FCAAP is always looking for resources to help you in your practice of pediatrics. These links have been carefully curated to help you stay informed about the latest resources, tools, and medical guidance. Looking for education opportunies? Take a look at our CE Opportunities page!
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- Florida Dental Association (FDA)
- Florida Hospital Association (FHA)
- Florida Legal Services (FLS)
- Florida Medical Association (FMA)
- Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC)
- Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
COVID-19 Provider Resources
This announcements section will be updated in conjunction with the release of pertinent information from leading agencies.
FCAAP Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
In response to the March 7, 2022 announcement by Florida’s Surgeon General that the Florida Department of Health will not recommend COVID-19 vaccination for “healthy children,” FCAAP has released a statement reaffirming its recommendation that all eligible children 5 years of age and older receive the vaccine. Read the statement here.
Pfizer Granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Candidate for the Prevention of RSV in Infants from Birth up to Six Months of Age by Active Immunization of Pregnant Women: Read the News Release PDF
Caring for Children With Special Health Care Needs, COVID-19 Testing
The AAP has updated some interim guidance during COVID-19. The guidance for the care of children with special health care needs notes that some adolescents who are immunocompromised may be eligible for an additional primary series dose of the vaccine, and all who are eligible are urged to get a booster dose for additional protection. It also emphasizes that cloth face masks are less effective against the omicron variant, and the best protection is given by well-fitting N95/K95/KF94 masks, followed by well-fitting surgical/procedure masks. The testing updates include alignment and linking to CDC K-12 guidance and quarantine and isolation guidance.
Updated Interim Guidance: Caring for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated Interim Guidance: COVID-19 Testing Guidance
American Academy of Pediatrics Offers New Masking Recommendations for Families Following Updated CDC Guidance
CDC’s updated recommendations allow communities to relax risk mitigation measures like masking when all three of the following conditions are met: low COVID-19 transmission rates, low hospital admission rates, and adequate hospital capacity. Communities with high levels of immunization also have more protections that make masks less critical, though many children and individuals lack this protection.
AAP advises families to consider the following factors in making this decision:
- If their child is between ages 2 and 5 and currently ineligible for COVID-19 vaccine
- If their child is immunocompromised and may not have a protective immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine, or is at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness
- If their child is not immunized
- If other members of their family are at higher risk of severe disease or are not immunized
- If they live in a community with “high” COVID-19 transmission
These factors may lead adults and children to continue wearing face masks in public indoor settings, including schools, even if not required. According to the AAP, children, adolescents, and teachers who choose to continue wearing face masks in school settings should be supported in their decision to do so.
CDC’s guidance calls for public health decision-making on masks based on local conditions. Based on CDC’s new guidance, universal mask policies are still necessary in many parts of the country. In addition, localities will need flexibility to reinstitute masking as local situations warrant. Policies that serve as impediments to this local decision-making are inappropriate and should be eliminated.
The AAP strongly recommends that all individuals ages 5 years and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional layered prevention strategies such as testing, ventilation, and masking can also create a cocooning effect that offers protection for children too young to be vaccinated or who have health conditions, such as immune-compromise or lung conditions, that are more likely to result in severe disease from COVID-19 infection.
Pfizer Medical Now Providing COVID Vaccine Training for kids 6 months though 4 years
Pfizer Medical is now conducting virtual training, available to all providers, on potential new presentation (Maroon Cap) for individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. Please note, the vaccine has NOT been authorized or approved for use in individuals younger than 5 years of age in the United States. The US Government has, however, requested that Pfizer immediately begin training providers on the Maroon Cap presentation of the vaccine for patients 6 months through 4 years of age. These sessions will be updated to reflect the latest information and recent changes, which will be identified at the start of each session.
Update, March 16, 2022
Pfizer’s medical updates & immunization site training has been revamped and the program was divided into two sections:
- Medical updates & new information, followed by:
- Storage, handling, and administration of the vaccine.
Please visit this page for more information and the most up-to-date training schedule.
CDC/IDSA COVID-19 Clinician Call: Vaccine Boosters
These one-hour webinars, held Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET, focus on timely issues of relevance to clinicians and feature case presentations by experts in the field, synthesis of new data, and an opportunity to engage with colleagues.
- Back to the Office Toolkit PDF
- Keeping Children Healthy Parent Handout PDF
- COVID-19 Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series
- Back to School Checklist in English and PDFSpanish . PDF
- FCAAP Recommendations for School Reopening 7.28.20 PDF
- FCAAP Recommendations for School Reopening – Revised 9.11.20 PDF
- FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 10.20.20 PDF
- FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 11.23.20 PDF
- FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 12.23.20 PDF
- FCAAP “Stay S.A.F.E.R.: Travel Guidance During an Ongoing Pandemic”
- Back to Safe Communities of Learning (SCOL) Decision Guide
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) RESOURCES
AAP offers information to help practices administer COVID-19 vaccine to children and teens. These pages will be updated frequently as details are available regarding dosing, coding, and administration of the vaccine for ages 5-11. For questions or comments related to the vaccine, please email COVIDemail@example.com.
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA):\
- All AHCA Issued COVID-19 Alerts
- Sign up for AHCA email alerts
- Updated Vaccine Administration Rates – posted 4.6.21
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
- CDC Guidelines for Re-Opening Services
- CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
- Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkits (Recipient Communication, Storage and Handling, Long-Term Care Facility Guidance)
- CDC’s V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
- CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents
- CDC Updated Clinical Considerations for the Use of COVID-19 Vaccine
- CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
- COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
County Executive Orders on Facial Coverings During COVID-19
Available executive orders pertaining to facial coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida can be found alphabetically by county as follows: Alachua, Broward, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Leon, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, and the City of Tampa.
Florida Department of Health (FL DOH)
- Florida COVID-19 Response
- 24/7 COVID-19 Call Center: call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- FL DOH Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call for COVID-19 – fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm EST. Click here for call in information and additional details.
- COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Healthy Kids
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
State of Florida Response
USDA Food & Nutrition Service
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- FDA Updated EUA for Phizer COVID-19 Vaccine – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized storage of Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine at standard freezer temperatures for up to one month. Unopened, thawed vials of the vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for up to a month, up from a previous maximum limit of five days. Review the full EUA amendment and access the Fact Sheet.
- FDA: Multilingual COVID-19 Resources
White House Task Force COVID-19 Response
BUSINESS & PERSONAL RESOURCES
- FCAAP “Back to the Office” Toolkit PDF
- Free legal services for healthcare workers from Legal Advocacy for Medical Providers Foundation, Inc. (LAMP)
- FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 fraud schemes
- Small Business Association (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program Application PDF
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program
- HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund site for provider inquiries and payment attestation portal through United Health Group
- HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Instructions 6.11.20 PDF
- HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Application 6.11.20 PDF
- HHS Medicaid Targeted Distribution FAQs 7.6.20
- AAP FAQ: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund 6.15.20
- U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Loan Information PDF
- Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
- Well-Child Visits Provided Via Telemedicine During the COVID-19 State of Emergency – 5.29.20 PDF
- Telemedicine Payor Guide – 4.3.2020 PDF
- Telemedicine Detailed Payor Coverage – 4.3.2020 PDF
Disclaimer: The information above is subject to change daily, individual contracts may vary, and the 30-90 day periods for waivers will vary between payors.
The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice based upon new information, resources, and directives from federal, state, and local authorities and medical experts. While FCAAP will do its best to update information that has been changed due to the issuance of new guidance and directives, there will be a delay in such updates and we cannot guarantee that all information will be updated to reflect such changes. This information is provided only as general guidance and is not being offered as a medical or legal opinion.Thank you to The Pfizer Foundation for supporting FCAAP’s efforts to support pediatricians and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- FCAAP Immunization Campaign Toolkit in English and Spanish
- Policies and Procedures related to vaccine loss due to a natural disaster . PDF
- AAP Immunization Campaign Materials
- Vaccine Advocacy Snapshot PDF
- Flu Shot Awareness Toolkit PDF
- HPV Facts for Providers PDF
Atlantic Health Partners has always been a strong resource for our members’ immunization efforts by offering the most favorable vaccine prices, terms, and purchasing support. We are pleased to share that Atlantic Health Partners has expanded its program with the addition of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) vaccines. This include options for practices interested in the GSK portfolio or for those practices just interested in using Bexsero (Meningitis B vaccine).
Atlantic Health Partners now offers our members the full array of vaccine options to best meet your individual practice needs including:
- Most favorable pricing for Sanofi, Merck, GSK, and Dynavax vaccines
- A comprehensive flu program that includes Sanofi, GSK, and Seqirus products
- Meningoccocal B vaccine options that include both Trumenba or Bexsero
- No minimum quantity requirements to always receive most favorable pricing and terms
- Excellent and timely customer service including reimbursement support and advocacy
For information about the program, please contact Jeff or Cindy at 800-741-2044 or email@example.com
Medicaid and MPIP
NON-OPOID PAIN MANAGEMENT
- Your responsibility under the law. (FDOH)
Public Charge & Immigrant Child Health Resources
The public charge rule goes into effect on February 24, 2020.
- AAP & Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Resources
- Caring for Former Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors – best practices toolkit
State Advocacy Links
- Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
- Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)
- Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc.
- Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF)
- Florida Department of Education (DOE)
- Florida Department of Health (DOH)
- Florida DOH, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BOEMS)
- Florida DOH, Bureau of Immunizations (BOI)
- Florida DOH, Medical Quality Assurance Services
- Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
- Florida HealthyKids
- Vaccines for Children
- This three step Think Zika guide will help the practitioners in your office identify, test, and report Zika PDF
- Perinatal Zika Process Maps
- Centers for Disease Control – Zika Virus PDF
- Florida Zika testing guidance for pregnant women PDF
- Hurricane Evacuees – Zika testing, lead testing, and school immunizations PDF
- Zika testing for women and infant hurricane evacuees PDF
- CDC Updated Guidance for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection PDF
- Evaluation for Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection PDF
- Follow-Up Care for Infants Exposed to Zika Virus
BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE PROVIDER RESOURCES
FCAAP is happy to provide you a convenient set of provider resource links to help you navigate the nationwide baby formula shortage.
BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE PROVIDER RESOURCES
- Status of Infant Formula Recall — Related Waivers (WIC)
- Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage
- Department of Health and Human Services Information Sheet
- For Providers Only: Abbott Metabolic Formula Information & Product Order Form