Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD

A comprehensive medical evaluation is necessary to appropriately diagnose ADHD and rule out any potential medical causes for the symptoms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have developed evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to help care providers diagnose ADHD. These clinical practice guidelines should be used along with information from both parents and teachers.

Once an ADHD diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment plan usually includes a combination of behavior modification, pharmacotherapy, parent training and education. You can learn more at:

  • liveandworkwell.com > Access code “united” > Mind and Body > Mental Health > ADHD
  • providerexpress.com > Clinical Resources > Behavioral Health Toolkit for Medical Providers and Clinical Tools and Quality Initiatives

While some patients may require more frequent monitoring, the following is the minimum recommended follow-up schedule for children ages 6-12 who start taking ADHD medication:*

  • An initial follow-up visit within 30 days of starting treatment
  • Two additional follow-up visits within nine months of starting treatment

The COVID-19 national public emergency has created unprecedented changes to virtually every part of the health care system and most people’s lives. To assist with treatment opportunities, there are many more telehealth visit options for our members. Virtual visits can be used for ADHD follow-up appointments. To view the latest resources, telehealth options, and news on the national public emergency, please visit ProviderExpress.com.

* Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) 2018: Specifications for Survey Measures. HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).