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NewsNow - 02.02.2022

IHBT Enhancements Effective March 1

Effective March 1, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will implement enhancements to the Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT) service in accordance with new Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 5122-29-28 and 5160-27-05. Medicaid billing and claims processing changes to be implemented for dates of service on and after March 1 include:

  • Updates to Medicaid payment rates, including new practitioner-specific rates.
  • The addition of qualified mental health specialists and peer supporters as eligible rendering providers of IHBT.
  • New billing codes and rates specific to Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).
  • Updates to diagnosis code requirements to include any valid ICD-10 diagnosis code for youth who meet the criteria described in new OAC rule 5122-29-28. (See “ICD-10 DX code groups” at Medicaid.Ohio.Gov under Provider > Manuals, Rates & Resources).
  • Changes have been made, as authorized in OAC rule 5160-27-05, to the list of behavioral health services that are allowed to be rendered to a youth receiving IHBT, MST, or FFT. (See the “ACT/IHBT” Excel spreadsheet at Medicaid.Ohio.Gov under Provider > Manuals, Rates & Resources.)
  • IHBT services (including MST and FFT) will continue to be prior authorized and paid by the current Medicaid-managed care plans and ODM for fee-for-service members. Previous authorizations for IHBT will remain in effect.
  • ODM and the managed care plans will be ready to begin accepting and processing claims with these changes on March 1, 2022. After the OhioRISE program is implemented July 1, 2022, IHBT services will be available only through the OhioRISE program. More information about the transition of youth into OhioRISE will be shared in the coming months.

ODM updated the Behavioral Health Provider Manual to incorporate these changes. Please refer to the detailed chart of practitioners, billing codes, and rates on Table 3-15. Please send any questions about these changes to BH-Enroll@medicaid.ohio.gov.

Mahoning County Board Highlights Key Mental Health Pioneers in New Black History Month PSA Series

In celebration of February as Black History Month, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Mahoning County has produced a new series of PSAs that highlight important contributions to behavioral healthcare from key pioneers in Black mental health. “The Black History Month tributes were initiated to bring awareness to Pioneers in Black Mental Health,” said  Valerie Burney, the Board’s community engagement and outreach coordinator. “This is so that the community can see the rich history in how Black Mental Health has been shaped.” The Board researched key figures in Black mental health history and then collaborated with important African American officials and other public figures in the Mahoning Valley to help share each message. Click the links below to view the PSAs.

Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kth4aEtEakg

James Comer | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY2mxwkKvOA

Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WURWeITVhhs

Dr. Francis Cecil Sumner | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKJGp3Zbjmo

Bebe Moore Campbell | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmoUkoOJ4Pk

ODI Announces February Consumer, Provider MH Insurance Benefits Trainings

The Ohio Department of Insurance has announced two new (virtual) consumer (Feb. 15) and provider (Feb. 24) mental health insurance benefit trainings. Click the links below for more information and to register.

Feb. 15: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Consumer Tips for Understanding Mental Health Insurance Benefits

Feb. 24: 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Understanding Mental Health Insurance Benefits for Healthcare Professionals 

Teen Dating Violence Best Practices and Resources Panel Presentation – Feb. 16

As part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Youth Advocacy Caucus is hosting a free, Zoom-based Teen Dating Violence: Best Practices & Resources panel presentation on Feb. 16 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Presentations will include varying types of teen intimate partners violence service design, including addressing rural and urban youth, juvenile protection orders in safety planning, engaging youth in addressing healthy and unhealthy relationships, engaging boys to men programming and promoting teen engagement through teen advisory councils. For more information, please call 614.781.9651 or email Sonia Ferencik at sonia@odvn.org.

Still Time to Register: 19th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference – Main Conference

Registration for the 19th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference is still open. The main conference will take place at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio on Feb 24. The conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to network and engage with experts in the field through in-depth workshops focusing on prevention, treatment, and regulation. This day of learning will provide attendees with up to 6.5 CEUs. CDC guidelines will be followed for the health and safety of all participants. All participants are asked to wear a face-covering when not eating or drinking at the training. The Conference Portal is available to all registrants and includes recordings of the pre-conference presentations, session materials and descriptions, and speaker bios. To learn more about the conference, visit PGNOhio.org/Conference.

Free Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available

Home COVID-19 tests are now available at no cost to most Americans, as part of the federal government’s effort to increase testing around the United States. There are no shipping costs and people won't need to provide a credit card number to file an order. There's a limit of four tests per household. The tests are expected to ship within seven to 12 days of your order. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them

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