40 Days Until Open Enrollment, Are You Ready?

August 23rd, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

logoProviders and stakeholders- please see the following opportunities to learn more about getting clients ready for health insurance through the exchange and other key factors regarding eligibility and enrollment relative to the Affordable Care Act.

October 1st, 2013 marks the beginning of open enrollment in the health insurance exchange and the Medicaid expansion. Millions of new consumers – and potential clients – will have access to health coverage through the health insurance Marketplace, and will be eligible to receive behavioral health treatment services.

Are you ready to assist current and potential consumers in getting proper health coverage? Are you prepared for the changes in your payer mix associated with the coverage expansion?

CMS is hosting the Summer 2013 Health Insurance Marketplace Training Calendar, a series of webinars designed to better prepare you and your clients to understand the basics of the Marketplace and Health Reform. More advanced webinars will also cover topics like eligibility, enrollment, streamlined applications, plan structures, and small business health insurance plans. Below is full schedule of all 3 webinars that are being offered:

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McCrory vetoes House Bill 392

August 15th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

mccoryGovernor McCrory has vetoed House Bill 392. This bill states that drug testing would be given to individuals applying for public assistance through the Department of Social Services and for applicants and recipients of the Work First program, in addition to screening applicants and recipients of other DSS services to ensure they are not a fleeing felon or probation and parole violator.

Per the News and Observer, Governor McCrory stated “While I support the efforts to ensure that fugitive felons are not on public assistance rolls, and to share information about them with law enforcement, other parts of this bill are unfair, fiscally irresponsible and have potential operational problems,” McCrory said.

Click here to read more.

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Does your Agency use Telehealth Technology?

August 13th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

If you are a treatment provider that has used tele-health technology for a year or longer, you may be eligible to attend this conference at no cost. Please see below:

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The National Frontier and Rural ATTC (NFAR) is hosting the 2013 Addiction Treatment Technology Summit: A Forum for Telehealth Pioneers.

The event will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 19-20, 2013.

Fifty addiction treatment providers from across the nation currently providing assessment, treatment, and/or recovery services utilizing telehealth technologies will be invited to share their experiences regarding the implementation of telehealth technologies. In addition, forum participants will assist in developing a strategic plan to help guide NFAR’s training and technical assistance activities for the next four years.

Several surveys/studies (NASADAD, 2009; Benavides, et al., 2013) report that the addiction treatment field lags behind other behavioral health disciplines when it comes to using telehealth technologies to deliver services. Consequently, those addiction treatment providers offering services using telehealth technologies may be considered early adopters. According to Greenstein (2010), there is a distinct sub-group of early adopters called ‘pioneers’ who ‘find the trails, explore the new commercial landscape, and encounter resistance’. In addition, these pioneers often pay high costs for their early adoption activities while paving the way for subsequent adopters (Greenstein, 2010).

Based on these descriptions… Are you an addiction treatment telehealth pioneer?

If so, click here for more details and to apply to attend this forum.

NFAR ATTC will sponsor airfare, lodging, and per diem for one agency representative to attend the forum. In order to qualify, your agency must:

  • currently provide addiction-related assessment, treatment, and/or recovery services using telehealth technologies and done so for a minimum of 12 months, and
  • be either a Private for Profit, Private Non-Profit, or State, County, City institution

Come and share your expertise and meet like-minded colleagues. Lessons learned from this forum will be invaluable to the field.
Apply today!

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The Anonymous People

August 9th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

Many of you may have heard about the documentary, “The Anonymous People.” It is a documentary about having a voice for recovery and recovering people. It will show in Asheville, Cary, and in Wilmington, NC in the month of September.

Click here for more information on these screenings or to schedule a screening in your hometown.

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Faces and Voices of Recovery with Phil Mooring

July 15th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

Please see the following clip of from Faces and Voices of Recovery with Phil Mooring of Families in Action, Wilson, NC. Phil describes the importance of talking about use and misuse of drugs and alcohol; reaching out for help and connecting parents and families in the process toward recovery.

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Funded wholly or in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.