We want to thank all pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, surgeons, nurses and health care professionals in general for continuing to stay in the front lines during this pandemic. In this page you will find links to National AAP recommendations, COVID-19 websites of local and neighboring health departments, CDC, WHO, and the Johns Hopkins global dashboard.

HIPPO Education has created specific content available at no cost to all providers, including Mechanical Ventilation Basics, PPE and Specimen Collection (available in text, audio and video formats).

Thank you again for all that you do on behalf of children.

National AAP Resources

  • AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19, which outlines policy changes aiming to alleviate barriers to telehealth care. We also offer a webinar on telehealth and guidance on structuring your practice during the pandemic.
  • The CDC has updated the priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection. This guidance prioritizes health care professionals and first responders to receive testing. It also recommends more aggressive testing (even for milder cases) in communities where there are more COVID-19 hospitalizations. 
  • AAP recommends pediatricians continue to see newborns, infants and younger children who need immunizations. However, we further recommend deferring all well child visits over 18 months because boosters due at 4 years old can be given within the 4 – 6 yo time frame. See the AAP Guidance on well-child visits
  • The CDC offers recommendations on maintaining children’s immunizations and well-child visits during the pandemic. 
  • HealthyChildren.org has new articles with advice on formula shortages and information for families of children with special health care needs

Testing

Testing should be done if a patient has cough and fever, AND has had close personal contact with a known COVID-19 patient, is a healthcare worker, or is in close contact with a high risk individual (age 65 or older, immune compromised, or has a serious underlying medical condition) as outlined by the CDC.
In LA County, please follow the guidelines as specified on their website: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/

Telehealth Billing Codes

These are billable codes for telehealth and phone encounters.
When completing your notes, it is recommended that you document your time spent on the video or phone encounter to help with billing reimbursement. Also, it is recommended to document verbal consent for the video or phone appointment from parent or patient. Telehealth codes are similar to sick visit codes, with a 95 modifier. View the Codes Here

For Parents

Para Padres y Madres de Familia

If your child is sick, keep your child home

  • Avoid group playdates or parties indoors
  • Avoid crowded activities (playgrounds, movie theaters, gymnastics, ice skating rinks, etc.), even if they’re still open
  • COVID-19 Information for Parents, on HealthyChildren.Org
  • Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips, Click here

Si sus pequeños estan enfermos, manténgalos en casa

  • Evite invitaciones de amiguitos o fiestitas
  • Evite actividades en grupo (parques, cines, gimnacios, patinaje sobre hielo, etc.), einclusive si dichos lugares permaneces abiertos.
  • Información para Padres, (en Español) HealthyChildren.Org
  • Crianza positiva durante el COVID-19: 10 consejos, oprima aqui

From Ventura County, watch Dr. Chris Landon explain the current situation as the rise in COVID-19 cases would exceed the number of ventilators in Ventura. “Please stay home… but don’t congregate together”.

En Español: El Dr. Ilan Shapiro (Pediatra) explica la situacion actual y provee recomendaciones para padres y madres de familia. Cuídense y quédense en casa. Visiten la página de la Academia Americana de Pediatría

Public Health Departments

COVID-19 Global Impact

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering Dashboard
Developed to provide researchers, public health authorities, and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds.
 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 
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