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Adolescent Well-Care Visits

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Bright Futures recommend annual well-care visits during adolescence. Annual well-care visits during adolescence promote healthy behaviors, prevent risky ones, and detect conditions that can interfere with physical, social, and emotional development.

Explore the percentage of adolescents ages 12 to 21 who had an annual comprehensive well-care visit. Higher rates are better.

The purple dashed line represents the median, or middle of all values reported.

This measure reports state performance on the percentage of adolescents ages 12 to 21 who had at least one comprehensive well-care visit with a primary care provider (PCP) or an obstetrical/gynecological provider during the measurement year.

Comprehensive well-care includes:

  • A physical exam
  • Immunizations
  • Screening
  • Developmental assessment
  • Oral health risk assessment
  • Referral for specialized care if necessary

States voluntarily report on Adolescent Well-Care Visits (AWC-CH) as part of the Core Set of Children's Health Care Quality Measures. These data show performance rates for states that voluntarily reported the measure using Child Core Set measure specifications.

The included populations and reporting methods for Child Core Set measures can vary by state. For example, some states report data on certain populations such as those covered under managed care but not those covered under fee-for-service (FFS). This variation in data and calculation methods can affect measure performance and comparisons between states.

Adolescent Well-Care Visits

Source: Mathematica analysis of Medicaid and CHIP Program System (MACPro) reports as of June 3, 2019 for the Child Core Set Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 reporting cycle; see 2018 Child and Adult Health Care Quality Measures. For more information on Adolescent Well-Care Visits (AWC-CH), visit Child Health Care Quality Measures.


The following states did not report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for this measure: CA, CO, ID, and ND.

The Child Core Set specifications include guidance for calculating this measure using the administrative method or the hybrid method. The hybrid method uses a combination of administrative and medical records data to identify services included in the numerator or to determine exclusions from the denominator based on diagnoses or other criteria. Unless otherwise specified, administrative data sources are the state’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and/or data submitted by managed care plans; medical record data sources are paper and/or electronic health records.

Unless otherwise specified:

  • States used Child Core Set specifications, based on National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2018 specifications. The following states used NCQA 2017 specifications: NV and OR.
  • Denominators are assumed to be the measure-eligible population for states using the administrative method; states using the hybrid method often reported the sample size for the medical chart review rather than the measure-eligible population. Some states reported exclusions from the denominator, as noted in the state-specific comments.
  • The measurement period for this measure was January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. AZ reported data for FFY 2016.

ADHD = Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; CCO = Coordinated Care Organization; CHIP = Children’s Health Insurance Program; CMS = Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; CPT = Current Procedural Terminology; CY = Calendar Year; ED = Emergency Department; EPSDT = Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment; EQRO = External Quality Review Organization; FFS = Fee for Service; FFY = Federal Fiscal Year; HEDIS = Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set; HMO = Health Maintenance Organization; ICD = International Classification of Diseases; LOINC = Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes; MACPro = Medicaid and CHIP Program System; MCO = Managed Care Organization; MMIS = Medicaid Management Information System; NCQA = National Committee for Quality Assurance; NR = Not Reported; PCCM = Primary Care Case Management; PCP = Primary Care Practitioner.