Presbyterian | Your Story | Centennial Care | Winter 2022

8 Let EPSDT help you monitor your child’s development Early detection and prevention can help treat many health problems. There are a number of screenings and tests you might be familiar with, while some might be new to you. For parents or guardians, one example you might hear from your child’s provider is EPSDT. EPSDT stands for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment. This screening can help detect and provide treatment for conditions that may impede the growth and development of children. Early: Finding problems early Periodic: Checking children’s health at periodic times Screening: Providing physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to detect potential problems Diagnostic: Performing tests to follow up when a risk is identified Treatment: Control, correct, or improve health problems found All children under 21 who are eligible for Medicaid are able to get screenings and treatment for their physical and mental illnesses or conditions. Age-appropriate assessments, known as “screens,” will be provided at certain ages as they grow up. Treatment for all medically necessary services found during an EPSDT screening is also covered. When a screening indicates a need for further tests or assessment, the child may be referred for diagnosis and treatment. Talk with your provider for referrals if there is a need for extra services. Sources: New Mexico Department of Health Talk to your child’s provider about questions you may have. Attending your well-baby and well-child visits can help ensure your child is meeting milestones and staying healthy. What is covered? EPSDT benefits help children with a variety of health conditions. These benefits include: • Early intervention for developmental delays • Hospital services • Vision and hearing services • Dental care • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy • Laboratory tests, X-rays, and other imaging tests • Pharmacy services (including some over-thecounter medicines) • Medical supplies • Prosthetics and orthotics • Nutrition consultations • Reproductive healthcare • Home health and personal care services • Case management • Outpatient mental health testing and counseling • Psychiatric hospital services • Residential treatment • And more