DCH-i January 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2
DCH-i is the monthly newsletter from the Georgia Department of Community Health for all matters DCH. It provides timely and important information to you as physicians, dentists, hospitals, third-party payers, vendors, health care advocates, consumers and legislators. Our goal is to help create A Healthy Georgia -- together. Write us at [email protected].
Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state's most vulnerable and underserved populations.
The mission of the Department of Community Health is to provide access to affordable, quality health care to Georgians through effective planning, purchasing, and oversight.
We are dedicated to A Healthy Georgia.
From the Commissioner
As we look forward to a busy and productive 2013, let’s take a moment to reflect on a few of the issues and successes of the past year:
Looking forward, we are in full support of Governor Deal’s health care platform and want to share links to his recent remarks at the Eggs and Issues Breakfast that centered on health care and his State of the State address.
As the year progresses, it is our goal to keep you informed of the decisions that affect you, our physicians, nurses, physician extenders, dentists, third-party payers, vendors, legislators and constituents. Consider sharing this issue of DCH-i with your colleagues and associates so that they can stay informed about DCH as well.
We encourage your feedback and questions at [email protected].
And we wish you a healthy Happy New Year.
David A. Cook, Commissioner
A – The procedure is for policy changes that are made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other notifications to be posted as banner messages on the Georgia Medicaid Management Information System (GAMMIS) website. Here is a link to the particular topic you’re asking about, with instructions about how to access it:
In addition to this message being posted on 10/17/2012, the message was also included on remittance advices for six weeks, as is customary for changes to be communicated.
Banner messages are posted regularly any time there is a change in policy.
We'll look at including more information about these changes in future editions of DCH-i. Please be sure to check the GAMMIS portal regularly for policy changes and other banner messages.
Q – I read in DCH-i that foster children are being moved into managed care. What is the name of the program that the foster kids are now being transferred to? Who is the care management vendor that now oversees the foster kids? Is the state accepting new applications for other vendors?
A -- At this time, the program does not have a formal name, and no determination has been made as to the care management vendor that will oversee the transition of foster children into managed care. We will not be accepting applications for new vendors.Back to Table of Contents
The Transition to ICD-10 is Not Optional
|Total Payments through December 2012||$123,999,017.38|
Commissioner Cook will address these organizations during February:
- Thursday, February 7 -- Patient-Centered Physicians Coalition
- Wednesday, February 13 -- Leadership Dalton-Whitfield -- http://www.daltonchamber.org/leadership-dalton-whitfield/
The following actions were taken at the December 13 meeting of the Board of Community Health:
The January 10 meeting of the Board of Community Health was cancelled.
The next Board of Community Health Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2013