Provider Alert! Continuous Glucose Monitors Regular Durable Medical Supplies LimitsTexas Children's Health Plan
Date: June 18, 2021
Attention: Endocrinologists, PCPs and DME Providers
Effective Date: August 1, 2021
Providers should monitor the Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) Provider Portal regularly for alerts and updates associated to the COVID-19 event. TCHP reserves the right to update and/or change this information without prior notice due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 event.
Call to action: Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) would like to inform providers of new limits for diabetic supplies processed through the medical benefit for members utilizing continuous glucose monitors [CGM] (HCPCS Code K0553). Diabetic supplies include lancets, test strips, among others.
How this impacts providers: Members with CGMs generally do not require glucose monitoring using traditional supplies. In the event members with CGMs require additional or backup diabetic supplies, TCHP prefers members and providers obtain supplies through the medical benefit. For emergent situations, members may request to obtain supplies through retail pharmacy benefit.
Prior Authorization is not required for requests made within the new limits. Over the new limit, requests will require prior authorization for dates of service on or after August 1, 2021.
|HCPCS Code||Description||Old Limit||New Limit|
|A4233||Replacement battery, alkaline (other than j cell), for use with medically necessary home blood glucose monitor||1 per 6 months||1 per 12 months|
|A4236||Replacement battery, silver oxide, for use with medically necessary home blood glucose monitor||1 per 6 months||1 per 12 months|
|A4250||Urine test or reagent strips or tablets (100 tablets or strips)||1 per 6 months||1 per 12 months|
|A4253||Blood glucose test or reagent strips for home blood glucose monitor||50 strips – 2 per month||2 boxes per year – 100 strips per year|
|A4256||Normal, low and high calibrator solution / chips or just “Calibrator solution/chips||Twice within 2 years||No change|
|A4258||Spring-powered device for lancet, each or just “Lancet device each”||Twice within 2 years||No change|
|A4259||Lancets, per box of 100 or just “Lancets per box”||One box per month||1 box per year, 100 Lancets per year|
|A9275||Home glucose disposable monitor||2 within 1 month||1 box per year|
Next steps for providers: Providers should share this communication with their staff. Providers should submit DME supply requests for members with CGM through the medical benefit, and educate members about contacting TCHP for emergent situations.
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