Follow-Up Care for Children Prescribed ADHD Medication
This HEDIS Measure
The two rates of this measure assess follow-up care for children prescribed an ADHD medication:
Initiation Phase: Assesses children between 6 and 12 years of age who were diagnosed with ADHD and had one follow-up visit with a practitioner with prescribing authority, within 30 days of their first prescription of ADHD medication.
Continuation and Maintenance Phase: Assesses children between 6 and 12 years of age who had a prescription for ADHD medication and remained on the medication for at least 210 days, and had at least two follow-up visits with a practitioner in the 9 months subsequent to the Initiation Phase.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Eleven percent of American children have been diagnosed with ADHD, whose main features are hyperactivity, impulsiveness and an inability to sustain attention or concentration.1, 2 Of these children, 6.1 percent are taking ADHD medication.1
When managed appropriately, medication for ADHD can control symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inability to sustain concentration. To ensure that medication is prescribed and managed correctly, it is important that children be monitored by a pediatrician with prescribing authority.
- Visser, S. N., Danielson, M. L., Bitsko, R. H., Holbrook, J. R., Kogan, M. D., Ghandour, R. M., ... & Blumberg, S. J. (2014). Trends in the parent-report of health care provider-diagnosed and medicated attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: United States, 2003–2011. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(1), 34-46.
- The American Psychiatric Association. 2012. Children’s Mental Health. http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/people/children.