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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 5. THSteps Medical : 5.1 THSteps Medical and Dental Administrative Information : 5.1.3 Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program

The TVFC program provides free vaccines that are recommended according to the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP], American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], and the American Academy of Family Physicians [AAFP]). Medicaid does not reimburse for vaccines/toxoids that are available from TVFC. THSteps providers must enroll in TVFC at DSHS to obtain free vaccines for clients who are birth through 18 years of age. Providers may not charge Texas Medicaid for the cost of the vaccines obtained from TVFC; however the administration fee, not to exceed $14.85, is considered for reimbursement.
When single antigen vaccine(s)/toxoid(s) or comparable antigen vaccine(s)/toxoid(s) are available for distribution through TVFC, but the provider chooses to use an ACIP-recommended product that is not distributed through TVFC, the vaccine/toxoid will not be covered; however, the administration fee will be considered.
Administered vaccines/toxoids must be reported to DSHS. DSHS submits all vaccines/toxoids reported with parental consent to a centralized repository of immunization histories for clients younger than 18 years of age. This repository is known in Texas as ImmTrac.
For additional information about immunizations, providers can refer to the THSteps online educational module “Immunization” at
Refer to:
Appendix B: Immunizations in this handbook.
Form CH.39, “TVFC Provider Enrollment (3 Pages)” in Appendix A, “THSteps Forms,” in this handbook for more information about enrolling as a TVFC provider.

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