Dr. Rebecca Phillips and the Lifelong Health Center in Salem were recently presented with an EPSDT Pilot Clinic Award from the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). Phillips' staff accepted the award during AFMC's 2007 Medicaid Managed Care Services Educational Conference, held Dec. 6, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Forty-four Arkansas clinics received the recognition for their participation in an intensive pilot project to test new strategies, tools and tactics for preventive childhood health care. Each facility is working to improve its preventive screening rates during the course of the project.
"These clinics are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to improving the health of children all across Arkansas," said Peggy Starling, manager of provider relations for Medicaid Managed Care Services. "They have made a difference in the lives of their patients by helping them stay healthy and active."
EPSDT refers to "Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment" for infants, children and adolescents, and is often called "well child care." Children and young people need to see their doctor regularly, even when they are not sick. Regular doctor visits can help children stay well and prevent serious diseases like tetanus, mumps and diphtheria. Well child care also includes vision and hearing screens and developmental tests.