In brief

Providers must enroll in Michigan Medicaid program

LANSING — Health care providers that serve Medicaid beneficiaries are facing an upcoming enrollment deadline that is necessary for them to continue to receive payments from Medicaid.

While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has revised the timeline to give providers more time to enroll, the department is urging providers to complete the screening and enrollment process as soon as possible.

For dates of service on or after Jan. 1, 2019, MDHHS will prohibit contracted Medicaid Health Plans and Dental Health Plans from making payments to typical providers not actively enrolled in Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS) – the state’s online Medicaid enrollment and billing system.

Typical providers are health care professionals that provide health care services to beneficiaries. They must meet education and state licensing requirements and have assigned National Provider Identifiers. Examples include, but are not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, dentists and chiropractors.

At this time, contracted Integrated Care Organizations (ICOs), Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) and MI Choice Waiver agencies are exempt from this requirement. CHAMPS enrollment neither requires nor mandates providers in a managed care network to accept Fee-for-Service Medicaid beneficiaries. CHAMPS enrollment is used solely to screen providers participating in Medicaid.

For dates of service on or after July 1, 2019, MDHHS Fee-for-Service and Medicaid Health Plans will prohibit payment for prescription drug claims written by a prescriber who is not enrolled. More details on prescriber enrollment will be forthcoming early in 2019.

For information about the Provider Enrollment process and how to get started, visit www.michigan. gov/MedicaidProviders and click on “Provider Enrollment.”

Providers also can learn more details by viewing future Provider Bulletins from MDHHS. Providers who have questions about the enrollment process or require assistance may contact the MDHHS Provider Enrollment Help Desk at 1-800-292-2550. — G.G.

General Motors Student Corps and United Way team up

FLINT — Ten Flint Southwestern Classical Academy students have spent the summer working to improve the facilities at the school as part of the General Motors Student Corps program.

“Student Corps, an extension of GM’s commitment to education, matches teams of 10 high school interns with retired General Motors executives and college interns to plan and execute community service projects, usually at schools and parks. The students manage all aspects of their projects, from budgeting, planning and troubleshooting to meeting deadlines,” according to the GM website.

The team completely renovated one of the courtyards by building a large deck with an outdoor classroom, Zen garden and picnic tables for the students. In addition, each student was encouraged to save $200 during the summer for their future educational needs.

The money saved has been matched by the United Way of Genesee County, totaling $2,000, which will be donated to local charities on behalf of the students. — G.G.

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