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November 22, 2014

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November 18, 2014

Preventive Health Services Recommendations for Children

Increased access to preventive care was one of the objectives of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance policies sold through state and federal insurance exchanges are required to cover a variety of preventive services, all with the hope of early treatment and avoiding complex and costly health care services.

The health care law charges the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to report annually on gaps in preventive services coverage and offer recommendations on preventive care priorities. On Monday, the group released its 2014 report, which reviews this year’s recommendations and focuses on preventive care for children and adolescents. The report describes recommendations on screening and tests for a range of conditions for children:

  •  Alcohol Misuse
  • Cervical Cancer:
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
  • Dental Caries
  • Depression
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
  • Drug Use, Illicit or Nonmedical
  • Genital Herpes Simplex
  • Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • Hyperbilirubinemia:
  • Hypertension, Primary:
  • Hypothyroidism, Congenital:
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia:
  • Lead:
  • Lipid Disorders:
  • Obesity
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Scoliosis, Idiopathic
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Speech and Language Delay and Disorders
  • Suicide Risk
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Tobacco Use
  • Visual Impairment

October 1, 2014

On the Move in Health: Ami Gadhia

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(Source: Consumers Union)

The American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 62,000 pediatricians, has hired Ami Gadhia as an assistant director in its department of federal affairs, where she will work on a variety of child health issues.

Fast facts about Gadhia:

  • She was previously a senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, where she focused on auto, food and product safety issues.
  • Part of Gadhia’s role at Consumers Union was to testify before congressional committees, such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee on policy issues within her purview.
  • Some of the issues that Gadhia will focus on at AAP include preventing child abuse and neglect, improving the foster care and adoption system, and addressing toxic stress.
  • Gadhia is gearing up for the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which she hopes Congress will take up next year.
  • She started work at AAP in early July.

Gadhia says her work at Consumers Union prepared her well for work on a broad portfolio of issues at APP: “[I’m] used to juggling different agencies, different committees and jurisdictions.”

A profile of Gadhia appeared in the Sept. 29, 2014 issue of CQ Weekly.

July 8, 2014

Rare Pediatric and Neglected Tropical Diseases: FDA Responds With Guidance

Capitol Hill asks for a lot of things in legislation, and federal agencies eventually do respond. The FDA issued reactions recently to two requests made in bills enacted prior to the current Congress.

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