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To Panel or Not to Panel

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

On Saturday March 2, Katherine Allen, current CTAMFT Board Member, was one of many graduates asked to participate on a panel for Ingeborg Haug’s Ethics class of current MFT students at Fairfield University regarding “Life After Graduation”. One of the topics that was discussed was the choice and process regarding accepting insurance and getting on insurance panels.

Luckily, for Fall/Winter 2011, Katherine had written an article for Connecticut Connection, the CTAMFT Newsletter, titled To Panel or Not to Panel. It is being re-posted here for the students and for anyone who wishes to look into accepting insurance in your private practices.

As always, Katherine is available to field questions at marketing@ctamft.org.

LMFTs to be Reimbursed for More Medicaid Clients

In the last week of 2011, Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Partnership (CTBHP) notified participating clinicians of changes to reimbursement guidelines for licensed masters level clinicians, which includes LMFTs being able to receive payments for more Medicaid clients. Here is the notice from CTBHP:

Independent Practice: Licensed Masters Level Clinicians

Effective January 1, 2012, independent licensed master’s level clinicians (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LADC) will now be eligible for reimbursement for covered behavioral health services to Medicaid FFS (fee for service) members that are under 21 years of age. Prior to January 1, 2012, master’s level clinicians were only able to be reimbursed for HUSKY and Charter Oak members. Beginning January 1, 2012, master’s level clinicians will be able to be reimbursed for HUSKY A, B, C, D and Charter Oak members under 21 years of age.

See the full report PA 2011-24 – Changes to Business eff 1-1-12 – 12 28 11.