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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 2 Medicaid Children’s Services Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) : 2.11 Personal Care Services (PCS) (CCP) : 2.11.2 Services, Benefits, and Limitations : Client Eligibility
The PCS benefit is available to Texas Medicaid clients who:
Are birth through 20 years of age.
Have physical, cognitive, or behavioral limitations related to a disability or chronic health condition that inhibits the client’s ability to accomplish ADLs, IADLs, or HMAs.
Whether the client has a physical, cognitive, or behavioral limitation related to a disability or chronic health condition that inhibits the client’s ability to accomplish ADLs, IADLs, or HMAs, the following needs and conditions of the responsible adult will be considered:
Whether or not the need to help the family perform PCS on behalf of the client is related to a medical, cognitive, or behavioral condition that results in a level of functional ability that is below that expected of a typically developing child of the same chronological age
Clients who are enrolled in a DADS waiver program may also receive PCS if they are eligible for it, as long as the services that are provided through the waiver program and PCS are not duplicated. Clients who are enrolled in the following DADS waiver programs may access the PCS benefits if they meet the PCS eligibility requirements:
Clients who receive HCS Residential Support Services, Supervised Living Services, or Foster/Companion Care Services are not eligible to receive attendant care services through PCS.
Clients must choose the program through which they receive attendant care, if they meet the eligibility requirements of both programs. Clients will be given the following options for the delivery of attendant care services:
Clients who participate in the CDS option for PCS and for a waiver program are required to choose one FMSA to provide services through both programs. FMSAs will only be permitted to file the financial management services (FMS) fee, also known as the monthly administrative fee, through one program. The FMSA must file the FMS claim through the program that provides the highest reimbursement rate.
Clients must be referred to DSHS before receiving the PCS benefit. A referral can be made by any person who recognizes a client may have a need for PCS, including, but not limited to, the following:
Referrals to DSHS can be made to the appropriate DSHS Health Service Region, based on the client’s place of residence in the state. Clients, parents, or guardians may also call the TMHP PCS Client Line at 1‑888‑276‑0702 for more information on PCS. PCS providers must provide contact information for the client or responsible adult to DSHS or the TMHP PCS Client Contact Line when making a referral.
Upon receiving a referral, DSHS assigns the client a case manager, who then conducts an assessment in the client’s home with the input and assistance of the client or responsible adult. Based on the assessment, the case manager identifies whether the client has a need for PCS. If the case manager identifies a need for PCS, the client or responsible adult is asked to select a Medicaid-enrolled PCS provider in their area.
Once a provider is selected, the DSHS case manager prior authorizes a quantity of PCS based on the assessment and requests TMHP to issue a PAN to the selected PCS provider. The PCS provider uses the PAN to submit claims to TMHP for the services provided.
A client who is assessed for the PCS benefit must have a primary practitioner (a licensed physician, APRN, or PA) or a primary care provider who has personally examined the client within the last 12 months and reviewed all of the appropriate medical records. The primary practitioner or primary care provider must have established a diagnosis for the client and must provide continuing care and medical supervision of the client. Prior to authorizing PCS, HHSC requires the completion of an HHSC-approved Practitioner Statement of Need (PSON) by a primary practitioner. The PSON must be on file with HHSC prior to the initiation of PCS and will only accept the PSON from an individual who is a physician, APRN, or PA.
The PSON certifies that the client is 20 years of age or younger and has a physical, cognitive, or behavioral limitation related to a disability or chronic health condition. The primary practitioner or primary care provider must mail or fax the completed PSON to the appropriate DSHS Health Services Region. DSHS keeps the signed and dated PSON and the client’s PCAF in the client’s case management record for the duration of the client’s participation in the benefit.
When a behavioral health condition exists, the primary practitioner may be a behavioral health provider.
If the client’s medical record does not include the primary practitioner’s documentation and a PSON that certifies that the client has a physical, cognitive or behavioral health condition that impacts the client’s ability to perform an ADL or IADL, then PCS payments may be recouped.
If a client is entering or is already in the conservatorship of the state, PCS may be provisionally initiated for up to 60 days once eligibility has been established through the assessment.
HHSC requires the reassessment of the client’s need for PCS every 12 months or when requested due to a change in the client’s health or living condition. A new PSON will be required at each annual reassessment and when there is a change in the client’s medical condition that may increase the need for services.

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