PCPs play key role in care of children with ADHD


Primary care physicians (PCPs) play an important role in identifying and treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As you are aware, interventions for the treatment of ADHD fall into two main categories:

  1. pharmacological
  2. psychosocial 

Optum Behavioral Health, which manages and administers ConnectiCare’s behavioral health program, can assist you with referrals for psychosocial interventions such as behavioral therapy, teaching social skills, parent/child education about ADHD and appropriate school programming can be useful.

Pharmacological management most often includes, prescribing stimulants and non-stimulants. If medication is prescribed, please be sure to:

  1. Write the prescription for 30 days initially so you can schedule a follow-up appointment.
  2. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your patient within 30 days of writing the prescription.
  3. Schedule at least two more follow-up appointments over the next nine months to make sure the dosage is correct. 

As a reminder, follow-up care for children prescribed ADHD medication is a HEDIS measurement. HEDIS, which stands for Health Care Effectiveness Data and Information Set, is the quality measurement tool for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).