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(1) These requirements are in addition to the rule provisions generally applicable to Medicaid providers.

(2) The dispensing service may be provided by an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, an optician, or their employees within the scope of their professional practice allowed by law.

(3) Ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, or their employees dispensing eyeglasses and ophthalmologists or optometrists, or their employees dispensing contact lenses must bill for services using the procedure codes and modifiers set forth, and according to the definitions contained, in the Health Care Financing Administration's Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Information regarding billing codes, modifiers and HCPCS is available upon request from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health Services Division, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951.

(4) A member is limited to one pair of eyeglasses per 365-day period unless additional pairs are necessary due to any of the following circumstances:

(a) cataract surgery;

(b) .50 diopter change in correction in sphere;

(c) .75 diopter change in cylinder;

(d) .5 prism diopter change in vertical prism;

(e) .50 diopter change in the near reading power;

(f) a minimum of a 5 degree change in axis of any cylinder less than or equal to 3.00 diopters;

(g) a minimum of a 3 degree change in axis of any cylinder greater than 3.00 diopters;

(h) any 1 prism diopter or more change in lateral prism; or

(i) the inability of the member to wear bifocals because of a diagnosed medical condition.

(5) In the circumstances described in (4)(a) through (i), the member may be allowed two pairs of single vision eyeglasses every 365-day period.

(6) A member may obtain replacement lenses only 365 days after the existing eyeglasses were dispensed if the lenses are unusable.

(7) The following lens features are not covered:

(a) photochromatic or transition lenses;

(b) progressive lenses;

(c) ultraviolet coating;

(d) scratch resistant coating;

(e) anti-reflective coating;

(f) polycarbonate lenses except for monocular members; and

(g) tinted lenses except for rose 1 or rose 2.

(8) Contact lenses may be provided only if medically necessary.

(a) The limits stated in (4) and (5) apply to contacts.

(b) The dispensing provider must receive prior authorization from the department for contact lenses and dispensing fee.


History: 53-6-113, MCA; IMP, 53-6-101, 53-6-141, MCA; NEW, 1980 MAR p. 1759, Eff. 6/27/80; AMD, 1987 MAR p. 895, Eff. 7/1/87; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 758, Eff. 4/15/88; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 272, Eff. 3/1/89; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 1269, Eff. 7/22/97; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 676, Eff. 3/13/98; TRANS, from SRS, 2000 MAR p. 481; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 829, Eff. 5/7/16; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 2064, Eff. 12/1/16.

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