When LME's Deny In-Network Status to Medicaid Providers under Medicaid Waiver, There is No Appeals Process
From: Marsha V. Hammond, PhD
Clinical / Health Psychology
NC Licensed Psychologist
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TO: Mark Grimaldi, LME Systems Performance Team, 919 715 1294, NC DHHS,
RE: Denial of In-Network for long-term Medicaid Provider
July 6, 2012
Dear Mr. Mark Grimaldi, of NC DMA, LME Systems PerformanceTeam:
I was directed to call you by Amanda Reeder, attorney working in the Department of Mental Health. She advised me that when an LME denies In-Network capabilities to a Medicaid provider, such as myself, a Licensed Psychologist, there is no appeals process. Why is that? Medicaid is not an HMO. But it appears to be functioning as a HMO related to the 1915bc Waiver.
Here is the reply I received from Melissa Faulkner, Director of Provider Relations at WHN LME. Noteably, I am not getting the same problems w/ being an InNetwork Provider from SMC LME. Instead of 'katie bar the door', I am recently receiving helpful information back from SMC LME.
I am including what I put on my blog re: the matter. I think you might speculate that because of my documentation of all the problems at WHN LME regarding my re-credentialing, they would rather limit me to my current Medicaid patients.
I find this curious when so many Medicaid providers out this way have simply thrown in the towel.
Thank you for your response to me, in advance.
Marsha V. Hammond, PhD