Interventions and Reminders

Preventive Screenings

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 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. Independence’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 Developmental Screening

Lead testing and developmental screening are extremely important, especially in young children. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) specifications recommend that children should receive testing for elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) and developmental screening as recommended below.

Screening Recommendations

Practitioners are encouraged to follow the Medicaid and Bright FuturesTM guidelines for lead testing and developmental screening. A lead blood test should be completed at ages 9 to 12 months and again by age 24 months. Formal screening for developmental disorders using a standardized tool, such as the Ages and Stages questionnaire (CPT® 96110), should be completed for children who turn 1, 2, or 3 years of age or when surveillance yields concern. This is especially important for children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) because of the higher incidence of developmental delay among certain pediatric populations enrolled in government-sponsored programs when compared to children enrolled in privately insured plans.

Identifying CHIP Members

All CHIP members are issued Independence member ID cards with the words, “PA KIDS” written on the front.

Resources

The following resources provide information regarding lead testing recommendations, prevention, and safety:

Health and Well-being for Families

Independence members can find information about important health issues and services to improve the well-being of their families: