As of February 14, 2014
March 17th InfoShare VIDEO
Cardinal Provider Network Information
Provider Training Schedule.pdf
Cardinal Innovations Information for Mecklenburg Providers (2) Final.pdf
Transition Documents presented at Feb. 4, 2014 Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting
What We Know As of 1/8/14
We will face a few challenges over the next 90 days, but have confidence we can meet these challenges and prosper.
On January 7th at 6:00 PM, during the Mecklenburg BOCC meeting, Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster presented an update regarding the transfer of Mecklenburg County Medicaid Waiver services to Cardinal Innovations. You can review the agenda for the BOCC meeting HERE
. You can watch this meeting HERE
As of December 31, 2013, Cardinal Innovations posted 197 job openings for the Mecklenburg County service area. Cardinal will form a local Community Operations Center (COC) in Mecklenburg County. This office (location yet to be determined) will be the central point for all of the local functions: Care Coordination, Provider Network, Quality Management and Community Partners.
During major change, apprehension cannot be avoided; but know that the transition team is reviewing every area of business to ensure a seamless transition for all of us. Many of you have called to express similar concerns; all of which are being addressed, including but not limited to:
- What is the definition of "good standing" and what happens if a Provider has not been through the MeckLINK Gold Star Monitoring process by March 31st
- A comparison of Waiver services offered between the two MCOs, for example Individual Day Support for IDD consumers, and what these providers need to know regarding the transition
- The plan for those services which are covered by State funds
- Training for the Authorization and Claims system that Cardinal uses and what timeline to expect regarding payment for services
- Mecklenburg County funded services
To be sure your concern is addressed; please continue to reach out to Communications Specialist, Melissa Marshburn
(704-353-1501) with any and all questions.
NC DHHS statewide media release
- proposed consolidation plan across the state.
Next InfoShare & Provider Network General Membership Meetings - Wednesday, January 15th
The MeckLINK Provider InfoShare will be held from 9-11 am on Wednesday, 1/15/14. Immediately following the InfoShare, the Provider Network will have their General Membership meeting upstairs, which will include the opportunity for work group updates and mixer networking from 11:00-Noon. Both of these meetings will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1000 East Morehead Street in the Fellowship Hall.
MeckLINK Transition Update
If you were unable to watch the meeting of the Mecklenburg BOCC on Tuesday 12/17/13, please visit this LINK
for full coverage starting at 01:39:29. In summary, the following was presented by Assistant County Manager, Michelle Lancaster regarding the ongoing discussions to transfer Medicaid Waiver services for Mecklenburg County to Cardinal Innovations.Michelle indicated that negotiations are slower than all had originally hoped because Cardinal is seeking an amendment to their contract with DHHS.
The discussions to transfer the Waiver include 7 main areas of focus:
- MeckLINK Employees
- $8.4M Loan repayment
- Assumption of leased space in two locations
- Delegation of credentialing
- Financial obligations including Cardinal’s startup costs
- Mecklenburg County CFAC and Provider Council Executive Board to remain intact
Although Cardinal has not shared a comprehensive staffing plan, they have provided a conservative estimate of positions to be 120-130 employees for Mecklenburg County. Another area of focus is how to manage and administer county funded services.
Mecklenburg County has transitioned 6 MeckLINK employees to Criminal Justice Services. These positions provide mental health forensic evaluations for juveniles and adults in the court system.
And most of all, as we continue to move forward, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the consumers, families, and providers in our community.
Unfortunately, the only concrete thing we can offer at this time is Cardinal's website for information regarding their provider network, governance, finance, services, etc. http://www.cardinalinnovations.org/
On June 6, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified Senate Bill 208 (SB 208) and presented it to Governor Pat McCrory on June 7, 2013. With the enactment of SB 208, North Carolina counties may only provide mental health, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services through a separate area mental health authority (GS 122C-115(a)). Effective March 31, 2014, MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare may no longer operate as a County division governed by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Request for Information
In response to direction provided by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on September 17, 2013, Mecklenburg County solicited Request for Information (RFI) to help the County determine next steps for MeckLINK in response to SB 208. The information received helped the BOCC determine which organization could serve as the best partner and be most qualified to meet the needs of consumers and providers in the Mecklenburg County catchment area.
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions RFI Response
November 4, 2013
Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting
with Cardinal Innovations Executive Team – Video
November 5, 2013
Board of County Commissioners Meeting where
motion was approved with vote of 7-2 –1:41:45 - Video
Mecklenburg County Chairman of the ad-hoc MeckLINK Transition Committee Trevor Fuller presented the following motion, “The ad-hoc MeckLINK Transition Committee recommends authorizing the County Manager to negotiate an interlocal agreement with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare consistent with the key tenants around Governance (what representation does Mecklenburg County have in the governing board of Cardinal), around Our Employees transiting over to Cardinal, the recoupment of loan repayment - either the full $8.7 million or some portion of that amount in county dollars used to create MeckLINK, the assumption of lease space that was leased by the county for MeckLINK and any other issues deemed critical or important around the transition. Further the committee recommends that if negotiations with Cardinal are unsuccessful on these key issues, we recommend we honor our contract with DHHS through March, 2014 and allow the state to make the determination of what will happen to the MCO function for Mecklenburg County without Mecklenburg County’s involvement.”
Use Your Voice
If you are a Provider, a Consumer or a Family Member of a Consumer with concerns, positive or negative about the potential upcoming Mecklenburg County transition in governance, please use your voice and advocate for yourself or your loved one.Below are some links to contact information for advocacy organizations, State Representatives (who are not back in session until April 2014) and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
County and State Representatives