Clinical guidance on well-child and sick visits
How do we provide routine preventive and sick care during this pandemic? The AAP recently published recommendations to give guidance on best practices for how to care for patients under these conditions. Key takeaways are:
- Continue to offer well-child check ups. Consider conducting well visits for newborns, and for infants and young children who require immunizations, and rescheduling well visits for those in middle childhood and older to a later date.
- Be flexible. Consider modifying your clinical schedule and physical space to minimize risk. Increase capacity to deliver telehealth when possible.
What You Can Do
The AAP has recorded two new webinars on COVID-19 to help you address these circumstances we have never encountered before. Watch them whenever is convenient for you:
- COVID-19 Pandemic – Clinical Guidance on Pediatric Practices: Strategies for pediatricians to increase infection control practices in their office to protect patients and health care workers.
- Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic: Helping clinicians understand how to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to help parents talk to their children.
Look for an update from the AAP on emergency actions related to telehealth services, , including how to engage with your state Medicaid agency and other payors.