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Could RIST Services be Coming to NC?

March 14, 2018

Within the NC DHHS Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, there is goal to build community-based services with a particular focus on creating “step-down” services from inpatient care. Mark Benton, NC DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services, noted to the Joint Legislative Oversight Behavioral Health Subcommittee on February 27th that NC DHHS is looking at the RIST…

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Medicaid Consumer and Provider Satisfaction Results

For the last several years the state has surveyed Medicaid Providers, adults and those receiving child services to determine satisfaction with care and LME/MCO management. According to the Division of Medical Assistance, the Experience of Care and Health Outcomes (EHOC) is to “…assess consumer perceptions of the care they received through the seven LME-MCOs in…

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Spring Policy Forum Keynote is SAMHSA Director of CMHS

We are excited to announce that Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Plenary for the Spring Conference on June 11th in Raleigh. In his role, del Vecchio provides executive leadership for federal efforts to improve…

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Medicaid Transformation

NC DHHS Moving Quickly and Adding Detail to Medicaid Transformation Plan

NC DHHS has been publishing concept papers since last summer to provide information on specific areas of Medicaid Transformation. The Medicaid Transformation website now separates out concept papers, RFPs, the waiver amendment, application, etc. It is important to note that concept papers are point-in-time proposals by NC DHHS and include comment periods. The waiver amendment and…

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Medicaid Transformation

Proposed MH/SA Access to Care Criteria Sets a Higher Standard

March 11, 2018

NC DHHS recently posted its latest Medicaid Transformation concept paper focused on the Standard Plan access to care and network adequacy standards. The paper does not outline standards for the Tailored Plan. The difference between the current access to care standards under the Medicaid (b)(c) waiver and the proposed requirements under the Standard Plan are…

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Medicaid Transformation

NC’s Plan for Addressing Social Determinants of Health

March 10, 2018

NC’s State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer for the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Dr. Betsy Tilson recently shared with the members of the Developmental Disabilities Consortium how DHHS is working to address social determinants of health (SDOH) for Medicaid recipients. The state is looking at a multi-layered approach to tackling…

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DHHS to Seek Bids for Opioid Projects in Spring

March 9, 2018

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced the release of the second half of $31 million in NC Opioid Crisis Grant funds received as part of the 21st Century Cures Act will begin this Spring.  NC DHHS will conduct a competitive awards process to support community projects that advance the State’s Opioid Action Plan. In May of 2017, $15.5 million…

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