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317:30-5-42.1. Outpatient hospital services

Revised 9-12-22

(a) Hospitals providing outpatient hospital services are required to meet the same requirements that apply to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) contracted, non-hospital providers performing the same services. Outpatient services performed outside the hospital facility are not reimbursed as hospital outpatient services.

(b) Covered outpatient hospital services must meet all the criteria listed in (1) through (4) of this subsection.

(1) The care is directed by a physician or dentist.

(2) The care is medically necessary.

(3) The member is not an inpatient [refer to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-41].

(4) The service is provided in an approved hospital facility.

(c) Covered outpatient hospital services are those services provided for a member who is not a hospital inpatient. A member in a hospital may be either an inpatient or an outpatient, but not both (see OAC 317:30-5-41).

(d) In the event a member is admitted as an inpatient, but is determined to not qualify for an inpatient payment based on OHCA criteria, the hospital may bill on an outpatient claim for the ancillary services provided during that time.

(e) Separate payment is made for prosthetic devices inserted during the course of surgery when the prosthetic devices are not integral to the procedure and are not included in the reimbursement for the procedure itself.

(f) Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are covered when performed in an outpatient hospital-based setting. Coverage is limited to one (1) evaluation/re-evaluation visit (unit) per discipline per calendar year and fifteen (15) visits (units) per discipline per date of service per calendar year. Claims for these services must include the appropriate revenue code(s).

(g) Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services are provided to members diagnosed with diabetes. DSMES services are comprised of one (1) hour of individual instruction (face-to-face encounters between the diabetes educator and the member) and nine (9) hours of group instruction on diabetes self-management. Members shall receive up to ten (10) hours of services during the first twelve (12) month period beginning with the initial training date. After the first twelve (12) month period has ended, members shall only be eligible for two (2) hours of individual instruction on DSMES per calendar year. Refer to OAC 317:30-5-1080 through 317:30-5-1084 for specific provider and program requirements, and reimbursement methodology.

(h) For high-investment drugs, refer to OAC 317:30-5-42.20.

(i) For partial hospitalization program services for adults and children, refer to OAC 317:30-5-241.2.2 and 317:30-5-241.2.3.