Who is TNAAP?

Our Mission

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to being a leading voice, advocate and authority for the physical, mental and social welfare of infants, children and adolescents, as well as for the pediatricians who care for them.

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is a 501-c-6 not for profit incorporated educational organization/professional society for pediatric providers. Our main office is in Nashville, TN, but our 10 staff members work across the state on various programs and initiatives. Many of the member pediatricians participate as advisors, trainer educators, and members of state advisory committees on issues related to children’s health. The TNAAP educates physicians, parents, pediatric professionals and the public about the needs of children.

The TNAAP accomplishes its mission through advocacy, education, quality improvement and practice support. In carrying out this mission, the TNAAP collaborates with state and local entities that touch the lives of children, including families, communities, media, public officials, insurers, and other advocacy groups.

The TNAAP has a 20+ year history of working in a public/private partnership with state government, state-wide and local nonprofit organizations, and foundations to meet the educational needs of pediatric professionals and the public as well as to accomplish public health goals. With our experienced staff, an established organizational infrastructure, and our expertise in medical education, the TNAAP strives to improve the health and well-being of Tennessee’s children and their families.

Our Educational Programs

The TNAAP administers several programs to further improve the health and well-being of Tennessee’s children and families. These programs are funded through state grants, as well as some corporate and foundation donations. Please visit our education programs pages to learn more about how TNAAP is impacting child and family health and well-being throughout Tennessee.

  • BEHIP (Behaviorally Effective Healthcare in Pediatrics) training provides pediatric healthcare providers with tools and strategies to screen for, assess, and manage patients with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse issues, while at the same time providing for more efficient workflow (including coding), more physician relationships.
  • EPSDT (TENNder Care): EPSDT is a federal requirement for all Medicaid programs related to early identification and treatment of health care conditions for children. In Tennessee, EPSDT is called TENNderCare. TNAAP provides training and resources to Improve the quality of preventive health screens you perform, maximize reimbursement, reduce administrative costs, and improve audit outcomes.
  • Coding: TNAAP can help you with Pediatric Coding issues for both general and specialty practices through various resources and services. Educational training programs can be provided on a regional basis or at individual practices. Customized topic-specific sessions are also available.
  • Medical Home Implementation Project (MHIP) aligns with the Healthy People 20/20 goal of developing family-centered, culturally-competent, comprehensive, and coordinated systems of services for all children and youth with special health needs, in every community. (*The MHIP is funded through the Tennessee Pediatric Society Foundation)
  • Pediatric Council meets with payers to create better working relationships between pediatricians and health plans by ensuring appropriate coverage for pediatric services & negotiating changes in coverage and reimbursement policies.
  • PHIIT: A state-wide collaborative that is inclusive of all Tennessee parties utilizing pediatric care, delivering pediatric care, measuring outcomes or structuring payment systems. PHIIT develops and implements Quality Improvement projects around pediatric health concerns that are high cost, consistent with State and Federal priorities, have poor outcomes, are difficult for patients, or cause frustration for practitioners. Each project will have Continuing Medical Education, Quality Improvement, standardization of metrics and collaborative learning as we look at the broad data picture collected from participants.
  • START (Screening Tools And Referral Training) is an educational program developed by TNAAP to help pediatric care providers - including pediatricians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others - learn skills and strategies to implement routine developmental screening using standardized screening tools as part of their health care procedures. It was adapted with permission from the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The program is collaboration with Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) funded by the Tennessee Department of Education.