Here’s How to Get Paid for Medicaid’s New Mental Health Screenings


Texas Medicaid officials will hold a free continuing medical education (CME) webinar Thursday focused on how Texas physicians can be paid for two new mental health screenings.

The webinar, Texas Health Steps: Expanding Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Primary Care, will feature guidelines for implementing postpartum depression (PPD) and annual adolescent mental health screenings as part of routine checkups.

The webinar, which is set for Wednesday, is free for TMA members thanks to a generous sponsorship from the TMA Insurance Trust. The first 200 non-TMA members also can access this program for free using the code THSEDU. 

Meet the Presenters

Austin family practice physician Lisa Glenn, MD, associate medical director of Medicaid/CHIP at Texas Health and Human Services, will lead the discussion on incorporating PPD screening into infant checkups.

She will be joined by Stephen Pont, MD, medical director of the Office of Science and Population Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In addition, Terri Sparks, RNC, Texas Health Steps nurse consultant for Medicaid/CHIP, will describe the expanded adolescent mental health screening program and the validated screening tools that must be used to qualify for additional payment.

The free webinar was developed in partnership with TMA by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education program.

Both the maternal PPD and adolescent mental health benefits are available through Texas Health Steps, which provides preventive medical checkups and other health services to children from birth through 20 years who are covered by Texas Medicaid. Physicians must enroll as providers in Texas Medicaid and Texas Health Steps to claim payment for checkups.

Last Updated On

August 22, 2018