Section 5000, Automation and Payment Issues in STAR+PLUS HCBS Program

Revision 19-8; Effective June 13, 2019

 

 

5100 TxMedCentral

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018

 

 

5110 File Maintenance

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
Due to the volume of forms being uploaded to TxMedCentral, it is mandatory to purge older documents from time to time. Program Support Unit (PSU) staff must electronically back up documents from the managed care organization’s (MCO’s) ISP and SPW folder on a daily basis to prevent loss of form history. Documents must be easily accessible to PSU staff whenever needed. Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requires these backup documents be maintained for five years.
 

5120 Maintenance Requirements for Member Information and Forms

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
Program Support Unit (PSU) staff must establish and maintain a case record for each STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program member. PSU staff must not update documents directly in TxMedCentral. Instead, PSU staff must move files daily to a secure location. Documents must be easily accessible to PSU staff whenever needed.
 

5130 Managed Care Data in the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
 

 

 

5130.1 County Code Issues Affecting Enrollment

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
The Service Authorization System Online (SASO) reflects the residence county as recorded in the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS). Correction to the county code must be done in TIERS. Program Support Unit (PSU) staff must inform the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (MEPD) specialist by faxing Form H1746-A, MEPD Referral Cover Sheet, to correct the county code. Incorrect county code records in TIERS can cause enrollment problems for applicants or members in STAR+PLUS.

Supplemental Security Income Cases

If an individual receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), TIERS derives the county based on the residential Zoning Improvement Plan (ZIP) code provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the ZIP code is incorrect, it can be because of one of two common problems:

Either of these issues can cause TIERS to assign the wrong county.

Non-SSI Cases

If the individual has any SSI type program (TP) other than TP 12 or TP 13, TIERS contains the county code entered by the MEPD specialist. When not having TP 12 or TP 13, common problems are when:

What to Do to Resolve Address Issues Affecting Enrollment

  1. Perform an inquiry in TIERS and determine the TP.
  2. If the TP is anything but 12 or 13 and the residence county is incorrect, refer the matter to the MEPD specialist to correct the residence county field.
  3. If the TP is 12 or 13:
  1. If the residence ZIP code in TIERS is correct but the county is incorrect, PSU staff email the Data Integrity Unit (DIU) at the CCC_Data _Intergrity_Program mailbox the following information:

The DIU can update TIERS to correct the problem. The correction will take place during the next TIERS cutoff processing, usually around the 20th day of the month. SASO should reflect the corrected county during the first TIERS-to-SASO reconciliation that occurs after TIERS cutoff, usually the day after cutoff.
 

5130.2 Service Interruptions Resulting from County Code Mismatches in TIERS

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
Because participation in managed care programs is based on an individual's residence county, as recorded in the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS), service interruptions can occur when the TIERS record shows the wrong residence county code.
The Service Authorization System Online (SASO) reflects the residence county as recorded in TIERS and is updated through a monthly interface. Therefore, incorrect county code data in SASO must be corrected in TIERS. The manner in which this correction occurs depends on the individual's type program (TP). If a residential county code is incorrect and the individual receives services under:


5131 Identifying Managed Care Members in TIERS

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
The Individual-Summary screen in the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) contains a managed care segment for any individual who is currently, or has been, enrolled in managed care. From the Individual-Search screen, enter the individual's information and select Search. The results of the search will appear in the Search Results field. Select the individual’s name on the hyperlink. The Individual-Summary screen will appear. Hover over the Individual # field and select Managed Care. The individual's managed care information will appear.

Specific managed care information is located under the Individual Managed Care History field. The data elements across the bottom of the screen are: Provider – Plan – Program – County – Begin Date – End Date – Status – Eligibility – Candidature.

These fields contain the following information:

Provider — The name of the provider contracted by the managed care organization (MCO) to deliver services to members.
Plan — The name of the MCO providing Medicaid services to the member.
Program — For managed care members, "STARPLUS" will appear in this field.
County — Individual's county of residence.
Begin Date — The date enrollment began under this plan.
End Date — The date enrollment ended under this plan.
Status — Describes the type of action.
Eligibility — Choices are "candidate" (applicant), "enrolled" (active) and "suspended" (closed).
Candidature — Describes the individual's status.

Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) Codes
Service Area Plan Name Plan Codes Plan Code Dates
Bexar Amerigroup 4F Sept 1, 2015
Molina 4G Sept 1, 2015
Superior 4H Sept 1, 2015
Dallas Molina 9J Sept 1, 2015
Superior 9K Sept 1, 2015
El Paso Amerigroup 3G Sept 1, 2015
Molina 3H Sept 1, 2015
Harris Amerigroup 7Z Sept 1, 2015
United Healthcare 7Q Sept 1, 2015
Molina 7V Sept 1, 2015
Hidalgo Cigna-HealthSpring H8 Sept 1, 2015
Molina H9 Sept 1, 2015
Superior HA Sept 1, 2015
Tarrant Amerigroup 6F Sept 1, 2015
Cigna-HealthSpring 6G Sept 1, 2015

 

STAR+PLUS Plan Codes
Service Area Plan Name Plan Codes Plan Code Dates
Bexar Amerigroup 45 Sept 1, 2011
Molina 46 Sept 1, 2011
Superior 47 Sept 1, 2011
Dallas Molina 9F March 1, 2012
Superior 9H March 1, 2012
El Paso Amerigroup 34 March 1, 2012
Molina 33 March 1, 2012
Harris Amerigroup 7P Sept 1, 2011
United Healthcare 7R Sept 1, 2011
Molina 7S Sept 1, 2011
Hidalgo Cigna-HealthSpring H7 March 1, 2012
Molina H6 March 1, 2012
Superior H5 March 1, 2012
Jefferson Amerigroup 8R Sept 1, 2011
United Healthcare 8S Sept 1, 2011
Molina 8T Sept 1, 2011
Lubbock Amerigroup 5A March 1, 2012
Superior 5B March 1, 2012
Medicaid Rural Service Area (RSA) West Texas Amerigroup W5 Sept 1, 2014
Superior W6 Sept 1, 2014
Medicaid RSA Northeast Texas Cigna-HealthSpring N3 Sept 1, 2014
United Healthcare N4 Sept 1, 2014
Medicaid RSA Central Texas Superior C4 Sept 1, 2014
United Healthcare C5 Sept 1, 2014
Nueces United Healthcare 85 Sept 1, 2011
Superior 86 Sept 1, 2011
Tarrant Amerigroup 69 Sept 1, 2011
Cigna-HealthSpring 6C Sept 1, 2011
Travis Amerigroup 19 Sept 1, 2011
United Healthcare 18 Sept 1, 2011

 

5200 Service Authorization System Online (SASO)

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
 

 

 

5210 Managed Care Data in SASO

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
The STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program is authorized by the managed care organization (MCO) and registered by Program Support Unit (PSU) staff in the Service Authorization System Online (SASO) with a Service Group (SG) 19 and Service Code (SC) 12 or 13. If the member's individual service plan (ISP) is electronic, the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) Long Term Care (LTC) Online Portal registers the appropriate SG/SC combination, which is verified by PSU staff. Service codes are based on the following:

Example: A reassessment ISP is received on June 5, 2019, for an ISP that ended May 31, 2019. To register this reassessment, register one service authorization record using "Service Code 13 — Nursing" with a begin date of June 1, 2019, and an end date of June 30, 2019. Then, register a second service authorization record using "Service Code 12 — Case Management" with a begin date of July 1, 2019, and an end date of May 31, 2020.

Example of automatic registration: A reassessment ISP is submitted to the TMHP LTC Online Portal on June 5, 2019, for an ISP that ended May 31, 2019. One service authorization record with "Service Code 13 — Nursing" will be system-generated with a begin date of June 1, 2019, and an end date of June 30, 2019. A second service authorization record with "Service Code 12 — Case Management" will be system-generated with a begin date of July 1, 2019, and an end date of May 31, 2020.
 

5220 Closing Institutional Service Records in SASO

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
Program Support Unit (PSU) staff must contact Provider Claims Services (PCS) at the established hotline to assist in closing a Service Authorization System Online (SASO) Category 1 nursing facility (NF) authorization for individuals being discharged from an NF and will begin receiving the STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Long Term Care (LTC) PCS hotline is 512-438-2200. Select Option 1 when prompted to do so.

PSU staff should call the hotline directly to request the NF record in SASO be closed so non-institutional services can be authorized. PSU staff must confirm the member has been discharged from the NF and community services are negotiated to begin on or after the date of discharge.

When calling the HHSC LTC PCS hotline, PSU staff must identify themselves as HHSC employees and report the member has been discharged from the NF, providing the discharge date. The PCS representative will close all Group 1 service authorizations and enrollment records in SASO, including the Service Code 60 record. This procedure applies whether or not the individual is leaving the NF using the Money Follows the Person (MFP) option.
 

5230 MFPD Entitlement Tracking and SASO Data Entry

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
Time spent in a nursing facility (NF) does not count toward the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) 365-day period; therefore, tracking is required to ensure MFPD individuals receive the full 365-day entitlement period. The entitlement period begins the date the individual who agrees to participate in the demonstration is enrolled in the STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program. The managed care organization (MCO) uploads Form H2067-MC, Managed Care Programs Communication, to TxMedCentral in the MCO folder, following the instructions in Appendix XXXIV, STAR+PLUS TxMedCentral Naming Conventions, indicating the total number of days the member spent in the NF. This information is sent after the 365th day. The tables below are intended to assist Program Support Unit (PSU) staff in making accurate entries in the Service Authorization System Online (SASO).

Example 1 — No institutionalization during the 365-day period
Begin Date End Date Service Group Service Code Comments Fund Code
02-13-19 06-15-19 1 1 Individual is discharged from the NF. The NF begin and end dates are derived from forms submitted by the NF. Blank
06-01-19 06-01-19 19 12 One-day registration to set the MCO capitation payment. SASO record entered by PSU staff. Blank
06-15-19 06-14-20 19 12 PSU staff enter SASO record and enter fund code as 19MFP for the entire period. 19MFP
06-15-20 06-30-20 19 12 PSU staff enter the remaining individual service plan (ISP) period without the 19MFP fund code. Blank

 

Example 2 — Institutionalization during the 365-day period
Begin Date End Date Service Group Service Code Comments Fund Code
02-13-17 06-15-18 1 1 Individual is discharged from the NF. The NF begin and end dates are derived from forms submitted by the NF. Blank
06-01-18 06-01-18 19 12 One-day registration to set the MCO capitation payment. SASO record entered by PSU staff. Blank
06-15-18 06-14-19 19 12 PSU staff enter SASO record and enter fund code as 19MFP for the entire period. 19MFP
06-15-19 06-30-19 19 12 PSU staff enter the remaining ISP period without the 19MFP fund code. Blank
The MCO has notified PSU staff this member spent a total of 15 days in the hospital during the MFPD period. PSU staff must correct SASO as follows:
06-15-19 06-29-19 19 12 PSU staff enter the MFPD period for the 15 days the individual was in the hospital. 19MFP
06-30-19 06-30-19 19 12 MFPD period reached the 365th day on 06-29-19. ISP had one day remaining. Blank

 

Example 3 — Institutionalization during the 365-day period
Begin Date End Date Service Group Service Code Comments Fund Code
02-13-19 06-15-20 1 1 Individual is discharged from the NF. The NF begin and end dates are derived from forms submitted by the NF. Blank
06-01-20 06-01-20 19 12 One-day registration to set the MCO capitation payment. SASO record entered by PSU staff. Blank
06-15-20 06-14-21 19 12 PSU staff enter SASO record and enter fund code as 19MFP for the entire period. 19MFP
06-15-21 06-30-21 19 12 PSU staff enter the remaining ISP period without the 19MFP fund code. Blank
07-01-21 06-30-22 19 12 PSU staff enter reassessment ISP. Blank
The MCO has notified PSU staff this member spent a total of 25 days in the hospital during the MFPD period. PSU staff must correct SASO as follows:
06-15-21 06-30-21 19 12 PSU staff enter the MFPD period for 16 of the 25 days the individual was in the hospital. 19MFP
07-01-21 07-09-21 19 12 PSU staff enter the MFPD period for the last 9 of the 25-day period in which the individual was in the hospital. 19MFP
07-10-21 06-30-22 19 12 PSU staff enter the remainder of the reassessment ISP period. Blank

 

Example 4 — Institutionalization in NF during MFPD period
(The difference between Example 2 and Example 4 is that for NF stays, PSU staff have to correct STAR+PLUS HCBS program or NF overlaps.)
Begin Date End Date Service Group Service Code Comments Fund Code
02-13-19 06-15-20 1 1 Individual is discharged from the NF. The NF begin and end dates are derived from forms submitted by the NF. Blank
06-01-20 06-01-20 19 12 One-day registration to set the MCO capitation payment. SASO record entered by PSU staff. Blank
06-15-20 06-14-21 19 12 PSU staff enter SASO record and enter fund code as 19MFP for the entire period. 19MFP
06-15-21 06-30-21 19 12 PSU staff enter the remaining ISP period without the 19MFP fund code. Blank
08-15-20 08-29-20 1 1 The NF begin and end dates are derived from forms submitted by the NF. Blank
The PSU staff become aware this individual spent a total of 15 days in the NF during the MFPD period. PSU staff must correct SASO as follows:
06-15-20 08-14-20 19 12 PSU staff must correct STAR+PLUS HCBS program or NF overlap. 19MFP
06-15-20 06-30-21 19 12 PSU staff enter the MFPD period, including the 15 calendar days the member was in the NF. 19MFP
06-30-21 06-30-21 19 12 MFPD period reached the 365th day on 06-29-21. ISP had one day remaining. Blank

 

5300 Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) Long Term Care Online Portal

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
 

 

 

5310 Using the TMHP Long Term Care Online Portal

Revision 19-8; Effective June 13, 2019
 
The managed care organization (MCO) must submit the Medical Necessity and Level of Care (MN/LOC) Assessment through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) Long Term Care (LTC) Online Portal to process a determination of MN and the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) value. MCOs submit the MN/LOC Assessment as an:

The MCO has the ability to correct or inactivate assessment forms submitted within specific time frames. Corrections are completed when certain data elements require correction (refer to the TMHP Community Waiver User Guide to determine which fields are correctable). Inactivations are completed when a correction is needed but the MCO is past the allowable time frame to submit correction in the TMHP LTC Online Portal.

The MCO has access to the TMHP LTC Online Portal to:

More information about submitting Form H1700-1 through the TMHP LTC Online Portal is available in the STAR+PLUS Handbook, Appendix XXVI, Long Term Care Online Portal User Guide for Managed Care Organizations.Staff with access and responsibility to manage workflows related to their job duties include Claims Management System (CMS) coordinators, Provider Claims Services (PCS) coordinators and Program Support Unit (PSU) staff.

Staff with access and responsibility to manage workflows related to their job duties include Claims Management System (CMS) coordinators, Provider Claims Services (PCS) coordinators and Program Support Unit (PSU) staff.

Submittal of the MN/LOC Assessment through the TMHP LTC Online Portal creates MN, Level of Service (LOS) and Diagnosis (DIA) records in the Service Authorization System Online (SASO). The RUG value is located in the LOS record.

Status messages appear in the TMHP LTC Online Portal workflow folder when an MN/LOC Assessment is submitted. Error messages with status codes appear when TMHP processing cannot be completed. Status messages may be generated when:

This list is not all inclusive.

Messages will appear in the workflow folder to indicate whether or not the TMHP LTC Online Portal action was processed as complete. In some situations, MN, LOS and DIA records will not be generated to SASO; in other situations, SASO records will be generated but messages may still appear in the workflow for required action.

PSU staff:

CMS coordinators need to contact PSU staff to update SASO records and/or take specific case actions based on the MN and RUG information found in the TMHP LTC Online Portal.

The Enrollment Resolution Services (ERS) Unit may:

 
5400 Administrative Payment Process

Revision 18-0; Effective September 4, 2018
 
When an individual is aging out of the Texas Health Steps-Comprehensive Care Program (THSteps-CCP), Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) or has been approved for a nursing facility diversion (NFD) slot, the managed care organization (MCO) must authorize services to start on the day of eligibility for the STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program, which may not be the first of the month. If the eligibility date is not the first of the month, the MCO must follow the administrative payment process for STAR+PLUS services provided between the eligibility date and the managed care enrollment date, as applicable. The administrative payment process must be used for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to issue payment to the MCO and for the MCO to pay the provider.

Once the MCO authorizes services, the provider:

Within five business days of receiving Form 1500, the MCO verifies the provider was authorized to deliver the services billed on Form 1500. The information on Form 1500 meets the clean claim requirements, as defined in the Uniform Managed Care Manual (UMCM), §2.0, and the claim met the 95-day filing deadline. Once the MCO verifies this information, the MCO:

Within two business days of receiving Form 1500, PSU staff must:

Within two business days from the receipt of the email from PSU staff, the assigned ERS staff will:

If the decision is to approve to pay the administrative payment, the ERS staff will:

If the decision is to approve the administrative payment, the following also occurs:

If the decision is to deny the administrative payment, the ERS staff will notify the PSU staff via email, who submitted the request for administrative payment. This email response will also include the reason for denial.

Within two business days of receipt of email from ERS staff, PSU staff will: