Primary Care Providers

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Perspectives on E-Cigarettes Webinar

If you take care of children in your practice, or have children of your own who are or will be teenagers, check out the American Thoracic Society’s latest webinar on e-cigarettes: “Perspectives on E-Cigarettes”. Presented by toxicologist Dr. Ilona Jaspers, PhD, this webinar will: Equip you with knowledge and strategies to deter teenagers from nicotine addiction and Provide helpful information on adolescents and e-cigarette use that you can incorporate into your practice Click here to view the webinar now!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Year after year, more and more Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Despite their age, many young children show early signs of mental illness. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. “Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin [...]

May 30 CME “Autism — Not Just a Checklist”

Save the date Texas Children’s Health Plan Grand Rounds CME Series Autism – Not Just a Checklist Target Audience: Texas Children’s Health Plan contracted behavioral health providers. Educational methods will include lectures with question and answer sessions. This activity is approved for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s). Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:30 p.m. Registration and Dinner 6 p.m. Scientific Session Activity Director: Lia Rodriguez, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Texas Children’s Health Plan Speakers: Bob Voigt, MD Chief of Services, Developmental Pediatrics Director, Autism Center, Texas Children’s [...]

Provider Alert! Texas Children’s Health Plan Claim Editing System Update

Attention:  All Providers Reminder: Texas Children’s Health Plan Claim Editing System Update   Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) previously sent a Provider Alert notifying providers that an intended transition to a new Claims Editing System (CES) by Optum was to occur in December 2018. Please be advised that this transition will now be occurring May 31, 2019.  Any claims submitted May 31, 2019 and after, including corrected and adjusted claims, will be processed with the Optum CES edits. TCHP is required by Texas [...]

Appointment Availability Standards

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.                                                 AFTER HOURS: Primary Care Physicians who are accessible 24 hours a day, seven [...]

Prior Authorization Reference Information

The Texas Children’s Health Plan website now has an additional resource for information related to prior authorization requirements. The Prior Authorization Reference Information documents the codes that require authorization for payment based on authorization category. This list is not yet all-inclusive. It can be found at: https://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/sites/default/files/pdf/PA%20Code%20List%20December%202018.pdf In addition, providers can submit an authorization request online for the codes listed on the Prior Authorization Reference Information document via Clear Coverage. For access to or training on the use of Clear [...]

Update to Children’s Services Handbook THSteps Medical Checkups

Note: Texas Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) must provide all medically necessary, Medicaid-covered services to eligible clients. Administrative procedures such as prior authorization, pre-certification, referrals, and claims/encounter data filing may differ from traditional Medicaid (fee-for-service) and from MCO to MCO. Providers should contact the client's specific MCO for details. Beginning February 1, 2019, TMHP will update the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual, Volume 2, Children’s Services Handbook, subsection 5.3.6 “Texas Health Steps Medical Checkups,” to remove the referral indicator requirement [...]

Smoking cessation help available for parents and caregivers

Smoke-free homes lead to better health outcomes and reduced ED admissions for patients with asthma. Texas Children’s Health Plan provides free smoking cessation counseling and up to $75 of nicotine replacement products for the parents and caregivers of members with asthma. As a provider, you can help your patients more by supporting smoking cessation for parents and caregivers. If your practice site is interested in learning how to enroll parents/caregivers in this program, please contact Texas Children’s Health Plan’s [...]

Provider Alert! Update: Reimbursement Code for Sports and Camp Physicals

As spring training and sports begin, it’s an ideal time to ensure that all members are receiving their Texas Health Steps check ups timely. Texas Children’s Health Plan wants to remind our pediatric providers about sports physicals as value-added services. Members aged 5 - 19 (STAR & CHIP), 5 – 20 (STAR Kids) who have had a Texas Health Steps check up in the last 12 months will be eligible for one annual sports and school physical delivered by their [...]

Physician Incentive Program (updated Jan. 2019)

Texas Children’s Health Plan is introducing its new Physician Incentive Program in an effort to align with state performance and quality measures. The new program focuses on rewarding physician groups for reducing Potentially Preventable Emergency Room Visits (PPV) as well as improving utilization of preventive care based on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. More Information