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COVID-19 News and Resources
- Vaccination Information: Pediatric Community Facilities and Immunization Policy. See this page for important resources related to vaccines during COVID-19: Pediatric immunization locations, the immunization policy for in-person attendance, and information on how to schedule an appointment at school-based health centers.
Please share with your families: AAP's response to "Is it OK to call my pediatrician during COVID-19?"
- DC Health recommends clinical practices focus on increasing access to care and conducting family engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read their letter on Pediatric Preventive Care and School Health.
- COVID-19 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for youth that accept DC Medicaid and their operating status during COVID-19. While comprehensive, the listing is not exhaustive. Please contact agencies directly with specific question regarding scheduling. This guide is derived from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide and was developed by DC MAP, the Children's Law Center and the DC Behavioral Health Association. These organizations will continue to maintain this guide as a resource for the duration of the pandemic crisis.
- DC's COVID-19 Web Portal. Information to share with patients on how to protect themselves, what to do if they experience symptoms, testing appointments, unemployment benefits, and COVID-19 resources in multiple languages.
- Guidance for MCOs on Outreach Messaging for Well-Child Visits During DC Public Health Emergency. Summary of guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Guidance on Strong Start/Early Intervention Service Delivery Through Telemedicine During DC Public Health Emergency. A series of Q&As developed for OSSE’s Strong Start/Early Intervention Program services.
- DC's COVID-19 Newsroom. Find the latest news, clinical announcements, and resources for patients here.
- Health Center Resource Clearinghouse COVID-19 Portal. Access COVID-19 resources developed for community health centers.
- Overview of EPSDT: Navigating Medicaid's Pediatric Benefit During COVID-19. Presentation by the Health/Wellness Subcommittee, SECDCC (04/23/20).
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Interim Guidance for Outpatient Pediatric Providers in the District of Columbia. This guidance outlines DC Health recommendations for pediatric providers regarding continued pediatric care amidst widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
Mental Health News
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Toolkit for Pediatric Primary Care Providers in the District of Columbia. This toolkit focuses specifically on supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, by providing primary care providers with the tools to help families navigate the developmental disabilities landscape in Washington, DC.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide. The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care released a new version of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide available on DC HealthCheck. This searchable resource guide contains over 300 community mental health resources throughout the DMV. Users can now apply filters specific to insurance and service type (e.g. therapy, perinatal mental health, early childhood, family supports) to generate a list of potential resources for families. You can download the guide here. We encourage you to share your feedback on this guide by completing this short survey. Please feel free to share this resource with your various networks.
- The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care has developed Resources for Cross-Sector Collaborative Care (July 2019). These include:
- Read the new Department of Health Care Finance transmittal – Pediatric Mental Health and Maternal Depression Screening Coverage and Tools (appoved 05/13/19). This transmittal discusses behavioral health in primary care as well as referral and provider resources.
- Updated Perinatal Mental Health Resources
- CDC's Autism Case Training: a free introductory course designed to help primary health care providers gain knowledge and skills to improve early identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and ensure timely and appropriate care.
- DC MAP (Mental health Access in Pediatrics) is a program aimed at improving mental health integration within pediatric primary care. The website offers links to consultation, training, referrals, education, and medication reviews.
Oral Health News
- The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign wants to remind families that with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, children and teens up to age 19 can receive the necessary dental care, including regular check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and fillings, to keep them healthy and smiling. The Campaign offers a variety of resources:
Twitter and Facebook graphics are available in English and Spanish to share on social media.
Tip sheet with advice on sharing dental health education materials.
Find a Dentist tool to locate a dentist in their area that accepts Medicaid and CHIP.
- Materials specifically for expectant mothers, toddlers, and children with special needs on their Oral Health Initiative page.
- Note on Billing for Fluoride Varnish. DC Medicaid primary care providers who have completed fluoride varnish training can bill the Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicaid program and the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) for fluoride varnish application on a child under 3 (three) years of age. Currently, DC Medicaid primary care providers who are enrolled and trained by DC HealthCheck can bill FFS and the MCOs for the application of fluoride varnish using CDT code D1206 or CPT code 99188. When this policy was implemented in 2014, CDT code D1206 was the only procedure code for fluoride varnish application and since then CPT 99188 code was added to the fee schedule.
Effective March 1, 2018, DC Medicaid (FFS and the MCOs) will no longer reimburse primary care providers for fluoride varnish claims submitted using the CDT code D1206. Only fluoride varnish claims submitted by primary care providers using the CPT code 99188 will be processed and paid.
2. All fluoride varnish claims received by primary care providers for visits that occurred before March 1, 2018 will be processed. However, any varnish claims received by primary care providers for a date service after March 1, 2018, will only be paid if the claim for fluoride varnish application is coded using the CPT code 99188.
- ADA State Fact Sheets on Geographic Access to Dental Care. The American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute published one-page infographic for each state, including the District of Columbia, highlighting access to dental care for Medicaid beneficiaries. The District’s fact sheet highlights that 100% of publicly insured children live in areas where there is at least one Medicaid dentist per 2,000 publicly insured children within a 15-minute travel time. Click here to learn more.