Firefox Issue With Alpha

The latest update of the Firefox browser (Version 52.0) no longer supports Silverlight. Silverlight is required to run AlphaMCS which makes Firefox incompatible with AlphaMCS. Internet Explorer continues to support Silverlight and is the browser that should be utilized when accessing AlphaMCS.

Listening Sessions for Providers of IIH and Day Treatment Services

CABHA rules have expired and thus references to CABHA will be removed from the State Plan and policy. DMA is hosting two web-based listening sessions to hear input from providers on how to strengthen policies around Intensive In-Home and Day Treatment Services. The session for IIH will be held on April 5 and the session for Day Treatment on April 6. Register for the IIH session or for the Day Treatment session.

Alliance Tapped to Head New Programs

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare has been awarded funding to implement two new programs, one involving Child Tiered Case Management and the other enhancing Facility-Based Crisis Services for children and adolescents. Read the entire story.

Next All-Provider Meeting

The next Alliance All-Provider Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 1:00pm at the Alliance home office. Access the agenda.

Letter from DHHS Secretary on Opioid Epidemic

Alliance shares the concern of NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen about our state’s opioid epidemic. Please read a letter from her in which she points out that 13,000 North Carolinians have died unnecessarily from unintentional overdoses since 1999. Her letter seeks the help of our providers and offers a variety of informational resources.

Fraud and Abuse Prevention Training

Alliance will host a training for contracted providers interested in learning how to prevent fraud and abuse in their organizations on April 5 at the Alliance Home Office. Participants will learn about health care fraud and abuse laws/regulations and how to develop and implement an effective compliance program to prevent and detect non-compliance in their organizations. Learn more and register.

Annual Review of State and Federally-Funded Programs

The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will conduct its annual systems review of LME-MCO compliance with the special requirements of State and federally-funded programs between April 17 and June 9. The FY17 review will include programs funded by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (CMHSBG), the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), the System of Care (SOC) Expansion Grant, and State funds, and will consist of program and clinical monitoring in specific areas. Learn more.

Changes to Intensive In-Home Service Definition and Rate

The February 2017 NC Medicaid Bulletin outlined some changes to the Intensive In-Home (IIH) service definition and rate.  Alliance has reviewed this information, and effectively immediately contracted providers of IIH may begin to increase the team ratio from 1:8 to 1:12. Effective with dates of service April 1, 2017 and forward, Alliance will adopt the new rate of $239.66 as the daily rate. Alliance will continue to work with Providers in the IIH Collaborative to evaluate the rate and the sustainability of the required Evidenced Based Models. Questions may be directed to your assigned Provider Network Development Specialist.