Greetings from Region 1
Thank you to the 86 Region 1 members (75% of the Region 1 members) who attended the 2014 NAME Conference in Niagara Falls. We were pleasantly surprised to see and interact with members from 16 of the 18 states in the region represented at the Conference. The Town Hall meetings led to some very robust and candid conversations regarding Medicaid and our role in education. We appreciate the opportunity serve you, and to learn from your vast experiences as we all grow together.
In our Town Hall meetings, there was a great deal of discussion about the recent audit reports from the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the evolving landscape of Medicaid State Plan amendments. We discovered that because of the OIG review, New York State had been subjected to the interruption of billing; was required to revise their Medicaid State Plan and retrain school district staff . While these are huge tasks for one state to undertake, the ability to continue to receive Medicaid reimbursement that sustains the many programs needed by children and students is a desirable outcome and reward.
Since the 2014 Conference adjourned, the political landscape of the nation changed as a result of the November elections. Our Region remains concerned about what the changes in Congress will mean for Medicaid billing by school districts, covered services, and the sustainability of the Affordable Care Act. We hope to be able to shed some light on these issues soon and determine what the next steps may be for many in the Region. We are currently making plans to host a regional conference call on these topics. The tentative date to host this discussion is Tuesday, February 10th. We will send details by direct email to all members of NAME. Mark your calendars!!
As we move into 2015, we hope to see many of you at the NAME Conference in Baltimore (Region 1!), Maryland on October 4-7, 2015. Since the Conference is being held a short distance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters, we hope to see and hear in person from some of our partners at CMS. This is a golden opportunity for NAME to move forward in collaboration with CMS. We hope you will be able to attend.
May you and your family have a spectacular and safe holiday season!
Your Representatives on the NAME Board of Directors,
Sheila Costa (NY)
Tabitha L. Taylor (VA)
Charles Tyler, Jr. (MD)
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