COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES
Letter to Parents Regarding Return to School
Safety measures in place at our pediatric practices:
Kids Health First and all of the pediatric practices we represent are currently faced with unchartered territory during this COVID-19 pandemic. Because this is a new illness, we are learning more and more about its symptoms, its transmission and its effects on the health of everyone on a daily basis.
As your family’s health and safety are our top priority, our practices are currently following guidelines recommended by the CDC for the safety of our patients and families, our providers, staff and their families.
*Kids Health First does not see patients. If you are seeking a pediatrician within our organization, please click here to find a pediatrician convenient to you.
The following is a list of recommendations we have put into place:
- We encourage you to complete your pre-registration online to reduce face-to-face time in the office. If you do not have access to a computer or other device, try to pre-register by phone.
- When you arrive at the pediatrician’s office, let them know you have arrived before entering the building. The staff should take your information and let you know when they are ready to see you and your child.
- Please do not bring other children or family members to your child’s appointment. It is important to limit the number of people with you during an appointment. If you have other children that need to be seen, ask to see if you can schedule all the children at the same time.
- Please wear a cloth mask or covering for the nose and mouth before entering the office. Children under the age of 2 should not use masks as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.
- Before arriving at your pediatrician’s office, please check with the office on their specific process for entering the building.
- Sick and well visits should be scheduled at different times.
- All areas should be thoroughly cleaned between patient visits and after closing each day
- Please contact your pediatrician to see whether a telehealth visit may be an appropriate option to consider. Not all situations can be managed through a telehealth visit.
As we are following guidelines from the CDC and the AAP, which may change as we learn more about COVID-19, we will provide regular updates about our recommended policies and procedures.
A Message for Parents from Dr. Anna Kuo, Pediatrician
The Importance of the Pediatric Medical Home and Staying Up-to-Date on Childhood Immunizations during the Pandemic
Anna Kuo, M.D., Pediatrician at Peachtree Park Pediatrics in Atlanta which is a member of the Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Pediatrics, the past President of that Board, and an active member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Discuss the importance of regular visits with your child’s pediatrician and staying up-to-date on childhood immunizations, particularly during the pandemic when we have seen a drop in the number of immunizations across the country.
- Discuss the importance of those visits as a means to monitor your child’s growth, developmental skills, social and emotional health. Early intervention is key.
- Discuss the importance of screening for conditions such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, anemia, lead exposure, heart murmurs, hip dysplasia, and scoliosis.
- Assure families of the safety precautions that have been put into place in the pediatric practices based on the CDC guidelines
- Remind parents of the key components of remaining safe during the pandemic through the use of a face covering, social distancing practices, and hand washing.
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS
Medicaid/Chip Provider Relief Fund
Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance presents a webinar for pediatric primary and specialty practices on the 15 B Medicaid /CHIP Provider Relief Fund recently released by HHS.
Lori Foley, Office Managing Principal I and Managing Principal of Compliance Services
PYA, Healthcare Consulting Firm, Atlanta, Georgia
Lori is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Change Diagnostic Index (CDI) Certified. She is a member of the Institute of Managerial Accountants, the Society of Human Resource Managers, the Professional Association of Health Care Managers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Lori is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national organizations on operational, financial and human resource topics impacting today’s medical practices.
- Provide background on the CARES Act + Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act
- Describe the current release of 15B dollars by HHS to Medicaid and CHIP providers through the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund
- Identify eligibility and documentation requirements
- Detail on how to apply for the funds
- Discuss the parameters of the funds eligibility and how the funds can be spent
- Describe in detail the obligation connected to the receipt and disbursement of those funds
- General information related to the application and eligibility process
Deadline to submit is July 20, 2020
Immunizations Remain Important
Keyana R. Washington, M.D
John Clark with Georgia Focus Extra interviews Dr. Keyana Washington, an Atlanta area pediatrician, on the importance of well-child visits and scheduled immunizations for all children during the COVID-19 pandemic. She describes the safety measures being put into place at area pediatric offices, why the office environment is safe, and what to expect during those visits.
Protecting Your Children
Dr. Keyana Washington discusses how to protect children during summer activities and beyond. She also emphasizes the importance of teaching your child how to remain safe during COVID-19 through hand washing, social distancing, and when appropriate, wearing a face mask.