Table of Contents Previous Next

December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Home Health Nursing and Private Duty Nursing Services Handbook : 3 Home Health Skilled Nursing and Home Health Aide Services : 3.4 * Authorization Requirements : 3.4.4 Medicare and Medicaid Prior Authorization

Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) are not eligible for Medicaid benefits. Providers should not submit prior authorization requests to the TMHP Home Health Services Prior Authorization Department for these clients.
For eligible Medicare and Medicaid clients, Medicare is the primary insurance and providers must contact Medicare first for prior authorization and reimbursement. Home health service prior authorizations may be given for HHA services, certain medical supplies, or DME suitable for use in the home in one of the following instances:
When an eligible Medicaid client (enrolled in Medicare) does not qualify for home health services under Medicare because SN care, OT, or PT are not a part of the client’s care.
Federal and state laws require the use of Medicaid funds for the payment of most medical services only after all reasonable measures have been made to use a client’s third party resources or other insurance.
If the client has Medicare Part B coverage, contact Medicare for prior authorization requirements and reimbursement. If the service is a Part B benefit, do not contact TMHP for prior authorization.
To ensure that Medicare benefits are used first in accordance with Texas Medicaid regulations, the following procedures apply when requesting Medicaid prior authorization and payment of home health services for clients:
Contact TMHP for prior authorization of Medicaid services (based on medical necessity and home health services benefits) within 30 days of the date on the MRAN. Fax a copy of the original MRAN and the Medicare appeal review letter to the TMHP Home Health Services Prior Authorization Department for prior authorization.
An MRAN is not required when a client is eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and needs HHA visits only. However, a skilled supervisory nursing visit must be made on the same day as the initial HHA visit and at least every 60 days (on the same day an HHA visit is made) thereafter as long as no skilled need exists. An SN supervisory visit is reimbursable, but an SN visit made for the primary purpose of assessing a client’s nursing care is not. The SOC date will be the date of the first requested Medicare home health services visit as listed on the original MRAN.
Claims for State of Texas Access Reform (STAR)+PLUS MQMB clients (those with Medicare and Medicaid) should always be submitted to TMHP as noted on these pages. The STAR+PLUS health plan is not responsible for these services if Medicare denies the service as not a benefit.
For Medicaid qualified Medicare beneficiary (MQMB) clients, do not submit prior authorization requests to TMHP if the Medicare denial reason states “not medically necessary."
Medicaid will only consider prior authorization requests if the Medicare denial states “not a benefit" of Medicare.
When the client is 65 years of age or older or appears otherwise eligible for Medicare (e.g., a person who is blind or disabled), but has no Part A or Part B Medicare, the TMHP Home Health Services Prior Authorization Department uses regular prior authorization procedures. In this situation, the claim is held for a midyear status determined by HHSC. The maximum length of time a claim may be held in a “pending status" for Medicare determination is 90 days. After the waiting period, the claim is paid or denied. If denied, the EOB code on the R&S report indicates that Medicare is to be billed.
Refer to:
Home health providers should follow these guidelines:
If the agency erroneously submits an SOC notice to Medicare and does not contact TMHP for prior authorization, TMHP does not assume responsibility for any services provided before contacting TMHP. The SOC date is no more than three business days before the date the agency contacts TMHP. Visits made before this date are not considered a benefit of Texas Medicaid.
In filing home health claims, home health providers may be required to obtain Medicare denials before TMHP can approve coverage. When TMHP receives a Medicare denial, the SOC is determined by the date the agency requested coverage from Medicare. If necessary, the 95-day claims filing deadline is waived for these claims, provided TMHP receives notice of the Medicare denial within 30 days of the date on the MRAN containing Medicare’s final disposition.
If the agency receives the MRAN and continues to visit the client without contacting TMHP by telephone, mail, or fax within 30 days of the date on the MRAN, TMHP will provide coverage only for services provided from the initial date of contact with TMHP. The SOC date is determined accordingly. TMHP must have the MRAN before considering the request for prior authorization.
TMHP will not prior authorize or reimburse the difference between the Medicare payment and the retail price for Medicare Part B eligible clients.
Refer to:

Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership
CPT only copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.