804-643-6631 jchappell@ramdocs.org

Chapter Committees

Are you interested in becoming more involved in Chapter activities? Our strength as a Chapter lies in our ability to mobilize and work together and to become a resource to each other. Find your interest. Share your skills. You will find that it takes a minimum amount of time and the rewards are great for you, your colleagues, and your patients.

To join any Chapter Committee, please contact Executive Director, Jane Davis, at jdavis@ramdocs.org.


Health Systems Committee / Reimbursement Committee: Are you working with an MCO on a quality or pay-for-performance committee? Is your practice part of a group purchase program for vaccines? Do you have some good ideas on how to address our practice management issues? Then the VA-AAP is looking for your involvement on the Health Systems/Reimbursement Committee.

Health Information Technology (HIT) Committee: If you have an interest in technology and how to integrate technology in the practice of pediatrics, this committee would love to you as a member!  We serve as a resource for Virginia pediatricians regarding all issues regarding technology.  This includes the following functions:  Serving as a liaisons to various national, state and local HIT committees; Advocating for pediatric-oriented health information technology; Communicating to pediatricians relevant HIT developments; Providing a resource for pediatricians who are starting EHR or upgrading their EHR; Keeping track of Virginia’s HIE efforts; Prioritizing interoperability of state health registries; Incorporating social media in efforts to enhance Chapter technology use.

Immunizations Subcommittee: This subcommittee addresses immunizations and reimbursement. As you know, there are many issues, particularly with new vaccines. We want to provide our patients with the most up-to-date technology with regard to prevention. But how do we do this when these vaccines are expensive, and reimbursement doesn’t cover capital outlay for vaccine purchase, storage and waste? Help us address these issues and join the Immunization Subcommittee.

Education Committee: Do you have some ideas on education needs for pediatricians in 2007? Would you like to see practice management, quality improvement, resources for families, or navigating the special education process as part of Virginia’s CME meetings? Would you like to learn how to write a CATCH grant to support a community-based activity? Then join the Education Committee, and share your interests and ideas.

Legislative/Advocacy Committee: Our increase in Medicaid reimbursement over the past two years has been a result of our advocacy efforts. If we are to continue to make the case for high quality, cost-efficient care for our patients, we need to talk with our legislators outside of session, in our home towns and cities. Join the Legislative/Advocacy committee, and share your voice with us.


Membership Committee: Help us keep the Chapter relevant to our members and join the Membership Committee. We need your ideas and input!

PROS Corner: Brief Summary of Spring 2008 PROS Meetings

Attendees at the spring 2008 Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Chapter Coordinator meetings on April 12th and 13th heard clarion calls regarding two new PROS studies – Brief Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Child BMI (BMI2) and Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE). These projects test innovative approaches to delivering effective care on major public health issues.

The BMI2 project offers training in communications skills to address the epidemic of childhood obesity in pediatric practice. The CEASE project offers guidance in reducing young children’s involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke – the ubiquitous toxin which sickens young children, has no safe level of exposure, and smokers’, and potentially, their children’s lives by an average of ten years.

A presentation on the Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys (SSCIB) study of pubertal onset highlighted its invaluable training on pubertal assessment, and emphasized that the study is still recruiting new study sites – especially practices and clinics that see substantial numbers of African American and Latino children.

Attendees also heard updates on recently concluded PROS studies and the latest PROS publications, critiqued a new proposal on practical approaches to child mental health problems in primary care, and listened to a lucent explanation of evidence-based medicine.

For further information about PROS, go to http://www.aap.org/PROS/. For information about PROS activities in this chapter, contact Thomas Sullivan, MD, FAAP at thomas.sullivan22@verizon.net or Barbara Kahler, MD, FAAP at blkahler@msn.com.