Provider Alert! Medical Physics Consultations to Become Benefits of Texas Medicaid
Effective Date: March 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.
Call to action: Effective for dates of service on or after March 1, 2021, medical physics consultations (procedure codes 77336 and 77370) will become benefits of Texas Medicaid. Medical physics consultations will be a benefit of Texas Medicaid when these services are performed by the following:
- A physician and the radiation therapy center providers in an office setting
- The radiation therapy center and hospital providers in the outpatient hospital setting
Procedure codes 77336 and 77370 may be reimbursed to the ordering physician if consultation is performed with a qualified medical physicist for stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, or any other method of radiation therapy for which medical necessity is determined.
How this impacts providers: Procedure code 77336 will be limited to once per week of treatment. Procedure code 77370 will be limited to once per course of treatment. A special medical physics consultation may be reimbursed when the input and complex analysis of a qualified medical physicist are beyond that of a continuing medical physics consultation and are necessary to address a patient-specific reason or scenario.
Resource: TMHP Notice dated 12/31/2020
Next steps for providers: Providers should share this communication with their staff.
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