On April 29, NAMD sent a letter to leadership of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee addressing Senators’ efforts to improve the nation’s behavioral health system. In particular, NAMD praised the Committees for their consideration of lifting restrictions on federal Medicaid payments for services provided in Institutions for […]

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This memo aims to support Medicaid Directors in reviewing CMS’s final rule implementing mental health parity requirements in Medicaid under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The document explores state Medicaid program and MCO roles and responsibilities under the rule, as well as the general parity requirements. It also highlights key […]

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NAMD Comments on SAMHSA Privacy Rule

NAMD submitted comments to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on a proposed rule addressing the confidentiality of substance use disorder information (42 CFR Part 2). In the letter, NAMD requests SAMHSA revise the proposed rule to better support care coordination and information exchange to ensure patient safety and positive outcomes. Read […]

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NAMD sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to share the findings of a new value-based purchasing (VBP) report. Based on the report’s findings, the letter requests HHS support Medicaid value-based purchasing in three ways: by promoting Medicaid involvement in federal VBP initiatives, including the prospective payment […]

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March 24, 2016 – A new NAMD report, released in partnership with Bailit Health Purchasing and with the support of The Commonwealth Fund, provides an overview of Medicaid’s critical work to design and implement value-based purchasing models in the U.S. health care system. Specifically, it explores Medicaid’s path to transform provider payment away from the […]

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NAMD Memo Addresses Accountable Health Care Communities Initiative NAMD issued a memo to Medicaid Directors to help inform and shape state agencies’ initial phase of work in response to new Accountable Health Communities grant program launched by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Read full memo here.

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NAMD submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed rule on the Application of Mental Health Parity Requirements to Coverage Offered by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Alternative Benefit Plans. Read the full letter here.

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NAMD submitted comments to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the draft criteria for the state-certified community behavioral health clinic demonstration enacted under Sec. 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The letter focuses on the need to finalize a CCBHC framework that is flexible enough to support […]

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In December 2014, the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) conducted a workshop to support states in their efforts to improve the delivery of care in Medicaid for those with behavioral health conditions by facilitating a more rational, accessible and cost-effective delivery system. The workshop was made possible through the support from the Robert Wood […]

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NAMD submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to inform the development of the prospective payment system (PPS) for the certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) demonstration. This demonstration, which was enacted under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, will be a 2-year pilot project under which eight states will develop a […]

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