Developmental Screening

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The resources your practice has will play a role in your developmental screening instrument selection and its application. Consider the following implications.

Practice Resources Screening Implications
Do you have professional staff that can assist families with screening procedures during visits?
  • Consider training staff to administer, score, and possibly interpret results for families.
Are you in a group practice or do you have a group affiliation?
  • Consider pooling resources to bring in a developmental specialist to administer screening instruments and provide other developmental services.
How is developmental screening reimbursed in your practice?
  • Consider methods that are more likely to lead to reimbursement. For example, if a standardized instrument is used and results are recorded, then CPT codes (96110) for screening can be used in many practices.
  • Consider consulting with other practices that have used developmental screening instruments about their billing experiences. (See #4 Technical Assistance).
Who in your office can be in charge of implementation and maintenance of screening procedures?
  • Consider delegating the major responsibilities for developmental screening to someone in your practice.
  • Consider obtaining technical assistance for training and supervision.
What if you can expect no more than minimal clerical assistance from your office staff?
  • Consider mailing screening forms and instructions to homes before pediatric visits.
  • Focus staff training on scoring and record keeping.

4. What Technical Assistance and Experience are Available to You to Help Implement a Developmental Screening Program in Your Practice?

Back to Part I: Defining Your Practice's Screening Needs

Publication Details

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

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