State Agency News

2017 State Agency News

 

May 22 – OASAS Letter re: “Auto-waiver”regarding admission and discharge documentation for providers operating multiple bedded programs

Providers operating multiple bedded programs have requested waivers in order to facilitate intra­-agency clinically justified patient transfers between modalities with reduced documentation for admissions and discharge. Moving patients from one level of care to another as part of the same episode of care is clinically sensible, however, it is not accommodated by OASAS’ current reporting and regulatory requirements.

Therefore, while OASAS develops amendments to regulations they have released a letter outlining the rules that will apply only to providers operating multiple bedded programs (816 crisis,818 inpatient rehab, 819 and 820 residential services).

May 15 – HCBS Providers: Short Term Crisis Guidance Released

NYS has issued guidance on utilization management for Short-term Crisis Respite and Intensive Crisis Respite, which are currently available within Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services. All HARP enrolled members and HARP eligible members enrolled in a HIV SNP are eligible to receive these services. Prior authorization is not required for access to these two crisis services, whether the provider is participating or not participating with the health plan. However, providers should notify MMCOs of admissions when they occur.

Read the full memo issued by NYS here.

May 2 – April Medicaid Update Posted

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the April 2017 Medicaid Update.  Please find the full current issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file available to be downloaded at:https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2017/apr17_mu.pdf.

April 17 – March Medicaid Update Posted
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the March 2017 Medicaid Update.  Please find the full current issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file available to be downloaded at: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2017/mar17_mu.pdf.

April 6 - FAQs re:  NYS OMH Licensed BH Practitioner (LBHP) Benefit
OMH has released a document containing answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the NYS OMH Licensed Behavioral Health Practitioner Medicaid Managed Care Benefit (LBHP).

March 30 – HH UPDATE:  Clarification Regarding HHSC Processes & Contact w/ DOH
DOH has updated the following two guidance documents to ensure that HHs and CMAs are properly contacting the DOH HHSC team to track and document the children enrolled with an IDD or a child in foster care that needs to be enrolled with a non-VFCA.

Referring Children in Foster Care and linking them to a Non-Voluntary Foster Care Agency (Non-VFCA) Health Home Care Management Agency (HH CMA)

Health Home Eligibility and Individuals (Adults and Children) with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

March 29 – Expansion of FIDA to Suffolk and Westchester Counties
The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced the expansion of the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Demonstration to Suffolk and Westchester Counties.  Eligible individuals can enroll now through NY Medicaid Choice.

The FIDA Demonstration was originally approved to run January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.  In November, it was extended through December 2019.  NYSDOH and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are committed to delivering maximum integration of care to dual eligibles to help ensure all medically necessary services are provided, care in the community is promoted, and avoidable hospitalizations and nursing facility stays are reduced.

March 28 – Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement & Mandatory Prescriber Education
The NYSDOH Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) has released an FAQ regarding the Mandatory Prescriber Education requirement for controlled substances. Included is a Q&A on how prescribers are to attest to having taken the 3 hour course using Health Commerce System (HCS) accounts.

March 15 – Uniform Clinical Network Provider Training
Uniform Clinical Network Provider training is available to Article 31 and Article 32 behavioral health providers as part of the NYS Medicaid Managed Care Program.   This training is a unified state-of-the art web-based training for Medicaid managed care network providers in clinical core competencies and evidence-based practices for mental health and substance use disorder services.

Below is information relevant to the registration and trainings available in the CPI Learning Management System (LMS).

NYC, LI and Westchester regions:

  • Providers were asked to register Article 31 and Article 32 clinics by December 31, 2016. If you have not already registered, the enrollment survey is on the CPI website: www.practiceinnovations.org. Registration information will follow from CPI.
    • Once registered, trainings are available in the CPI learning management system (LMS). Providers are encouraged to complete these trainings by March 1, 2018.

Rest of State regions:

  • Providers are now invited to register Article 31 and Article 32 clinics. The registration period will continue until June 1, 2017 through the enrollment survey on the CPI website.
    • Once registered, providers will have until June 1, 2018 to complete these trainings.

March 9 – DOH on Health Home & HARP
Effective March 7, 2017, the Community Mental Health Assessment will no longer be required for HARP Medicaid Managed Care Plan Members.   As you are aware the current workflow requires the NYS Eligibility Assessment followed by the Community Mental Health Assessment completed within 90 days.  As a result of this change the NYS Eligibility Assessment is all that is required effective immediately.  Revised guidance is imminent but please do not wait for the formal guidance to message this change to your CMAs.

Additionally the Department is working on guidance to address the payment backlog for assessments completed by CMAs.  This guidance is also imminent and for an interim period effective April 1, 2017 CMAs will be allowed to direct bill eMedNY for assessments completed retroactively in NYC from 10/1/15 and 7/1/16 for ROS.  This interim billing process will continue and will be revised with Health Home Payment in October 2017.

March 8 – NYS Law re: DEA Licensed Prescribers and Required Pain Management Course
The NYS DOH has released guidance related to the law enacted last year which takes effect July 1, 2017 requiring all prescribers with a DEA license to complete a 3 hour course in pain management and some additional areas every three years.

February 8 – Executive Budget and Global Cap Webinar
The PowerPoint presentation from the DOH’s 2017-18 Executive Budget and Global Cap Update webinar and the 2017-2018 Executive Budget Scorecard are now available on the NYS Department of Health website.

February 1 – January 2017 Medicaid Update Posted
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the January 2017 Medicaid Update.  Please find the full current issue as a PDF file available to be downloaded at: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2017/jan17_mu.pdf

January 25 – OASAS Peer Services Guidance FINAL Draft
The NYS OASAS Division of Practice Innovation and Care Management (PICM), in cooperation with the Recovery Bureau and Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP), have developed a guidance document to assist the provider community in the use of Peer Advocates as part of SUD Outpatient treatment. The Peer Guidance Document is intended to delineate the role of peer advocates, provide information on the certification process, give information on reimbursement, and give examples of how peer services might be used.   Questions regarding this document can be e-mailed to the PICM mailbox at PICM@oasas.ny.gov.

January 13 – OASAS regarding Youth Medicaid Redesign
The State Partners (OASAS, DOH, OMH and OCFS) have been working on preparing submission of the State Plan Amendment and the 1115 Waiver to CMS. Approval of these submissions is necessary for the State’s plan to proceed.   In light of changes at the Federal Level, it has been decided to hold our 1115 Waiver while we get clarity on any impact on our proposal. The two SPA’s have been submitted. These relate to adding the six new plan services that have been proposed.

The State has also decided to move forward on several aspects of our preparation so that we can implement as soon as possible.   We are continuing to solicit applications for Designation as a new SPA service. We have moved the application due date to April 1.

 

 

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