START: Implementing Standardized Developmental Screening

Webinar Date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 8:00am to 9:00am

There are a number of reasons for practices to adopt a procedure for universal developmental screening using a standardized tool: it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Bright Futures; it is a ‘must-pass’ for recognition under the proposed 2013 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program standards; and is also an incentive measure for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs).  Screening Tools and Referral Training (START) trains practices on routine developmental screening for earlier identification of developmental delays and appropriate referral to best assure a young child's optimal development and readiness for kindergarten. START trainings enable clinics to use the quality improvement Plan-Do-Study-Act method for practice change with the goals of building capacity to implement standardized developmental screening in a busy practice, engage families in routine developmental screening using a standardized tool, address parent concerns and interface with the community to refer at-risk children for diagnostic evaluation and services.


This webinar:

  1. Provides an overview of standardized developmental screening in pediatric practices in accordance with PCPCH primary care home home, CCO incentive metrics, AAP policy statement, and Bright Futures guidelines
  2. Improves provider understanding, utilization and implementation of the Ages and Stages (ASQ) screening tool
  3. Educates pediatric providers in proper documentation, coding and billing of screening tools
  4. Provides a family's perspective on developmental screening at well-child visits


Presented By:

Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E, FAAP
Medical Director
Screening Tools and Referral Training (START)

Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E, FAAP, is the Medical Director for START and a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Children's Developmental Health Institute. Her clinical work focuses on working with children birth to five years of age and their families. She also works with initiatives to improve the system of care for young children.



R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE
The Children's Clinic

R.J. Gillespie, M.D., M.H.P.E, is a general pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Portland, and is the Medical Director of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership. Dr. Gillespie also serves on the Oregon Health Authority’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Standards Advisory Committee, which informs the State of Oregon’s Medical Home definition; as well as the OHA’s Metrics & Scoring Committee that determines quality metrics for the emerging Coordinated Care Organizations within the state. Dr. Gillespie attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University, completed his residency at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago earned a Master of Health Professions Education from University of Illinois.



Rosalia Messina
Parent Presenter


Rosalia will be sharing her perspective on developmental screening as a parent, as well as her experience and interaction with doctors during her son’s screening. Rosalia and Luke live in Southeast Portland. In thier free time, they enjoy walking around Mt. Tabor, going to the zoo, and growing vegetables in thier garden. 


Additional Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

Common Referral Form



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    PDF icon Developmental Screening Guidance Document.pdf626.36 KB
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