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:
- Physical, social, or mental health histories.
- Preventive care services.
- Physical examination.
- Completion of the age-appropriate Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) form or Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) approved Individual Health Education Behavioral Assessment (IHEBA).
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 Tip Sheet: 22-174 – Tips for Completing the New Member IHA – English (PDF)
Provider webinar training
Initial Health Assessment (IHA) Requirements
Pam Carpenter, RN, DHCS Master Trainer Quality Improvement Manager, Facility Site and Medical Record Review
In this presentation we review IHA requirements, Staying Health Assessment forms, Facility Site Review, Medical Record Review and resources
IHA Provider Webinar recording – use code: IHA12345!
Initial Health Assessment Requirements Webinar Training Slides (PDF)