MHA Today | September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MO HealthNet Updates Applied Behavioral Health Precertification Form
CMS Allows Later Notice Of 2018 Premium Costs
U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Chronic Care Legislation

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MO HealthNet Updates Applied Behavioral Health Precertification Form

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet has updated the form used to request precertification for delivery of applied behavioral health services. The new form provides clearer instruction for determining the number of hours requested for assessment and intervention.

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CMS Allows Later Notice Of 2018 Premium Costs

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously had delayed the deadline for completing premium rate reviews and rate filings for individual insurance coverage offered through CMS’ marketplace. The delay has led CMS to change the deadline for notifying consumers of their renewal premiums for 2018 coverage. The deadline was Oct. 31, but new CMS guidance allows the notice to be provided “shortly thereafter, as reasonably possible.”

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Chronic Care Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Senate Bill 870, the “High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.” It implements various initiatives to improve care of beneficiaries with chronic conditions in the fee-for-service, managed care and accountable care organization models. The initiatives include expanding an Affordable Care Act program called “Independence at Home” and allowing dialysis patients to be assessed through telemedicine. A bipartisan group of Senate proponents issued a statement. The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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The U.S. birth rate for teens ages 15-19 declined 9 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention