Online trainings and materials on Medicaid's EPSDT benefit for DC providers, agencies, and families...

This website provides access to trainings and resources for providers in DC who see children covered under Medicaid:

  1. HealthCheck Training This training will fulfill your obligations for all 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.

*MedStar Family Choice; AmeriHealthDC; Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN); CareFirst Community Health Plan of DC; and Fee-For-Service Medicaid Providers.

** Georgetown University 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.

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COVID-19 News and Resources

Mental Health News

  • DC MAP in collaboration with Concert Health, Inc presents a new webinar: Pediatric Suicide Prevention for Primary Care Providers and School-Based Health Centers: A Suicide Safer Care Approach. Presenter: Dr. Lisa Horowitz, MD, Developer of the ASQ.
    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain the crisis of pediatric suicide and why primary care providers, including those at school-based health centers, can play an important role in prevention.
    • Discuss common risk factors and warning signs.
    • Describe screening tools, clinical pathways, and evidence-based interventions for pediatric suicide prevention.

    Register here: March 16, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm

  • For CDC and AAPs new developmental milestones (2 months - 5 years), see CDC's Learn the Signs, Act Early Developmental Milestones.
  • DC-Approved Child Mental Health Screening Tools. This document, updated in July 2021, explains the background and methodology for choosing screening tools as conducted by the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care. It includes detailed information about administration, scoring, psychometric properties, and ordering information. Also see the Domain-Specific Screening Tools crosswalk.
  • School Mental Health In Washington, DC. This landing page provides videos and resources on DC's behavioral health services for children and youth in public and public charter schools, DC's current Comprehensive Expansion in School Behavioral Health, and the role of the DC School Behavioral Health Community of Practice to support the Expansion in schools across the city.
  • Improving Adolescent and Young Adult Health: Challenges and Opportunities Emerging from the Covid-19 Pandemic. This two-page brief offers strategies for advancing health care for AYAs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. It includes a focus on preventive services and mental and behavioral health care, in the context of the pandemic.
  • 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. This latest version includes information about the operating status of agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic along with updated information related to the DC Medicaid managed care organizations, including searchable filters for CareFirst Community Health Plan DC and Medstar Family Choice MCOs.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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