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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Volume 1, General Information : Section 4: Client Eligibility : 4.5 CHIP Perinatal Program : 4.5.4 Submission of Birth Information to Texas Vital Statistics Unit

Hospital providers must submit birth registry information to the DSHS Vital Statistics Unit in a timely manner. Once received by the Vital Statistics Unit, birth information is transmitted to the state’s eligibility systems, so a PCN (Medicaid number) can be issued for newborns at or below 185 percent FPIL. Hospitals should use the CHIP Perinatal health plan ID to enter the mother’s CHIP perinatal coverage ID number in the Medicaid/CHIP number field on the Texas Electronic Registration (TER) screen. This number will appear as an alpha-numeric combination, starting with a letter followed by eight digits. For example: G12345678.
For more information, go to the HHSC website at, or call Texas Vital Statistics at 1-800-452-9115.

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