Well Child Visits

Well Child Visits

Good health care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents begins with the well child visit (check-up) and other services that help keep children healthy. These are preventive services based on a plan called Bright Futures. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made this plan to help doctors and families know what preventive services children should receive from birth to 18 years of age, such as vaccines, screening tests, and advice about staying healthy and safe.

Click on the button below to view the Well Child Visit schedule, where you will see what you can expect at your child’s next well visit, including immunizations and screenings that may be due. Items indicated as “please complete prior to your visit” should be done in advance of your appointment on the patient portal. This allows us to spend more time discussing concerns you may have, as well as gives us the opportunity to adjust the length of your scheduled appointment based on information you provide in advance. Please bring any sports/school/camp/daycare forms and we will complete them at the visit.

Children under age 2 are scheduled for the next well visit when in the office at check-out. To schedule a well child visit for ages 2-18, please call our office as soon as possible after receiving the automated reminder call from us (this will come approximately 3 months in advance of when your child is due to be seen). By doing so, you will have the best choice of date, time and physician to fit your needs.

View WCV Schedule
 

Why are some services at a well child visit considered “non-covered” by my insurance plan?

All of our patients deserve the best care possible, so our phyisicans will perform all services and screenings recommended for your child's age group, regardless of insurance coverage. While many insurance plans do cover these screenings without any cost to families, there are plans which do not pay in full for some. We feel the benefits of these screenings outweigh the minimal cost some families may need to pay out of pocket. JDC Pediatrics has been recognized as "Simply the Best" Pediatrician in the Harrisburg area every year since 2003. Our intent is to continue to provide exceptional care based on the highest standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which includes these screenings. We have provided the CPT codes for screenings under each age group so that you can check ahead of time to see if they are covered by your plan. Please read our Financial Policy under "SCHEDULING" to learn about implied consent when scheduling appointments.
 

Why do I sometimes owe money when my child’s physician addresses a problem during a well child visit?

There may be times when a child needs a service that is not considered preventive on the same day as a well child visit. If a child is not well, or a problem is found or needs to be addressed during the check-up, the physician may need to provide an additional office visit service (called a sick visit) to care for the child. This is a different service and is billed to your health plan in addition to the preventive services provided on that day. Certain circumstances may require you to schedule a separate appointment for these types of issues. If you have a co-payment for office visits, it must be paid at the time of service. Any coinsurances or deductibles must be paid upon receipt of the first statement.

Some services that may be provided and billed in addition to preventive services include:

  • The doctor’s work to address more than a minor problem, which will be billed as an office visit (e.g., if the doctor gives a prescription, orders tests, or changes care for a known problem)
  • Medical treatments (e.g., breathing treatments or wart treatments)
  • Any surgery (e.g., removing splinters or something the child put in his ear or nose)
  • Tests performed in the office that are not included in the Bright Futures plan
  • Discussion of oral contraceptives

Our office does not want you to be surprised by a bill but must always bill your health plan based on the actual services provided. Please feel free to ask questions about services that may not be paid in full by your health plan on the day of your visit.
 

PA Law on Minor Consent for Medical Treatment

Please note that in Pennsylvania, a minor may consent to medical treatment related to drug and alcohol abuse; pregnancy; or sexually transmitted disease. Additionally, children 14 and older may provide consent for any mental health treatment, including prescription drugs. Generally, the right to consent entitles the patient to confidentiality. When a minor has the right to consent, a provider generally may not disclose the minor’s health care information to anyone, including the minor’s parents or guardians, without the minor’s consent, unless there is an explicit exception in the law that permits or requires the disclosure.
https://www.aclupa.org/en/reference-card-minors-access-confidential-health-care-pennsylvania#:~:text=All%20minors%20have%20the%20right,pregnancy%20include%20all%20prenatal%20care
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?yr=1999&sessInd=0&act=52.

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