Postpartum Depression Screening

Health care providers are now required to annually submit data on screening for postpartum depression. Annual reporting is required by a provider that conducts or oversees screening for postpartum depression using a validated screening tool, during a routine clinical appointment in which medical services are provided to a woman who has given birth within the previous six months.

Providers Impacted by the Regulation

The providers responsible for adhering to these regulations are OB-GYNs, Family Medicine Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses including Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants, who practice in a family medicine/OBGYN setting.

Resources

Screening Regulations

Learn more about the regulation on screening for postpartum depression.

Reporting Form

You or your provider organization must complete and submit this form by no later than March 1 for the previous calendar year unless you fall within the exception to the rule for direct reporting to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

Screening Grid

Postpartum depression screening tool provided by MDPH.

Provider Notice

Provider Notice addressing ICD-10 claims submission guidelines and postpartum depression billing, mailed on May 29, 2015.