PERIODICITY SCHEDULE - The Texas Health Steps Medical Checkup Periodicity Schedule for infants, children, and adolescents (birth through 20 years of age) has been revised to reflect policy updates effective December 1, 2011. Printed copies dated April 2013 reflect an update to formatting of the dental referral component. An October 2013 copy reflects a re-print date only. The April 2013 version is available for download in both Color [PDF 337KB] and Black & White [PDF 385KB].
ADOLESCENT HEALTH GUIDE - Designed for health-care providers, social workers, counselors, teachers, and other professionals who provide services, information, and support to young people. It offers guidelines on health and health-related legal issues pertinent to the adolescent years. Adolescent Health-A Guide for Providers [PDF 1MB]
Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens - On April 12, 2013 the CDC distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network an official announcement regarding a nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin test antigens. The health alert indicated that the shortage of Tubersol®, produced by Sanofi Pasteur, is expected to last at least until the end of May 2013. For more information on the current tuberculin antigen shortages as well as recommendations for approaches for addressing the shortage of antigen visit the CDC’s Health Alert Network website at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00345.asp
DSHS News Releases
CDC Influenza Website
Anticipatory Guidance Resource List [PDF 157KB]
Parent Health Care Guide - Designed for families to help in determining the appropriate level of health care needed for different illnesses and or injuries. [PDF 3.42MB]
Developmental Calendar - "A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Children"
Developmental Screening Forms
DFPS Medical Services
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families brochures are made possible by a grant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation from the MetLife Foundation. To print or order copies of these free brochures, or similar brochures for providers, teachers and principals, please visit the CDC Healthy Youth! website or call 1-888-231-6405.
IMPROVE (Interactive Medicaid Provider Voice) is a web-based, provider-focused initiative designed to foster better relations and understanding between medical providers and Medicaid. IMPROVE allows providers who pinpoint systemic issues within the Medicaid program the opportunity to suggest resolutions.
Influenza Information for Health Care Professionals
Your Texas Benefits Medicaid Card and Provider Website - Information on the new plastic Medicaid ID card and the new, secure Medicaid eligibility verification website.
Medical Transporation Program (Link to tutorial found online at txhealthsteps.com)
Provider Outreach Referral Service
THSteps and How It Works
CDC's 2013 Immunization Schedule
DSHS Immunization Branch
LabGuides Tutorials - LabGuides are short tutorials designed to help providers meet the acceptance criteria for certain specimens sent to the DSHS Laboratory.
THSteps Medical Checkup Laboratory Requirements [PDF 82KB]
DSHS Laboratory Checklist for THSteps Medical Providers [PDF 250KB]
Texas Health Steps Risk Based Guidance Tool [PDF 264KB] Color [PDF 265KB] B&W
Information Regarding Blood Spot Card Storage and Use
Clinical Chemistry Remote Data Services
DSHS Laboratory Home Page
Lab Supply Order Information - Includes the G-THSTEPS Specimen Submission Form (Scroll to bottom of that page to find information on how to obtain the G-THSTEPS form via email or phone) Updated September 2013
Serum Specimen Criteria
Specimen Collection and Handling
Change to THSteps Preventive Care Medical Checkup Requirement for Elevated Blood Levels - Effective December 1, 2013, elevated blood lead level criteria changed for the Texas Health Steps preventive care medical checkups.
In accordance with Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 25 (Part 1) Chapter 37 Subchapter Q Rule §37.334, the elevated blood lead level requirement has been reduced from 10 mcg/dL to 5 mcg/dL. For an elevated blood lead level of 5 mcg/dL or greater, the provider must perform a confirmatory test using a venous specimen. The confirmatory specimen may be sent to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory, or the client or specimen may be sent to a laboratory of the provider’s choice.
Information related to blood lead screening and reporting for clients who are 15 years of age and older is available on the DSHS Blood Lead Surveillance Group’s website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/lead/providers.shtm.
For more information, call the TMHP Contact Center at 1-800-925-9126.
Texas Health Steps Adopts New CDC Blood Lead Levels
Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP)
Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual (TMPPM)-The TMPPM will be updated monthly with policy and procedure changes that were implemented at the beginning of the previous month. The updated chapters will be published around the 15th of each month. The manual is available on the TMHP website on the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual Website Page and can be accessed by clicking the Reference Material button on any web page in the Texas Medicaid provider section.
TMHP Texas Health Steps Page (The THSteps Quick Reference Guide and other helpful information can be found on this TMHP internet page)
Best Practices in Delivering Medicaid Services
Medicaid and CHIP Statistics
Periodicity Schedule (Posted at top of page)
Online Provider Education (OPE)-Continuing Education (CE) Hours - Texas Health Steps' award-winning online program offers FREE CE Courses to enhance your ability to provide preventive health, mental health, oral health and case management services to Medicaid eligible children in Texas. First time users will need to register.
TMHP Provider Education Home Page - This is the homepage for all of the provider education opportunities offered by TMHP. Providers can run computer-based training (CBT) modules, register for workshops and webinars, listen to or read transcripts of past webinars or Radio TMHP offerings, and access written workshop materials. To view a CBT, you must be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) server.
Vendor Drug Program-Pharmacy Continuing Education
Ages & Stages Questionnaires®
Case Management for Children & Pregnant Women
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Oral Health Program
Spinal Screening Program
Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP)
Texas Medicaid Vendor Drug Program
Vision and Hearing Screening
Texas Women's Health Program