The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Reimbursement for Developmental Screening: Insights from Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina
The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use of standardized developmental screening. Medicaid agencies take different approaches to doing so: setting reimbursement rates for screening; recommending or requiring certain screening tools; specifying when developmental screenings can be administered; and leveraging Medicaid managed care contracts. This brief examines developmental screening reimbursement policies in three states in the top quartile for parent-reported developmental screening rates: Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina.