Bright Futures Preventive Services: Coding Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released Achieving Bright Futures Preventive Services Coding Guidelines to provide guidance to insurers, regulators, lawmakers, and other pediatric health care stakeholders regarding the new Affordable Care Act Pediatric Preventive Services Provision.

Bright Futures

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents 3rd Edition along with its new Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (periodicity schedule) in 2008 are now the standard for pediatric care. To view these recommendations and obtain additional resources regarding Bright futures click here.  The AAP encourages practices to review the schedule against their practice protocols.

Also, Georgia Medicaid uses the AAP/Bright Futures Periodicity schedule as its guide for its Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT).

If you would like an in-office presentation on Bright Futures for you and your office staff, please contact Fozia Khan Eskew at the Chapter office via email at or via phone at 404-881-5074.

APP Resources

Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook

This AAP Handbook is a companion piece to Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.  The AAP notes that this handbook can be used in the pediatric practice and as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, and all health professionals who provide well child care. Click here to view the 5 main sections of the handbook which are each downloadable in PDF format.

Pediatric Care on Line™

AAP offers this service to Academy members.  The system includes resources to implement Bright Futures prevention guidelines. Forms to document every well child exam from infancy to early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence are included at no cost to Academy members. Additionally history questionnaires, pre-visit questionnaires to document recommended risk assessments, visit-specific parent and patient handouts, medical screening questionnaires, and problem lists are also available. Click here for details.