It is refreshing and exciting to hear a pediatrician write about this void in patient care. Thank you for shouting us out and supporting photoscreening!
It’s amazing that we are nearing two years post the AAP Vision Policy Statement recommending photoscreening. In the policy statement, lead author and ophthalmologist Dr. Sean Donahue poignantly states, “Despite the long-standing recommendations from various professional societies and organizations for all young children to be evaluated, implementation into regular clinical practice has remained less than ideal. Fewer than 20% of children receive adequate screening.”
So where are we two years later?
At GoCheck Kids we have noticed that pediatricians are more compelled than ever to meet the guidelines. And we are proud to say that over 1000 pediatricians have joined our mission to screen 2 million kids by 2020. (davidepley we should chat)
But Heather Finlay-Morreale, MD, as you so importantly pointed out, economics are still a major barrier to cross when it comes to photoscreening.
-Photoscreeners are expensive. They cost as much as a used car.
-Reimbursement, in particular medicaid, is still variable by state.
The willingness to help overcome barriers: GoCheck Kids has a 30 day risk-free trial in so that practices can test reimbursement amounts in their area. If it doesn’t work economically (we do everything we can to make it work) then the practices can send the smartphone devices back with no charges incurred. Seriously, every pediatric practice small to big should be on this.