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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, and Case Management Services Handbook : 8. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services (Abuse and Dependence) : 8.7 Prior Authorization : 8.7.3 Prior Authorization for Residential Detoxification Treatment Services : 8.7.3.1 Admission Criteria for Residential Detoxification Treatment Services

8.7.3.1
Clients are eligible for admission to a residential detoxification service when they have failed two previous individual treatment episodes of ambulatory (outpatient) detoxifications or when they have a diagnosis that meets the criteria for the definition of chemical dependence, as detailed in either the most current revision of the ICD-9-CM, or the most current revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Professional Practitioners.
In addition, the client must meet at least one of the following criteria for chemical substance withdrawal, major medical complication, or major psychiatric illness for admission to residential treatment for detoxification:
Chemical Substance Withdrawal
Altered mental state with or without delirium as manifested by disorientation to self; alcoholic hallucinosis, toxic psychosis, altered level of consciousness, as manifested by clinically significant obtundation, stupor, or coma.
The presence of any presumed new asymmetric or focal findings (i.e., limb weakness, clonus, spasticity, unequal pupils, facial asymmetry, eye ocular movement paresis, papilledema, or localized cerebellar dysfunction, as reflected in asymmetrical limb incoordination).
Unstable vital signs combined with a history of past acute withdrawal syndromes that are interpreted by a physician to be indication of acute alcohol or drug withdrawal.
Clinical condition (e.g., agitation, intoxication, or confusion) that prevents satisfactory assessment of the above conditions and indicates placement in residential detoxification service may be justified.
Neuropsychiatric changes of such severity and nature that they put the client at imminent risk of harming self or others (e.g., pathological intoxication or alcohol idiosyncratic intoxication, etc.).
Major Medical Complications
The client must meet the following condition with regard to major medical complications:
The individual must present a documented condition or disorder that, in combination with alcohol or drug use, presents a determined health risk (e.g., gastrointestinal bleeding, gastritis, severe anemia, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, hepatitis, malnutrition, cardiac disease, hypertension, etc.).
Major Psychiatric Illness
The client must meet at least one of the following conditions with regard to major psychiatric illness:
Documented DSM III-R AXIS I condition or disorder that, in combination with alcohol or drug use, compounds a pre-existing or concurrent emotional or behavioral disorder and presents a major risk to the individual.
Severe neurological and psychological symptoms: (e.g., anguish, mood fluctuations, overreactions to stress, lowered stress tolerance, impaired ability to concentrate, limited attention span, high level of distractibility, extreme negative emotions, or extreme anxiety).
Uncontrolled behavior that endangers self or others, or documented neuropsychiatric changes of a severity and nature that place the individual at imminent risk of harming self or others.

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