Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Care for Kids program
EPSDT Care for Kids is Iowa's federally mandated Medicaid program for children. The EPSDT Care for Kids program provides routine physicals or well-child check-ups for Medicaid eligible children at certain specified ages. It is considered preventive care.
Who is eligible?
Children birth through age 20 years of age who have an active Iowa Medicaid card.
What services are provided?
Initial and periodic health check-ups include, but are not limited to, the following:
- health history
- physical exam
- growth and development assessment
- vision and hearing screening
- dental screening and education
- developmental/behavioral screening
- nutrition assessment and education
- laboratory tests including blood lead testing
- anticipatory guidance
- referral for further diagnostic and treatment services, if needed
What resources are available to assist health care providers in implementing the EPSDT Care for Kids program?
Iowa EPSDT Coordinator Contacts
Blood Lead Testing Guidelines
In 2021 the IDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program updated their blood lead testing guidelines and screening tool. The tool is now available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Laotian, and Swahili.
Iowa's Blood Lead Testing Guidelines
FY20 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Resources
CMS EPSDT Information:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EPSDT Web page provides information on EPSDT benefits and state agency responsibilities and required activities.
DHS Policy Manual for Screening Centers
The Iowa Medicaid Provider Manual for Screening Centers contains basic information concerning Iowa's Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid). All providers of medical and health services participating as a Medicaid Screening Center use this manual. It includes information on policies, procedures, and billing for this Medicaid program.
EPSDT Care for Kids Informing and Care Coordination Handbook
The EPSDT Care for Kids Informing and Care Coordination Handbook assists Title V Child & Adolescent Health agencies and their subcontractors in implementing EPSDT Care for Kids informing and care coordination services.
EPSDT Care for Kids Newsletter
The EPSDT Care for Kids Newsletter informs Iowa health care professionals about Iowa's EPSDT Care for Kids program. It is published three times a year and provides information about new developments in the field of children's health care. Archived newsletters date back to 2006.
EPSDT Care for Kids Provider Resource Web Page
This EPSDT Care for Kids Provider Resource Web page provides information for Iowa's EPSDT Care for Kids professional providers. It contains useful tools, resources, and links for EPSDT Care for Kids services with special emphasis on promoting healthy physical, mental, social, and emotional development of children birth through age three.
EPSDT Knowledge Path - Maternal and Child Health Library
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library, located at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University, is a virtual guide to MCH information. It offers a combination of MCH information compiled by library staff and pathways to the best MCH information available from other websites, organizations, and libraries. Knowledge paths on MCH related topics contain selections of recent, high quality resources and tools for staying abreast of new developments. Components of a knowledge path include links to websites, electronic publications, databases, discussion groups, and citations from journal articles and other print resources.
The EPSDT Knowledge Path includes guidelines for the frequency, timing, and content of health-promotion and disease-prevention services for infants, children, and adolescents. Separate sections present resources for professionals (health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers) and for families. A special topics area lists resources about oral health services as part of the EPSDT benefit. View the EPSDT Knowledge Path online at http://ncemch.org/knowledge/EPSDT.php .
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EPSDT Information:
The HRSA EPSDT Web site provides information about how EPSDT works with public health, families, managed care organizations, pediatricians, and other health providers.
Iowa Child Health and Development Record forms (CHDR)
The Iowa Child Health and Development Record forms are tools that serve as a guide for well child screening, anticipatory guidance, and documentation of the child's care plan. These forms are age-specific for young children from birth through age 5, based on the Iowa EPSDT Care for Kids Health Maintenance Recommendations.
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) Provider Services
The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Provider Services provides information for providers about the Medicaid program.
The Iowa EPSDT Care for Kids Periodicity Schedule provides a one-page summary of the ages at which recommended health screening services are to be provided as a child grows. These guidelines are based upon Bright Futures, Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and supported by Iowa's Chapter of the AAP.
Medicaid Dental Periodicity for Children
Iowa’s periodicity schedule of dental services for Medicaid-enrolled children identifies the types of services recommended based upon the age of a child and risk for dental disease. The recommendations were developed using information from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and also Iowa’s definition of a dental home.
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