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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
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.
- The DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition (DCPOHC) is pleased to announce that starting September 2014, technical assistance will be available for EPSDT primary care providers and their staffs to implement fluoride varnish application into their medical practices. Read More...
- Update on CMS Oral Health Initiative and Other Oral Health Related Items. 07/10/14. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin related to the CMS Oral Health Initiative and other oral health related items.
- Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism. 07/07/14. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin with respect to services available under the Medicaid program to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- CYSHCN Forums for Providers and Parents. Focus groups for providers and services focused on CYSHCN will take place May 12-14 and a focus group for families of CYSHCN will take place May 15. Please lend your input!
- The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care created 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.
- Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. The website includes information for early care and education providers, early intervention service and early childhood special education providers, families, and primary care providers.
- The long-awaited elease of National Standards for Improving Quality Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. These standards are designed to help communities, states, and the nation build and improve systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
- District of Columbia’s Managed Care Quarterly Performance Report - February 2014: Read a message from the director and the first quarter report for FY 2014.
- Improving Care Delivery for Children: Leveraging the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents: The presentation slides from this archived webinar draws together Medicaid officials from three states for a conversation about how they have worked to improve the Medicaid benefit for children in their states. Speakers from Iowa, the District of Columbia, and Minnesota discuss strategies for improving access and service delivery for Medicaid-enrolled children. The conversation will have a particular emphasis on efforts in these states to better coordinate care, use public health resources to deliver benefits, collect data on and improve quality, and enhance access and delivery of behavioral health services for children.
- Facts About Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in the District of Columbia
- Training on Fluoride Varnish and Outreach Toolkit for Providers
- New Report Describes How Health Information Laws can be Coordinated with Health System Delivery Improvements for Children and Adolescents under EPSDT.
- 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
* MedStar Georgetown Medical Center designates this curriculum for a maximum of 5 hours in category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.