Increasing Medicaid Utilization for OTPs: #5

Increasing Medicaid Utilization for OTPs: #5
September 12, 2017
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

AATOD will produce a fifth Medicaid webinar in our series, which began in 2016. This webinar will convene on September 12th, 2017 and comes at a time when an increasing number of states are providing access to Medicaid reimbursement for OTPs when treating Medicaid beneficiaries.

There will be three featured speakers for the September 12th, 2017 webinar.

  • Paul Samuels (President/Legal Action Center) will lead the discussion in providing the participants with an understanding of how best to utilize third-party reimbursement in support of OTPs in the current financial era. Paul will draw upon the lessons of his work with the Coalition for Whole Health and new developments with regard to federal initiatives to increase access to reimbursement when treating opioid use disorder.
  • The second speaker will be Stacey Pearce, who serves as Georgia’s Board delegate to the AATOD Board of Directors. Stacey will discuss the covered services under Georgia’s new Medicaid rate in addition to some of the challenges that OTPs are experiencing as this new rate is being implemented.
  • The third speaker will be Candice Rothenbuhler, who is the Regional Vice President for ACADIA Healthcare. Candice will discuss how providers in the state of Indiana worked with state officials to develop their first Medicaid reimbursement opportunity.

The issue of providing Medicaid reimbursement and other third-party reimbursement mechanisms for patients seeking and receiving care in OTPs is one of the most critical policy topics for AATOD and is part of our five-year strategic plan. We were very pleased when the Christie Commission Report indicated that CMS Medicaid should provide encouragement to the states to provide Medicaid reimbursement when Medication-Assisted Treatment is used for opioid use disorder.

Mark Parrino will be introducing the webinar and there will be ample time for questions and answers. Each of the three speakers will present for 20 minutes with a PowerPoint presentation. The webinar will also be recorded and subsequently posted on our website. Please let us know if you have any questions about this approaching webinar. We are certain that you will find this webinar to be informative since all three speakers have excellent experience in this area. It will also provide an understanding of how two states (Georgia and Indiana) went through the process of developing a Medicaid reimbursement mechanism for OTPs. I hope that you will be able to join us.

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