Volume 3, Number 4 - September 2016
The Alabama Chapter-AAP Practice Management Association was created in 2005 to assist its members--representing both solo and group practices--through information, education, and professional contacts. Its core purpose is to improve the effectiveness of pediatric practices and the knowledge and skills of the individuals who manage them.

Dear Alabama Chapter-AAP Practice Management Association Member:

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer and statesman


As all of you are aware, we are two and a half weeks from the AL-AAP PMA annual fall meeting!  It has been a pleasure serving as your Chair and I hope that I have addressed topics that you have been able to apply in everyday practice.  However, my duties will shortly come to a close and will be passed along to Reginald Hope, your current 1st Vice Chair.  With the transition, the PMA will have several opportunities for new leadership; see the list and responsibilities below.  Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Chair; I look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

What You Need to Know Now

BIG THANK YOU to practices who advocated for kids
The Alabama Chapter-AAP and many member practices worked hard and long hours over the last several months to make a case to Alabama legislators on the importance of fully funding Medicaid for Fiscal Year 2017.  As you know, the Alabama Legislature passed the "BP oil bill" last week, ending the Special Session and allocating $190 million over the next two years to the Alabama Medicaid Agency!  $85 million will, by and large, fill this coming year's budget shortfall, and $105 million will go toward Medicaid's Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018) budget.  Many, many thanks to all of the pediatricians and practice staff people who talked to our legislators, arranged media interviews, used social media to spread the word and more.  You all are THE BEST!

The countdown is on!  Register now for PMA Annual Meeting and Practice Management Workshop
Have you registered yet?  Our Annual Meeting is set for Friday, September 30 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham.  It will be here before we know it!  See all of the topics and speakers, the schedule and more and register now

Introducing the new Alabama Chapter-AAP website at!
This summer, the Alabama Chapter-AAP launched its brand-new, resource-rich website!  At, you will find plenty of resources for Alabama pediatricians, the latest news, a new "shopping experience" for meeting registration, complete with a Shopping Cart feature to add sessions easily, simple navigation, and new and improved Practice Management pages - on the main menu across the top!  Take a tour! 

Did you miss any of the PMA's recent webinars?  See them now! 
For several years now, your Practice Management Association has conducted webinars every other month on pediatric practice management topics of great interest to our members.  With the new Alabama Chapter-AAP website, all of those sessions are available as on-demand audiovisual recordings in one place!  Check them out here. 

PMA Executive Committee positions open

In preparation for October 1, the Practice Management Association is accepting nominations for the following open positions:

  • 1st Vice Chair (Conference Chair) - The Conference Committee of the Alabama Chapter AAP Practice Management Association coordinates educational conferences of the organization as well as provides overall leadership to the conference subcommittee of the Steering Committee. Duties include recruitment of Association members for the subcommittee, agenda development and coordination of the subcommittee meetings, reporting on subcommittee activities when requested, development of the agenda for general meetings, assisting the staff of the Alabama Chapter AAP in recruitment of speakers for the meetings, and assisting the speakers during the general meetings (i.e. handouts, etc.). Upon completion of the one-year commitment this individual will assume the Chair responsibilities.
  • 2nd Vice Chair (Membership Committee) - The Membership Committee of the Alabama Chapter AAP Practice Management Association coordinates all membership activities of the organization. The committee provides leadership on the recruitment of new members to the Association, and the retention of current members. The 2nd Vice Chair is elected by the PMA membership for a one-year term.
  • Secretary/Treasurer - The Alabama Chapter AAP Practice Management Association assists the Chair in corresponding with the members of the Association as needed. Duties include taking minutes at all Executive Committee and business meetings, providing a copy of these minutes to the staff of Alabama Chapter–AAP, collecting dues from members of the Association, and tracking income and expenses of the Association and reporting on such when requested. The Secretary/Treasurer is elected by the PMA membership for a one-year term.

If interested in serving, complete this nomination form and return it to Rosalyn Rowley at

Pediatric Practice Management Briefs

Did you know?  You can be a member of the National AAP, Pediatric Practice Manager Alliance (PPMA), which includes access to the Section on Practice Management group email list.  For more details, click here

Get help preparing for new ICD-10-CM coding changes
Beginning Oct. 1, there will be 1,943 new ICD-10-CM codes, 422 revised codes and 305 “invalid” codes, which will have additional digits to further classify them. This article in the August issue of AAP News details how these changes may affect pediatric practices. However, there is an important set of codes that are not included; go here for a short look at what is going to be needed for everyday pediatric coding

Language barriers between patients and pediatricians can affect quality of care
Understand how to assess physician responsibilities for language services when treating patients with limited English proficiency. Learn options for providing language translation and interpretation and how effective communication can reduce medical liability in a recent AAP News column “Pediatricians and the Law.”  

Pediatrician: CMS mandate on EHRs to improve care for transgender patients
A CMS mandate requiring EHR vendors to include birth sex, sexual orientation and gender identity as demographic data in their platforms for stage 3 meaningful use may reduce the risk of disparities in health care for transgender patients, writes Dr. Patrick Brown, a member of the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology. "Establishing consistent policies about what information to record and effective workflows for patients to disclose the information confidentially also will be needed to improve care for transgender patients," Brown writes.  AAP News (6/16)

Ala. district to house health, wellness center
Students in an Alabama school district will have access to on-campus health and wellness services under the SMART Student Health program. The program was piloted in Illinois and has since expanded to Alabama, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.  Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper) (6/11)

Physicians say more needs to be done to prevent burnout
An InCrowd survey found 74% of primary care and emergency department physicians said their health care facility or practice was not doing enough to address or prevent burnout. The survey found time pressures and stress linked to electronic medical records were top reasons given for burnout.  HIT Consultant (6/22)

ICYMI:  AAP coding hotline offers reviews by certified coders
The AAP offers a member benefit where members or their staff can submit coding and payment issues for review by certified coders. AAP staff works to assist not only with correct coding, but help with payer denials where they can. The AAP encourages all members to utilize this free resource, as this is the only official source for answers for your coding questions from the AAP. The coding hotline also is the hub for all payer issues as well. Contact the hotline at  

HPV champion toolkit

The HPV Champion Toolkit has been developed to provide practices with easy access to the best resources available regarding HPV vaccination including sample PDSA cycles that can be used in your office, power point presentations, FAQs and more. This toolkit is intended to help members of the pediatric office team protect children from HPV infections and future HPV-related cancers.

Alabama Medicaid/ALL Kids Updates
Meaningful Use update
The Alabama Medicaid Agency announced Friday that the new State Level Registry system to process Meaningful Use attestations for Program Year (PY) 2015 is set to go live on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  The system will process both Adopt-Implement-Upgrade (AIU) and Meaningful Use (MU) attestations for PY 2015. See this link for full details.  For instructions on retrieving your CMS ID, click here.

ICYMI:  Medicaid Now and Then (Post-RCO implementation)
For more details on what changes will be made once the RCOs do get off the ground, see the Chapter's Medicaid Now and Then document.  In addition, please visit the Medicaid RCO web page (pictured at left)

Follow these links for more information from Medicaid about pharmacy, RCOs, alerts and more:
News Articles

Blue Cross Blue Shield tidbits

2016 Blue Advantage® Primary Care Incentive (PCI) Program - Quick Facts

Territory Map for Network Services Representatives

Your PMA leadership
Please contact us and let us know how we can serve you and your practice.
Rosalyn Rowley, Chair
Fairhope Pediatrics
(251) 928-5568

Reggie Hope, 1st Vice Chair       
Pediatrics East, Pinson
(205) 681-5377 x 62249

Linda Waldrop, 2nd Vice Chair          
Children's of Alabama
(205) 638-6624

Robert Troy, Secretary-Treasurer
Partners in Pediatrics, Montgomery
(334) 272-1799

Lynn Brown, Communications Chair
Children's of Alabama
(205) 638-2765

Byron Clark, Immediate Past Chair
Birmingham Pediatric Associates

Other Important Links

Rosalyn Rowley, 2015-2016 Chair
AL-AAP Practice Management Association

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