CenterPoint begins operating under Medicaid waivers
by Staff Report
After many months of preparation, CenterPoint Human Services is now officially a managed care organization.
CenterPoint, which oversees mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Rockingham counties, implemented the 1915 (b)/(c) Medicaid Waivers on Feb. 1.
With the waivers now in effect, CenterPoint will manage Medicaid funding for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance abuse services, as well as state and county funding.
According to a statement from the agency, in preparation for the waivers, CenterPoint has credentialed more than 1,000 providers and has finalized more than 250 contracts.
“CenterPoint has installed a robust management information system to enroll consumers, authorize services and process Medicaid billing,” the release stated. “Over 90 new staff positions have been created and filled at CenterPoint’s Winston-Salem facility.”
“This monumental achievement is made possible through community support, county funding assistance and a lot of hard work by stakeholders and staff. It’s all about keeping consumers’ interests at heart. With (the) waiver, CenterPoint will stay focused on that goal,” said Betty Taylor, CenterPoint CEO and area director.
CenterPoint received an extension on the original Jan. 1, 2013, deadline. Stokes County provided CenterPoint with a $148,217 loan to aid in the transition to a managed care organization under the new Medicaid waiver system, which gives local entities such as CenterPoint additional responsibilities and control. Other counties also provided funds, including Forsyth County, which finally approved a loan of about $800,000.
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