Early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families. It is an important function of primary care and the responsibility of all pediatric healthcare professionals.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that developmental surveillance be incorporated at every well-child preventive care visit from infancy through school age, and at any age thereafter if concerns are raised about social acceptance, learning or behavior.
If developmental problems are identified, further developmental and medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, including early developmental intervention should be conducted. Children diagnosed with developmental disorders should be identified as children with special needs and chronic-condition management should be initiated.
- You can use our pediatric preventive care flow sheet and adolescent preventive care flow sheet to document completed screenings in your patient charts.
- Department of Human Services (DHS) has a list with a number of validated screening tools.
We routinely review medical records and we will audit this component to ensure compliance, as required by the state. Compliance will be established only if both the flow sheet and the completed tool are included in the medical record.
Please take time to review the Medical Assistance Bulletin, which provides clarification and resource information for developmental surveillance, screening and evaluation for developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this requirement or any Health Partners Plans program. Please contact our Provider Services Helpline at 888- 991-9023 or your Network Account Manager.