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California Releases Medicaid Delivery System Waiver Proposal

This week, our In Focus section reviews the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal, issued by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on October 28, 2019. CalAIM would implement broad delivery system, program, and payment reform for the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal includes efforts to address social determinants of health and other policy priorities such as homelessness, lack of access to behavioral health care, children with complex medical conditions, justice-involved populations, and aging individuals. According to DHCS, the three key goals of the proposal are to:

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New Medicare Benefit: Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

This week, our In Focus section examines the new Medicare benefit for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment that includes counseling, as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and related items and services. This benefit was established by Congress in the SUPPORT Act of 2018 and is now being implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare beneficiaries, including those dually eligible for Medicare & Medicaid, are the fastest growing group of OUD patients. Beneficiaries may access one of two types of providers: Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) (i.e., methadone clinics), or physicians + other health professionals. Providers offering these services will receive a bundled payment, either weekly or monthly depending on the type of provider, that can repeat as long as a patient needs treatment. Based on early guidance, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have already created 2020 benefit packages that provide a level of access to OTP services that is “consistent with prevailing community patterns of care.”  Now that the new benefit is final, MA will need to cover both OTP & Physician OUD treatment for 2021.

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Indiana Releases Hoosier Care Connect Managed Care RFP

This week, our In Focus section reviews the Indiana Hoosier Care Connect request for proposals (RFP), issued by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) on October 18, 2019. Hoosier Care Connect is the state’s Medicaid managed care program for approximately 90,000 aged, blind, and disabled (ABD) Medicaid beneficiaries. Implementation is expected April 1, 2021, with contracts worth $1.4 billion annually.

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