The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in the mid-1950s, and represents approximately 2,900 pediatricians, pediatric medical specialists, pediatric surgical specialists and physicians in training in Ohio.
Under the direction of our Executive Director, Melissa Wervey Arnold, the Ohio AAP works hard dealing with a number of different issues that Ohio's physicians have expressed an interest in. From advocating for children's health to providing Quality Improvement programs, the Ohio Chapter focuses its efforts in providing the tools and resources that physicians need to be able to serve Ohio's families to the best of their ability.
Here are just a few of the ways that we are working for you:
Advocacy - The Ohio AAP has a long and successful history of advocating for children and pediatricians. The Chapter has advocated for such topics as bike helmet legislation, Medicaid reimbursements for primary care codes, childhood obesity prevention and nutrition standards.
Quality Improvement (QI) / Maintentance of Certification(MOC) - Certified pediatricians are knowledgeable and motivated by a desire to provide the best possible care. Pediatricians who participate in our QI/MOC programs learn how to measure quality of care and effectively fill the gaps in their own practice. The Chapter currently runs QI/MOC programs in the areas of Obesity Prevention, Obesity Management, and Asthma.
Pediatric Care Council - The Pediatric Care Council maintains a dialogue between pediatricians and insurance plans, bringing to ight administrative "glitches" or "kinks" in coverage or in the provision of pediatric care. The Chapter's work in this are has already resulted in Ohio pediatricians receiving thousands of dollars in denied claims.
Maximizing Office-Based Immunizations (MOBI) - Through funding from the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio AAP has been increasing the immunization rates of children in Ohio for more than 10 years. By having more than 500 presentations which reached over 4,000 health care providers in 2010, MOBI is working to accomplish its goal of 90% or greater immunization rates for Ohio's children.
Annual Meeting - Every year, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics hosts a weekend of learning, networking, and family fun. Check back often for information on topics that will be addressed at this year's Annual Meeting.