April 2016
Volume: 5  Issue: 4
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Case Management Program Update
Pat Noonan, Director of Transitional & Ambulatory Case Management recently presented a Case Management Program Update to NEPHO providers at their monthly meetings.  Some key points noted from the recent presentation included:
  • Patients in the ACO and commercial risk products are  stratified into high risk and complex care classifications so resources can be targeted for this population.
  • Prioritization for many of the common high risk diagnosis such as CHF, COPD, DM, Dementia, Behavioral Health, etc. occurs for both transitional and ambulatory resources.
  • Data was shared data on patient enrollment increases since 2013 in the transitional and ambulatory programs and favorable readmission rate compared to MA rate for Q3, 2015.
  • Future considerations such as Transitional Case Management and Chronic Care Management services were touched on as well as upcoming initiatives such as CHF/COPD pilot, palliative care and behavioral health initiatives.  
  • Recommendations from the committee included imbedding care managers, standardizing in house processes for tracking ED utilizers, and regular feedback.
2016 MA Opioid Bill
What's Next ?
April and July 2016 Requirements
Acute Hospital Monthly Reporting of Infants/Children Exposed to Opioids
A technical fix, scheduled for April 1, 2016 implementation, is evolving to revise the current law requiring acute care hospitals monthly reporting process for any infant / child (defined as those under the age of 11) exposed to a Schedule I through VI drug. See the attached Mass Hospital Association Summary on Reporting of Infants. for details and request for response.
ED Requirements for Substance Abuse Evaluation
As of July 1, 2016 any patient who arrives in an ED
experiencing an overdose or was administered Naloxone before arriving, must undergo a substance abuse evaluation within 24 hours of receiving ER services. Evaluation can be performed by an ESP or a licensed mental health professional. Patient may refuse the evaluation or the clinician may release the patient if the evaluation does not occur within the 24 hours. Patient may consent to further treatment after the evaluation at the ED or at another facility, provided the medical determination for treatment shall be determined by the treating clinician. For any child who is a minor (under the age of 18), facility must inform the parent/guardian of the overdose and that an evaluation will occur during which the parent/guardian may be present during the findings.
Upon discharge, patient must receive information on local and statewide treatment programs; facility must record the overdose in the EMR; facility must also notify the patient's PCP (if known) of the overdose and treatment recommendations.
Coverage for these services must be provided without preauthorization by GIC, MassHealth (PCC and MMCOs), and Managed Care plans (with the exception of ERISA plans)
2016 MA Opioid Bill
 A Summary of Massachusetts Compromise Prescription Bill  by the Massachusetts Hospital Association hits the key points of the recent bill signed by Governor Baker. Portions of the bill take effect as of March 14, 2016. Click on Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016, An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention for a complete copy of the bill.
See sample copy of patient agreement on controlled substance therapy for chronic opioid management.
In This Issue
Management of a First Seizure
Ilya Bogorad M.D.
Dr. Ilya Bogorad recently provided guidelines for our providers on Management of a First Seizure.
He notes, less than 50% of patients who have a first unprovoked seizure have a second seizure; thus, the evaluation should focus on determining the patient's risk of seizure recurrence. Provoked or acute symptomatic seizures do not confer increased risk for subsequent unprovoked seizure recurrence. Multiple seizures in a given 24-hour period do not increase the risk of seizure recurrence. Remote symptomatic seizures, an epileptiform EEG, a significant brain imaging abnormality, and nocturnal seizures are risk factors for seizure recurrence. Antiepileptic drug therapy (AED) delays the time to second seizure but may not influence long-term remission.
Ilya Bogorad M.D.
North Shore Neurology & EMG
83 Herrick Street, Suite 1001
Beverly, MA   01915
978 922 2226
 HPHC Vitamin D Screening & Testing Guidelines
HPHC released new screening & testing guidelines for Vitamin D  effective July 1, 2016. Some key points include: 
 Vitamin D screening is considered medically necessary for members under age 18.
- Screening for Vitamin D deficiency (or excess) is considered medically necessary for symptomatic or "high risk" members aged 18 to 65 years. (see HPHC screening & testing guidelines for Vitamin D for definition of "high risk" conditions.)
- Screening for Vitamin D deficiency (i.e., testing to determine if someone without signs or symptoms is Vitamin D deficient) is not medically necessary in healthy adults as there is limited clinical evidence to support routine screening in this population.
NEPHO Clinical Newsletter
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