President’s Message – J. Routt Reigart, MD, FAAP
Spring 2016 Update
The SCAAP has been extremely active in 2016. We are working hard to provide the best possible care for all of South Carolina’s children and the most valuable benefits for all of our members.
Here are a few of the projects that we have been working on:
Quality Improvement programs:
The SCAAP organizes and supports an annual CATCH meeting, including practice teams from many practices statewide. The CATCH meeting provides CME at no cost to the physicians and provides a great networking opportunity for everyone attending the meeting. There is also an open forum which allows SCAAP members to interact with high-ranking state officials and discuss issues important to children’s health care in South Carolina
The QTIP program is a CHIPRA grant project which brings together 29 practices state-wide to collaborate on 24 CHIPRA indicators and formulate varied and creative quality improvement projects. The 29 practices come together at learning collaboratives twice yearly. Each practice team includes a lead physician, a clinical team member and a clerical team member. The practices learn from each other and gain knowledge which they can use to improve care in their own practice. QTIP also provides a blog which allows for ongoing interaction between the practices all year long.
SCAAP provides CME opportunities via the CATCH meeting and the annual summer CME meeting. The summer meeting in 2016, to be held at the Marriott Resort and Spa in July, will provide great practical CME for the practicing pediatrician and wonderful opportunities for networking with our colleagues.
A wonderful benefit of membership in SCAAP is part 4 MOC credit offered for participation in QI projects based upon the QTIP program. This benefit is open to all SCAAP members, not just those who are actually involved in the QTIP program. Any SCAAP member may participate and receive part 4 credit.
Access to Insurers, DHHS and DHEC:
SCAAP members interact frequently with private insurers, DHHS, DHEC, Medicaid HMOs etc. This “seat at the table” allows us to help shape the policies that affect children’s health in South Carolina.
As you can see, SCAAP is active and involved and is accomplishing great things in our state. We welcome feedback from our members on what we could be doing better.