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OHCA Policies and Rules

317:30-5-313.  Medical necessity criteria for members under twenty-one (21) years of age

[Issued 09-12-22]

ABA services are considered medically necessary when all the following conditions are met:

(1) The member is under twenty-one (21) years of age with a definitive diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from the following providers:

(A) Pediatric neurologist or neurologist;

(B) Developmental pediatrician;

(C) Licensed psychologist;

(D) Psychiatrist or neuropsychiatrist; or

(E) Other licensed physician experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD.

(2) A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation or thorough clinical assessment completed by one (1) of the above identified professionals must:

(A) Include a complete pertinent medical and social history, including pre-and perinatal, medical, developmental, family, and social elements; and

(B) Be based on criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) or the most current version of the DSM for ASD and/or may also include scores from the use of formal diagnostic tests such as the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2), Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) or other tools with acceptable psychometric properties. Screening scales are not sufficient to make a diagnosis and will not be accepted as the only formal scale.

(3) There must be a reasonable expectation that the member will benefit from ABA. The member must exhibit:

(A) The ability/capacity to learn and develop generalized skills to assist with his or her independence; and

(B) The ability to develop generalized skills to assist in addressing maladaptive behaviors associated with ASD.

(4) The member is medically stable and does not require twenty-four (24) hour medical/nursing monitoring or procedures provided in a hospital or intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).

(5) The member exhibits atypical or disruptive behavior within the most recent thirty (30) calendar days that significantly interferes with daily functioning and activities. Such atypical or disruptive behavior may include, but is not limited to:

(A) Impulsive aggression toward others;

(B) Self-injury behaviors;

(C) Intentional property destruction; or

(D) Severe disruption in daily functioning (e.g., the individual's inability to maintain in school, child care settings, social settings, etc.) due to changes in routine activities that have not been helped by other treatments such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, additional psychotherapy and/or school/ daycare interventions.

(6) The focus of treatment is not custodial in nature (which is defined as care provided when the member "has reached maximum level of physical or mental function and such person is not likely to make further significant improvement" or "any type of care where the primary purpose of the type of care provided is to attend to the member's daily living activities which do not entail or require the continuing attention of trained medical or paramedical personnel.") Interventions are intended to strengthen the individual's/parent's/legal guardian's capacity for self care and self sufficiency to decrease interventions in the home by those other than the parent(s)/legal guardian(s).

(7) It has been determined that there is no less intensive or more appropriate level of service which can be safely and effectively provided.

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.