Comments and Responses on Draft Behavioral Health Services HB 4 Telecommunications Policy Available

August 15, 2022

In alignment with House Bill 4 (87th Legislative Session, 2021), HHSC has developed draft policy changes to allow covered services through telemedicine, telehealth and audio-only delivery if clinically appropriate and cost effective.

The HB 4 draft policies responses to public comments are linked below. To learn more about implementation of HB 4 and the analysis framework, visit the MCS Teleservices webpage.

Behavioral Health Services

In addition to HB 4 updates, HHSC has developed draft policy changes in alignment with Senate Bill 1921 (87th Legislative Session, 2021). These changes will allow non-local mental health authorities (also referred to as private providers) to deliver mental health targeted case management and mental health rehabilitation services to persons in fee-for-service Medicaid.

Behavioral Health Services

  • Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) Services policy
  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services policy
  • Outpatient Mental Health Services policy
  • Peer Specialist Services policy
  • Substance Use Disorder Services policy
  • Mental Health Targeted Case Management Services policy (including SB 1921 updates)
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Services policy (including SB 1921 updates)
  • Physician Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services policy – Office and Outpatient Services

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