Managed care effort for New Hampshire taking shape
The nine Community Mental Health Centers signed agreements with the three managed care companies the state hired to administer the program for Medicaid recipients, although the two sides will work together to develop a new payment system.
Until recently, health care providers balked at accepting the rates offered by the managed care companies.
The Senate used general fund money for the state’s share, but said hospitals would have to join the managed care networks by July 1 to receive the money.
“As part of the move toward converting New Hampshire’s Medicaid program to a managed care system, the Community Mental Health Centers have reached agreements with the three MCOs (managed care organizations) who have contracted with the State to manage the Medicaid system.” said Roland Lamy, NH Community Behavioral Health Association executive director.
Until the new system is developed, the centers will continue to operate under the terms they currently have with the state, Lamy said.
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