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This website provides access to resources and 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.* You will receive 5 CME’s upon completion of the curriculum.**
2. Fluoride Varnish Training: This training will fulfill your obligations to provide and bill for fluoride varnish application in the District.
3. DC Children's Health, Wellness, and Education Calendar: The Health and Well-Being Subcommittee of the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council has developed this online calendar of events that includes health/wellness/educational items
What's New with HealthCheck
Mental Health News:
- DC-Approved Child Mental Health Screening Tools (summer 2017; pdf)
- It’s OK 2 Let Help In. In observance of the Mental Health Awareness Month, the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is organizing an event to bring together community partners and residents of DC to increase the awareness about mental health issues and local resources.
Date: Saturday – May 20, 2017
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM (for the public)
Location: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave, NE
If any organization is interested in a vendor table please register.
- 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. The Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit for Pediatric Primary Care has also been updated.
- DC MAP (mental health access in pediatrics) is a program aimed at improving mental health integration within pediatric primary care. Staffed collaboratively by a team of mental health clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and a care coordinator) from Children’s National Health System and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the DC MAP team is excited to offer consultation and training to your practice to help you manage the mental health concerns of your patients and their families. The website offers links to consultation, referrals, education, and medication reviews.
- Oral Health News:
- Read the DCHF Transmittal: Transmittal 17-04-National Children's Dental Health Month, Dental Procedures and Billing Requirements - 524.7 KB (pdf)
- Oral Health Messaging Guide. The District of Columbia identified various barriers that prevent beneficiaries from accessing oral health services, including lack of oral health literacy and understanding on how to access oral health services. To help address this issue, DHCF compiled an oral health messaging guide, which participants of the Children’s Oral Health Initiative can use when developing materials or speaking with children and families enrolled in the DC Medicaid program. The attached guide includes oral health messaging targeted to dental providers, primary care providers, and parents. The purpose of this guide to provide simple and effective oral health messaging to educate District of Columbia families about the importance of children’s oral health and regularly seeing their primary dental provider. This messaging comes directly from the Maryland Oral Health Coalition’s Oral Health Campaign, which has been proven effective in increasing oral health literacy of low-income families. We encourage you to use the messaging featured in this guide when developing materials or talking points about oral health for District families.
- New Fluoride Varnish Resource Guide.The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) released new fluoride varnish resources to help health professionals, program administrators, and educators to promote oral health and prevent oral disease in infants, children and adolescents. The Fluoride Varnish: A Resource Guide describes materials, such as brochures, factsheets, and guidelines, that have been published from 2011-2016 as well as federal agencies and other national agencies that may serve as resources. OHRC also updated its Fluoride Varnish resource webpage.
- Other News
You are invited to register for this Thursday’s Saving Lives, Futures, and Money with Healthy Housing: How Do We Get There?, a working conference of the Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Collaborative, coordinated by the Department of Energy and Environment.
To request an invitation to register for this event or for any questions, please contact Lisa Gilmore at Lisa.Gilmore@dc.gov or (202) 535-2624.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol
1225 First Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
- The 21st Century Cures Act requires all Medicaid Managed Care network providers to enroll in State Medicaid programs by January 1, 2018. Section C.22.214.171.124 of your Managed Care contract with the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) also requires network provider enrollment with the DC Medicaid program. Read the official transmittal here.
- Two ways YOU can improve school-based health care this fall:
1) Submit an abstract to present at the School-Based Health Alliance 2018 COnvention in Indianapolis. Deadline is November 6.
2) Complete the 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census TODAY! You can now enter performance measure data into the Census portal.
- DHCF and DOEE have jointly issued a letter on blood lead screening requirments in observation of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
- www.mychildcaredc.org, a new child care search website from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education that helps families discover child care options in one click! Share with your families by downloading the outreach toolkit.
- Read the DHCF transmittal on EPSDT Periodicity Schedule Updates and the Importance of Mental Health and Vision/Hearing Screenings.
FDA & CDC Issue Blood Test Safety Alert for Certain Lead Tests Manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics. Read the advisory alert.
- New information to help District Medicaid providers comply with the Access to Contraception Amendment Act of 2015. Read the transmittal from DHCF.
- In April, OSSE joins organizations within DC to celebrate the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). This is a time when we recognize young children, families and early learning educators who support and promote positive child outcomes. Please see a list of MOYC events.
- Read the Joint Letter from DHCF and DOEE Regarding Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Medicaid Provider Enrollment Requirements (MPE) Toolkit to update providers enrolling or re-enrolling in the Medicaid program.
- Do you need access to your students’ immunization records? Then you need access to the District of Columbia Immunization Information System (DOCIIS). To gain access, you can now complete the mandatory training online! DOCIIS training can be completed using our web-based Learning Management System (LMS). This training includes an overview of DOCIIS, the patient record retrieval process, the process of generating a detailed facility compliance report and instructions for bulk printing.
- State Strategies for Defining Medical Necessity for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This brief takes a fresh look at the current issues affecting the state EPSDT and CHIP officials who implement medical necessity policy, and looks ahead to new and emerging issues that may affect state EPSDT policy in years to come.
- 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.
- 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.
- Older News...
* Amerigroup; AmeriHealthDC; Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN); Trusted Health Plan; Fee-For-Service Medicaid Providers.
** MedStar Georgetown Medical Center designates this curriculum for a maximum of 5 hours in category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. CME credits will be paid for by the MCOs when you are due for HealthCheck training. Providers must be trained once every 2 years.