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DHHS Temporarily Takes Over Cardinal Innovations to Return Organizational Focus to Consumers

Monday, November 27, 2017

Effective immediately, the N.C Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily assumed leadership of Cardinal Innovations, an LME-MCO authorized under state law to provide essential behavioral services using public funds.

DHHS Statement on Cardinal Innovations

Monday, November 20, 2017

DHHS has released two documents related to our investigation of Cardinal Innovations. First, as required by state law, DHHS Office of Internal Audit has conducted a six-month Follow-Up Assessment based on the Office of State Audit report that was released in May 2017. Second, DHHS Office of Internal Audit has provided an additional interim report to DHHS leadership associated with a site visit it conducted at Cardinal Innovations on October 30.

DHHS Submits Amendment to Medicaid Waiver Application

Monday, November 20, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services an amendment to the 1115 Demonstration Waiver application originally submitted by North Carolina in 2016. Submitting this amended waiver application is an important next step in implementing the Proposed Program Design for Medicaid Managed Care that DHHS published in August.

Statement on Release of Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DHHS today released “Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plan,” the first in a series of Medicaid managed care program concept papers. These concept papers, which DHHS will continue to release over the next several months, provide details on certain components of the managed care program design. DHHS invites stakeholders to provide input by sending an email to Medicaid.Transformation@dhhs.nc.gov. Visit the DHHS Medicaid Transformation website at ncdhhs.gov/nc-medicaid-transformation for more on the North Carolina Medicaid transition to managed care.

DHHS Releases Request for Information for Medicaid Managed Care Program

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today asked health care providers, health plans and other stakeholders to provide information that will help the department transform the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care, as directed by the General Assembly in 2015.

DHHS Shares Detailed Design for Medicaid Managed Care; Public Input on Proposal Is Welcome

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a detailed proposed design for transforming the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care, as directed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015. DHHS is accepting comments on this proposal through Sept. 8, 2017.

Public Input Sought on Medicaid Reform; Sessions Scheduled Across the State

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking additional public input on the transformation of the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs.

ICYMI: Secretary Brajer Talks Medicaid Reform on ‘Legislative Week in Review’

Monday, June 13, 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer talked Medicaid Reform during an appearance June 10, 2016 on UNC-TV’s Legislative Week in Review. His discussion with host Kelly McCullen focused on how the proposed shift from fee-for-service to person-centered care will result in improved patient outcomes.

State's Medicaid Program Projects Third Straight Year of Cash on Hand

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expects to finish the year with approximately $250 million cash on hand in the state’s Medicaid program.

State announces new LME/MCO service regions

Thursday, March 17, 2016

State health officials announced today that the state- and Medicaid-funded Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations providing mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance use services to North Carolina citizens will be consolidating into four service regions across the state.