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317:30-5-640. General provisions and eligible providers

Revised 9-12-14

(a) General provisions.

  • (1) Payment is made to eligible providers certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) or the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) for the delivery of Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) services to infants and toddlers from birth up to their third birthday with developmental disabilities, pursuant to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004, Public Law 108-446 Part C, and subsequent amendments.

  • (2) EPSDT services are comprehensive child-health services, designed to ensure the availability of, and access to, required health care resources and to help parents and guardians of SoonerCare eligible children use these resources.  Effective EPSDT services assure that health problems are diagnosed and treated early before they become more complex and their treatment more costly.  The OSDE and the OSDH play a significant role in educating parents about EPSDT services.

  • (3) An Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) entitles the SoonerCare eligible child to medically necessary and appropriate health related EPSDT treatment services.  Such services must be allowable under federal Medicaid regulations and must be necessary to ameliorate or correct defects of physical or mental illnesses or conditions.

  • (4) Federal regulations require that the State set standards and protocols for each component of EPSDT services.  The standards must provide for services at intervals that meet reasonable standards of medical and dental practice.  The standards must also provide for EPSDT services at other intervals as medically necessary to determine the existence of certain physical and mental illnesses or conditions.  SoonerCare providers who offer EPSDT screenings must assure that the screenings they provide meet the minimum standards for those services in order to be reimbursed at the level established for EPSDT services.

(b) Eligible providers. Eligible providers are state education and health departments and their contract agencies as designated in the State's Plan for Early Intervention Services, developed in response to the requirements of Part C of the IDEIA and who are enrolled as eligible SoonerCare providers.  A completed contract to provide EPSDT health related services must be submitted to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Providers must have a SoonerCare provider agreement in order to receive reimbursement.

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