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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 4 Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Dental : 4.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 4.2.7 First Dental Home

Based on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s (AAPD) definition, Texas Medicaid defines a dental home as the dental provider who supports an ongoing relationship with the client that includes all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. Establishment of a client’s dental home begins no later than 6 months of age and includes referrals to dental specialists when appropriate.
In providing a dental home for a client, the dental provider enhances the ability to assist clients and their parents in obtaining optimum oral health care. The first dental home visit can be initiated as early as 6 months of age and must include, but is not limited to, the following:
Clients who are from 6 through 35 months of age may be seen for dental checkups by a certified First Dental Home provider.
First Dental Home services are submitted using procedure code D0145. The dental home provider must retain supporting documentation for procedure code D0145 in the client’s record. The supporting documentation must include, but is not limited to, the following:
Procedure code D0145 is limited to individual dentists certified by the DSHS Oral Health Program to perform this service. Training for certification as a First Dental Home provider is available as a free continuing education course on the THSteps website at
Procedure codes D0120, D0150, D0160, D0170, D0180, D1120, D1206, D1208, and D8660 are denied if procedure code D0145 is submitted for the same DOS by any provider. A First Dental Home examination is limited to ten services per client lifetime with at least 60 days between visits by any provider to prevent denials of the service.

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