August 9, 2011

Phase One Applications for NYS Medicaid Health Homes Being Accepted by NYSDOH

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is now accepting applications from providers to participate in the Health Homes for Individuals with Chronic Medical and Behavioral Health Conditions program, better known as New York’s Medicaid Health Homes program.  The program is a new initiative by the State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) to provide more coordinated, cost-effective services to Medicaid enrollees with complex medical, behavioral and long-term care needs. Under the program, each enrolled patient will be assigned a single care manager who is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the patient’s care. All members of the health home team will report back to the care manager on the patient’s status, treatment options, actions taken, and outcomes.

The Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established the authority for states to develop health home services for Medicaid populations with chronic illness and receive federal reimbursement for the health homes.  State programs are eligible for a 90 percent federal matching funds.

Applications for Phase One of the Health Home program will be accepted from August 1, 2011 until September 1, 2011. The Department has indicated that other phases of Health Home development will follow as the program matures. Eligible providers include managed care plans; hospitals; medical, mental and chemical dependency treatment clinics; federally qualified health centers (FQHCs); targeted case management programs; primary care practitioners; patient-centered medical homes; and other Medicaid enrolled entities.

To find out more follow the link below:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/program/medicaid_health_homes/

This post was contributed by Charles Dunham.