July 01, 2022

Metabolic screening for children and adolescents prescribed antipsychotic medications

Antipsychotic medications prescribed for child or adolescent patients can have adverse effects on their metabolism.1,2 To assist you as you care for these patients, we’ve listed suggested considerations for monitoring and follow-up care, and compiled the following list of helpful UnitedHealthcare resources.

Monitoring and follow-up care
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recommends completing these tests for children and adolescents after an initial prescription of antipsychotic medication:3

  • At least 1 test for blood glucose or HbA1c
  • At least 1 test for LDL-C or cholesterol

Consider annual monitoring of fasting glucose/HbA1c and cholesterol/LDL-C tests

How to refer to a behavioral health professional
You can call the number on the patient's health plan ID card if you need to refer them to a behavioral health professional or request coordination of care. You’ll also find local behavioral health professionals at search for providers.

Behavioral health toolkit for medical providers
Go to and log in with your One Healthcare ID. Then select Clinical Resources > Behavioral Health Toolkit for Medical Providers.

Patient education information
Visit and scroll down to find the links to topics.

Call the number on the patient's health plan ID card.

1American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (February 2012). A Guide for Community Child Serving Agencies on Psychotropic Medications for Children and Adolescents. Retrieved from
2American Psychiatric Association (September 2013). Choosing Wisely, Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question. Retrieved from
3NCQA HEDIS® MY 2020 & 2021, HEDIS measure for APM; antipsychotics/.
HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
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