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Medicaid Transformation

Transition of Care Further Explained

March 23, 2021

If you are a consumer or family member, perhaps the most important aspect of this transformation is assurances that moves between plans, providers and emergency services will not be disruptive.  The Transition of Care policy that NC DHHS has published covers the responsibilities of the Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) in these circumstances: when a Medicaid…

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Legislation

NC General Assembly Allocates New COVID-19 Funding

Two bills have been signed into law that allocate federal COVID-19 funding and appropriate additional funding to address the pandemic in communities.  The most recent bill, SL 2021-3:  2021 COVID-19 Response and Relief was signed into law by the Governor on March 11th.  Some of the provisions include: For the Community Mental Health Block Grant:…

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Medicaid Transformation

Foster Care Specialty Plan Postponed

Based on feedback already received, NC DHHS has postponed the Foster Care Specialty Plan (FC Plan) implementation from July 1, 2022 until July 1, 2023.  The Department will establish a Foster Care Plan Workgroup that will support the development of an interim and long-term plan for children in foster care.  Interested individuals/groups should notify the…

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Legislation

American Rescue Plan Includes BH/SUD/IDD Funding

Congress passed the HR 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and it did include funding for mental health and substance use disorder services as well as home and community based services. Some of the largest allocations for BH/IDD in the American Rescue Plan include: • $1,500,000,000 in funding for block grants for community…

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Announcements

Center for Healthcare Strategies President & CEO to Keynote Spring Conference

The Opening Plenary keynote for the Spring Conference will be Allison Hamblin, MSPH, President and CEO of the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). She will be discussing national trends and innovations in Medicaid behavioral health and healthcare, the progress of integrated care, the role of value based care and serving individuals with complex needs….

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Medicaid Transformation

Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Rights Information

February 26, 2021

A free webinar will be held Friday, March 19, 12:00-1:30 PM for health care advocates and other interested parties about NC Medicaid’s Move to Managed Care. Topics will include: How the new system will work and important rollout dates Duties of the state agency, managed care plans, and Enrollment Broker to beneficiaries Anticipated challenges/issues to…

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Announcements

NC DHHS Creates New Medicaid Managed Care Provider Page

February 16, 2021

The new webpage includes important information for Providers as we transition to the Standard Plan between now and July 1. Information includes: Provider Directory Key Dates of Transformation Contracting Information Provider Playbook Updates Upcoming Webinars February – April, 2021 and more.

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Legislation

Legislature Begins the Long Session

February 2, 2021

The NC General Assembly officially convened on January 13th and used the first two weeks of the long session to select committee members and appoint chairs.  They reconvened on January 27th and began deliberations.  Bills are slowly being introduced and committee work has not yet gotten underway.  There are some new and familiar leaders in…

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