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RULE §353.2Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the content clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Action--

    (A) An action is defined as:

      (i) the denial or limited authorization of a requested Medicaid service, including the type or level of service;

      (ii) the reduction, suspension, or termination of a previously authorized service;

      (iii) the failure to provide services in a timely manner;

      (iv) the denial in whole or in part of payment for a service;

      (v) the failure of a managed care organization (MCO) to act within the timeframes set forth by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and state and federal law; or

      (vi) for a resident of a rural area with only one MCO, the denial of a member's request to obtain services outside the network.

    (B) "Action" does not include expiration of a time-limited service.

  (2) Acute care--Preventive care, primary care, and other medical or behavioral health care provided by the provider or under the direction of a provider for a condition having a relatively short duration.

  (3) Acute care hospital--A hospital that provides acute care services.

  (4) Agreement or Contract--The formal, written, and legally enforceable contract and amendments thereto between HHSC and an MCO.

  (5) Allowable revenue--All managed care revenue received by the MCO pursuant to the contract during the contract period, including retroactive adjustments made by HHSC. This would include any revenue earned on Medicaid managed care funds such as investment income, earned interest, or third party administrator earnings from services to delegated networks.

  (6) Appeal--The formal process by which a member or his or her representative requests a review of the MCO's action.

  (7) Behavioral health service--A covered service for the treatment of mental, emotional, or substance use disorders.

  (8) Capitated service--A benefit available to members under the Texas Medicaid program for which an MCO is responsible for payment.

  (9) Capitation rate--A fixed predetermined fee paid by HHSC to the MCO each month, in accordance with the contract, for each enrolled member in exchange for which the MCO arranges for or provides a defined set of covered services to the member, regardless of the amount of covered services used by the enrolled member.

  (10) Children's Medicaid Dental Services--The dental services provided through a dental MCO to a client birth through age 20.

  (11) Clean claim--A claim submitted by a physician or provider for health care services rendered to a member, with the data necessary for the MCO or subcontracted claims processor to adjudicate and accurately report the claim. A clean claim must meet all requirements for accurate and complete data as further defined under the terms of the contract executed between the MCO and HHSC.

  (12) Client--Any Medicaid-eligible recipient.

  (13) CMS--The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is the federal agency responsible for administering Medicare and overseeing state administration of Medicaid.

  (14) Complainant--A member, or a treating provider or other individual designated to act on behalf of the member, who files a complaint.

  (15) Complaint--Any dissatisfaction expressed by a complainant, orally or in writing, to the MCO about any matter related to the MCO other than an action. Subjects for complaints may include:

    (A) the quality of care of services provided;

    (B) aspects of interpersonal relationships such as rudeness of a provider or employee; and

    (C) failure to respect the member's rights.

  (16) Covered services--Unless a service or item is specifically excluded under the terms of the state plan, a federal waiver, a managed care services contract, or an amendment to any of these, the phrase "covered services" means all health care or dental services or items that the MCO must arrange to provide and pay for on a member's behalf under the terms of the contract executed between the MCO and HHSC, including:

    (A) all services or items comprising "medical assistance" as defined in §32.003 of the Human Resources Code; and

    (B) all value-added services under such contract.

  (17) Cultural competency--The ability of individuals and systems to provide services effectively to people of various cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, and religions in a manner that recognizes, values, affirms, and respects the worth of the individuals and protects and preserves their dignity.

  (18) Day--A calendar day, unless specified otherwise.

  (19) Default enrollment--The process established by HHSC to assign a Medicaid managed care enrollee to an MCO when the enrollee has not selected an MCO.

  (20) Dental managed care organization (dental MCO)--A dental indemnity insurance provider or dental health maintenance organization licensed or approved by the Texas Department of Insurance.

  (21) Dental contractor--A dental MCO that is under contract with HHSC for the delivery of dental services.

  (22) Dental home--A provider who has contracted with a dental MCO to serve as a dental home to a member and who is responsible for providing routine preventive, diagnostic, urgent, therapeutic, initial, and primary care to patients, maintaining the continuity of patient care, and initiating referral for care. Provider types that can serve as dental homes are federally qualified health centers and individuals who are general dentists or pediatric dentists.

  (23) Dental service--The routine preventive, diagnostic, urgent, therapeutic, initial, and primary care provided to a member and included within the scope of HHSC's agreement with a dental contractor. For purposes of this chapter, "dental service" does not include dental devices for craniofacial anomalies; treatment rendered in a hospital, urgent care center, or ambulatory surgical center setting for craniofacial anomalies; or emergency services provided in a hospital, urgent care center, or ambulatory surgical center setting involving dental trauma. These types of services are treated as health care services in this chapter.

  (24) Disability--A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, socializing, or working.

  (25) Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)--A hospital that serves a higher than average number of Medicaid and other low-income patients and receives additional reimbursement from the State.

  (26) Dual eligible--A Medicaid recipient who is also eligible for Medicare.

  (27) Elective enrollment--Selection of a primary care provider (PCP) and MCO by a client during the enrollment period established by HHSC.

  (28) Emergency behavioral health condition--Any condition, without regard to the nature or cause of the condition, that in the opinion of a prudent layperson possessing an average knowledge of health and medicine:

    (A) requires immediate intervention and/or medical attention without which the client would present an immediate danger to themselves or others; or

    (B) renders the client incapable of controlling, knowing, or understanding the consequences of his or her actions.

  (29) Emergency medical condition--A medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of recent onset and sufficient severity (including severe pain), such that a prudent layperson, who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine, could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical care to result in:

    (A) placing the patient's health in serious jeopardy;

    (B) serious impairment to bodily functions;

    (C) serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part;

    (D) serious disfigurement; or

    (E) serious jeopardy to the health of a pregnant woman or her unborn child.

  (30) Emergency service--A covered inpatient and outpatient service, furnished by a network provider or out-of-network provider that is qualified to furnish such service, that is needed to evaluate or stabilize an emergency medical condition and/or an emergency behavioral health condition. For health care MCOs, the term "emergency service" includes post-stabilization care services.

  (31) Encounter--A covered service or group of covered services delivered by a provider to a member during a visit between the member and provider. This also includes value-added services.

  (32) Enrollment--The process by which an individual determined to be eligible for Medicaid is enrolled in a Medicaid MCO serving the service area in which the individual resides.

  (33) EPSDT--The federally mandated Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program defined in 25 TAC Chapter 33. The State of Texas has adopted the name Texas Health Steps (THSteps) for its EPSDT program.

  (34) EPSDT-CCP--The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment-Comprehensive Care Program described in Chapter 363 of this title (relating to Texas Health Steps Comprehensive Care Program).

  (35) Exclusive provider benefit plan (EPBP)--An MCO that complies with 28 TAC §§3.9201 - 3.9212, relating to the Texas Department of Insurance's requirements for EPBPs, and contracts with HHSC to provide Medicaid coverage.

  (36) Experience rebate--The portion of the MCO's net income before taxes that is returned to the State in accordance with the MCO's contract with HHSC.

  (37) Fair hearing--The process adopted and implemented by HHSC in Chapter 357, Subchapter A of this title (relating to Uniform Fair Hearing Rules) in compliance with federal regulations and state rules relating to Medicaid fair hearings.

  (38) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)--An entity that is certified by CMS to meet the requirements of 42 U.S.C. §1395x(aa)(3) as a Federally Qualified Health Center and is enrolled as a provider in the Texas Medicaid program.

  (39) Federal Poverty Level (FPL)--The household income guidelines issued annually and published in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. §9902(2) and as in effect for the applicable budget period determined in accordance with 42 C.F.R. §435.603(h). HHSC uses the FPL to determine an individual's eligibility for Medicaid.

  (40) Federal waiver--Any waiver permitted under federal law and approved by CMS that allows states to implement Medicaid managed care.

  (41) Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) program--The Medicaid program for young adults who aged out of the conservatorship of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), administered in accordance with Chapter 366, Subchapter J of this title (relating to Former Foster Care Children's Program).

  (42) Functional necessity--A member's need for services and supports with activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living to be healthy and safe in the most integrated setting possible. This determination is based on the results of a functional assessment.

  (43) Health care managed care organization (health care MCO)--An entity that is licensed or approved by the Texas Department of Insurance to operate as a health maintenance organization or to issue an EPBP.

  (44) Health care services--The acute care, behavioral health care, and health-related services that an enrolled population might reasonably require in order to be maintained in good health, including, at a minimum, emergency services and inpatient and outpatient services.

  (45) Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)--The single state agency charged with administration and oversight of the Texas Medicaid program or its designee.

  (46) Health maintenance organization (HMO)--An organization that holds a certificate of authority from the Texas Department of Insurance to operate as an HMO under Chapter 843 of the Texas Insurance Code, or a certified Approved Non-Profit Health Corporation formed in compliance with Chapter 844 of the Texas Insurance Code.

  (47) Hospital--A licensed public or private institution as defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code at Chapter 241, relating to hospitals, or Chapter 261, relating to municipal hospitals.

  (48) Intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF-IID)--A facility providing care and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities or related conditions as defined in §1905(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396(d)).

  (49) Long term service and support (LTSS)--A service provided to a qualified member in his or her home or other community-based settings necessary to provide assistance with activities of daily living to allow the member to remain in the most integrated setting possible. LTSS includes services provided to all SSI recipients under the Texas State Plan as well as services available only to persons who qualify for STAR+PLUS Home and Community-Based Waiver Services.


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