February 2016 

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Living Well

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 900,000 people in our country die prematurely each year from the five leading causes of death - heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness and unintentional injury - yet up to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause could be prevented. Regular preventive health care, like checkups, vaccines and screenings, help prevent and detect diseases when they are most treatable. But these services need to be known about and used to be effective.

As a provider, you know that taking time for health checkups is important for keeping individuals and their families healthy. In addition, preventive services save costs in the long run, by catching diseases before expensive treatment is required. And now there is little or no cost for regular checkups for adults enrolled in Medicaid. On January 1, 2016, adults age 21 and older enrolled in Georgia Medicaid became eligible for coverage of one preventive health visit per calendar year. The preventive health visit includes a medical history, physical exam, health counseling, health screenings (such as Pap tests and mammograms) and Medicaid-covered adult immunizations (such as flu shots). Most Medicaid enrollees pay nothing for the preventive health visit and services. 

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services has released Living Well, a set of outreach and educational materials designed to help Medicaid members, adults and children, understand the preventive benefits available to them. These outreach materials are available to providers to assist them in educating their members about the importance of preventive health visits and services.

Georgia Medicaid Fair
Save the Date!

Dear Georgia Medicaid Providers and Stakeholders:

The Department of Community Health and Hewlett Packard Enterprise encourage you to save the following date for our next Medicaid Fair!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Infinite Energy Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

The Medicaid Fair will cover a variety of topics in break-out sessions with time for questions and answers. Department leadership will present on emergent issues. The Care Management Organizations will be onsite to answer your questions. Additional details will be posted soon, including registration information.

Do you want to help shape our agenda?
To ensure that our planned break-out sessions (including time for questions and answers) address relevant topics for you, please submit your suggested breakout topics to GeorgiaMedicaidFair@hpe.com no later than Friday, February 26, 2016. Based on your feedback, the agenda will be developed and posted.

Do you need more information about the Infinite Energy Center?
For location and directions to the Medicaid Fair, please visit the Infinite Energy Center's website at http://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/guest-services/directions-parking.  

Thank you for your continued participation in the Georgia Medicaid program. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Duluth!

Georgia Department of Community Health
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The Georgia Criminal Background Check System (GCHEXS)
Went Live February 1, 2016 --

Were You Ready for the Change?
Important Information You Should Know

Redirect of GCHEXS Application to the Cogent Website:  
The release of the new GCHEXS system will not automatically redirect you to the Cogent GAPS application to register for fingerprinting. Until this functionality is in place, you must manually go to the Cogent GAPS system and go to the screen that allows you to register your applicant for fingerprinting. In the next release of GCHEXS, the system will automatically take users to the Cogent GAPS screen.   
The link to the new GCHEXS system is: www.dch.gchexs.ga.gov  
The link to the Cogent website to register for fingerprinting is: www.ga.cogentid.com

Minimum Browser Standards:
The new GCHEXS system is not compatible with all internet browsers. The minimum standards for using the system are:   
  • Internet 8.0 or higher
  • Google Chrome
Online Tutorials:
DCH has developed online tutorials to train users of the new system: 
There are a total of five modules for your use: 
  • Lesson 1: Account and User Management
  • Lesson 2: Reporting and Notifications
  • Lesson 3: New Applicant Workflow
  • Lesson 4: Managing Applications
  • Lesson 5: Managing Employees
These tutorials can be accessed at: https://dch.georgia.gov/healthcare-facility-regulation-0 and
the GCHEXS application home page (www.dch.gchexs.ga.gov) under the "Help tab" at the top of the screen.

Account User IDs:  
The login user IDs accounts and temporary passwords were set up automatically and sent to you directly through a separate email on the February 1, 2016 go-live date. Once you have logged into the system, you will be asked to change your temporary password.

If you have any questions, please email them to:   

User ID Update:
You should have received an automated email containing information on your user ID account. This email contained additional information on how to access the GCHEXS application using your specific user ID.
1. Your user IDs are the first part of your email address before the @ sign. For example, if your email is jpeters@aol.com, your user ID is jpeters.
2. If you received more than one temporary password for your facility, please contact Denise Matthews at 404-463-0115 or dmatthews@dch.ga.gov for assistance.
3. If you have a generic (admin) email address, please contact Denise Matthews at or dmatthews@dch.ga.gov or 404-463-0115 for assistance.
340B Drug Policy for Claims Submission 
The April 1, 2016 implementation of the 340B drug policy has been postponed until further notice. Providers will be notified of any future implementation plans with ample notice. 
Thank you for your continued service and participation in the Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare for KidsTM Programs.
2016 DCH Board Meeting Schedule

To view the entire Board of Community Health meeting schedule for 2016, as well as actions taken at previous DCH Board meetings, click HERE.

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Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Department of Community Health (DCH)  provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state's most vulnerable and underserved populations.


 DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.      


Clyde L. Reese III, Esq. is Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health.  


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