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Initial Health Assessment

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

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 webinar training:

Topic Initial Health Assessment (IHA) Requirements
Speaker Pam Carpenter, RN, DHCS Master Trainer Quality Improvement Manager, Facility Site and Medical Record Review
Details In this presentation we review IHA requirements, Staying Health Assessment forms, Facility Site Review, Medical Record Review and resources
Recording Link View recording here
PDF version only Initial Health Assessment Requirements Webinar Training Slides (PDF)