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317:30-3-57.General SoonerCare coverage - categorically needy
[Revised 08-01-20]

The following are general SoonerCare- coverage guidelines for the categorically needy:

(1) Inpatient-hospital services other than those provided in an institution for mental diseases (IMD).

(A) Adult coverage for inpatient-hospital stays as described at Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-41.

(B) Coverage for members under twenty-one (21) years of age is not limited. All admissions must be medically necessary. All psychiatric admissions require prior authorization for an approved length of stay.

(2) Emergency department services.

(3) Dialysis in an outpatient hospital or free standing dialysis facility.

(4) Outpatient therapeutic radiology or chemotherapy for proven malignancies or opportunistic infections.

(5) Outpatient surgical services - facility payment for selected outpatient-surgical procedures to hospitals which have a contract with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA).

(6) Outpatient mental health services for medical and remedial care including services provided on an outpatient basis by certified hospital-based facilities that are also qualified mental health clinics.

(7) Rural health clinic (RHC) services and other ambulatory services furnished by an RHC.

(8) Optometrists' services - only as listed in Subchapter 5, Part 45, Optometrist specific rules of this Chapter.

(9) Maternity clinic services.

(10) Outpatient diagnostic x-rays and lab services. Other outpatient services provided to adults, not specifically addressed, are covered only when prior authorized by the agency's Medical Authorization Unit.

(11) Medically necessary screening mammography. Additional follow-up mammograms are covered when medically necessary.

(12) Long-term care facility services (other than services in an institution for tuberculosis or mental diseases).

(13) Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services (EPSDT) are available for members under twenty-one (21) years of age to provide access to regularly scheduled examinations and evaluations of the general physical and mental health, growth, development, and nutritional status of infants, children, and youth. Federal regulations also require that diagnosis and treatment be provided for conditions identified during a screening whether or not they are covered under the State Plan, as long as federal funds are available for these services. These services must be necessary to ameliorate or correct defects and physical or mental illnesses or conditions and require prior authorization. EPSDT/OHCA child-health services are outlined in OAC 317:30-3-65.2 through 317:30-3-65.12.

(A) EPSDT screenings examinations for eligible children by a medical or osteopathic physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse practitioner.

(B) Diagnostic x-rays, lab, and/or injections when prescribed by a provider.

(C) Immunizations.

(D) Outpatient care.

(E) Dental services as outlined in OAC 317:30-3-65.8.

(F) Optometrists' services. The EPSDT periodicity schedule provides for at least one (1) visual screening and glasses each twelve (12) months. In addition, payment is made for glasses for children with congenital aphakia or following cataract removal. Interperiodic screenings and glasses at intervals outside the periodicity schedule for optometrists are allowed when a visual condition is suspected. Payment is limited to two (2) glasses per year. Any glasses beyond this limit must be prior authorized and determined to be medically necessary.

(G) Hearing services as outlined in OAC 317:30-3-65.9.

(H) Prescribed drugs.

(I) Outpatient-psychological services as outlined in OAC 317:30-5-275 through 317:30-5-278.

(J) Inpatient-psychiatric services as outlined in OAC 317:30-5-95 through 317:30-5-97.

(K) Transportation. Provided when necessary in connection with examination or treatment when not otherwise available.

(L) Inpatient-hospital services.

(M) Medical supplies, equipment, appliances and prosthetic devices beyond the normal scope of SoonerCare.

(N) EPSDT services furnished in a qualified child health center.

(14) Family planning services and supplies for members of child-bearing age, including counseling, insertion of intrauterine device, implantation of subdermal contraceptive device, and sterilization for members twenty-one (21) years of age and older who are legally competent, not institutionalized and have signed the "Consent Form" at least thirty (30) days prior to procedure. Reversal of sterilization procedures for the purposes of conception is not covered. Reversal of sterilization procedures are covered when medically indicated and substantiating documentation is attached to the claim.

(15) Physicians' services whether furnished in the office, the member's home, a hospital, a long-term care facility, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), or elsewhere. For adults, payment is made for compensable hospital days described at OAC 317:30-5-41. Office visits for adults are limited to four (4) per month except when in connection with conditions as specified in OAC 317:30-5-9(b).

(16) Medical care and any other type of remedial care recognized under state law, furnished by licensed practitioners within the scope of their practice as defined by state law. See applicable provider Section for limitations to covered services for:

(A) Podiatrists' services;

(B) Optometrists' services;

(C) Psychologists' services;

(D) Certified registered nurse anesthetists;

(E) Certified nurse midwives;

(F) Advanced practice registered nurses; and

(G) Anesthesiologist assistants.

(17) Free-standing ambulatory surgery centers.

(18) Prescribed drugs not to exceed a total of six (6) prescriptions with a limit of two (2) brand name prescriptions per month. Exceptions to the six (6) prescription limit are:

(A) Unlimited medically necessary monthly prescriptions for:

(i) Members under the age of twenty-one (21) years; and

(ii) Residents of long-term care facilities or ICF/IID.

(B) Seven (7) medically necessary generic prescriptions per month in addition to the six (6) covered under the State Plan (including three (3) brand name prescriptions) are allowed for adults receiving services under the 1915(c) home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers. These additional medically necessary prescriptions beyond the three (3) brand name or thirteen (13) total prescriptions are covered with prior authorization.

(19) Rental and/or purchase of medical supplies, equipment, and appliances.

(20) Adaptive equipment, when prior authorized, for members residing in private ICF/IID's.

(21) Dental services for members residing in private ICF/IID's in accordance with the scope of dental services for members under age twenty-one (21).

(22) Orthotic and prosthetic devices for members under age twenty-one (21).  For adults, orthotics and prosthetics are limited to breast prosthesis and support accessories.  See OAC 317:30-5-210.1 and 317:30-5-211.13.

(23) Standard medical supplies.

(24) Eyeglasses under EPSDT for members under age twenty-one (21). Payment is also made for glasses for children with congenital aphakia or following cataract removal. Payment is limited to two (2) glasses per year. Any glasses beyond this limit must be prior authorized and determined to be medically necessary.

(25) Blood and blood fractions for members when administered on an outpatient basis.

(26) Inpatient services for members age sixty-five (65) or older in institutions for mental diseases, limited to those members whose Medicare, Part A benefits are exhausted for this particular service and/or those members who are not eligible for Medicare services.

(27) Long-term care facility services, limited to members preauthorized and approved by OHCA for such care.

(28) Inpatient psychiatric facility admissions for members under twenty-one (21) are limited to an approved length of stay effective July 1, 1992, with provision for requests for extensions.

(29) Transportation and subsistence (room and board) to and from providers of medical services to meet member's needs (ambulance or bus, etc.), to obtain medical treatment.

(30) Extended services for pregnant women including all pregnancy-related and postpartum services to continue to be provided, as though the women were pregnant, for sixty (60) days after the pregnancy ends, beginning on the last date of pregnancy.

(31) Long-term care facility services for members under twenty-one (21) years of age.

(32) Personal care in a member's home, prescribed in accordance with a plan of treatment and rendered by a qualified person under supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).

(33) Part A deductible and Part B Medicare Coinsurance and/or deductible.

(34) HCBS for the intellectually disabled.

(35) Home-health services limited to thirty-six (36) visits per year and standard supplies for one (1) month in a twelve (12) month period. The visits are limited to any combination of an RN and nurse aide visits, not to exceed thirty-six (36) per year.

(36) Medically necessary solid organ and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation services for children and adults are covered services based upon the conditions listed in (A)-(D) of this paragraph:

(A) All transplantation services, except kidney and cornea, must be prior authorized;

(B) All transplant procedures are reviewed and prior authorization is based upon appropriate medical criteria;

(C) All organ transplants must be performed at a Medicare approved transplantation center;

(D) Procedures considered experimental or investigational are not covered; and

(E) Donor search and procurement services are covered for transplants consistent with the methods used by the Medicare program for organ acquisition costs.

(37) HCBS for intellectually disabled members who were determined to be inappropriately placed in a long-term care facility (Alternative Disposition Plan - ADP).

(38) Case management services for the chronically and/or severely mentally ill.

(39) Emergency medical services including emergency labor and delivery for illegal or ineligible aliens.

(40) Services delivered in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Payment is made on an encounter basis.

(41) Early intervention services for children ages zero (0) to three (3).

(42) Residential behavior management in therapeutic foster care setting.

(43) Birthing center services.

(44) Case management services through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).

(45) HCBS for aged or physically disabled members.

(46) Outpatient ambulatory services for members infected with tuberculosis.

(47) Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling for children and adults.

(48) Services delivered to American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) in Indian Health Services, Tribal Programs, and Urban Indian Clinics (I/T/Us). Payment is made on an encounter basis.

(49) OHCA contracts with designated agents to provide disease state management for individuals diagnosed with certain chronic conditions. Disease state management treatments are based on protocols developed using evidence-based guidelines.


Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.