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EPSDT Services in Medicaid

Professional Resource Guide

This professional resource guide points to resources about providing and strengthening Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid. It includes tools for state Medicaid programs, health care practices, training, and finding data and statistics, journal articles, reports, and other materials.

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Resources for Professionals

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  • The EPSDT benefit provides comprehensive and preventive health care services for children under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. States are given some flexibility in determining the periodicity or timing of the health visits and screenings, but the content of services is mandated by federal law to include the following:
    • Comprehensive health and developmental history, including a developmental assessment of physical and mental health
    • Comprehensive physical examination
    • Immunizations, based on the current approved Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices schedule
    • Laboratory tests, including lead toxicity screening
    • Vision, hearing, and dental services and other necessary health care services
    • Health education (anticipatory guidance including child development, healthy lifestyles, and injury and disease prevention)
    • Diagnosis and treatment
    See the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overview of program details.

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3. Tools for Providing EPSDT Services ▼ Show

  • Bright Futures. Guidelines and tools for preventive health supervision and health screening for infants, children, and adolescents which can be used as a framework to improve EPSDT services. Includes health visit forms; developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial screening and assessment forms; an oral health risk assessment tool; and practice guides.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources relevant to the provision of EPSDT services include
    Developmental Monitoring and Screening. Information about developmental screening and why it's important. Includes monitoring and screening recommendations for health professionals and suggestions for integrating screening services into primary care.
    Growth Charts. Tools and background information for plotting the growth of infants, children, and adolescents from birth through age 20. Also links to interactive training modules for health professionals using the pediatric growth charts in clinical and public health settings. The growth charts are available in English, Spanish, and French.
    Hearing Loss in Children. Information about hearing screening, diagnosis, treatment, and intervention. Includes recommendations and guidelines for newborn hearing programs and audiologic screening for infants and children.
    Immunization Schedules. Schedules and tracking tools for health professionals and families. Schedules are available in English and Spanish and in various formats.
    Lead. Information about childhood lead exposure and prevention. Includes guidelines for screening and case management.
    Newborn Screening. Program information, tools, and recommendations for health and lab professionals and families about newborn screening for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders and hearing loss prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC): Health. Information and tools about health and development, program planning, working with families, and staff support related to the provision of EPSDT services in the Head Start community. Head Start is a national program that serves the development needs of infants and children from birth through age 5 and their families with low incomes through the provision of education, health, nutrition, social, and other services. Includes an online directory of Head Start programs and links to state EPSDT periodicity schedules and other resources.
  • National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health. Education, training, and health promotion materials about children’s vision screening for pediatric primary care health professionals. Includes contact information for vision care financial assistance and information about school requirements for children's vision in each state.
  • National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). Resources for health professionals, policymakers, and program administrators about the implementation and improvement of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems for infants and children covered by EPSDT services in Medicaid and by other health insurance programs. Includes information about EHDI program components, training tools, state EHDI profiles and contacts, and federal and state EHDI legislation.
  • National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). Bibliography of materials about EPSDT oral health services, including a collection of reports about children’s utilization of these services in several states. OHRC also presents guidelines, schedules, health-education materials, and other resources for strengthening the oral health component of EPSDT services.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Child and Adolescent Recommendations. Recommendations for preventive measures in primary care, including screening, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications for cancer; cardiovascular disorders; development and behavior; infectious diseases; injury prevention; mental health conditions and substance abuse; metabolic, nutritional, and endocrine conditions; musculoskeletal disorders; perinatal care; and vision and hearing disorders.
  • Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services: Maternal and Child Health Programs. Select EPSDT from the list of programs and scroll down on the page to find forms, periodicity charts, manuals, and other documents about EPSDT services, such as behavioral therapy, personal care, private duty nursing, audiology and hearing aids, assistive technology, and medical infant formula and nutritional supplements. Includes EPSDT brochures and newsletters for families in English and Spanish.

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5. Journal Articles, Reports, Briefs, and Other Electronic Resources▼ Show

  • Conduct an automated search of the MCH Digital Library's online catalog, MCHLine®, for publications, tools, and other resources about EPSDT published in the last 10 years.
    The MCH Digital Library also houses the William McConway Hiscock Collection on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment, a collection of primarily reports and articles about EPSDT published between 1973 and 1982. A bibliographic index lists the documents by subject categories.
  • PubMed. Citations and abstracts for biomedical articles indexed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to full-text articles when available. Conduct an automated search for articles about EPSDT. Use the filters in the left sidebar to narrow your search by publication date, among other limits.

6. Data and Statistics▼ Show

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on state Medicaid and CHIP programs to assess the effectiveness of EPSDT. To view national and state data reports, go to the CMS overview of EPSDT and scroll down the page to EPSDT Data (more than halfway down the page).
  • To see the percentage of children enrolled in Medicaid in each state and nationally, view the table, Health Insurance Coverage of Children 0-18, in State Health Facts by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Under Data View in the left sidebar, click on Number to see the number of children enrolled in Medicaid in each state and nationally.

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Resources for Families

See the MCH Digital Library family resource brief Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid.

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Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid: Professional Resource Guide, 4th ed. (July 2014). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Contributor: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., parent of a child with multiple disabilities, Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Beth Dworetzky, M.S., Catalyst Center; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.