Stop Requiring Doctors to Sign Off on Medicaid Mental Health Plans
As it currently stands, mental health clinics who accept Medicaid have to have a medical doctor contract with them and sign off on mental health treatment plans. Each client is also supposed to visit that doctor once a year, and most of the time the client will never see that doctor again. I feel the state could save a lot of money if they cut this requirement or at least just have the Healthy Connections doctor sign off on plans (as he/she is the doctor who works with and sees the client anyway). The state needs to stop paying for a visit to a doctor they will never see except to jump through a Medicaid loop. It's kinda like having me (a mental health counselor) preauthorize surgeries that a medical doctor performs.