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RULE §353.903Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Clinical prior authorization (clinical PA)--A review process authorized by HHSC that is conducted by a healthcare managed care organization (health care MCO) prior to dispensing a drug. All clinical PAs must be identified on the Medicaid Vendor Drug Program website at http://www.txvendordrug.com.

  (2) Covered outpatient drug--A drug or biological product included on the formulary and provided in an outpatient setting.

  (3) Formulary--The list of covered outpatient drugs for the Texas Medicaid program.

  (4) Maximum allowable cost--The highest unit price set by a health care MCO, or its subcontractor, for reimbursement of therapeutically equivalent multi-source drugs.

  (5) Network provider--A pharmacy provider who has entered into a contract with the health care MCO to provide outpatient drug benefits to Medicaid enrollees.

  (6) Non-preferred drug--A covered outpatient drug on the preferred drug list (PDL) that has been designated as non-preferred.

  (7) Pharmacy benefits manager (PBM)--An entity that administers the Medicaid outpatient drug benefit on behalf of a health care MCO.

  (8) Preferred drug--A covered outpatient drug on the PDL that has been designated as preferred because it has been evaluated to be safe, clinically effective, and cost-effective compared to other drugs in the same therapeutic drug class on the market.

  (9) Preferred drug list (PDL)--The list of covered outpatient drugs reviewed by the Drug Utilization Review Board (DUR Board). Reviewed drugs are recommended by the DUR Board as either preferred or non-preferred and HHSC establishes the final designation.

  (10) Preferred drug list prior authorization (PDL PA)--A review conducted by a health care MCO prior to dispensing a non-preferred drug.

Source Note: The provisions of this §353.903 adopted to be effective March 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 1292; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 5429; amended to be effective February 9, 2016, 41 TexReg 960

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