Your practice and your future whatever the setting you engage clients, will be in jeopardy soon unless you act right now to support AMHCA in securing Medicare Provider Recognition for Clinical Mental Health Counselors.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Every day you are falling further and further behind in the mental health provider marketplace and policymaking community due to your inability to bill Medicare for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders of elderly beneficiaries currently in the program – and millions more coming into the program every year due to the baby-boom “silver tsunami” over the next decade.
Psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers all receive reimbursement through the Medicare program and have for over 50 years. They understand how the reimbursement system works, and they understand the expectations of third party payers that serve as intermediaries to Medicare, as well as the state Medicaid programs.
And you – you are on the outside trying to look in to see how you can participate in the process and that is pretty much the extent of your involvement.
BUT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Moreover, unless you change this situation immediately, your standing in relation to the Medicare program is going to get increasingly worse.
Not only will you be unable to participate in Medicare’s fee-for-service (FFS) process, but Medicare is beginning to move much of its reimbursement platforms to more team-based, integrated, capitated, risk-bearing contractual and procedural relationships where the other mental health workforce providers will have a leg up on how to be a successful player, and parlay their knowledge and skills into participating in ever-growing Medicare payment programs that focus on “value-based care” such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Making matters worse, all of the experience that Medicare and participants such as psychologists are currently gaining by being on the “reimbursement inside,” is going to spill over into the private sector where health care purchasers are mimicking Medicare programs and expanding their own “value-based” programs like ACOs and health homes. So who do you think employers and health plans will work with to populate their plan networks? Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers.
You get the point. Mental health care delivery is rapidly changing and it is imperative that you adapt. And it is occurring throughout the system vertically, horizontally and every which way.
BUT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HOW?
Our Annual Conference and Leadership Training Forum in late July are dedicated to promoting the profession before Congress on the need to pass legislation that will allow mental health counselors to receive reimbursement when you diagnose and treat elderly Americans under the Medicare program.
YOU CAN’T SIT ON YOUR HANDS ANY LONGER.
But you have to make the case – face-to-face – to Members of Congress and their staff on why this is so important. We have prepared talking points and materials for you to make a compelling case to your Representative in the House and Senators on Capitol Hill that millions of elderly Americans in need of mental health care and services will go untreated since there is simply not enough eligible mental health providers to address the needs of their constituents.
But mental health counselors are armed and ready to address a growing problem.
You are armed and ready as you have been uniquely trained and are qualified to provide mental health assessment, prevention, diagnosis and treatment to address their constituent’s mental health conditions.
As a primary mental health provider, you are prepared to offer high-quality, comprehensive, integrative, cost-effective services to Medicare beneficiaries.
You are ready to address the growing suicide rate among Medicare beneficiaries and the devastating impact on families. You are prepared to address the growing access problem in underserved areas such as rural communities and frontier areas.
This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to join your professional colleagues on July 27th to meet with your elected officials and strongly advocate for Medicare reimbursement for you and the profession. It will not happen unless you make it happen by attending the AMHCA-sponsored conference and leadership events in July and meeting your Congressman in person.
We will arrange the meetings with your elected officials and prepare all the materials you need to make the case. But you need to register for the conference events now.
We need to know if you are able and ready to talk with your Representative and Senators
It is imperative and urgent that you take up this call-to-action. You need to make this critically important step for your future.