ERIC Number: ED106403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-9
Reference Count: 0
Improvements Needed to Speed Implementation of Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program...Report to the Congress.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Congressman Ralph H. Metcalfe asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) to review implementation of the Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program administered by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's (HEW's) Social and Rehabilitation Service (SRS). An estimated 10 million children under age 21 are eligible for free physical examinations and medical diagnosis and treatment under the EPSDT provisions of the Social Security Act. GAO examined steps taken to implement EPSDT by SRS and Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. Both HEW and the States have been concerned also with the potential cost of providing EPSDT. As a result, only a small percentage of eligible children have been screened. Increased outreach efforts are needed. Increased use of allied health professionals is needed. States are not meeting their targeted screening schedules. States need to insure that conditions are treated. The primary recommendation of the GAO is that the Secretary of HEW should direct the Administrator, SRS, to take more aggressive action, including formal compliance hearings, to make States comply with the law and SRS regulations. This report contains no recommendations requiring legislative action by the Congress. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.