Monthly Archives - July 2017

TCHP now accepts Outpatient Authorizations for many services online via Clear Coverage effective June 1, 2017

✔ Tired of faxing authorization requests and medical records? ✔ Spending too much time on hold waiting to speak to an Authorization Specialist for non-urgent authorization requests? ✔ Looking for a faster, more efficient way to submit authorizations?   Why not submit your authorizations request through Clear Coverage?   What are the benefits? Easy, 24/7 online access to Clear Coverage. Receive real-time authorization status by viewing your office’s home page in Clear Coverage. Services are immediately uploaded into Texas Children’s Health Plan’s authorization for clinical review. Automatic APPROVALS may [...]

Save the Date: September 7, 2017 CME

Grand Rounds CME Series – Provided by Texas Children’s Hospital and presented by Texas Children’s Health Plan Hanging in the Balance: Ethics Perspective on Palliative Care & Provider Burnout Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:30 p.m. Registration and Dinner 6 to 8 p.m. Scientific Session Event will be broadcasted. For Hub Locations, CME program details, and to register go to www.TexasChildrensHealthPlan.org/CME Please note: Registration is free for Texas Children’s Health Plan contracted providers.

Updated STAR Kids billing matrix effective June 5, 2017.

Updated STAR Kids billing matrix effective June 5, 2017. Updates include: Registered nurse modifier (TD) to the private duty nursing (PDN) billing code, T1000 Billing codes for PDN independently enrolled LVNs and RNs are included in the matrix Revenue code 663 was added to the out-of-home respite codes. Please note that failure to use this billing matrix will result in denials for incorrectly billed services. For more information on this topic, visit http://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/for-providers .

Prior Authorization of Texas Health Steps (THSteps) dental therapy under general anesthesia for members who are six years of age or younger

Effective July 1, 2017, Texas Children’s Health Plan will be required to implement prior authorization for Level 4 deep sedation and general anesthesia provided in conjunction with therapeutic dental treatment for Medicaid dental clients from ages 0 through six years. All Level 4 services must be authorized prior to rendering services. Anesthesia services provided by a dentist should use procedure code D9223. Any anesthesia services provided by an anesthesiologist (M.D./D.O.) or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), should use procedure code [...]

Helping patients access and adhere to antipsychotic medications

A common reason for behavioral health readmission is delay to an outpatient supply of antipsychotic medications. You can help avoid this problem by completing prior authorization documentation before a patient is discharged. Texas Children’s Health Plan follows Texas Medicaid Guidelines for the use and approval of antipsychotics in children. Prior authorization documentation for antipsychotic medications can be found here: https://www.navitus.com/Misc-Pages/PDF-Form-Viewer.aspx?FormID=5264d812-b3d9-45f7-9b7a-a48eefca8adc Providers can ensure patients receive antipsychotic medications at discharge by using the hospital pharmacy or a community pharmacy delivery service. If a [...]

Provider Alert! Changes to Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Benefits for All Ages

Subject: Changes to Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Benefits for All Ages Effective for dates of service on or after September 1, 2017, physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech therapy (ST) benefits for all ages will change for Texas Medicaid. Please review http://www.tmhp.com/News_Items/2017/06-June/06-30- 17%20Physical,%20Occupational,%20and%20Speech%20Therapy%20Benefits%20for%20All%20Ages%20 to%20Change%20for%20Texas%20Medicai.pdf for changes to this medical benefit policy that applies to the following: Billing structure changes for PT, OT, and ST services Procedure codes end-dating August 31, 2017 Required modifiers Claims filing changes Clarification to benefits Providers may refer to the current Texas Medicaid [...]

Provider Alert! Changes to Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Benefits for All Ages

Effective for dates of service on or after September 1, 2017, physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech therapy (ST) benefits for all ages will change for Texas Medicaid. Please review this link for changes to this medical benefit policy that applies to the following: Billing structure changes for PT, OT, and ST services Procedure codes end-dating August 31, 2017 Required modifiers Claims filing changes Clarification to benefits Providers may refer to the current Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech [...]