DOH and Salient HHS developed these dashboards to assist with planning, community needs assessment, and application development for the DSRIP initiative. These interactive dashboards will help DSRIP providers to build and refine their networks and select DSRIP strategies and projects based on community needs. It will also be of interest to any members of the public who want a better understanding of the types of services provided by Medicaid, as well as where and by whom those services are provided.
Performing Provider Systems (PPS) have begun developing their provider/partner networks for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) via the Medicaid Analytics & Performance Portal (MAPP), which authorized PPS users can access through the DOH Health Commerce System. PPS must complete an initial list of providers by 9/29, so that the state can begin the process of running initial attribution. In addition, the state has contracted with KPMG to serve as the DSRIP Support Team, which now has representatives deployed around the state to assist emergent PPS in their DSRIP planning efforts. All this planning work is in anticipation of the final application for DSRIP, which will be released in November and due in December 2014
Three dates have been added to the series of Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care Kick-off Forums. New York State has contracted for a Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC) to lead these forums. All New York State behavioral health providers serving adults and children are invited to send administrative, fiscal and clinical senior executive leadership representatives to attend one of the kick-off forums to learn more about the upcoming changes in Medicaid managed care. Additional forums will be scheduled in the future.
This year’s National Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly discuss their substance abuse and mental health disorders and the reality of recovery and promotes ways individuals can recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. We want to celebrate the fact that recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is achievable. By bringing recognition to the disease of addiction, we hope to spread the positive message that behavioral health treatment is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to: Recovery Month Proclamation.
Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez today announced the ten awardees of the annual Addictions Professionals Day Awards. Addictions Professionals Day offers us an opportunity to say thank you and to honor the work of the clinical professionals who are often instrumental in facilitating recovery. There are thousands of addiction professionals throughout New York State who are the best-equipped and caring people to help young people and others to identify and understand the dangers of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs and alcohol, and how they affect the body. To read the full list of winners go to: www.oasas.ny.gov/APD/2014Awards.cfm.
To view Governor Cuomo’s proclamation, go to:
Addictions Professionals Day Proclamation.
OASAS and OMH are conducting the third annual joint public hearing on their statewide comprehensive plans on October 2, 2014. Both agencies will receive input for consideration in the development of their respective statewide comprehensive plans, potential integration of statewide planning efforts, and ongoing planning initiatives. Visit the OMH website to register to attend the hearing and/or to submit comments.
To increase information access, OASAS has added a new feature to the OASAS services section of the website. The public can now see the reason an addictions professional's credential has been revoked. This new feature can be reached visiting the credentials verification page.
The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is hosting the 2014 Annual NYS Problem Gambling Conference in Albany, NY, on October 1-2 at the Albany Marriott. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from national and international problem gambling experts and network with colleagues from around the world! Conference registration is $50 and includes 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), lunch and refreshments. Scholarships are also available. For more information and to register, please visit www.nyproblemgambling.org.
Attention all freestanding and hospital-based OASAS certified chemical dependence outpatient clinics, chemical dependence outpatient rehabilitation programs, outpatient youth programs and opioid treatment providers. To simplify the billing for the physician add-on reimbursement, OASAS is implementing the use of a modifier replacing the separate Professional claim (837P) that was previously used to obtain the enhanced physician add-on reimbursement.
Three new advisements regarding Personal Needs Allowance Money, Automated Telephone Systems and Residential Readmissions Policy are now available on the OASAS Patient Advocacy Resources Webpage.
NYS OASAS developed guidelines for establishing and sustaining a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) to assist with the implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This tool offers 8 steps that New York utilized in the development of the SBIRT PAC. Having a strong and engaged PAC takes time and commitment but will become a valuable part of your sustainability efforts. SAMHSA suggested that New York develop a tool to assist others with keeping a committee enganged.
OASAS' Bureau of Certification and Systems Management has implemented a revised certification application process, effective June 23, 2014. This new process includes a revised certification application and corresponding instructions, implementation of a threshold review, and a new Certification Proposal - Prior Consult Form (Attachment 1A).
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement was reached on a series of bills to help address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, as well as prescription drug abuse, in New York State. OASAS is grateful to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders for producing a series of measures that will assist OASAS in addressing the issue of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse that we are facing in New York State. The agreement enacts historic insurance reforms that will ensure that individuals get the treatment they need; it allows OASAS to expand our public education and training efforts; and allows us to demonstrate new approaches to care. To read more about the package of bills introduced, visit the Newsroom on the Governor's website. To watch Video of the Governor’s remarks, go to YouTube.
These are the annual local services plan guidelines for mental hygiene services developed collaboratively by the New York State Offices of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Mental Health (OMH) and Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These guidelines contain planning requirements for all local governmental units (LGUs) and OASAS-certified and funded service providers. All planning forms will be completed and submitted via the online County Planning System (CPS). Provider planning forms are due by April 1, 2014. County plan forms are due by June 3, 2014.
Notice of DSM-5 documentation/electronic record changes: Implementation of ICD-10 billing codes and related information are available. For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.
OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez encourages you as OASAS providers to inform and assist your uninsured clients/patients and show them how they can access affordable health insurance now through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Open enrollment began October 1, 2013 for coverage that will start as early as January 1, 2014. The Marketplace will make it possible for your clients suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness to get affordable health insurance so they can enter into treatment and recovery for their addictions. A series of free informational
New York State of Health Marketplace posters are available to download, print and display within your centers. The posters provide information for individuals to call or go online to find a quality, low-cost health plan that’s right for them.