Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | 2 a.m.
I am a mental health therapist who is a provider for Medicaid. I am concerned regarding our government’s lack of regard for the mentally ill of Nevada.
The mental health community has known for several months that the billing codes were changing for 2013 effective Jan. 1.
Nevada’s Department of Health Care and Financing Policy informed me last week that it has not implemented the changes, and mental health providers in Nevada will not receive payment for services rendered until April 2013.This leaves providers with few choices: Continue rendering services with hope of being paid in April or stop providing care for the mentally ill on Medicaid.
How many nonprofit agencies who service our mentally ill will be able to stay open without payment for services rendered for four months? This feels like a clear dismissal of mentally ill in Nevada.