Blood Lead Testing Reports for Health Care Providers
From 2006 to 2010, Medicaid health care providers received
an annual Blood Lead Testing Report. These reports were developed through
collaboration with the Wisconsin Medicaid Program and the Wisconsin
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The individualized reports
summarize the blood lead testing data for children under age 6 within each
provider's practice. In addition, providers received a
list of untested children in their practice to facilitate follow-up to
ensure these children get tested.
Children enrolled in Medicaid are required to have a blood
lead test at ages 1 and 2 and, if not tested at these ages, they must
receive at least one test between the ages of 3 to 5. Many Medicaid children do not
receive a blood lead test at the appropriate ages.
The report was
developed to help more of these children get the tests they deserve. For
the first time since 2007, there was a
significant increase in
the number of children tested (Figure 2) in 2009, from approximately
80,000 per year to over 100,000 children tested. The result of testing
more children that are required to be tested was a
leveling out of the
number of children found to be poisoned (Figure 1), which had been
on a steady decline.
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April 10, 2014