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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Volume 1, General Information : Section 5: Fee-for-Service Prior Authorizations : 5.1 General Information About Prior Authorization : 5.1.1 Prior Authorization Requests for Clients with Retroactive Eligibility

5.1.1
Retroactive eligibility occurs when the effective date of a client’s Medicaid coverage is before the date the client’s Medicaid eligibility is added to TMHP’s eligibility file, which is called the “add date.”
For clients with retroactive eligibility, prior authorization requests must be submitted after the client's add date and before a claim is submitted to TMHP.
For services provided to fee-for-service Medicaid clients during the client's retroactive eligibility period, i.e., the period from the effective date to the add date, prior authorization must be obtained within 95 days from the client's add date and before a claim for those services is submitted to TMHP. For services provided on or after the client’s add date, the provider must obtain prior authorization within 3 business days of the date of service.
The provider is responsible for verifying eligibility. The provider is strongly encouraged to access the Automated Inquiry System (AIS) or TexMedConnect to verify eligibility frequently while providing services to the client. Client eligibility can also be verified through the Your Texas Benefits Medicaid card website at www.yourtexasbenefitscard.com. If services are discontinued before the client’s add date, the provider must still obtain prior authorization within 95 days of the add date to be able to submit claims.
Refer to:
Section 4: Client Eligibility (Vol. 1, General Information).

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