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Vaccines for Children Policy and Coding Update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is revising agency policies related to the administration of vaccines obtained through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program to Healthy Connections Medicaid-enrolled children. The guidance and changes to vaccine administration and counseling policy included in this bulletin replace the existing SCDHHS guidance on this topic.

IDEA Part C Policy Updates

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is issuing the following policy updates and clarifications for providers and service coordinators who render services to children enrolled in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C program, commonly known as BabyNet in South Carolina.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Provider Relief Funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is distributing an additional $20 billion in new relief funds to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers who participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, including the South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid program. This is the third distribution (Phase 3) of funding provided by HHS under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Healthy Connections Choices Annual Enrollment Broker Provider Trainings

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), in partnership with the state's contracted enrollment broker, MAXIMUS, is offering fall provider trainings by webinar and telephone due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the delayed re-opening of training facilities. The trainings will be offered Oct. 15 - Nov. 15, 2020.

ASD Program Updates: ABA Provider Network and Behavior Identification Assessments

Update: The original alert titled "ASD Program Updates: ABA Provider Network and Behavior Identification Assessments" that was issued on Aug. 11, 2020, erroneously stated that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providers needed to continue emailing certain credentialing information items to SCDHHS. ABA providers do not need to submit credentialing information to SCDHHS via email unless specifically requested to do so. The updated alert is available below.

2020 KEPRO Provider Annual Training

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), in partnership with the state’s contracted quality improvement organization, Keystone Peer Review Organization (KEPRO), will facilitate annual provider training sessions. These sessions will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m and are being offered by phone and online.

Additional COVID-19 Telehealth Guidance for Early Intervention Providers

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. On March 30, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) issued Medicaid Bulletin 20-010, which created temporary telehealth flexibilities for Early Intervention (EI) providers.

New Coverage for COVID-19 Testing Available for Those Without Healthcare Coverage

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) today announced it will begin accepting applications for a limited-benefit Medicaid coverage group newly authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to provide reimbursement for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing for those without healthcare coverage. Today’s announcement will provide additional financial support to increase access to testing, a critical component of the state’s response to addressing the pandemic, for South Carolinians without other sources of healthcare coverage.

Provider Reimbursement Available for COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) today announced it will begin accepting applications for a limited-benefit Medicaid coverage group newly authorized to provide reimbursement for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing for those without healthcare coverage. Services and individuals covered by the new COVID-19 Limited Benefit Program are limited to COVID-19 testing and diagnostic services. Instructions for providers are available below.

Independence Day Provider Payment Holiday Schedule

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will operate on an updated schedule for Healthy Connections Medicaid claims submission and payments for one week in July 2020 to accommodate the 2020 Independence Day holiday.

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