Improved Care For Special Needs Patients

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Three “provider-led” entities that provide care to around 35,000 special needs patients in Arkansas using Medicaid funds have been granted the first licenses under a new state law designed to provide improved care and outcomes using “wrap around services.”

Act 775 of 2017, the Medicaid Provider-Led Organized Care Act, was sponsored by Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, and signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The law is designed to allow providers to create a type of insurance network targeted solely for those in Arkansas with severe intellectual and physical medical needs.

That vehicle is known as the “Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity” (PASSE).

“It is a new model of organized care that will address the needs of certain Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities service needs,” according to the Arkansas Insurance Department (AID).   MORE

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