Health and Family Services Cabinet
Medicaid Managed Care Forums for Providers Scheduled
Cabinet leadership will be on hand for education sessions
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2014) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has scheduled a new round of forums for health care providers in each of the eight Medicaid regions during August and September. The forums will be attended by senior officials from CHFS, including cabinet Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield and Behavioral Health Commissioner Mary Begley, among others.
“Our first series of forums for health providers were so successful in opening the lines of communication and making connections that allow us to work better together,” said Secretary Haynes. “We decided to not only repeat but expand the scope of the forums this year, bringing new topics to the forefront like behavioral health, which is particularly timely due to improved access allowed by the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we will also allow time for private meetings with the managed care organizations.”
The forums are designed to allow medical providers to meet face-to-face with representatives of the managed care organizations (MCOs), the Department of Insurance (DOI) and the cabinet to discuss concerns about proper billing, appeals processes and any specific regional issues, in addition to a general conversation about how to improve the overall system of health care delivery in Kentucky. Sessions will cover opportunities in the changing world of behavioral health, improving overall health and enhancing community workforce capacity, among other topics.
As a result of Medicaid expansion, more Kentuckians are insured now than ever before, and providers are beginning to receive substantial reimbursements for persons who would have previously gone untreated or been unable to pay for their care. Approximately 290,000 individuals have qualified for Medicaid under the expansion, and since Jan. 1 more than $284 million in reimbursements for their care have already gone directly to Kentucky hospitals, pharmacies, physicians and other providers.
The sessions will follow the same agenda, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. local time, with an optional second day of workshops running from 9 a.m.-noon. The dates and locations of the forums are as follows:
• Aug. 5-6: Adron Doran University Center, Morehead State University, Morehead
• Aug. 11-12: Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort
• Aug. 20-21: Hazard Community College, Hazard
• Aug. 25-26: James E. Bruce Convention Center, Hopkinsville
• Aug. 27-28: Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro
• Sept. 3-4: Northern Ky. University Mets Center, Erlanger
• Sept. 10-11: University of Louisville-Shelby Campus, Louisville
• Sept. 15-16: Center for Rural Development, Somerset
Providers who would like to register or who need additional information should visit the Department for Medicaid Services’ website at http://chfs.ky.gov/dms.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.