We all know and have seen the studies that illustrate that annual wellness exams lower MLR and create a healthy path for our members and patients, especially well-child visits. Therefore it is extremely important to understand who is not going to get their well-child visits so that we can address the hindrances and better support children’s wellness.
Integra ServiceConnect finds the following:
- Children less than 3 years old have the highest well-child visit rates.
- The higher the income of the family, the more likely the child will get his/her well child visit.
- A child in a large urban setting is more likely to get a well-child exam more than a child in a small urban area or non-adjacent area.
- Having a shortage in primary care in the county lowers the likelihood of getting a well child visit.
- A foreign-born child is less likely to get a well-child visit.
- A white or Hispanic child is more likely to get a well-child visit than an African American child.
Thus, prior to starting school, higher income, urban setting, and availability of care all influence the rate of well-child visits. These statistics are all in line with the findings of Medicaid studies.