Preliminary Information

 

Welcome: Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

This manual is a comprehensive guide for Texas Medicaid providers. It contains information about Texas Medicaid fee-for-service benefits, policies, and procedures including medical, dental, and children’s services benefits.

Refer to:  The Medicaid Managed Care Handbook (Vol. 2, Provider Handbooks) for information about the Medicaid Managed Care, which is administered by Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)-contracted managed care organizations (MCOs), dental managed care organizations, and behavioral health organizations (BHOs) across the state.

The Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual is updated monthly on the TMHP website at www.tmhp.com to include revisions to policies and procedures that went into effect in the prior month. The manual is available in portable document format (PDF) as a complete book and as individual sections and handbooks. A hypertext markup language (HTML) version is also be available.

The current version of the manual always appears prominently on the Texas Medicaid Provider Proce­dures Manual web page. All previously published annual editions of the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual have been archived. Users can access the archives through links on the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual web page.

Providers can determine what has changed each month by following the Release Notes link on the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual web page. The release notes include the sections and handbooks that have changed for the current month and the nature of the changes. Most changes have been previ­ously announced in news articles on the TMHP website, and, where appropriate, the release notes link to prior website articles.

Publishing the manual monthly has eliminated the need for the Texas Medicaid Bulletin, which was discontinued following the publication of the September/October 2012 Texas Medicaid Bulletin, No. 243. Special bulletins, such as the annual Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) bulletin, which is published in January of each year, will continue to be published on an as-needed basis.

The Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual is divided into two volumes as follows:

Volume I: General Information

Volume 1 applies to all health-care providers who are enrolled in Texas Medicaid and provide services to Texas Medicaid fee-for-service clients. The sections in Volume 1 include general infor­mation for enrolling in the program, receiving appropriate reimbursement, prior authorizations, claim submissions and appeals for services rendered.

Volume 2: Provider Handbooks

Each handbook in Volume 2 covers Medicaid policies, procedures, and claims filing requirements for specific products or services. Volume 2 includes the following handbooks:

Ambulance Services Handbook

Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, and Case Management Services Handbook

Certified Respiratory Care Practitioners (CRCP) Services Handbook

Children’s Services Handbook

Clinics and Other Outpatient Facility Services Handbook

Durable Medical Equipment, Medical Supplies, and Nutritional Products Handbook

Gynecological, Obstetrics, and Family Planning Title XIX Services

Home Health Nursing and Private Duty Nursing Services Handbook

Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Services Handbook

Medicaid Managed Care Handbook

Medical and Nursing Specialists, Physicians, and Physician Assistants Handbook

Medical Transportation Program Handbook

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy Services Handbook

Radiology and Laboratory Services Handbook

Telecommunications Services Handbook

Vision and Hearing Services Handbook

Women’s Health Services Handbook

Copyright Acknowledgments

Use of the AMA’s copyrighted CPT® is allowed in this publication with the following disclosure:

“Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is copyright © 2017 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. No fee schedules, basic units, relative values, or related listings are included in CPT. The AMA assumes no liability for the data contained herein. Applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation System/Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (FARS/DFARS) apply.”

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Contents

Volume 1 - General Information

Welcome: Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Contents

Introduction

Section 1: Provider Enrollment and Responsibilities

Section 2: Texas Medicaid Fee-for-Service Reimbursement

Section 3: TMHP Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Section 4: Client Eligibility

Section 5: Fee-for-Service Prior Authorizations

Section 6: Claims Filing

Section 7: Appeals

Appendix A: State, Federal, and TMHP Contact Information

Appendix B: Vendor Drug Program

Appendix C: HIV/AIDS

Appendix D: Acronym Dictionary

Volume 2 - Provider Handbooks

Ambulance Services Handbook

Behavioral Health and Case Management Services Handbook

Certified Respiratory Care Practitioner (CRCP) Services Handbook

Children’s Services Handbook

Clinics and Other Outpatient Facility Services Handbook

Durable Medical Equipment, Medical Supplies, and Nutritional Products Handbook

Gynecological, Obstetrics, and Family Planning Title XIX Services Handbook

Home Health Nursing and Private Duty Nursing Services Handbook

Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Services Handbook

Medicaid Managed Care Handbook

Medical and Nursing Specialists, Physicians, and Physician Assistants Handbook

Medical Transportation Program Handbook

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy Services Handbook

Radiology and Laboratory Services Handbook

Telecommunication Services Handbook

Vision and Hearing Services Handbook 

Women’s Health Services Handbook

Introduction

Texas Medicaid Administration

The Texas Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program was implemented on September 1, 1967, under the provisions of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act and Chapter 32 of the Texas Human Resources Code.

The state of Texas and the federal government share the cost of funding Texas Medicaid. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the single state Medicaid agency, is responsible for the Title XIX Program. The administration of the program is accomplished through contracts and agreements with the following:

Medical providers

Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP), the fee-for-service claims administrator

MAXIMUS, the enrollment broker

Various managed care organizations (MCOs) and dental managed care organization (dental plans), that administer Medicaid Managed Care benefits.

The Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP), the quality monitor

State agencies

Texas Medicaid providers are reimbursed for services through contracts with health-insuring contractors, fiscal agents, or direct vendor payments.

By signing an HHSC Medicaid Provider Agreement (through the enrollment process) and submitting Medicaid claims, each enrolled provider agrees to abide by the policies and procedures of Medicaid, published regulations, and the information and instructions in manuals, bulletins, and other instruc­tional material furnished to the provider.

Refer to:  “Appendix A: State, Federal, and TMHP Contact Information” (Vol. 1, General Infor­mation) for addresses and telephone numbers of HHSC and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regional offices.