Children and Adolescents’ Access to Primary Care Practitioners
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses children and young adults 12 months–19 years of age who had a visit with a primary care practitioner (PCP). The measure reports on four separate percentages:
- Children 12–24 months who had a visit with a PCP during the measurement year.
- Children 25 months–6 years who had a visit with a PCP during the measure year.
- Children 7–11 years who had a visit with a PCP during the measure year or the year prior to the measurement year.
- Adolescents 12–19 years who had a visit with a PCP during the measurement year or the year prior to the measurement year.
Access to primary care is important for the health and well-being of children and adolescents. High-quality primary care services have been found to significantly reduce children’s non-urgent ER visits.1A consistent source of primary care can fill the need for screening, appropriate treatment and preventive services for children and adolescents.
- Bloom, B., R.A. Cohen, G. Freeman. 2012. “Summary health statistics for U.S. children: National Health Interview Survey, 2011.” National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Statistics 10(254). http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_254.pdf