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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Temporary Telephonic and Telehealth Services Updates

On Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina. As a part of the state’s preparation and response to COVID-19, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is announcing additional temporary modifications to policies related to telehealth coverage.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Impact Update

On Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Temporary Telephonic and Telehealth Services Updates

On Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina. As a part of the state’s preparation and response to COVID-19, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is announcing modifications to policies related to the telephonic delivery of services to protect South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid members by ensuring ongoing access to care.

New Healthy Connections Medicaid Slim Card

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) announces the release of a new Healthy Connections Medicaid slim card. The cards will have the same dimensions but will be thinner and more lightweight than the previous cards. The slim card design will go into circulation in late-March or early-April and will be distributed to newly eligible Healthy Connections Medicaid members. Current members who request replacement cards will also receive the new slim cards.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C Program (BabyNet) Updates

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is continuing to integrate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C program, commonly known as BabyNet in South Carolina, and Healthy Connections Medicaid program. This includes integrating the two programs’ respective systems, the BabyNet Reporting & Intervention Data Gathering Electronic System (BRIDGES) and the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS).

SCDHHS to Replace its Medicaid Management Information System

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is replacing its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) with a more efficient, modern system that will reduce administrative burden on providers.

Changes to Administrative Review Procedures of Select Physician-Administered Drugs

Effective March 1, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will implement the changes described below for select physician-administered drugs.

SCDHHS contracts with a designated quality improvement organization, KEPRO, for utilization review and prior authorization services. Providers serving Medicaid fee-for-service beneficiaries must receive prior authorization from KEPRO for the following limited list of physician-administered drugs:

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