California: Alcohol and drug screening requirements for primary care providers
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Policy Letter APL 21-014 and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines require primary care providers (PCPs) to provide alcohol and drug Screening Assessment, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SABIRT) services.
These requirements apply to all patients ages 11 and older, including pregnant women.
What this means for you When screening UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members, recommended validated screening tools include, but are not limited to, the following:
Cut Down-Annoyed-Guilty-Eye-Opener Adapted to Include Drugs (CAGE-AID)
Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication and other Substances (TAPS)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Quick Screen for adults
The single NIDA Quick Screen alcohol-related question can be used for alcohol use screening
Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10)
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C)
Parents, Partner, Past and Present (4Ps) for pregnant women and adolescents
Car, Relax, Alone, Forget, Friends, Trouble (CRAFFT) for non-pregnant adolescents
Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test Geriatric (MAST-G) alcohol screening for geriatric population