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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ohio Undertakes Locally Driven Initiatives to Improve Quality, Reduce Cost, and Expand Access to Health Care

Posted in Health Care, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

Ohio’s involvement in local projects focused on improving quality, reducing cost, and expanding access to health care exemplify dynamic partnerships that are fully engaged in the evolving health care environment.  These are some—but certainly not all—of the exciting, locally driven initiatives underway in Ohio: Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award The… Continue Reading

Acknowledging Katie Beckett’s Contributions to Medicaid Policy and Disability Rights

Posted in Medicaid, Uncategorized

As a toddler, Katie Beckett changed Medicaid policy.  Sadly, this tireless disabilities rights advocate died last week at the age of 34. Katie was just three years old when she and her mother made national headlines for taking a stand against a federal Medicaid policy that prohibited payment for her respirator unless it was used… Continue Reading

ODMH Seeks Letters of Intent from Providers Interested in Providing Health Home Services

Posted in Behavioral Health

On May 8, ODMH released a communication inviting community behavioral health centers to submit nonbinding letters of intent expressing their readiness to implement health home services for persons with serious and persistent mental illness.  Letters of intent should be submitted no later than June 1 in order to be considered for implementation during FY 2013. A… Continue Reading

HIPAA Enforcement: No Provider Is Immune

Posted in Health Care

Historically, large hospitals have been the primary targets of HIPAA enforcement.  The recent settlement  involving a 5-physician practice in Phoenix which agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $100,000 and take corrective action is significant to all HIPAA covered entities because the target of the investigation was a fairly small practice… Continue Reading

Merger for Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services

Posted in Behavioral Health, Medicaid

The Kasich administration announced on Friday that it will merge the Ohio Departments of Mental Health (ODMH) and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS).  ODMH Director Tracy Plouck will lead the new agency, and ODADAS Director Orman Hall will maintain a cabinet-level position.  Additional information can be found here: Joint letter from ODMH and ODADAS… Continue Reading