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Lead Screening in Children

This HEDIS Measure

Assesses children 2 years of age who had one or more blood tests for lead poisoning by their second birthday.  

So What?

Exposure to lead can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, as well as intellectual and behavioral deficits.1 Because children who are exposed to lead often have no obvious symptoms, lead poisoning often goes unrecognized.1 

Screening for lead is an easy way to detect an abnormal blood lead level in children. There is no safe blood lead level.2 If not found early, exposure to lead and high blood lead levels can lead to irrevocable effects on a child’s physical and mental health.   

References:

1.      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “About Lead-Based Paint.” http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/lead

2.      CDC. 2009. Last updated July 12, 2013. “National Biomonitoring Program Factsheet—Lead.” CDC. 2013. “Blood Lead Levels in Children Aged 1–5 Years—United States, 1999–2010.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 62(13); 245–48. 

tables
Lead Screening Rate
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016  -- -- 67.6 -- -- 
2015 66.5
2014 66.8
2013 66.5
2012 67.5
2011 67.8
2010 66.2
2009 66.4
2008 66.7