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From the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)

Earlier this fall, NYeC convened a workgroup to explore alternative assurances related to EHR Privacy & Security requirements for DEIP. To address the barriers to DEIP participation, specifically by Long Term and Post-Acute Care and Behavioral Health providers, the group was tasked with evaluating options other than ONC Certification and whether they are appropriate for access to DEIP funds and connection of EHRs to the SHIN-NY. This workgroup developed recommendations that were subsequently reviewed by all QEs and ultimately...

It’s more than Value-Based Payment; it’s Value-Based Care.  The Institute for Community Living (ICL) shares their vision for culture change, and what they are doing now to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and increase access to quality care."Value-Based Care: One Provider’s Journey" is a four part video series developed by one of MCTAC's partners, ICL. Target audience: Agency leadership and program directors.

Part 1: Finding Our New True North
David Woodlock, President & CEO, shares his perspective on the alignment between health care reform and the behavioral health...

MCTAC and CTAC are thrilled to share that the new and improved event registration system has officially launched!

This system has been designed in accordance with provider and partner feedback in order to streamline access to TAC offerings and resources. 
We encourage you to visit registration.nytac.org now and sign up for an account in 90 seconds or less! This pre-recorded webinar and its...

Please see below for a memo from New York State.

Attn: Designated Providers of Adult BH HCBS (ROS)
Re: End of Hiatus Status in Rest-of-State Regions
Date: 08/08/17
 
The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services will be ending HCBS Designation hiatus status in Rest-of-State (ROS) effective September 15, 2017. It is essential that OMH and OASAS have a clear picture of which agencies are able to actively accept referrals and provide the services for which they are designated.
 
Over the course of the...

The New York State (NYS) agencies including the Department of Health (DOH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) are pleased to announce the re-release of the Children´s State Plan (SPA)/Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Provider Designation Application. The designation application is available at: https://my.omh.ny.gov/hcbs/default.aspx.

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Issued 6/28/17
 
The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services will be ending HCBS Designation hiatus status in New York City effective August 1, 2017. It is essential that OMH and OASAS have a clear picture of which agencies are able to actively accept referrals and provide the services for which they are designated.
 
Letters will be sent to your agency which will include current designation status. We will be asking you to respond within 30 days confirming which services and sites your agency will have in “active”...

Last week, New York State released an updated timeline for upcoming changes to the children’s behavioral health system.

In addition:

There is not a staggered geographic implementation approach – the changes will be made statewide across counties instead of the previous NYC/Long Island/Westchester followed by rest-of-state roll-out plan. New State Plan Amendment (SPA) services will “go-live” with the Managed Care transition and Children’s Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) alignment (July 1, 2018). Residential Treatment Facilities will remain carved-out...

Please see below for a message from the NYS BHIT team:

In partnership with the NYS DOH, NYeC is making a change to allow for the streamlining of DEIP processing and payments across all eligible providers and organization types. Specifically, the Milestone 2 payment amount will be increased by $3,000 for all DEIP organizations.

As you may recall, Milestone 2 is the establishment of a bidirectional connection between the organization’s EHR and the QE. We feel this acknowledges the unique HIE funding needs of newly DEIP-eligible organizations (LTPAC and BH) in helping to offset...

NYC Hiatus Status - deadline extended:  April 28th marked the extended deadline for hiatus ending for Adult BH HCBS providers in NYC. The State will further extend this deadline to a date to be determined. We are extending the deadline after collecting significant feedback which has allowed us to better understand the need to address some frequently asked questions, and to update the current Designation list. Please continue to send status updates to omh.sm.co.hcbs-application@omh.ny.gov and ensure your current applications are...

OMH and OASAS, along with their technical assistance training partners, CPI, NYAPRS, CASA/MCTAC, and McSilver/MCTAC, offered a comprehensive pre-recorded web-based training series dedicated to reviewing the NYS behavioral health service landscape. 

These trainings were an opportunity to learn about New York State's behavioral health programs and Adult Behavioral Health (BH) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). These webinars also included an overview of the managed care behavioral health transition as well as Adult BH HCBS implementation. The series was offered in four parts...

The Behavioral Health Rest of State Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) rates have been approved by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are awaiting approval by the Division of Budget (DOB). Please review the notice about the adult BH HCBS rate changes reflected in the spreadsheet that apply to both New York City and Rest of State (counties outside of New York City). Access the resources below.

Notice from NYS  HARP HCBS Fee Schedule (Adult BH HCBS,...

With the support of CTAC, The McSilver Insitute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work offered trainings pertaining to value-based payment (VBP). 

Value Based Payment for Medicaid Child Health Services

McSilver held a two-part webinar series in collaboration with the United Hospital Fund (UHF) on VBP models for Medicaid child health services. A detailed description of these webinars is available here. 
 

Part I: Setting the...

The Center for Practice Innovations, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and the Health Plan Association are pleased to announce the Uniform Clinical Network Provider Training

WHO? Federal and State regulations require that Medicaid managed care plans monitor and ensure the quality of services offered by contracted network providers. 

WHAT?  A unified state-of-the art web-based training in clinical core competencies and evidence-based practices for behavioral health providers participating in a Medicaid managed care plan and providing service under an OMH or...

The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, along with the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center co-sponsored a conference around the behavioral health vision for Value Based Payments, on Tuesday September 27th in Albany.

The conference included key note speakers from OpenMinds as well as presentations by NYS OMH and OASAS and MCTAC around the vision for value based payments in behavioral health as well as future technical assistance offerings for providers.This...

Q&A from the in-person system transformation events (spring 2016) and the overview & introduction series (winter 2016) has been released! 

Access the Q&A resource here. 

More information and materials from these offerings are available here: ctacny.org/systems-transformation. Please visit faq.ctacny.org for an easily searchable collection of the most frequently asked...

The McSilver Institute, MCTAC and CTAC have partnered to launch a multi-platform online series intended to help clinical professionals, policy makers and all who influence our healthcare system to think critically about social factors and their direct and indirect effects on an individual’s health and mental health.

We will explore the linkage between poverty and racial disparities across systems and discuss ways in which they can be addressed. Collectively, we must begin to attend to these issues in our work in order to improve both behavioral and physical health outcomes....

Zero Degrees of Separation: The Role of Social Determinants

Out of the System and into the Workforce: Employment as a Social Determinant
September 26, 2016; 1:00pm-2:00pm
Presenters: Len Statham
The unemployment rate is not our biggest problem. Rather, attention must be geared toward the lack of participation in the workforce. Why are many settling for public benefits? This webinar will take an honest look at what we need to do as a community to change this unsettling dynamic. Focusing on poverty, unemployment, and its relationship to mental health, this webinar...

The transition to Medicaid managed care for rest of state adult BH providers has occurred, and we would like to highlight the two distinct authorization/UM practices as a reminder. 

Please carefully review the below guidance for new and existing clients after go live.

UM criteria for existing clients: 90 day transition language prohibits plans from applying utilization review criteria for a period of 90 days from the effective date of the Behavioral Health benefit inclusion in either NYC or the rest of state, respectively. Accordingly, plans must accept existing plans of care...

MCTAC is pleased to announce the new Five Questions resource, compiled from the recent "Managed Care Lessons Learned: The Provider Perspective" webinar.

This resource highlights critical areas of managed care readiness and tips. Access the resource here! The slides...

The State team is continuing to make good progress on finalizing the details of the design, but more time is needed to accomplish the implementation tasks and approvals required to ensure a smooth transition, including:

Feedback from CMS on Conflict of Interest and its Impact on 1915(c) Waiver Transitions and the overall children’s design;  State Plan and 1115 CMS Waiver Approvals; Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Medicaid Managed Care Plans (draft and final); Readiness and Training Activities for Plans, Providers, and Stakeholders; Designation of SPA and HCBS Providers; Work to...

Behavioral Health Managed Care Claims Testing for July 1, 2016 Implementation

Rest-of-state adult providers are strongly encouraged to begin claims testing with plans to ensure a successful transition to Medicaid managed care. Providers should reach out directly to plans to test their systems. Contact information for each plan's billing department is available here

If for any reason you are unable to reach the plan regarding the claims submission...