Billing & Coding
This website provides information about billing and coding for:
- Comprehensive EPSDT preventive medicine exams
- Developmental testing
- Autism screening
- Adolescent depression screening
- Alcohol and drug use screening
- Emotional/behavioral screening
Please visit our Billing & Coding page to find more information.
Iowa 1st Five Initiative
Healthy Mental Development
The 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative is a public-private partnership bridging primary care and public health services in Iowa. The 1st Five model supports health providers in the earlier detection of social-emotional and developmental delays and family risk-related factors in children birth to 5 and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow-up.
Visit the 1st Five website to find links to resources for professionals and parents, program materials and videos, and links to related information.
Resources for Early Brain Development
The website, a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics, focuses on Early Brain and Child Development. It provides basic and advanced information on this topic.
“Promoting Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD): Building Brains, Forging Futures” online course.
This website has brief videos, lectures on video and written briefs which cover the areas of pediatric brain development and the science of children’s social, emotional and behavioral development. Special attention is given to the interaction between the environment in which a child develops and the impact on the developing brain.
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative for infants, children, adolescents and their families, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Medical Home Portal is a unique source of reliable information about children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), offering a “one-stop shop” for their:
- Physicians and Medical Home teams
- Other Professionals and Caregivers
Resources for Special Needs Populations in the Medical Home
- CDC International Adoption
- AAP International Adoption
- University of Minnesota International Adoption Clinic
- AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit
- CDC: Health Status & Screening of Refugees, Immigrants, & International Adoptees
- Medical Home Portal: Quick information about a variety of genetic conditions
- GeneReviews: Good resource for a variety of genetic disorders
- Unique Support Group Disorders Guides: Information about some of the more rare genetic disorders
- GEMSS for Schools: Help for school professionals who work with children with certain medical problems
Specific Genetic Conditions
Caring for LGBTQ Kids
Children and teenagers can begin to identify at young ages as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning (LGBTQ), or otherwise gender nonconforming. Healthcare encounters can be difficult for these children and young adults, knowing how to work with youth who are GLBTQ can promote both their physical and mental health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents,” in its October 2018 issue of Pediatrics to provide information on epidemiology, mental health implications, developmental considerations, and a gender-affirmative care model for those who care for LGBTQ kids. Link to the AAP article.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has an LGBTQ Clinic to serve both pediatric and adults who identify as GLBTQ. Clinic staff have had LGBTQ-specific cultural humility training to assure a welcoming and supportive environment for all patients. Link to the UIHC clinic webpage.
The University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development worked with the UI College of Public Health to create PrepKids, a preparedness training for parents and custodians of children with disabilities who live in rural areas. Families can access the PrepKids 2017 presentation to help them develop emergency preparedness plans for their children.
The presentation, Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness, is available for free on YouTube. It features the national message, “be ready to take care of yourself for 3 days,” and includes a discussion of the 7 steps to preparedness from the PrepKids Booklet.
Practice Consultation and Training Resources
The UIHC Center for Disabilities and Development’s offers practice consultation and training for health care providers on such topics as:
- The requirements of the EPSDT health maintenance/well-child screening examination.
- Developmental screening and selection of screening tools.
- Identification of social-emotional risk factors in the young child including autism.
- Adverse childhood experiences and their impact on future health.
- Parental risk factors that may affect a child’s development.
- Adolescent depression and substance use screening.
In office consultation is available to assist in the implementation of the recommended EPSDT health maintenance guidelines to include the screening tools: MCHAT-R/F, ASQ, ASQ-SE. To request practice consultation and/or training, get in touch with Steve Wolfe, M.D.
The trainings and consultations are provided at no cost by Iowa EPSDT Care for Kids.
Online Health Provider Training Modules
A series of six online videos, “Assuring Access to Quality Health Care for Persons with Disabilities,” features the perspectives of people with disabilities, family members, and health care professionals. They offer practical advice based on their years of experience with the health care system.
The videos, produced by the UI Center for Disabilities and Development, range from 7 to 38 minutes long. Topics include:
- Family-centered care
- Transitioning from pediatric to adult health care
- Honoring patient diversity
- Special considerations for dentists
View the videos here.
Resources for Transition Planning
The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that transitioning to adult health care begin at 12 years of age. Find more about the transition from adolescent to adult health care from the AAP's Transition Resources.
The Got Transition website is an excellent resource for professionals, teens and families. It covers all aspects of transition planning.
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