Open Enrollment Is Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018

Be sure to encourage patient families to review their coverage and sign up through the insurance marketplace on For Pennsylvania residents, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has some great information to help patients and their families sign up for coverage, and other important resources on how to use your insurance and get the best care when you need it. Visit for more information.

New Podcast Episode: Diabetes Management

In this episode, Jessica Lilley, MD, Division Chief of Endocrinology at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, talks about how a new-onset diabetic might present in a pediatrician’s office, the variety of presentations and symptoms to watch for at different ages, risk factors for type 1 diabetes, what tests primary care providers should start with and more.

Ophthalmology Expands Services in New Jersey

Pediatric ophthalmologist and surgeon Julia Byrd, MD, has joined CHOP’s Division of Ophthalmology. Dr. Byrd specializes in the diagnosis and management of strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric ocular trauma, retinopathy of prematurity, and other congenital eye disorders. She will primarily see patients at CHOP’s Specialty Care Center at Virtua, Ophthalmology’s new location in New Jersey. Services available at Virtua include pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric oculoplastics and orbital surgery, pediatric optometry, and orthoptic services. To refer a patient, call 215-590-2791.

Program to Support Transition to Adult Care in New Jersey

New Jersey Transition to Adulthood Comprehensive Care (NJTACC) is an interdisciplinary team designed to assist teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they face the challenges associated with their transition to adult services and medical care. This new clinic is located at CHOP Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro.

Clinical Guidelines: Primary Care Pathway for Evaluation of Children with Physical Abuse Concerns

This pathway for the evaluation and treatment of children with physical abuse concerns in a primary care setting seeks to standardize the evaluation of children of suspected physical abuse. Guidelines include policies for reporting to CPS, photodocumentation tips, and when to refer to the ED.

Fever in Kids: New Video for Parents

Educating parents and caregivers about managing fevers can help reduce worry and unnecessary trips to the doctor. This new video for parents covers common concerns, what’s considered a normal symptom of fever, and abnormal symptoms to watch for that necessitate a call to the doctor. Of note, the information in this video is for otherwise healthy children older than 3 months.

Fetal and Neonatal Neurologist Joins Team

CHOP’s Division of Neurology recently welcomed Sonika Agarwal, MBBS, MD, DNB, MNAMS, an attending physician specializing in fetal and neonatal neurology and neurocritical care. Dr. Agarwal’s clinical expertise includes counseling for brain malformations diagnosed in utero, and acute N/IICU management and neurodevelopmental follow-up across the lifespan in neonates with perinatal brain injury, stroke, structural brain abnormalities, neonatal seizures, and other high-risk perinatal events. She will see patients at CHOP’s Main Campus. To refer a patient, call 215-590-1719.

CHOP Talks CME Events Near You

Join us for an upcoming CHOP Talks CME session for information on the latest clinical advances and how they can benefit your patients.

  • Pediatric Neurology Update — Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Chalfont, PA (details being finalized)
  • Weighing in on Pediatric Obesity — Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Glen Mills, PA (details being finalized)

RSVP to Abe Cooperman at or 267-426-2506.

The Opioid Crisis: Birth through Adolescence

On Jan. 15, 2019, CHOP at AtlantiCare, in collaboration with AtlantiCare, is hosting a one-day symposium to discuss the current state of the opioid crisis as it impacts pregnant women, substance-exposed newborns, and children.



Call Our Clinician Priority Phone Line

Have you tried our full-service Clinician Priority Phone Line yet? Call 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467) and press 2 to be connected to the on-call physician or nurse practitioner in the CHOP program you specify. Patient families can also use this line and press 1 for assistance. Find other easy ways to get in touch.

Referring patients in Link2CHOP Physician Portal

Link2CHOP is a real-time, web-based portal that gives you easy access to your patients’ CHOP medical records and makes the referral process smooth and streamlined. Log in to expedite appointments and see materials scanned to the chart. If you’re not already using the system, make sure you sign up and get started!

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