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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Vision and HearingServices Handbook : 2 Nonimplantable Hearing Aid Devices and Related Services : 2.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 2.2.5 Hearing Aid Services : 2.2.5.3 Limitations

2.2.5.3
The following hearing aid visits may be reimbursed by Texas Medicaid:
The fitting and dispensing visits that encompass a 30-day trial period and include a post-fitting check 5 weeks after the trial period has been successfully completed
The fitting visit includes the fitting, dispensing, and post-fitting check of the hearing aid.
Providers must allow each Texas Medicaid client a 30-consecutive-day trial period that begins with the dispensing date. This trial period gives the client time to determine whether the hearing aid device meets the client’s needs. If the client is not satisfied with the purchased hearing aid, the client may return it to the provider, who must accept it. If the device is returned within 30 days of the date it was dispensed, the provider may charge the client a rental fee not to exceed $2 per day. This fee is not a benefit of Texas Medicaid and will not be reimbursed. The client is responsible for paying the hearing aid rental fees if the provider chooses to charge a fee for the rental of returned hearing aid devices.
During the trial period, providers may dispense additional hearing aids as medically necessary until either the client is satisfied with the results of the hearing aid or the provider determines that the client cannot benefit from the dispensing of another hearing aid. The dispensing date of each additional hearing aid starts a new trial period.
The licensed audiologist or fitter/dispenser must perform a post-fitting check of the hearing aid within 5 weeks of the initial fitting.
The first and second revisits are available if additional visits are required after the post-fitting check.
First revisit. The first revisit must include a hearing aid check.
Second revisit. The second revisit is available as needed after the post-fitting check and first revisit. The second revisit must include either a real ear measurement or aided sound field testing according to the guidelines specified for the hearing evaluation. If the aided sound field test scores suggest a decrease in hearing acuity, the provider must include puretone and speech audiometry readings from the first evaluation.
Home visit hearing evaluations and fittings are permitted only with the physician’s written recommendation.
Services for residents in an SNF, ICF, or ECF must be ordered by the attending physician. The order must be on the client’s chart, must state the condition that necessitates the hearing aid services, and must be signed by the attending physician.

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