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Key Changes for Child and Teen Checkups Effective October 1st

Tuesday, August 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Owens
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The Minnesota C&TC periodicity schedule is closely aligned with the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Periodicity Schedule, but there are current differences in the timing and frequency of well-child visits.

Minnesota changes, effective October 1 2017, are based on the updated 2017 version of Bright Futures, along with changes in The US Preventive Services Task Force pediatric recommendations, MN Community Measurement guidelines, and Minnesota-specific health data for the C&TC population.

Many clinics are doing some of these screening changes as a result of health system/clinic priorities.

Key Changes Include:

  • Adding C&TC visits at age 30 months, and annual visits for children and teens between the ages of 6 to 20 years of age;
  • Including question(s) on social determinants of health in the health history
  • Adding required depression/mental health screening annually between ages 12-17 years of age
  • HIV testing for all youth at least one time between ages 15 and 18 years and risk assessment for HIV testing followed by appropriate action for youth ages 11-14 years and 19-20 year olds;
  • Including near vision screening (plus lens) beginning at 5 years to the standard visual acuity screening (which starts at 3 years)
  • Including high frequency hearing loss screening at 11 years and older to the standard hearing screening (which starts at 3-4 years);
  • Fluoride varnish application required beginning at the eruption of first tooth, every 3-6 months at clinic or dental office through age 5 years;
  • Continued emphasis on social-emotional or mental health screening, developmental, and autism screening recommended before 30 months of age.

Additionally, staff from Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services are preparing clinic guidance fact sheets and parent fact sheets for implementing these changes. 

For future DHS communications regarding the Minnesota Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards and related policy, refer to the Provider News on the DHS website. Providers can also sign up to receive the Provider News by email. 


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