WV Medicaid Considers Managed Care. Again.
Several of our members have been contacted by managed care companies recently, asking them to participate in upcoming Medicaid Behavioral Health Networks. The WVAPP is interested in this development, and is studying the situation to seek member input before developing a position. Members are encouraged to read the draft manuals put out by the two competing providers, use our listserv and discussion forums to talk it all over, and communicate your preferences to the Executive Committee.
There will be a conference call to discuss Managed Care and the implications of the letters that many psychologists have been receiving requesting signatures on Letters of Intent. The call will be Tuesday the 14th at 4:45 PM. The call in number is 619-326-2772. Enter the following code: 8743228# Please feel free to tell any psychologist to call in as this is an issue bigger than our membership alone.The manuals are posted below for Beacon (WV Family Health Plan) and the Health Plan (two of the four managed care companies involved). Please take time to review these manuals if possible prior to the conference call.
The two manuals are provided below. They are both in the same pdf file, with the Health Plan manual first, followed by the Beacon manual beginning on page 245.
WVPA Fall Conference Scheduled for November 21
The West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP) will hold its Fall Conference in Flatwoods on November 21. Come an join us for some great fellowship, and an opportunity to learn some new skills while clocking CEU credits!
DHHR Commissioner Meets with Provider Delegation
Vickie Jones, Commissioner of the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) met with representatives of the West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP),
DHHR Delays Implementation of New Forensic Rules
The West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP) and the West Virginia Psychological Association (WVPA) joined together today to advise Vickie Jones, Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF), about issues surrounding the August 1 implementation of new regulations governing forensic psychological and psychiatric evaluations. As a result of their letter, the implementation is being delayed until September 1, 2014, and we have been invited to a meeting with BBHHF to address our concerns.
DHHR Slashes Forensic Evaluation Rates
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced today that it is slashing provider reimbursement for Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations by about 75%, effective August 1, 2014. This cut in payments to providers comes concurrently with a significant increase in administrative burden on providers.