Tag - Behavioral Health

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.   PLEASE NOTE: Specialist visits do not require primary care provider (PCP) referral.

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 [...]

Save the Date! Register for the November 18 CME Session

Grand Rounds CME Series Parent Management Training Workshop: Evidence-based Therapy Guidelines for Disruptive Behaviors Speaker: Marni Axelrad, PhD – Psychologist, Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX Saturday, November 18, 2017 8:30 a.m. Registration & breakfast 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshop Location: UT Health Cooley Center 7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77030 Register online now at TexasChildrensHealthPlan.org/CME Free registration for Texas Children’s Health Plan Contracted Providers

Helping patients access and adhere to antipsychotic medications

A common reason for behavioral health readmission is delay to an outpatient supply of antipsychotic medications. You can help avoid this problem by completing prior authorization documentation before a patient is discharged. Texas Children’s Health Plan follows Texas Medicaid Guidelines for the use and approval of antipsychotics in children. Prior authorization documentation for antipsychotic medications can be found here: https://www.navitus.com/Misc-Pages/PDF-Form-Viewer.aspx?FormID=5264d812-b3d9-45f7-9b7a-a48eefca8adc Providers can ensure patients receive antipsychotic medications at discharge by using the hospital pharmacy or a community pharmacy delivery service. If a [...]

The Texas Clinician’s Postpartum Depression Toolkit

A new resource for screening, diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression. Click here to view this helpful resource for postpartum depression: http://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/sites/default/files/pdf/the_texas_clinicians_postpartum_depression_toolkit%20FINAL.pdf

Prevent Behavioral Health Readmissions

Prevent Behavioral Health Readmissions Poor access to prescribed medications after discharge is one of the most common reasons for behavioral health readmissions. One effective way to help ensure access to medications post-discharge is to obtain and verify prior authorization for the medications before discharge. Texas Children’s Health Plan follows the state of Texas Medicaid Guidelines for the use and approval of antipsychotics in children. Criteria for approval can be accessed here. If a patient does not meet criteria and the prior [...]