Saturday, October 11, 2014

8:30 am -10:00 am    

Telephone Care: A Primer for Pediatrician in the Medical Home
Interactive Group Forum

Faculty will provide an overview of office telephone triage and how it is important to the patient-centered medical home model of care and care plan oversight. This session will enhance the participant's concept of the basics of telephone triage (including breastfeeding triage) and the nurse triage function (how to select, train, and monitor appropriate staff). Emphasis will be placed on standards and competencies expected in both physician and nurse triage. How to utilize quality improvement methods to continuously improve the quality of triage programs and minimize legal risk will be explored. An overview of the telephone triage Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and how to utilize them appropriately will be reviewed.

Faculty - Andrew Hertz, MD, FAAP
Sponsored by the Section on Telehealth Care

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm     

Patient Portals in Pediatrics: Practical Tips and Avoiding Pitfalls
Selected Short Subject

The audience will be introduced to the patient portal, including history and current state of options for patient portals. This session will provide explanations of why patient portals were developed, challenges in their use, and illustrative cases to show how the patient portals could be used in a clinic visit. Case reports will illustrate different challenges as well as scenarios for pediatricians with different levels of experience.

Faculty - Emily Chui Webber, MD, FAAP
Sponsored by the Council on Clinical Information Technology
and the Section on Telehealth Care


Sunday, October 12, 2014

7:00 am – 8:00 am                 

Telehealth for Complex Children: the Devil’s in the Details
Meet the Expert

A background overview of telemedicine will be presented including a discussion of existing telehealth initiatives. Case material from pediatric palliative care (a pediatric home ventilator program and a home pediatric palliative care program) will be presented to illustrate the application of telehealth in the home care of children receiving palliative care. Discussion of the current strengths and weaknesses of telehealth will be provided from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Faculty - David Steinhorn, MD, FAAP
Sponsored by the Sections on Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Telehealth Care

12:00 noon until 4:30 pm

Telehealth, Home Care and the Medical Home: New Modalities in the Care of Children with Medical Complexity
Joint H Program with Telehealth Care and Home Care

By attending this session you will learn the nature of telehealth and its unique applications in pediatric home care.  You will understand how telehealth technologies advance the objectives of the comprehensive, continuous, coordinated care delivered in a patient- and family-centered medical home.  Presenters will explain how these technologies positively influence health outcomes and costs by decreasing emergency department utilization, shortening hospital stays, and, in some instances, supporting the decision to avoid inter-hospital transfer for specialized care.  You will learn strategies to bill and advocate for payment for telehealth services.

Complimentary boxed lunches provided to the first 100 attendees

Moderators:    Alexander L. Okun, MD, FAAP and Jeffrey R. Kile, MD, MHA, FAAP

12:00 pm         Welcome and Introduction

Review recent advances in home care and their applications in the care of children with medical complexity (CMC).   Provide an overview of the role of telehealth in home care for CMC. Outline the role of each AAP Section in working to improve care at home for CMC.

12:30 pm         Dale C. Alverson, MD, FAAP

Present specific applications of telehealth care in the treatment of CMC receiving care at home: history, current modalities, and view of the future.  The last 10 minutes will be for Q & A.

1:20 pm           Break

1:30 pm           Gresham C. Bayne, MD, FAAP, FAEEM

Discuss financial considerations and challenges involved when implementing telehealth care in the treatment of CMC receiving care at home.  Provide practical guidance on how to bill and potentially receive payment for these services. The last 10 minutes will be for Q & A.

2:20 pm           James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, FAAP

Describe the interface of telehealth care methods applied within the hospital, between hospitals and between health professionals in various sites and the patient’s home.  Review data supporting the notion that these uses of telehealth care can lead to cost savings, greater efficiency and better care overall. The last 20 minutes will be for Q & A.

3:30 pm           Networking Session

4:00 pm           SOTC and SOHCa Business Meetings

4:30 pm           Adjourn
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm     

The Connected Pediatrician: Personal, Digital, and Virtual Care
Selected Short Subject

Learn about the use of technology and social media to enhance the patient/family-practice relationship. If this relationship is relevant and meaningful, the patient's health can be significantly improved.

Faculty - Todd Wolynn, MD, FAAP

Sponsored by Sections on Administration and Practice Management and Telehealth Care                                   

Monday, October 13, 2014

11:10 am – 11:30 am 

Where There is No Psychiatrist: A Method for Addressing the Needs of Underserved Communities Using Tele-Behavioral Health

The new morbidities of mental health and behavioral health pose a challenge for all pediatricians and others who care for children and their families, especially in rural and medically underserved communities. Telebehavioral health is a technology that addresses the inequalities between behavioral health workforce supply and demand. This presentation will describe how telebehavioral health technology can support innovative models of care addressing behavioral health shortages in specific populations. Solutions that have addressed these issues in their communities and other rural and medically underserved communities will be addressed.

Faculty - Jane Oski, MD, FAAP
Sponsored by the Committee on Native American Child Health
and the Section on Telehealth Care

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Technology Virtual Grand Rounds

The Technology Virtual Grand Rounds (VGRs) were developed to provide education to AAP members on topics in telehealth and health information technology (HIT) relevant to the profession of pediatrics. The VGRs are intended to feature a wide-range of topics geared towards primary care pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

2011 Webinars

Respiratory Illnesses (featuring Randy Sterkel, MD, FAAP) - Click here for handouts (SOTC Members only)

2010 Webinars

Breastfeeding (featuring Maya Bunik, MD, FAAP) - Click here for handouts (SOTC Members only)

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Behavioral Issues: Crying, Sleeping, and Tantrums - Click here for handouts (SOTC Members Only)

Holiday Hazards (featuring Maya Bunik, MD, FAAP) - Click here for handouts (SOTC Members Only)

ATA Webinars

This Month in Telemedicine Series - a free monthly videocast, providing news and public policy updates on issues impacting the use and deployment of telemedicine including remote clinical services, mHealth and online consultations.

ATA 2013 Annual Meeting & Trade Show Recordings

Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law (CTeL)

TeleTown Halls - an online video discussion forum where telehealth experts and CTeL Members can come to together to discuss emerging telehealth issues.

Other Opportunities & Events

American Telemedicine Association

ATA Fall Forum
September 6-9, 2014
Palm Desert, CA

20th Annual Meeting & Expo
May 3-5, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

21st Annual Meeting & Trade Show
May 15-17, 2016
Minneapolis, MN