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Netsmart advocacy on key legislative and public policy issues

Lawmakers and regulators make decisions every day that impact healthcare and how providers deliver services. Netsmart is an advocate on key federal legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of our clients and those they serve. Scroll to learn more about our current areas of focus:

 

CCBHC Expansion Legislation

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would expand the successful Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid funding demonstration program to all 50 states. CCBHCs are a proven integrated model of care that improves outcomes, aligns provider payment with outcomes and recovery, and decreases the cost of care.

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American Rescue Plan Act

Signed into law March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act is the latest federal legislation designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. While much of the nearly $2 trillion bill is focused on financial relief for individuals and businesses, it also includes several significant areas of funding and grant opportunities applicable to human services and post-acute organizations, as well as state, county and local governments.

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42 CFR Part 2 Current Final Rule  

Netsmart played an instrumental role in passage of the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (the Legacy Act) as part of the CARES Act. These significant amendments to 42 CFR Part 2 substance use treatment privacy regulations align them more fully with HIPAA for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations (TPO), while retaining strong penalties for information breaches.

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CCBHC Expansion Legislation

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would expand the successful Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid funding demonstration program to all 50 states. CCBHCs are a proven integrated model of care that improves outcomes, aligns provider payment with outcomes and recovery, and decreases the cost of care.

The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act of 2021 (S. 2069), introduced June 15 by lead sponsors Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) would:

  • Extend the Medicaid CCBHC funding demonstration program for two additional years
  • Expand the program beyond the current 10 states to permit any state or territory to participate in the demonstration program via enhanced Medicaid financing
  • Authorize $500 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) CCBHC Expansion Grants. The grants have helped Netsmart clients and other providers expand the CCBHC model of care to more than 300 communities across 40 states.
  • Establishes a SAMHSA CCBHC Technical Assistance Center

As the technology partner for 95 CCBHCs in 37 states, Netsmart will advocate for Congressional passage of this bipartisan legislation.

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American Rescue Plan Act

Signed into law March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act is the latest federal legislation designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. While much of the nearly $2 trillion bill is focused on financial relief for individuals and businesses, it also includes several significant areas of funding and grant opportunities applicable to human services and post-acute organizations, as well as state, county and local governments.

Netsmart advocated for several provisions in the Act on behalf our clients, including funding to stand up additional Certified Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), funding for Home & Community-based Services (HCBS), and funds for our government clients hard-hit by COVID-19 expenses.

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  • Download this guide summarizing selected funding and grant opportunities in the legislation, as well as basic preparations your organization can take to qualify.
 

Behavioral Health IT Financing Incentives

Netsmart continues legislative and agency-level advocacy for funding and implementation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of Sec. 6001 of the SUPPORT Act. This statute authorizes the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health and substance use treatment providers for adoption and use of certified EHR technology to improve the quality and coordination of care through the electronic documentation and exchange of health information.

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  • Beh. Health IT Coalition news release about the Bipartisan Policy Center integrated care report recommending that Congress fund the EHR financing program
 

42 CFR Part 2 Reform – Next Step

Netsmart played an instrumental role in passage of the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (the Legacy Act) as part of the CARES Act. These significant amendments to 42 CFR Part 2 substance use treatment privacy regulations align them more fully with HIPAA for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations (TPO), while retaining strong penalties for information breaches.

The statutory changes still require that a patient consent to share his or her SUD information for TPO and enable safer, more fully-informed care by a person’s healthcare providers.

The statute will be actuated with a new SAMHSA Final Rule in 2021. Netsmart will work as a member of the Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 to provide comments in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking phase to help assure the Final Rule closely aligns with the CARES Act statutory language.

Read: Netsmart Summary: The Legacy Act