Stakeholder Meetings and Webinars
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CalAIM Justice-Involved Meeting
On November 16, DHCS held a CalAIM Justice-Involved sub-workgroup meeting via webinar on Medi-Cal pre-release application processes. This sub-workgroup will meet monthly from November 2021 through July 2023 to discuss the county inmate Medi-Cal pre-release application mandate and to recommend any enhancements to existing state inmate pre-release application processes. Sub-workgroup members provide regular input on key policies and implementation issues to support the launch and ongoing success of CalAIM justice-involved initiatives. More information is available on the DHCS website. Please email CalAIMJusticeAdvisoryGroup@dhcs.ca.gov with any questions.
CalAIM Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) and Duals Integration Workgroup Meeting
On January 20, 2022, DHCS will hold the CalAIM MLTSS and Duals Workgroup meeting via webinar. Agenda items may include Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan network guidance, including network adequacy, aligned networks, and continuity of care. Other topics may include reporting requirements and quality measures. This workgroup meeting is open to the public. Background materials, transcripts, and video recordings of the previous workgroup meetings, along with additional information about the workgroup, are posted on the DHCS website.
Community Health Workers (CHW) Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting
On December 1, DHCS hosted the CHW stakeholder workgroup meeting. Based upon stakeholder input at two previous meetings, DHCS developed a draft SPA for informal review by CMS and stakeholders. DHCS will continue to work with stakeholders to refine the draft SPA prior to formally submitting it to CMS in March 2022. The benefit is scheduled to start July 1, 2022. More information about the CHW benefit is available on the DHCS website.
Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) Stakeholder Update Webinar
On December 9, DHCS will hold the next quarterly CCI stakeholder meeting via webinar. Agenda items include DHCS program updates, Cal MediConnect (CMC) dashboard updates, and the release of Durable Medical Equipment fact sheets. Registration for the December 9 webinar is required. Background materials, transcripts, and video recordings of the previous webinars, and additional information about CCI and CMC, are posted on the DHCS website.
Doula Services Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting
On November 19, DHCS held a second stakeholder meeting regarding the addition of doula services as a Medi-Cal benefit starting on July 1, 2022. DHCS is working with stakeholders to identify required elements for a SPA and to develop the benefit, including qualifications of doulas to provide services and defining the benefit. More information about the doula benefit is available on the DHCS website.
Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Phase II
On December 17, DHCS will host the next EVV Phase II stakeholder meeting. The webinar will provide critical information to all providers who are required to comply with EVV requirements, including the process for registering with the Provider Self-Registration portal, the process for registering for the CalEVV training portal, key policy decisions, and an overview of DHCS' stakeholder engagement strategy over the coming months.
DHCS, in partnership with the Departments of Developmental Services, Public Health, Aging, and Social Services and the Office of Systems Integration (OSI) held the previous EVV Phase II stakeholder meeting on November 19. In November, Sandata Technologies, LLC also hosted three live demonstrations on the CalEVV system. Federal law mandates that states implement EVV for all Medicaid-funded personal care services and home health care services that require an in-home visit by a provider.
To be added to the EVV Phase II stakeholder e-mail list, please contact EVV@dhcs.ca.gov. For more information about EVV Phase II or for information on upcoming stakeholder meetings, please visit the DHCS website.
Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP) Meeting
On December 9, DHCS will host the next MCHAP meeting via webinar. Expected meeting topics include updates from the Director's Office on COVID-19 and the CalAIM initiative. The meeting will also include discussions on the Children and Youth Behavioral Health initiative (CYBHI) and building of the behavioral health workforce for CYBHI. Additionally, the meeting will include an update on children's enrollment. The MCHAP is a 15-member independent statewide advisory body that advises DHCS on matters relevant to children enrolled in Medi-Cal. The agenda and registration link for the December 9 meeting are posted on the DHCS website. Please email MCHAP@dhcs.ca.gov with any questions.
Medi-Cal Consumer-Focused Stakeholder Workgroup (CFSW) Meeting
On December 3, DHCS hosted the CFSW meeting via webinar. The next CFSW meeting will be held on January 7, 2022. Additional information about the workgroup is available on the DHCS website.
Medi-Cal Dental Los Angeles Stakeholder Meeting
On November 18, DHCS hosted the Medi-Cal Dental Los Angeles Stakeholder meeting via webinar. The purpose of the meeting was for Los Angeles County stakeholders to provide input on how DHCS can best perform oversight of and guide its dental program to improve dental utilization rates and the delivery of oral health and dental care services, including prevention and education services within dental managed care and FFS dental. Additional information is available on the DHCS website.
Medi-Cal Managed Care Advisory Group (MCAG) Meeting
On December 2, DHCS hosted the quarterly MCAG meeting via webinar. The meeting focused on updates requested from stakeholders through the MCAG inbox. The purpose of the MCAG is to facilitate communication between DHCS and all interested parties and stakeholders. DHCS provides program updates, and stakeholders are able to ask questions about issues that affect managed care beneficiaries. MCAG members generally consist of stakeholders and advocates, legislative staff, health plan representatives, health plan associations, and providers. To request agenda items for future meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view meeting information, materials, and historical documents, please visit the DHCS website.
Telehealth Advisory Workgroup Meeting
DHCS conducted three Telehealth Advisory Workgroup meetings in September and October. Pursuant to AB 133 (Chapter 143, Statutes of 2021), the workgroup met virtually to address utilization management and billing protocols for telehealth coverage in the Medi-Cal program. The discussions held during these workgroup meetings will yield recommendations to help inform the proposed 2022-23 Governor's Budget. Information about the meetings is available on the DHCS website.