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Provider Alert! 2021-2022 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Season and Synagis (palivizumab)

Date: July 23, 2021 Attention: All Providers Treatment start date: October 1, 2021 Providers should monitor the Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) Provider Portal regularly for alerts and updates associated to the COVID-19 event.  TCHP reserves the right to update and/or change this information without prior notice due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 event. **This notice may be updated as new regions are opened or closed Call to action: The traditional 2021-22 Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season is here! The Texas RSV [...]

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Provider Alert! Medicaid Preferred Drug List and Formulary Changes

Date: July 30, 2021 Attention: All Providers Effective Date: July 29, 2021 Providers should monitor the Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) Provider Portal regularly for alerts and updates associated to the COVID-19 event.  TCHP reserves the right to update and/or change this information without prior notice due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 event.   Call to action: The Texas Vendor Drug Program (VDP) implemented changes to the state Medicaid drug formulary, effective Thursday, July 29, 2021. Select medications moved from “preferred” to [...]

Provider Alert! COVID-19 Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Updated May 4, 2020

Attention: All Providers and Pharmacies Effective Date: May 4, 2020 The Texas Vendor Drug Program (VDP) has implemented several changes in response to COVID-19. This notice contains the latest updates, as well as links to the previously implemented changes. No-auto prior authorization (NAP) designation temporarily lifted: Normally, medications listed as NAP on the drug formulary by VDP require a manual hard stop in the system. Providers must call/fax to complete a prior authorization (PA) rather than allowing automated authorizations by reviewing historical [...]

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Provider Alert! VDP Formulary Updates – Update 3

Attention: All Providers and Pharmacies Effective Date: April 21, 2020 Call to action: VDP temporarily revised the preferred drug list to address reported possible drug shortages. A new claims processing edit has also been added to prevent overutilization of antimalarial drugs. Expanded NDCs: The non-preferred status of certain generic formulation NDCs were temporarily removed. The change allows pharmacies to dispense these drugs without requiring a non-preferred prior authorization, and provide continued access to necessary medication. The full list of NDCs can be [...]

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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 [...]

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Provider Alert! Prior Authorization required on all Vendor Drug Program (VDP) identified medications

Attention: Star Kids Providers Subject: Reminder: Prior Authorization required on all Vendor Drug Program (VDP) identified medications Texas Children’s Health Plan requires prior authorization (PA) on certain medications per the VDP website prior to dispensing to members. To obtain a list of medications requiring prior authorization, visit the VDP website at: http://www.txvendordrug.com/formulary/preferred-drugs.shtml Providers can also view instructions on accessing and using the formulary at the Texas Children’s Health Plan website: http://www.thecheckup.org/2016/06/09/do-you-know-how-to-access-the-texas-childrens-healthplan-formulary/ Providers can submit PA documentation to Texas Children’s Health Plan’s pharmacy benefit manager, [...]