Tag - ADHD

ADHD Provider Tool Kit:  Treatment

What is it? The ADHD Provider Tool Kit is the online Texas Children’s Health Plan resource for a wide range of relevant information to assist the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ADHD and their families. The goal is to provide information sources for providers who frequently see patients with this diagnosis. Treatment planning The Tool Kit includes algorithms for providers to help ensure a thoughtful and well-rounded treatment plan for members with ADHD. Interventions for patients and their caregivers as [...]

ADHD Provider Tool Kit: Evaluation and Diagnosis Resources

What is it? The ADHD Provider Tool Kit is the online Texas Children’s Health Plan resource for a wide range of relevant material to assist the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ADHD and their families. The goal is to provide information sources for providers who frequently see patients with this diagnosis. Evaluation and Diagnosis Current DSM-5 criteria are listed. Symptoms fall into two primary clusters: Inattention and Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. Helpful tips regarding age-specific differences are listed to assist diagnosis in child [...]

ADHD Provider Toolkit

What is it? Texas Children’s Health Plan is pleased to announce the unveiling of the ADHD Provider Toolkit. The ADHD Provider Toolkit is a go-to site for a wide range of relevant material to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ADHD and their families. The goal is to provide information sources for the primary care provider who frequently sees patients with this diagnosis, thereby making evidence-based practices and tools available on the desktops of busy [...]

ADHD Provider Tool Kit

What is it? Texas Children’s Health Plan is pleased to announce the unveiling of the ADHD Provider Toolkit. This online resource went live in mid-November. The ADHD Provider Toolkit is a go-to site for a wide range of relevant material to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ADHD and their families. The goal is to provide information sources for the primary care provider who frequently sees patients with this diagnosis, thereby making evidence-based practices and [...]

HEDIS Spotlight: Antidepressant medication management

HEDIS stands for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set. It is a widely used set of performance measures utilized by the nation’s health plans, and an essential tool to ensure our members are getting the best healthcare possible. It is extremely important that our providers understand the HEDIS® specifications and guidelines. In this section of The Checkup, we will highlight different HEDIS metrics. We will provide a description of the measures, the correct billing codes to support services rendered, [...]

ADHD: Should your patient take a drug holiday?

Parents of children who take stimulant medication for ADHD often wonder whether their kids should take a "drug holiday" during the summer months. A drug holiday, or a structured treatment interruption, is a deliberate, temporary suspension of medication. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Edward Walton, recommends against drug holidays unless there is a compelling reason. Current research and population data shows that children with ADHD who stick with their treatment programs year-round reap better results than those who experience treatment [...]