Articles with relevant information for Specialists.

Texas Children’s Health Plan increases yearly gastrostomy button (G-button) limits

A message from Dr. Katy Ostermaier, Medical Director of STAR Kids at Texas Children’s Health Plan Texas Children’s Health Plan is pleased to announce an increase in gastronomy button (G-button) limits per year. As of February 26, 2019, we now allow 6 G-buttons to be dispensed per year. Families who have children with G-buttons can have a hard time getting the supply of replacement G-buttons needed when they break. An active child may need to replace broken G-buttons often, but Texas [...]

For STAR Kids providers: Updated ANE Reporting Process

This requirement is effective September 1, 2018, and the updates have now been made in the UMCM – see Resources below.   As of September 1, 2018, all Texas Children’s Health Plan-contracted providers of Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) services are required to report all critical incidents, including Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (ANE), to the health plan. This action is to meet federal requirements regarding critical incident reporting (see links to federal requirements for incident reporting in below ‘Resources’ section).   MDCP providers [...]

The new and improved Provider Portal is here!

The upgraded Texas Children’s Health Plan Provider Portal is now live! We have worked to bring a revamped user experience to our entire provider network. Our goal is to empower our providers with the tools to access accurate, timely data, so that they are able to deliver the best possible care to our members and their families. The redesigned portal features: Improved functionality for the claims, appeals, and messaging center Health Management Tools menu Access to Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) [...]

Appointment Availability Standards for Specialty Care and Behavioral Health

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.

The YES Waiver for Medicaid Members: What You Need to Know

What is the YES Waiver? The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Wavier is a Medicaid program that helps youth ages 3-18 years old with serious developmental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support to build a family’s natural support network and connection with the community. The goal of the YES Waiver is to prevent out of home placement. It is a short-term [...]

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 [...]