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RULE §352.3Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Applicant--An individual or an entity that submits an enrollment application to enroll or re-enroll as a provider or to enroll a new practice location in Medicaid or CHIP as described in paragraph (7) of this section.

  (2) CHIP--The Texas State Children's Health Insurance Program established under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §§1397aa, et seq.) and Chapter 62 of the Health and Safety Code.

  (3) Change of ownership--A change of ownership related to a partnership, sole proprietorship, corporation, or leasing arrangement as defined in 42 CFR §489.18.

  (4) Designee--An entity to which HHSC has delegated certain functions for provider enrollment purposes. A designee may include:

    (A) an HHSC contractor;

    (B) a health and human services agency; or

    (C) a managed care organization (MCO) that contracts with HHSC under Medicaid or CHIP.

  (5) Disenroll--To end a provider's participation in Medicaid or CHIP before the end of the provider's current enrollment period.

  (6) Enrollment--The process for applying to become a provider, including contracting and procedures for determining whether to grant approval to enter into a provider agreement.

  (7) Enrollment application--Documentation required by HHSC that an applicant submits to HHSC to enroll or re-enroll as a provider or to add a new practice location. An enrollment application includes supplemental forms used to add practice locations for Medicare-enrolled or limited-risk providers, as determined by HHSC.

  (8) Enrollment type--A type of enrollment category that identifies how the applicant seeks to enroll, such as individual, group, performing provider, or facility.

  (9) Entity--A provider group, a facility, an organization, or a business registered with the Texas Secretary of State.

  (10) Health care practitioner--A physician or non-physician licensed or certified health care provider who is recognized by federal law or by HHSC as a provider who can bill for medical services or benefits, submits orders or referrals for services to treat, certifies medical need for services, or supervises other individuals providing services and benefits to Medicaid or CHIP recipients.

  (11) Health and human services agency--A state agency identified in §531.001(4) of the Government Code.

  (12) HHSC--The Texas Health and Human Services Commission or its designee.

  (13) Medicaid--The medical assistance program, a state and federal cooperative program authorized under Title XIX of the Social Security Act that pays for certain medical and health care costs for people who qualify.

  (14) National Provider Identifier--A unique ten-digit identification number assigned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

  (15) Overpayment--A payment made to a provider in excess of the amount that is allowable for the service provided, plus any accrued interest.

  (16) Person with an ownership or control interest--Has the meaning assigned by §371.1003 of this title (relating to Definitions).

  (17) Provider--An applicant that successfully completes the enrollment process outlined in this chapter and in Chapter 371 of this title (relating to Medicaid and Other Health and Human Services Fraud and Abuse Program Integrity).

  (18) Provider agreement--An agreement between HHSC and a provider wherein the provider agrees to certain contract provisions as a condition of participation.

  (19) Re-enrolling provider--A provider that submits an enrollment application before the end of the provider's current enrollment period.

  (20) Recipient--A person receiving benefits under Medicaid or CHIP.

  (21) Surety bond--One or more bonds issued by one or more surety companies under 31 U.S.C. §§9304 - 9308 and 31 CFR parts 223, 224, and 225.

  (22) Terminate--To take an adverse action against a provider whose participation in Medicaid or CHIP has ended at federal or state agency direction due to violation of state rules or federal regulations.

  (23) Third-party billing vendor--A vendor registered with HHSC or its designee that submits claims for reimbursement on behalf of a provider.

Source Note: The provisions of this §352.3 adopted to be effective December 31, 2012, 37 TexReg 9899; amended to be effective May 2, 2016, 41 TexReg 3095

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