Caring for children with ADHD (continuing medical education credit available)

Your young patients with potential ADHD need timely and age-appropriate treatment, and their families need support. How confident are you in providing the best treatment possible for your young patients with potential ADHD?

Healthy Blue is pleased to offer this compelling life-based learning experience for Healthy Louisiana providers, based on Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, a collaborative project between the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Louisiana Department of Health. Whether you consider yourself an expert or would like a refresher in ADHD diagnosis and treatments, you will benefit from this interactive eLearning experience.

ADHD prevalence in Louisiana

  • Nearly 16% of Louisiana’s children have been diagnosed with ADHD, placing the state third in highest number of child diagnoses behind Kentucky and Arkansas, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1
  • The national average is 11%, up from 8% in 2003.
  • However, when it comes to medication, Louisiana leads the nation, with 10% of the state’s children (ages 4 to 17) on ADHD medication.1
  • The Louisiana Medicaid population's prescriptions for ADHD medications peak between the ages of 9 to 10 years old and then decrease throughout the teen years.2
  • ADHD prescriptions increased across the board for all age cohorts, between 2010 and 2012. The peak (ages 9 to 10) remained the same over the three years of data that were examined in an Express Scripts study.2
  • According to an Express Scripts analysis, more than three in four children using ADHD medications were prescribed the drug by a PCP rather than a specialist.3
  • More than 80% of children taking ADHD medications use a stimulant form as reported in the Express Scripts report.3

Why is an ADHD performance improvement project needed?

It is vital that we work together to improve the quality of care received by children with ADHD by implementing a robust set of health plan, member, community, and provider interventions.

How will this benefit you and your practice?

By completing the Caring for Children with ADHD course, you will learn how to apply best practices along with:

  • Insight into your role in assessing young patients with a potential ADHD diagnosis and their treatment.
  • The benefits of using the toolkit.
  • How to integrate the contents of the online toolkit into your electronic medical record and office workflow.
  • How to address disparities and reduce ADHD stigma in diverse populations.
  • How to apply the most effective and age-appropriate multimodal treatment plan for children with ADHD.
  • Proper medical coding for ADHD that will help ensure you are correctly compensated.

Sources:

1    Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (2011)
2    http://ldh.la.gov/assets/ADHD/ADHD_March2014_ExpressScripts.pdf
3    http://lab.express-scripts.com/lab/insights/industry-updates/report-turning-attention-to-adhd

       
 

Before you take the course, access Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians:

Take the course!

Caring for Children with ADHD can be accessed at https://www.mydiversepatients.com/le/adhd/index.htm using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Earn continuing medical education credits

You may apply your completion of the course toward continuing medical education (CME) credit certification. The training has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to one prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. This curriculum is available at no cost to providers and their clinical staff nationwide.

For tracking purposes, please email a copy of your CME certificate to LAinterPR@HealthyBlueLA.com.