF baby, compared memories on stage after meeting for the first time at the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International on Friday in Chicago, a conference for reproductive health professionals. They both grew teary-eyed when they hugged in front of the crowd of doctors and others.  READ MORE
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Beloit Daily News
Leo Cohan looks like a healthy 19-month-old, with a full head of blonde hair, quick-moving legs and light blue eyes. He cracks a big smile when he runs from his mom and makes her chase him. But inside, Leo is suffering from the effects of a rare disease called Congenital Lobar Emphysema (CLE). Much of Leo's left lung had to be removed and his right lung has over-expanded, pushing his heart to the left of where it's supposed to be.  READ MORE


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AAP News
Roughly 20 percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, more than other foods, according to a new report. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which authored the study, is calling for federal authorities and manufacturers to the lower the amount of lead in food. In the meantime, Academy experts recommend that children eat a variety of foods, stick to proper serving sizes and limit exposure to other sources of lead.  READ MORE
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Children born to mothers who experienced fever, especially multiple fevers, during the second trimester of pregnancy are at increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who experienced a fever over 99 degrees F (37.22 C) during the second trimester of pregnancy had a 40 percent increased risk of having a child with ASD compared to women who had no fevers.  READ MORE
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CBS News
The tragic headlines are all too common: A toddler got his hands on his mother's gun and fatally shot his 2-year-old brother in Colorado earlier this month. Two girls caught in the crossfire were wounded in a shooting during a picnic at a Chicago elementary school on Friday. And out of the glare of the headlines, more teens took their own lives. Now a new report gives the most complete picture yet of the grim toll gunfire takes on American children every year.  READ MORE


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Novartis announced the results of a new survey of 904 severe asthma patients, presented today for the first time at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress. Data from the 'Still Fighting for Breath' survey demonstrate that, despite the widespread availability of oral and inhaled treatments, asthma still places a huge burden on the personal and professional lives of those living with the disease in Europe. The new survey revealed that high levels of uncontrolled disease still exist amongst adults and children with severe asthma.  READ MORE
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HealthDay News
Here's some compelling evidence that Americans have become a sedentary bunch: Research suggests that the average teen is no more active than the average 60-year-old. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,500 people of various ages who wore activity tracking devices for seven straight days as part of national health surveys conducted between 2003 and 2006.  READ MORE
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Only one in four young adults and teens with opioid use disorder (OUD) are receiving potentially life-saving medications for addiction treatment, according to a new Boston Medical Center (BMC) study published online in JAMA Pediatrics. Buprenorphine and naltrexone are medications used to treat OUD that help prevent relapse and overdose when used appropriately. In late 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended, for the first time, that providers offer medication treatment to adolescents with OUD.  READ MORE


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