Jonathan's Journal 04-10-16

Jonathan's Journal
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Naming Contest
BH Redesign
Thought For The Week
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Issue: # 3

April 10th, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name!

We Need Help Now!

Well, the saws have been cutting and the hammers have been pounding away, and we are almost done with remodeling our child group home facility in Ashtabula. There's only one problem... 

So, I am announcing a naming contest with a $500.00 prize!

Please send Brenda your name suggestions 

If we use your name suggestion as the final name, you win the prize! 
You do not need to be a current employee to enter the contest.  We are happy to take entries from all readers of the journal!  There is no limit to the number of entries, but this is like the lottery so if multiple people send the winning suggestion, you gotta split the prize.

Make sure you email your entries so Brenda can keep track of who sent which names. If you tell her verbally etc, that doesn't count.

Entry Deadline is Friday 4-22-16 at 5:00 pm.

Remember this is a group home for adolescent males!  Name suggestions will be vetted by our youth panel in addition to the senior leadership team, so don't bother sending something lame.
 BH Redesign Update-Spend Down Eliminated

This week the local area was rocked with the news that the 160 year old child agency Beechbrook would be eliminating 40% of its workforce in a dramatic restructuring.

I am certain that one of the major considerations they evaluated when making their decision was the BH Redesign work that continues in Columbus.

A few months ago I wrote that the BH Redesign work undertaken by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Mental Health Services is like the switch between ICD-9 and ICD-10 because many of the current billing codes will now have more than one possible replacement code (and associated rate).

In addition to adding many many more codes, the State of Ohio is changing its eligibility system which will eliminate the Medicaid Spend Down Program effective 7-1-16.  Patients who previously accessed Medicaid benefits will now either have to qualify under a new 1915i waiver program or they will be deemed ineligible.  The 1915i waiver is far too complicated to explain in this journal but more information can be found here.

I have been honored to be one of 50 stakeholders asked to provide feedback to the State Department on their change efforts. Although at first it seemed that our advocacy had not yielded much change in the Department's approach, most recently we have seen encouraging signs of progress on both the approach and the proposed reimbursement rates. That said we still have a long way to go.
Thought For The Week

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. 

-Swedish Proverb

Make it a Great Week !  


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