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Medicaid Transformation

Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Medicaid Transformation

April 23, 2018

Food insecurities, housing instability, unmet transportation needs and interpersonal violence all have an impact on a person’s health and well-being and ultimately will impact the cost and success of the health care they receive.  NC DHHS has outlined its plans to address social determinants of health (SDOH) within the new Medicaid program. The concept paper…

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Medicaid Transformation

Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports – LTSS and Ombudsman Program

Long term services and supports will be part of Medicaid Transformation.  This is an area of concern for many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as these services and supports are many times required for a lifetime.   NC DHHS has published a concept paper entitled North Carolina’s Vision for Long-term Services and Supports under…

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Medicaid Transformation

Quality and Performance – Holding PHPs Accountable in Medicaid

A key question is answered by the draft NC DHHS Quality Strategy and concept paper – how will Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) be held accountable in the Medicaid/Health Choice managed care structure for quality services?  Accountability will be related to performance measures that will also impact providers, and PHPs will have to work in partnership…

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Partners Behavioral Health Management Becomes i2i Champion

April 19, 2018

i2i Center for Integrative Health is pleased to announce that Partners Behavioral Health Management has become a Champion Supporter of the i2i Center for Integrative Health. The i2i Center is a convener organization for healthcare leaders to work together to solve the most important issues affecting behavioral, intellectual and developmental disabilities and primary healthcare and…

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Medicaid Transformation

Beneficiaries and Care Management Focus of Recent DHHS Concept Papers

April 6, 2018

Two new concept papers published by NC DHHS provide a little more “meat on the bones” of the NC Medicaid Transformation Plan. All of the concept papers build upon each other and the concepts are proposals with feedback welcomed. These most recent papers are published with a March 31 turnaround time for feedback. Beneficiaries and…

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Legislation that Advocates Say Violates ADA has Passed U.S. House

March 14, 2018

Advocates are up in arms about the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) which has now passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill could set disability rights back decades and violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purpose of the bill is to require the Disability Rights Section of the Department…

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Could RIST Services be Coming to NC?

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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