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Interventions and Reminders
We encourage our members to play an active role in their health care and take the time to get recommended preventive screenings.
Independence Blue Cross (IBC) sends members periodic reminders about important health screenings, such as:
- colorectal screening
- mammography screening
- Pap tests
To educate members, we developed a one-page, at-a-glance tool to assist health care providers in reminding and educating their patients, our members, about recommended cancer screenings. IBC’s cancer screening flyer provides recommendations for colorectal, prostate, cervical, and breast cancer for men and women at average risk.
Our preventive health information is adapted from several nationally recognized health resources and is routinely updated to help keep our members informed and in good health
Lead Testing and Screening
Lead testing and screening are extremely important, especially in young children. It is recommended that children receive a lead test for elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs). A lead test is a capillary or venous blood test for lead poisoning. Lead screening is described as an assessment or questionnaire regarding a child’s health or living environment. Children enrolled in the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should receive one or more lead capillary or venous blood test by their second birthday.
CHIP members should be tested between 9 to 12 months, and again prior to or no later than at 24 months, and thereafter based on risk.
A risk assessment should be performed on these children starting at 6 months, then again at 9 and 18 months, then annually from ages 3 – 6 with testing as appropriate.
Identifying CHIP members
All CHIP members are issued IBC member ID cards with the words, “PA KIDS” written on the front.
The following resources provide information regarding lead testing recommendations, prevention, and safety:
- Environmental Protection Agency. yosemite.epa.gov
- Pennsylvania Department of Health. www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/lead_poisoning_prevention
- National Center for Healthy Housing. www.nchh.org
- U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. www.HUD.gov
- United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. www.cpsc.gov