- As of July 1, 2011, there were 269,643 beneficiaries enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, 268,984 of whom were enrolled in some form of managed care.
- Physical health services were delivered through a commercial managed care organization (MCO), a Medicaid-only MCO, a primary care case management program, or a prepaid ambulatory health plan (depending on geography). As of 2014, Utah is served by four managed care plans providing physical health benefits; the state now refers to these health plans as “Medicaid accountable care organizations.”
- Mental health and substance use disorder benefits are provided to Medicaid beneficiaries through 10 Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans that together enroll 225,761 beneficiaries.
- Children living in select counties are required to select a dental plan (Delta Dental or Premier Access). Children living outside those counties receive oral health services through fee-for-service Medicaid.
- All Medicaid beneficiaries are enrolled in a transportation-only prepaid ambulatory health plan.
The Utah Administrative Code (R414-1-2) defines medical necessity for Medicaid.
“‘Medically necessary service’ means that:
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The Utah Medicaid program produces Health Plan Quality of Care Reports based on both Medicaid and commercial health plan performance on HEDIS measures. Metrics tracked for Medicaid managed care organizations include measures of:
In key findings from the reports, the state noted that in 2013 “Medicaid HMOs performed above national averages on childhood and adolescent immunizations.”
Developmental screening and screening for possible mental health needs is expected to be a part of well-child visits in Utah. The state’s Medicaid provider manual recommends that physicians use the following tools:
The Child Health Evaluation and Care provider manual also includes directions to physicians for referring children with suspected mental health needs to mental health providers for additional assessments.
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Support to Families
Utah Medicaid hosts a Children’s Health and Evaluation Care website that offers families information on well-child care.
A Medicaid Member Guide offers more information about covered services.
Medicaid partners with local public health agencies, which use public health nurses to notify families when children are due for well-care visits and can help families schedule appointments.
Support to Providers
A Child Health Evaluation and Care provider manual informs physicians of services covered under the EPSDT benefit and lists billing codes for related services.
Utah’s Medicaid agency is using a CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant in collaboration with public and private partners to support implementation of the medical home model in both primary care and sub-specialty pediatric practices. This work includes embedding “Medical Home coordinators” in practices to support care coordination for children.
||Utah’s Medicaid program reimburses providers for the application of fluoride varnish to children (up to age 3) during a well-child visit. Physicians are asked to use a billing modifier to indicate fluoride varnish was applied during a well-child visit.|