Ohio Delays ICDS Program Launch Date

Last week, Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy announced that the launch date for voluntary enrollment in MyCare Ohio (fka as Ohio’s Integrated Care Delivery System) will be delayed until March 1, 2014.  The announcement was made during Director McCarthy’s recent testimony before the Joint Legislative Commission for Unified Long Term Care Services and Supports.

Despite the delay, McCarthy announced that considerable progress has been made towards implementing the MyCare Ohio program. To that point, McCarthy stated that the Ohio managed care partners (the “Plans”) received preliminary Medicare capitation rates last week. Medicaid capitation rates were previously provided to the Plans. Now, the Plans will be able to move forward in negotiating and finalizing contracts with providers to build their networks.

Accordingly, providers should make certain that they are prepared to enter into meaningful discussions and negotiations with the Plans as they work to fill out their networks. To that point, providers should consider reaching out to Plans soon if they have not already done so.

If you have any questions about the MyCare Ohio program, including preparing for and conducting negotiations with Plans, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Benesch’s health care department.

Additional information regarding MyCare Ohio is available at the following website: http://www.healthtransformation.ohio.gov/CurrentInitiatives/IntegrateMedicareMedicaidbenefits.aspx

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