ACEs Screening Program Integrity for FQHC/RHC/IHS-MOA Clinics

April 17, 2020

Eligible Medi-Cal providers who screen Medi-Cal patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) using a qualified screening tool can receive payment beginning on January 1, 2020. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Indian Health Services (IHS) – Memorandum of Agreement (IHS-MOA) 638 Clinics are also able to receive these payments in addition to their Prospective Payment System (PPS) and All-Inclusive Rate (AIR) per-visit reimbursement. More information about the ACEs Aware initiative is available on the ACEs Aware website.

As of July 1, 2020, eligible Medi-Cal providers must have taken a certified training and self-attested to completing the training using their individual National Provider Identifier (NPI) in order to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for ACEs screenings. When a FQHC, RHC or IHS clinic submits a claim for a qualified ACEs screening the clinic is responsible for ensuring that the rendering provider has completed and attested to completing a certified ACEs training. For more information, providers may visit the Trauma Screenings and Trauma-Informed Care page of the DHCS website.