Behavioral Health Technology App Project
Partners For Kids has assembled a technology workgroup that is investigating the use of apps for patients and providers as an extension to managing behavioral health disorders. If you are interested in piloting one (or several) of the apps we have vetted, please contact your Partners For Kids provider relations representative at PFKProRelations.childrensdayton.org. If your practice has used or is currently using any apps with patients, we would appreciate hearing about your experience as well!
Help Families Enroll in Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can have a huge impact on families with a disabled child, providing up to $841 per month for those who qualify. Many families who qualify are not receiving this benefit. Partners For Kids is working with Centauri Health Solutions to help your eligible patient families navigate the complex application process. As a provider, you may have an important role to play. Click here to see how the process works and get resources to help patient families.
Save The Date: 2022 CPP Annual Coding Seminar
Children’s Practicing Pediatricians (CPP) is an independent nonprofit medical association established in 1985 that offers services and advocates on behalf of primary care physicians. CPP is sponsoring a hybrid coding seminar event in Columbus, Ohio on September 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. presented by Linda Parsi, MD, MBA, CPEDC, FAAP. For the in-person event, registration and dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. Read more about this seminar, including more information about Dr. Parsi’s background. (with the link activated)
National 988 Lifeline Launched in Ohio
Beginning July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) transitioned to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Ohioans experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis and their family members can call, text or chat the 988 number to reach a trained counselor who can offer free and confidential help and support 24/7. Ohio’s Mental Health & Addiction Services provides more information on 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline as a component of their continuum of crisis services and important links to community resources.
Ohio Department of Medicaid Freeze on New Provider Enrollment
On August 1, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) temporarily stopped accepting provider enrollment applications as the department implements its new Provider Network Management (PNM) system. Providers who do not currently accept Medicaid will need to hold enrollment applications until October 1. Enrolled providers should update their demographic information in MITS by August 31; updates will not be accepted in MITS after this date. Beginning October 1, provider maintenance-related activities will resume using the new PNM system. Information about the PNM system and system training can be found at https://managedcare.medicaid.ohio.gov/managed-care/centralized-credentialing. ODM has delegated responsibility for provider credentialing to Partners For Kids. However, new providers will still need to use the PNM system to request an Ohio Medicaid provider number.
August Managed Care Plan Updates
CareSource has published updates on events and policy changes impacting their organizations. Click here to view the updates.
Change Healthcare Clearinghouse Discontinues August 31, 2022
Effective August 31, 2022, Change Healthcare will be discontinuing their clearinghouse service and ProviderNet portal. Community providers that utilize Change Healthcare as the clearinghouse to submit claims are encouraged to contact their billing vendor or billing software vendor to confirm if they will use a different clearinghouse starting September 1.
- Starting week of August 29: Provider incentive check distribution
- September 9, noon to 1 p.m.: Partners For Kids Quarterly Webinar “Constipation Management in Primary Care” presented by Karla Vaz, MD, MEd, Ramakrishna Mutyala, MD, Michael Bates, MD, and Kelin Wheaton, PharmD, PhD
- September 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: CPP Annual Coding Seminar presented Dr. Linda Parsi
Did You Know?
Partners For Kids now has a community asthma coordinator who can collaborate with your practice to transform asthma outcomes. Susan Mills, RRT, will help you and your staff learn new strategies for delivering patient-friendly asthma care, implement motivational interviewing techniques in your practice, and access community services that could benefit your patients. With a 20+ year career as an outpatient respiratory therapist and patient educator, Susan brings extensive experience working with children and their families to manage asthma care, prevent disease exacerbations, provide tobacco cessation counseling and promote other services to improve overall health outcomes. Contact your Partners For Kids provider relations specialist to connect with Susan!
Contact Partners For Kids Provider Relations
If you have questions regarding any of the information in this newsletter or suggestions regarding newsletter content that would be useful to your practice, please contact us at PFKProRelations@childrensdayton.org.
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