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Flexibilities for Telephone (Audio-only) Early Childhood Intervention Specialized Skills Training Ending at End of PHE

Last updated on 4/27/2022

This article has been updated. To view the updated information, see “Multiple COVID-19 Flexibilities for Services Ending.”

Effective with the end of the federal public health emergency (PHE), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will end the temporary flexibility that has been allowed for the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) specialized skills training (SST) described below. This article is intended to notify providers that this change will occur. When HHSC receives notice from federal authorities that the PHE is ending, an article will be issued to announce the end date.

To help ensure continuity of care during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response, HHSC is authorizing providers to bill code T1027 for telephone (audio-only) ECI SST delivered from March 15, 2020 through the end of the PHE. Providers should continue to use modifier 95 to indicate that remote delivery has occurred.

Providers can refer to the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual, Telecommunication Services Handbook for additional information about the Texas Medicaid telehealth services benefit.

For more information, call the TMHP Contact Center at 800-925-9126.