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Kids' Checkups Should Include Depression Test: Docs

HIV screening also recommended under revised American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines


Because the new recommendations "were carefully vetted for the presence of medical evidence, most insurers already cover them," Hagan said. And they are also covered under most plans in the Affordable Care Act.

The updates didn't come as a surprise, said one children's doctor.

"Many of these changes were ones we anticipated," said Dr. Kristin Hannibal, clinic director of the Primary Care Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "The major stumbling block is always how do we take these recommendations and implement them across the board."

Formalization of the recommendations will make it easier to obtain insurance reimbursement, Hannibal said.

Hagan said that parents should feel empowered to ask their pediatricians if they're following the Bright Futures guidelines.

"If a practice isn't following the guidelines, parents can encourage them to do so," suggested Hagan.

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