OB/GYNs

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Provider Alert! Syphilis testing laws updated effective 9/1/2019

Texas law now mandates three syphilis tests for all pregnant women: at the first prenatal exam, during the third trimester (no earlier than 28 weeks gestation), and at delivery.  This new testing is required because congenital syphilis cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) more than doubled last year.  There were 367 cases of congenital syphilis in Texas in 2018, up from 164 in 2017. The increase in reported cases is likely due to a [...]

Inovalon

Understand your patients’ care gaps and improve your quality of care with the Inovalon HEDIS® Metrics Tool

Texas Children’s Health Plan PCPs and OB/GYN providers can now access data via the Inovalon HEDIS Metrics Tool through our Provider Portal. This new tool allows you to use performance and patient data so that you can independently manage your patient population, as well as improve the quality of disease management throughout your panel. Key features such as member-level gap reports and detailed HEDIS quality rates contribute to improving your provider incentive program rates. If you have any questions about [...]

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Provider Alert! DME/equipment/supplies exceeding Texas Medicaid Limitations

Effective October 1, 2019, Texas Children’s Health Plan will implement a prior authorization process for providers to request prior approval to provide DME/Equipment/Supplies to members 20 years of age and under in excess of benefit limitations. Texas Children’s Health Plan applies benefit limitations for DME/Equipment/Supplies in accordance with the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedure Manual (TMPPM) for all members eligible to receive the benefit, except for the following:   Next steps for providers: DME/Equipment/Supplies for a member who is 20 years of age or [...]

What does Service Coordination mean for your STAR Kids patients?

As a provider, you may have questions regarding the role Service Coordination plays in the lives of your STAR Kids patients. At Texas Children’s Health Plan, the goal of Service Coordination is to optimize health to ensure that the member’s tomorrow is better than his or her today. Service Coordination is a person-centered approach to care. Each of our members is assigned an appropriately licensed Service Coordinator. Our Service Coordinators are responsible for the following: Providing each member with initial [...]

OB/GYN appointment availability standards

What are appointment availability standards? How do you as a provider with Texas Children’s Health Plan play a role? In 2015 Senate Bill 760 passed, requiring Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to monitor the provider networks of managed care organizations. Texas Children’s Health Plan would like to ensure members are able to schedule appointments with providers in accordance with the HHSC’s appointment accessibility guidelines.                   **Texas Children’s Health Plan periodically surveys each participating provider to ensure that members are able [...]