Child Physical Abuse Forensic Examination Program
The Child Physical Abuse Forensic Examination Program was established to cover the cost of the professional fee for SAFE-CARE providers who perform a forensic examination to collect and preserve evidence on children under 18 years of age who have been a victim of physical abuse in Missouri. Medical professionals are required to bill the Child Physical Abuse Program as a payor of first resort for reasonable charges incurred during the forensic examination. Professional fee charges shall not be billed to other payment resources, such as the patient’s parent or guardian, health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. Charges for medical procedures, facility fees, supplies, laboratory/radiology tests, court preparation or court testimony are not eligible for reimbursement. For more details, please follow the link to the program statute and rules.