This measure is based on the CMS and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) visits which outlines the following benefits of Well-Child Visits:
- Prevention. Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
- Tracking growth and development. See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your doctor about your childs development. You can discuss your childs milestones, social behaviors and learning.
- Raising concerns. Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your childs pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.
- Team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
It is recommended that visits in the first 15 months of life occur at the following ages: By 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and 15 months.
Disclaimer: Measures reported by WCHQ healthcare
organizations represent a specific aspect of care in relation to an
evidence-based standard, but are not clinical guidelines and do not establish
standards of care.
This measure assesses the percentage of pediatric patients who turned 15 months old during the measurement period and who had six or more well-child visits with a PCP during their first 15 months of life (by their 15 month birthday).