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Texas Health Steps (THSteps) preventive care medical checkups diagnosis codes changed

Effective February 1, 2016, Texas Health Steps (THSteps) preventive care medical checkups diagnosis codes changed. Diagnosis codes Z00110 which covers newborns birth through 7 days of age, and Z00111 which covers newborns eight through 28 days of age, became benefits for THSteps preventive care medical checkups. More information on THSteps checkups and preventive medical checkup diagnosis codes is available on the THSteps website.

AAP reports on waning Tdap effectiveness in adolescents

Immunity provided by the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine wanes in adolescents, according to a study recently published in Pediatrics. Researchers found that protection from pertussis diminished within two to three years. The CDC vaccine schedule recommends that Tdap be administered at age 11 or 12 as a booster to the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTap) vaccine that is administered between ages 4 and 6. Providers are urged to follow the recommended vaccine schedule and to be aware that vaccination may not prevent whooping cough outbreaks.

Don’t Delay Medicaid Re-enrollment Application

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 and Human Services Commission encourages all providers who have not yet submitted a re-enrollment application to begin the process at once. Providers who do not complete the re-enrollment process by the deadline may not be eligible for reimbursement for services provided to fee-for-service recipients or those enrolled in Medicaid managed care organizations or dental maintenance organizations. Re-enrollment application processing times vary based on the accuracy and complexity of the application.

Re-enrollment is required for all providers enrolled before January 1, 2013. A downloadable Quick Reference Guide simplifies the process by consolidating the required steps and resources in one easy-to-use document.

Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Child Health Clinical Record

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 THSteps website.

Report infant Cronobacter sakazakii infections

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.

C. sakazakii can cause infant septicemia and severe meningitis resulting in long-term neurological sequelae or death. Rare outbreaks of neonatal illness have been linked to contaminated powdered infant formula. Infections should be reported to the local health department or DSHS at 1-800-705-8868.