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Revised Growth Hormone Clinical Prior Authorization Begins April 1, 2020

FirstCare will implement the Growth Hormone clinical prior authorization criteria on April 1, 2020. All clinical edit criteria can be found here. The implementation will include four diagnosis codes for approval as suggested by MCOs and approved by VDP:
  • Q87.11: Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Q87.19: Noonan Syndrome
  • E34.3: SHOX deficiency with Dyschondrosteosis
  • Q78.8: SHOX deficiency with short stature

Medicaid to Allow Expedited Pharmacy Enrollment Beginning April 1, 2020

Beginning April 1, Texas pharmacies, as well as any out of state pharmacy, can temporarily enroll with the Vendor Drug Program using our expedited enrollment application (HHS Form 1350). The expedited form and enrollment process allows pharmacies to quickly provide pharmaceutical services to people enrolled in Texas Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, CMS has waived the collection of the enrollment application fee during the state of emergency. For more additional please visit the Vendor Drug Program Website: here

Albuterol Shortage Prompts Temporary Change in Preferred Status

On March 21, VDP temporarily changed the preferred drug list to address reported drug shortages for short-acting agents in the bronchodilators, beta agonist drug class. This change allows providers to prescribe these drugs without requiring a non-preferred prior authorization and allow people on Medicaid continued access to necessary medication. VDP will continue to update providers on the status these drugs. Additional information can be found here.

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