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Fluoride Varnish for 0 – 5 Years Added to the MDH C & TC Age-related Periodicity Schedule

Friday, May 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Regehr
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Child and Teen Check-Up (C & TC) is the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) periodicity schedule for well-child checks, based on Bright Futures. Recently, the C &TC age-related periodicity schedule was updated, now requiring the application of fluoride varnish for 0 – 5 year olds. This change was made
through a joint effort of Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) staff. CPT 99188 is paid by MHCP up to four times per year per recipient, through age 20. CPT 99188 should be itemized on the claim, as it is an add-on payment to the bundle. Commercial
insurance plans may also reimburse for this code.

The Minnesota Oral Health Project (MNOHP) has a history of training primary care providers about fluoride varnish application within the primary care setting. The MDH – Oral Health Program has recently partnered with MNOHP. Together, MHOHP and MDH have increased capacity to train primary care clinics across Minnesota for successful implementation of fluoride varnish application protocols and procedures. Both MNOHP and MDH are committed to improving access to preventive dental care for Minnesota’s children. The synergy of this
alignment will provide technology support for virtual trainings, tracking of trained primary care providers, and general technical assistance.

Staff from the MNOHP will be contacting primary care offices to offer training, assistance, resources, and technical support for your successful implementation of a fluoride varnish application program. Included in this will be technical support for oral health anticipatory guidance and referral, and workflow recommendations.

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