August 2019
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WCAAP Gaining Momentum, Building on Success 
Elizabeth Meade, MD, FAAP

It is with a real sense of honor and awe that I start my term as WCAAP President. I am inspired and humbled on a daily basis by what this incredible organization and its members are able to achieve. Despite the increasing challenges that pediatric providers are facing with every year that goes by, I have never witnessed more passion for children or motivation to make their lives better from our membership than I have in the last year.

Medicaid Rate Adjustment 2019-2020

New rates for next fiscal year

Please see the attached document from the Health Care Authority which documents the Medicaid rate increase for pediatric primary care E&M and vaccine administration codes for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

2020 Advocacy Day Registration is Open! 

Join us on January 14, 2020! 

WCAAP members know that WCAAP's Advocacy Day is a powerful way to affect child health statewide:

"I really enjoy advocacy day and plan to attend for many years to come!"

"Great opportunity to learn about legislative advocacy and be part of the process. Great networking opportunity as well."

"It is the most awesome advocacy event this side of the Rockies, I am sure."

"Fantastic opportunity to address some of the root causes of ill health in kids and their families."

WCAAP's Advocacy Day broadens the reach of your expertise beyond your practice and puts it into action to advocate for safer, healthier children in Washington. Help us improve child health and well-being throughout our state - register today to join us on January 14, 2020 in Olympia. 

LARCs Remain Top Tier Birth Control for Adolescent Females
Ruth McDonald, MD
Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Seattle Children's

New data on safety and efficacy 

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) are safe, top-tier contraception and appropriate for most adolescents and women, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). The American Academy of Pediatrics also endorsed LARCs as a first-line contraceptive.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Tools & resources to help you ensure your patients are up-to-date

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of health care providers to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. NIAM is a good time to ensure your patients are up-to-date on recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

In Case You Missed It...

Kudos to Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP for her July 29 blog post in the AAP Voices series highlighting how racism harms the health and well-being of children, teens, young adults and their families. In the post, Dr. Bell writes: "In my mind, our ultimate goal should be health equity, with each and every patient, family, and community able to achieve their ideal state of health through fair, just, and optimized care to meet their individual and collective needs. But we cannot achieve health equity without first addressing racism." Read the full blog post here.

Thank you to Dr. Ed Marcuse for sharing these thought-provoking words from a recent presentation: 

Member Spotlight: Meta Lee, MD, MSEd, FAAP

Meta Lee, MD, MSEd, FAAP grew up in Hawaii, attended UCLA for both undergraduate and medical school, and completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She also completed fellowships in Teaching and Educational Leadership at University of Southern California, where she received a Master's in Medical Education. Dr. Lee served as Associate Director of Medical Education, Pediatric Clerkship Director, and Chair of Pediatric Resident Education at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine for 12 years, before moving to Washington in 2010.


If you missed our webinar with the Department of Health regarding the new MMR exemption law, you can now view a recording online

The Health Care Authority is seeking provider participation in an annual paying for value survey. The survey will help track progress toward the statewide goal of paying for value-based care, rather than paying for volume of care. Your input is essential! The survey is open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30. To learn more, visit the Paying for value webpage.

WCAAP Resources: If you haven't explored our website lately, don't miss our Webinars page for free CME e-learning and our Toolkits page for resources and tools to help you in your practice! 

Join Immunize Oregon on Aug 13-15 in Portland at the Northwest Immunization Conference (NWIC). The NWIC is a three-day event providing an opportunity to learn the latest information on immunizations and vaccine issues impacting health care practices. Learn more and register

Free lead testing in King County: Public Health Seattle King County is partnering with Best Starts for Kids, Virginia Mason, and the King County Medical Society to offer Lead Testing Days at pop-up locations throughout King County this month! More information plus dates, times and locations can be found online, plus an excellent comic strip about the hazards of lead featuring Dr. Anisa Ibrahim! 
Save the Date: Influenza Webinar for Clinicians
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:00am PT
The AAP is collaborating with the CDC to conduct a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinar that will discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve influenza prevention and control in children for the 2019-2020 flu season. Email to be added to a Save The Date calendar appointment.

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition takes place October 25-29, 2019, in New Orleans, LA. To secure the lowest rates, remember to register before the early registration deadline on September 13, 2019. WCAAP will be creating a guide to NCE highlighting speakers from Washington and sessions of interest. We are also planning a happy hour for Washington NCE attendees - stay tuned for details!

Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH and Kelly Wurzel, MD are conducting a complimentary half day, CME-accredited workshop in Spokane focused on mental health screening and treatment during the perinatal period. This training is free and includes lunch. It will take place at Providence Auditorium (20 W 9th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202) on Thursday, October 3rd from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm (lunch and check in are from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 
The presentation is open to anyone who cares for pregnant women or new moms including but not limited to: obstetricians, midwives, registered nurses, pharmacists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other primary care and mental health providers. Download a flyer here

Coming Up: WCAAP Committee Meetings
Join us! Committees are a great way to meet other members and get involved with Chapter work! Watch this space for upcoming meeting dates and times for Chapter committees and interest groups. Most committees meet by phone for one hour. 

Health Care Transformation Committee 
August 20 - 8:00-9:00am
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Mike Dudas or Francie Chalmers to learn more.

Legislative Affairs Committee
September 3, 7:00-8:00am
Meets weekly by phone during the legislative session & special session 
Meets monthly by phone during the interim
Contact Lelach Rave or Beth Ebel to learn more. 

Early Childhood Committee 
Phone/Webinar: August 21, 7:00-8:00pm
Meets periodically by phone, 2x/year in person
Contact Diane Liebe or Betsy Browder to learn more. 

Sustainability & Engagement Committee 
August 27 - 12:00-1:00pm
Meets monthly by telephone
Contact Kim Hauff or Wei-Jen Hsieh to learn more. 
Vaccine Committee
Meets periodically by telephone
Contact John Dunn to learn more. 

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