Immunity provided by the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine wanes in adolescents, according to a study recently published in Pediatrics.

Don’t Delay Medicaid Re-enrollment Application: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that the March 24, 2016, deadline for Medicaid provider re-enrollment has been extended to September 25, 2016, to aid compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Child Health Clinical Record Forms have been updated to reflect November 1, 2015 policy changes.   Instructions for completing the forms have also been updated.  THSteps Child Health Clinical Record forms are intended for use by providers as a documentation tool for all required checkup components.  The forms are recommended for use but not required.  More information on THSteps checkups and Child Health Clinical Record Forms is available on the

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requests that health-care providers and laboratories promptly report Cronobacter sakazakii (formerly Enterobacter sakazakii) infections in infants up to 12 months. Two cases have recently been reported in Texas. Both infants had consumed powdered infant formula, but it is not known whether either was exposed to C. sakazakii through the formula or whether they share common exposure.

Effective November 1, 2015, new benefit criteria take effect for Texas Health Steps preventive medical checkups. The changes affect required diagnosis codes, laboratory screening, autism screening, mental health screening, newborn screening, and telemedicine/telehealth services. All services provided on or after November 1, 2015, are affected. Complete information is available on the Texas Health Steps Provider Information web page.

Effective November 1, 2015, new benefit criteria take effect for Texas Health Steps preventive medical checkups. The changes affect required diagnosis codes, laboratory screening, autism screening, mental health screening, newborn screening, and telemedicine/telehealth services. All services provided on or after November 1, 2015, are affected. Complete information is available on the Texas Health Steps Provider Information web page.

Beginning October 1, 2015, Texas Health Steps requires caries risk assessment and documentation to be included in all dental exams. Beginning January 1, 2016, dental exams will be denied for reimbursement by Medicaid unless caries risk assessment is properly conducted, documented, and coded.

Beginning October 1, 2015, Texas Health Steps requires caries risk assessment and documentation to be included in all dental exams. Beginning January 1, 2016, dental exams will be denied for reimbursement by Medicaid unless caries risk assessment is properly conducted, documented, and coded.

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