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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to Host Behavioral Health Informational Session in Monroe

Behavioral healthcare providers must enroll in one of five Bayou Health plans to remain eligible for Medicaid benefits
Behavioral healthcare providers: click here to register!

– The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is hosting an informational session in Monroe for behavioral healthcare providers regarding the transition of behavioral health services from the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnerships to Bayou Health – Louisiana’s managed care program for Medicaid. A session will be conducted in Monroe on Thursday, October 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy, 1800 Bienville Drive, Room 170, Monroe, LA 71201.

Any provider of behavioral health services to Medicaid enrollees must enroll in one of the five Bayou Health plan networks to remain eligible for Medicaid payments. This impacts how and by whom these behavioral healthcare providers are reimbursed for services for Medicaid-eligible individuals.

As of December 1, 2015, Magellan will no longer be the statewide management organization for behavioral healthcare under Medicaid. Instead, the five Bayou Health plans: Louisiana Healthcare Connections, United Healthcare, AmeriHealth Caritas of Louisiana, Amerigroup and Aetna Better Health will reimburse providers for behavioral health services sought by Medicaid-eligible individuals.

The October 29 session will include a presentation by the Louisiana Medicaid Program about the upcoming transition. Medicaid staff and representatives from each of the five Bayou Health plans will be available to respond to questions and concerns.

“As a catalyst for greater access to quality behavioral healthcare in northeast Louisiana, NE Delta Human Services Authority encourages not only those providers who offer critical mental healthcare services, but all regional healthcare providers to participate in this October 29 session, especially those who serve rural communities,” said Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, NE Delta HSA. “This DHH session will help providers even better equip their organizations to provide greater access to citizens who need care.”

“As a follow-up to the October 29 DHH event, NE Delta HSA will be hosting a follow-up informational session with DHH to further build regional service capacity and rural provider participation,” said Dr. Sizer. “We will alert regional providers when this session is scheduled. We want to help ensure that rural healthcare providers get themselves enrolled in the Bayou Health plan system.”

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About Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA)
Northeast Delta HSA directs the operation of community-based programs to improve the quality of life of people with major mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders. Northeast Delta HSA is devoted to deliver programs and services that encourage people to reach their true human potential. Three tenets guide our efforts: excellent customer service, greater access to services and competent, quality care. Northeast Delta HSA serves citizens in 12 parishes of northeastern Louisiana: Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Lincoln, Madison, Franklin, Morehouse, Jackson, Tensas, Richland and Union. For more information, please call 318-362-3270.

Media Contact:
Jill Hirsekorn
Northeast Delta HSA
Public Information Director
2513 Ferrand Street,
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone 318-362-5482  

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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