W34: Well Child Visits in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Years of Life (discontinued in 2020)
Notes on Methodology
- The annual reported rate captures activity during the previous calendar year.
- This is a Healthcare Effectiveness & Data Information Set (HEDIS) administrative measure.
- Based on the advice of their External Quality Review Organization (EQRO), DVHA’s rates include only Medicaid Primary beneficiaries in HEDIS administrative measures as of 2014.
- The red dashed trend line above is the 50th percentile national benchmark for Medicaid programs. The blue solid trend line is Vermont Medicaid's actual values.
Story Behind the Curve
This measure looks at the use of routine check-ups by preschool and early school-age children. It assesses the percentage of children 3, 4, 5 and 6 years of age who received at least one well-child visit with a primary care practitioner during the measurement year.
Well-child visits during these years are particularly important. A child can be helped through early detection of vision, speech and language problems. Intervention can improve communication skills and avoid or reduce language and learning problems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends annual well-child visits for 2-6 year-olds.
Vermont Medicaid's performance on this measure has been stable or improving since 2015.
Last updated: September 2021