Developmental Screening for Primary Care Practices

Why Developmental Screening?

  • Saves time and Improves Care
  • Evidence-based screenings can be reimbursed under CPT code 96110
  • Boosts the identification rate of at-risk children resulting in earlier intervention services.
  • Parents who report receiving developmental assessments are more likely to report other anticipatory guidance (toilet training, reading, discipline) and are more satisfied with pediatric care.  Halfon, Pediatrics, 2004

How Often Do I Conduct Screenings?

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) guidelines suggest using a validated tool at 9, 18 and 30 months or at 24 months if there is no 30 month visit.  
  • AAP Guidelines

Some Recommended AAP Screening Tools:

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire/Social Emotional (ASQ/ASQ-SE)
  • Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
  • AAP Guidelines 

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