April 2016 

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GA Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Boot Camp April 12-13

The Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Health IT, is hosting free boot camp sessions for Medicaid providers interested in participating in the Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. This boot camp is being sponsored by the Georgia State Office of Rural Health.

Participants can choose from one of the following three boot camp sessions held at the State Office of Rural Health in Cordele, Georgia.

Tuesday, April 12 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13 - 9:30 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, April 13 - 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligible providers with a Medicaid patient volume of at least 30 percent can receive up to $63,750 during their six years of program participation. The boot camp offers free one-on-one assistance with:

Selecting a certified EHR system
Patient Volume Calculator
Meaningful Use Stages 1 & 2
Audit prevention and preparation
Connecting to a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

To register for one of the Boot Camps, click
HERE. Visit dch.georgia.gov/ehr to learn more about the Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Georgia Medicaid Fair Registration is now Open
May 4, 2016
Infinite Energy Forum

The next Medicaid Fair is set for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Infinite Energy Forum (formerly The Gwinnett Center) at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 , 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

7 a.m.
Meet and Greet the Provider Relations Team 7:45 a.m.
Opening Session 8:15 a.m.
Remember to bring your lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Register now. Admission is free.

The opening session will highlight news from the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), including an overview of current initiatives, and program and policy updates. The day will feature break-out sessions focused on relevant topics for our provider community, along with time for questions and answers. 

Areas that will be covered include:
  • Georgia Medicaid Appeals Process
  • Centralized PA Portal Overview (GMCF)
  • CMOs
  • Hospital Service
  • Physicians and Physician Extenders Programs
  • Rural Health, FQHC and RHC Programs
  • Clinical Viewer and Achieving Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs
  • Member Eligibility and 1095-B form
  • Provider Enrollment, Revalidation and the Credentialing Verification Organization (CVO)
  • Common Denials
To register online and for details, including the facility layout, map to the facility, parking locations and an agenda, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/nfqdyr. Attendees must register to reserve a seat for each individual session selected.

For location and directions, as well as dining and lodging options in the area, please visit the Infinite Energy Center's website at: http://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/guest-services/directions-parking.

Questions? Contact Hewlett Packard Enterprise at georgiamedicaidfair@hpe.com.

DCH NEMT Public Comment Opportunity

DCH is pleased to announce a public comment opportunity to gather input on the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program. These open, public forums will take place at the following locations and dates:

Monday, April 11, 2016 10:00 am-Noon
State Office of Rural Health
502 Seventh Street South
Cordele, GA 31015-1443

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:00 am-Noon
Georgia Department of Community Health
5th Floor Overflow Room
2 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Please review our public notice for more information: https://dch.georgia.gov/public-notices.

You Can Help Georgians with Living Well

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 900,000 people in our country die prematurely each year from the five leading causes of death - heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness and unintentional injury - yet up to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause could be prevented. Regular preventive health care, like checkups, vaccines and screenings, help prevent and detect diseases when they are most treatable. But these services need to be known about and used to be effective.

As a provider, you know that taking time for health checkups is important for keeping individuals and their families healthy. In addition, preventive services save costs in the long run, by catching diseases before expensive treatment is required. And now there is little or no cost for regular checkups for adults enrolled in Medicaid.

On January 1, 2016, adults age 21 and older enrolled in Georgia Medicaid became eligible for coverage of one preventive health visit per calendar year. The preventive health visit includes a medical history, physical exam, health counseling, health screenings (such as Pap tests and mammograms) and Medicaid-covered adult immunizations (such as flu shots). Most Medicaid enrollees pay nothing for the preventive health visit and services.

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services has released Living Well, a set of outreach and educational materials designed to help Medicaid members, adults and children, understand the preventive benefits available to them. These outreach materials are available to providers to assist them in educating their members about the importance of preventive health visits and services.

2016 DCH Board Meeting Schedule
To view the entire Board of Community Health meeting schedule for 2016, as well as actions taken at previous DCH Board meetings, click HERE.

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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.


 DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids,® the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.      


Clyde L. Reese III, Esq. is Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health.  


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A Healthy Georgia




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