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This website provides access to resources and 2 critical trainings for providers in DC who see children covered under Medicaid:
1. HealthCheck Training: Please note that the HealthCheck training will fulfill your obligations for all Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) with which you are paneled (AmeriHealthDC; Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN); MedStar Family Choice; Trusted Health Plan; Fee-For-Service Medicaid Providers).
For the HealthCheck training, you will receive 5 CME’s upon completion of the curriculum.* CME credits will be paid for by the MCOs when you are due for HealthCheck training. (Providers must be trained once every 2 years).
2. Fluoride Varnish Training: This training will fulfill your obligations to provide and bill for fluoride varnish application in the District.
What's New with HealthCheck
- The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care has updated the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide for use by pediatric primary care providers in the Washington, DC area. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for children and adolescents in the District of Columbia.
- HSC Health Care System presents June Fair 2015, Saturday June 13 10AM-4PM. Free weight, vision and hearing screenings; real-time appointment scheduling for children and information on programs and services; free oral health screenings and education; free lead screenings for children under age 6; and free help to stop smoking. Read more.
- MAY is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month and May 7 is the Day.
DBH and the DC Gateway System of Care are sponsoring several opportunities to acknowledge the importance of children’s mental health and increase awareness of mental health for your staff and clients.
If you are interested in any of the items listed below, please contact: Carol Zahm at firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-673-6495(desk); 202-494-8341 (cell) indicating quantity desired and to arrange delivery.
- “Glow in the dark” green wristbands with “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health” on the top and the access helpline number and the DBH website on the bottom are available for distribution to the children, youth, and families served by your agency or can be worn by staff to demonstrate awareness of the importance of children’s mental health.
- A flash drive with several video PSAs supporting mental health awareness and mental wellness is available for use on agency TV/video systems, website, etc. The PSAs include a few from SAMHSA and two that were created and taped by DC youth involved in the Capital City Youth MOVE and the Youth Advisory Council of OSSE.
- Children in pre-K through 2nd grade at 12 DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools are creating classroom posters illustrating what mental health and mental wellness means to them. There is the opportunity to display one or more of these posters in your agency or reception area during May if interested.
An important message from the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program, Jacob Mbafor, VFC Program Coordinator, District of Columbia Department of Health:
The VFC strongly encourages VFC Providers to use the opportunity during this week’s Spring Break to recall/remind and immunize children who may not be up to date with all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Influenza (flu) vaccine and all ACIP-recommended vaccines are available for all VFC eligible children. Please submit an order form, if more vaccines are needed in your practice.
Please remember to increase the coverage rates for HPV, MCV4, Tdap, and other vaccines recommended for adolescents and pay attention to those who may need additional doses as well as those who may be aging out of the VFC Program. VFC vaccines are available for all eligible children 0-18 years of age (1 day before the 19thbirthday). Thank you for your cooperation.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin regarding the 2015 updates to the federal poverty guidelines. By law these updates are applied to eligibility criterion for programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The 2015 Dual Eligible standards have also been updated based on the percentage of Federal Poverty Level.
- Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative to Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice.
- The DC-MD-VA (DMV) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Resource Guide. The DMV PMH Resource Guide is a result of an ongoing collaboration between the DMV PMH Resource Guide Team and the community-based network of Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Professionals and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) Survivors throughout DC, MD, and VA. The goal of the guide is to develop, disseminate, and maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date, regional directory of specialized mental health providers, support groups, advocacy organizations, and other relevant clinical resources pertaining to perinatal mental health. This directory will assist healthcare providers, patients, and their families with obtaining specialized mental health evaluation and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum.
- Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice: Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative. You can now earn MOC and CME credit by improving how your practice screens for and addresses children’s mental health concerns. Read more about assistance in building mental health screening into your busy practice.
- Medicaid Update: Transmittal 14-29 New Billing Requirements for Pediatric Primary Care Providers. This transmittal outlines the new billing requirements for pediatric primary care providers to bill for EPSDT well-child visits. The EPSDT Billing Manual and DC HealthCheck Periodicity Schedule have been updated to include these changes.
- See the new DC Medicaid HealthCheck Periodicity Schedules! (Health and Dental) and HealthCheck Brochure for Families (English and Spanish) | Read the official Tranmittal describing the update
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* MedStar Georgetown Medical Center designates this curriculum for a maximum of 5 hours in category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.