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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 request? Looking for a faster, more efficient way to submit authorizations? Why not submit your authorizations request through Clear Coverage? What are the benefits? Easy to access 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 [...]

Provider Alert! Authorization Extension for STAR Kids Members

Attention STAR Kids Providers May 17, 2017 Authorization Extension for STAR Kids Members The Health and Human Services Commission expects managed care organizations to extend long term services and supports (such as Personal Care Services, Community First Choice, and Private Duty Nursing) authorizations for services until completion of the STAR Kids Screening and Assessment Instrument (SAI), but no longer than July 1, 2017. In order to receive payment for these services, you must have authorization from Texas Children’s Health Plan, and the SAI must be completed [...]

Telehealth Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid June 1, 2017

Information posted April 14, 2017 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. Effective for dates of service on or after June 1, 2017, telehealth benefits will change for Texas Medicaid. Overview of Benefit Changes Major changes to this [...]

Zika Prevention: Mosquito Repellant Benefit Now Available

What the mosquito repellent benefit? Texas Children’s Health Plan now covers select mosquito repellents for eligible members to prevent contraction of the Zika virus. This benefit is covered through Texas Children’s Health Plan’s prescription benefits at no cost to eligible members. Which Texas Children’s Health Plan members are eligible for this benefit? Females ages 10-55 years Pregnant women of any age Males ages 14 years and older Does an eligible member require a prescription to receive mosquito repellant? No. The Texas Medicaid Medical Director [...]

Are Oral Steroids being overused for children with asthma?

Oral Corticosteroids have been shown to have definite benefit for children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations, but no benefit and possible harm for minimal to mild exacerbations.  Recent research using data from Texas Children’s Health Plan has found very high rates of oral corticosteroid dispensing in the prior year for children with a diagnosis of asthma – close to 50% for children under 5 years, and close to 40% of children with asthma over 5 years.  There was [...]

Need Help Navigating Pharmacy Prior Authorizations?

Pharmacy Prior Authorizations (PAs) can be a difficult administrative burden for providers and staff, however, they help ensure patients are receiving the most evidence-based, cost-effective medications. The Vendor Drug Program (VDP) is the state resource for the Texas Medicaid formulary and Preferred Drug List (PDL).  VDP has provided a very helpful guide to managing pharmacy benefits for your patients. You can access this resource here: http://casestudies.txhealthsteps.com/stepsQuickCourses/prescribers/ This Quick Course reviews the following: Searching Formulary for prescription and OTC drugs Checking the Preferred Drug [...]

Provider Alert! Screening for Maternal Depression – Essential to Child Well-Being

Effective January 1, 2017, Texas Children’s Health Plan will reimburse providers for maternal depression screening conducted at a well-child visit. Postpartum depression screening utilizing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale may be reimbursed up to 2 times per member ages 0-6 months, using CPT code 96161. Code 96161 is used to report the use of a standardized instrument to screen for health risks in the caregiver for the benefit of the patient. The reimbursement for this code will be based [...]

Meet Our New President

Lou Fragoso has been appointed president of Texas Children’s Health plan. He joined Texas Children’s Pediatrics in February 2014 and was vice president of Business Operations. Prior to joining Texas Children’s, Lou was in leadership roles at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Lou is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of healthcare finance and management experience. Since joining Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Lou spearheaded the creation of Texas Children’s Urgent Care. [...]

New Texas Children’s Health Plan provider portal features added

Texas Children’s Health Plan has been actively adding new features to the provider portal located at www.tchp.us/providers Providers can continue to view eligibility, claim status, authorizations and all of our provider news. In addition, providers are able to view the named Service Coordinator for STAR Kids members and submit claim appeals online. The named Service Coordinator for STAR Kids members can be found on the member enrollment information screen under additional information. The Texas Children’s Health Plan Service Coordinator serves as [...]