Initial Health Appointment

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) requires all new Medi-Cal members complete their comprehensive Initial Health Appointment with a provider within the primary care setting within 120 days from plan enrollment. The Initial Health Appointment (IHA) can be completed by a primary care physician (PCP), nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant. At a minimum, it must include:

  • Physical, social, or mental health histories.
  • Preventive care services.
  • Physical examination.

The IHA is required by DHCS for all newly enrolled patients, including those with disabilities. Providers must follow DHCS requirements for completing the IHA, in accordance with DHCS Plan Letters 08-003 and 13-001.

Additional information on IHA Requirements for Medi-Cal Patients

Provider News: 20-299 – Complete the IHA within 120 Days to Help Manage Your Patients' Health Care Needs

Provider Tip Sheet: 22-174 – Tips for Completing the New Member IHA – English (PDF)

Provider webinar training