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MOC Part IV:   Breast Feeding in the NBICU

Do you still need Part IV points for MOC?

The AAP has developed a Part IV MOC module for neonatologists and pediatricians aimed increasing breast feeding in infants-with a focus on infants in the NBICU. This module is free for all AAP Section members.  This module uses the CQI process and patient data from your NBICU to improve breast feeding rates. 

Log in to the ABP website and search under Part 4 Activities for Breast Milk Use PIM »

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New Webpage for Current Literature in Neonatology

We have recruited several Associate Editors to find the best articles of interest for neonatologists each month.  This webpage will feature several articles and links-with occasional commentary.  Look back here soon!

Call For Applications

2014 Neonatal Resuscitation Program®
Research Grant and Young Investigator Award
Deadline: April 15, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2014 Neonatal Resuscitation Program Research Grant and the NRP Young Investigator Award.  The awards are designed to support basic science, clinical, education, or epidemiological research pertaining to the broad area of neonatal resuscitation. Physicians-in-training or individuals within four years of completing fellowship training are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 through the NRP Young Investigator Award.   

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Featured Article

Association between Postnatal Dexamethasone for Treatment of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Brain Volumes at Adolescence in Infants Born Very Preterm

A study by Cheong and the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group published in the Journal of Pediatrics compared brain volumes in adolescents who were born extremely preterm (<28 weeks gestation) who had received postnatal dexamethasone, to determine if there was a postnatal dexamethasone dose–
response effect on brain volumes  They found extremely preterm adolescents who received postnatal dexamethasone in the newborn period had smaller total brain tissue volumes than those who did not receive postnatal dexamethasone, particularly white matter, thalami, and basal ganglia. Vulnerability of brain tissues or structures associated with postnatal dexamethasone varies by structure and persists into adolescence.

Journal of Pediatrics »

Late Outcomes of a Randomized Trial of High-Frequency Oscillation in Neonates

In a recent study in the NEJM by Zivanovic et al, 319 adolescents who had been born before 29 weeks of gestation and had been enrolled in a multicenter, randomized trial that compared HFOV with conventional ventilation immediately after birth were evaluated for lung function and respiratory health, health-related quality of life, and functional status, as assessed with the use of questionnaires completed when the participants were 11 to 14 years of age. The primary outcome was forced expiratory flow at 75% of the expired vital capacity (FEF75). Those who had undergone HFOV, as compared with those who had received conventional ventilation, had superior lung function at 11 to 14 years of age, with no evidence of poorer functional outcomes.

New England Journal of Medicine »


Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
May 3-6, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics is one of the sponsors of the outstanding Pediatric Academic Societies meeting to be held in Vancouver, BC this May.  This meeting features the latest neonatal research and clinical trials of interest to neonatologists. PAS also features workshops of interest to fellows and academic neonatologists.  State of the Art lectures and symposia feature the latest information on topics of vital interest to neonatologists.  See you there!

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District VIII Section on Perinatal Pediatrics 38th Annual Conference

May 29 – June 1, 2014 | Denver City Center Marriott | Denver, Colorado

Following District VIII tradition, the 2014 Annual Conference on Perinatal Pediatrics will be hosted in a unique western setting where urban meets the mountains!
Starting with the venue nestled in entertaining downtown Denver, an agenda packed with cutting-edge and relevant topics, knowledgeable speakers, and Informative tabletop exhibits, conference goers will have ample time to network with colleagues, discuss research and share new practice ideas; all while enjoying active downtown Denver and the spectacular Colorado Rockies. Attendees will leave the conference with practical knowledge that can be taken back to the office and hospital.

View Conference Brochure »

National Conference & Exhibition and Abstracts

Perinatal Section Program

The Perinatal Section has organized another outstanding program at the 2014 NCE October 10-12, 2014 to be held in San Diego.  The program includes a joint session with the Section on Infectious Disease and a session on Sunday focusing on drugs in the NBICU.  We will have the Opening Poster Session and Reception on Friday and Platform presentations as well.

Abstract submission process is open until April 11th!
The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is offering the following to the 2014 NCE abstract presenters;
  • Ten $1,000 travel grants to the top abstracts (Fellows only)
  • Two $1,000 Young Investigator Awards (Fellows only)
  • Travel grants to top ten presenters to attend the 2015 NEO Conference
  • Platform and poster sessions

For more information, please go to:
Abstracts »
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Coding Corner

AAP Perinatal Coding Experts, Gil Martin, Stephen Pearlman and others, answer your questions.

Cindy Walden, CPC, CCS-P has asked:
Who can bill 99465 - - Delivery/birthing room resuscitation, provision of positive pressure ventilation and/or chest compressions in the presence of acute inadequate ventilation and/or cardiac output?

The physician documents that he/she arrived 8-10 minutes after delivery and CPAP was being administered; may that physician bill for the resuscitation?  I do not think so, but the E/M university stated:  The attending physician must provide direct patient contact and be readily available. The doctor doesn’t have to do the procedures or provide 24-hour in-house coverage, but he needs to be physically present at some time during that 24-hour period to examine the patient and review the patient’s care and plan with the healthcare team. Does this apply to 99465? Does the person not have to do the procedure? 

Answers to this and previous coding questions »
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what is the Section on perinatal pediatrics?

The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty subgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.

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