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May 29, 2019

New toolkit for responding to measles outbreaks

A new toolkit provides resources to health care professionals responding to measles outbreaks.

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it includes information on talking to families about measles, mumps and rubella vaccines and fact sheets to share with parents about immunization schedules, potential complications of measles and the risks of not vaccinating. Access the kit at

Pediatric Collection: Bioethics

The “Ethics Rounds: A Casebook in Pediatric Bioethics” collection presents a series of cases highlighting ethical dilemmas that arise in pediatrics.

Bioethicist John Lantos, M.D., FAAP, curated and edited pediatrics issues that vary drastically from other clinical settings. Among topics: End-of-Life Decisions; When Doctors and Parents Have Different Philosophies; Ethical Issues in Genomics; Ethical Issues Surrounding Permanent Severe Disability in Childhood; Research Ethics; and Issues in Law and Health Policy.

The resource serves as a starting point for discussions on pediatric bioethics and a reference when reflecting on similar cases. Visit

Award-winning AAP coding resources

Valuable AAP coding resources earned awards from the American Medical Association (AMA).

The Coding Corner column in AAP News was one of several AAP coding resources that the AMA recognized with its CPT Educational Excellence Award. (Access the column archive at

Coding for Pediatrics 2019: A Manual for Pediatric Documentation and Payment, 24th Edition, coding quick reference cards, the AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter, AAP coding hotline, coding website and coding webinars also were recognized by the AMA.

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Pediatric Care Online trial

Chances are you have used Pediatric Care Online in practice or during residency training. For 10 years, it has been the AAP’s point-of-care clinical reference. Now is your chance to try it for a month.

New features are a streamlined look, robust searching, responsive design and a simplified log-in; updated content, forms, tools and visual libraries; access to Red Book Online and the Pediatric Patient Education library; Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition; videos and webinars. Visit

AAP clinical practice guideline manual

A new manual provides clarity on the development of AAP clinical practice guidelines.

The Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines Development and Implementation Manual uses best practices to help guideline authors and participants understand the entire process, including revisions, dissemination and implementation.

The AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety developed the manual in collaboration with executive leadership.

Clinical practice guidelines are defined as “evidence-based clinical guidance that is based on a comprehensive literature review and data analyses with formal rules of evidence in support of each recommendation made.”

The AAP also publishes other types of policy, such as policy statements that “advocate, direct or detail a public health position,” technical reports that are “based on a review of literature and data analyses” and clinical reports that “address best practices and state-of-the-art medicine” to guide pediatricians in the clinical setting.

The manual explains methods to select clinical practice guideline topics and teams, identify conflicts of interest, conduct systematic review and evidence aggregation, formulate recommendations, conduct peer review, and set implementation timelines and strategies for development and topic scoring.

The manual will be updated as new information and resources become available for authors and stakeholders.

Access the manual at

Program: opioid-exposed women, infants 

Improving Outcomes Related to Opioid Misuse through Strategies Addressing Clinical Care for Women and Infants is a new project focused on quality of care for women of reproductive age and infants exposed to opioids.

Infants exposed to opioids prenatally are at high risk of being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The AAP and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are collaborating on the project. It will assess needs, gaps, current practices among stakeholders and existing resources. Evidence-based information on screening, prevention, intervention and treatment for maternal opioid use will be disseminated. Visit

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