Can a person be in both an adult and children's health home with two care managers?
Medicaid for primary care is currently managed care. Behavioral Health is being transitioned and will no longer be carved-out from Medicaid recipient's Managed Care Plans and billed Fee-for-Service.
Please visit https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/dsrip/vbp_reform.htm for more information regarding the VBP Initiative.
Adult BH HCBS is not an enrollable practitioner or agency type.
You can find the forms on the website. Provider Maintenance Forms can be found in the Provider maintenance form section. See the eMedNY Provider Index.
MCOs will receive updated monthly lists from the DOH Office of Health Insurance Programs for providers that need to enroll. It is up to the Managed Care Organization (MCO) to contact these providers to enroll. The public can access this list on Health Data website.
Yes. Certain individual practitioners will now need to enroll as fee-for-service Medicaid providers to remain in Medicaid Managed Care Networks. If the agency is an enrollable type, it must enroll. As indicated on eMedNY Provider Index, OMH provider types that need to enroll include but are not limited to:
OMH Community Residence OMH Licensed ACT Provider
OMH Licensed Outpatient Provider OMH Licensed PROS Provider
OMH Licensed Residential Treatment Facility.
Enrolling and Billing are separate activities and processes. Not everyone who enrolls bills for services. Reiterating, if you are an enrollable type, you must enroll in Medicaid fee for service.
Enrollable types include (partial list):
If the agency is an enrollable type, it must enroll. See eMedNY Provider Index for more information.
Licensed professionals that are enrollable types are required to enroll. This may include but is not limited to
Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors are not enrollable provider types.
It is possible to do batch uploads daily, however this is not recommended. Your organization should determine how often is worthwhile (cost vs. benefit) based on the error rate you are getting. It is a best practice to check the individual’s Medicaid status prior to service delivery and as close to the appointment as possible (e.g. the morning of the scheduled appointment, night before, etc.).
The admission date is the earliest date the service is delivered.
Yes, children ages 0-21 who are in Medicaid are eligible to receive CFTSS (assuming they meet medical necessity). This includes children ages 18-21 who may also be (or have been) involved in adult services as long as there is no duplication of services. For more on allowable service billing combinations see the billing manual pages 15-17.
Some of the adult clients who are carved-in include those who utilize Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), mental health / substance use disorder clinics, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and opioid treatment programs.
Some of the clients who are carved out include individuals who are 18 - 20 years old and those who participate in Medicaid buy-in, commercial Medicaid or spend down. In addition, dual eligible clients are also carved out.
The transition to a value based system is still in development. Be sure to listen to State and Federal government guidance as well as your managed care plans. Currently, by the 5th and final year of the DSRIP program (2019), all managed care organizations must employ value based payment systems for at least 80-90% of their provider payments.
Additional information provided by the New York State Department of Health can be found here.
Please see the MCTAC Matrix for further information on MCOs in each region.
Small providers should start with where they are and what resources they have. Utilize board members to help with certain tasks or get further financial commitment from the board to help with the process of contracting and preparing for managed care services. In other states, nonprofits have formed affiliations, partnerships or collaborations to use shared infrastructure to help with tracking outcomes, billing, etc.
A recovery-based mental health system embraces the following values: self-determination, empowering relationships based on trust, understanding and respect, meaningful roles in society, and elimination of stigma and discrimination.
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, offers additional information here.
An MCO (both mainstream and Health and Recovery Plans, or HARP) is required to offer contracts to behavioral health programs serving 5 or more of its enrollees. Plans may also offer contracts to providers who serve less than 5 of their enrollees. For programs licensed by OMH, the requirement is program specific (i.e., contracts must be offered to all of an agency's mental health clinics, but NOT necessarily its Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) and Continuing Day Treatment (CDT) programs unless each of them also serve 5 or more of its enrollees). An MCO can contract with all of an agency's MH programs even if one or more of its programs did NOT serve 5 or more of the MCO's enrollees. In addition, an MCO is required to put all of an agency's OASAS programs in its network if that same agency has one or more licenses from OASAS and at least one program serving 5 or more enrollees of that MCO.
Medicare recipients and dual eligible clients are currently carved out of the managed care transition.
LOCADTR is the patient placement criteria system that must be used in making substance use disorder (SUD) level of care decisions in New York State (NYS). LOCADTR assesses the intensity and need of services for an individual with an SUD. All OASAS providers and Medicaid plans will be required to use this tool.
Additional information can be found on OASAS' website.
In New York, the state has imposed an MLR of 89% for its Medicaid Managed Care program. This means that 89 cents of every dollar that flows from the state to the MCOs must be used to pay providers for services and not MCO administrative or marketing costs. If this figure is not met, funds return to the state and a legal process follows. The goal of this standard is to get behavioral health dollars out to providers.