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The Child with Special Health Care Needs and the Well-Child Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 13 well-child visits during the first three years of your child’s life. Well-child visits are all about prevention and promotion of healthy habits. Recommended vaccinations are given during these visits, as well as routine screenings for such things as vision or hearing problems, anemia, autism, and other issues. It is the perfect time to share what your child is doing and learning, and to share any questions or concerns you might have. 

If Your Child Has Special Health Care Needs, Does He or She Still Need These Additional Health Care Visits?

Yes! Every child needs well child visits! Even the child with the most severe special health care issues or disabilities still needs good information on healthy eating, oral health care, and safety precautions. The information can be tailored to fit the needs and abilities of the child, but it is still important.
Using the Well Visit Planner for Children with Special Health Care Needs
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What is a Well-Child Visit—and Why are They Important?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 13 well-child visits during the first three years of your child’s life. These are over and beyond any visits for illness or those with specialists. That sounds like a lot of visits! Why take your child to the doctor if he or she isn’t sick? When your child is sick, the most important priority for you and your doctor is figuring out what is wrong and what to do to make it better. There is rarely time to discuss other topics about how your child is growing and developing.
Well-child visits are all about prevention and promotion of healthy habits. Recommended vaccinations are given during these visits, as well as routine screenings for such things as vision or hearing problems, anemia, autism, and other issues. It is the perfect time to share what your child is doing and learning, and to share any questions or concerns you might have.
It’s also a good time for your child’s health care provider to learn about your family and your cultura…

Public Comment Period for Indiana Medicaid

CMS requires that OMPP make available to the public the 2015 OMPP Quality Strategy Plan. The Quality Strategy Plan outlines Indiana’s goals for improvements in health care and monitoring efforts for continuous quality improvement. The Plan includes the Hoosier Healthwise, HIP, Care Select, and Hoosier Care Connect risk-based managed care programs. Comments on the plan may be made until May 26, 2015. Please send those comments to: HIP2.0@fssa.in.gov. 2015 Indiana Medicaid Quality Strategy Plan for Public Comment Additional Documents HIP State Plan Amendment Public Notice

Well Visit Planner

Busy families, busy health care providers! Time is of the essence for everybody, and so making the best use of the time we have is critical. Well-child visits—those regularly scheduled trips to the doctor for your child’s checkups and shots—provide an important time with your child’s health care provider.
The Well-Child Visit The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 13 well-child visits during the first three years of your child’s life. These are over and beyond any visits for illness or those with specialists. Well-child visits are all about prevention and promotion of healthy habits. Recommended vaccinations are given during these visits, as well as routine screenings for such things as vision or hearing problems, anemia, autism, and other issues. It is the perfect time to share what your child is doing and learning, and to share any questions or concerns you might have.
It’s also a good time for your child’s health care provider to learn about your family and your cultu…

First Steps Early Intervention Public Comment Period

Family Voices shares the following opportunity for families to share their voice:
The state of Indiana is accepting public comment on the Part C State Plan and Attachments for the First Steps Early Intervention System. 
The plan is on file with the Bureau of Child Development Services, 402 West Washington Street, MS 51, Indianapolis, IN 46204 and is available online at http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2812.htm. Copies of the application are also available for review at First Steps Councils and System Point of Entry offices throughout the state. Interested persons and organizations may request copies of the application by calling 1-877-511-1144 or e-mailing firststepsweb@fssa.in.gov.

Interested persons and organizations may also submit written comments for state review by close of business on June 30, 2015. Written comments should include the name, title, and address of the commentator; the specific part of the proposed rule on which comments are being made; and the specific recommended acti…