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Monthly Reminder! Review and Update your Provider Records by June 28 to Maintain Enrollment as an Ohio Medicaid Provider

This email serves as your monthly reminder to review and update your provider enrollment records in the Medicaid Provider Network Management module by June 28 to maintain your enrollment as an Ohio Medicaid provider.

Each month Ohio Medicaid conducts two comprehensive reviews of provider and provider organization records maintained in the Provider Network Management module, including:

Failure to maintain these records in keeping with Ohio Medicaid's monthly verification schedule can result in immediate enrollment termination.

For more information:

Technical support is available if you have questions regarding what’s required, or to check the status of your records. Contact Ohio Medicaid’s Integrated Helpdesk at 800-686-1516 and follow the prompts for provider enrollment (option three, option three) or email [email protected]. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern time. 


Rite Aid Closing More Pharmacies in Ohio, Michigan

More pharmacies are closing in Ohio and Michigan small towns amid complaints about middleman reimbursements and a difficult retail environment.

Philadelphia-based Rite Aid is closing an additional 27 stores in the two states, according to a bankruptcy filing reported on Monday by WTOL in Toledo. The stores are among 200 of the company’s 2,000 stores that it said it would close when it filed for bankruptcy protection last October. They include pharmacies in 15 Ohio towns such as Ashtabula, Defiance, Coshocton, Wheelersburg, St. Mary’s, and Tiffin. Another 12 listed for closure in Michigan include such towns as Ludington, Wyandotte, Spring Lake, Bay City, Burton, and Flint.

The businesses, known as pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, represent insurers and the biggest three are all part of the same corporation as a major insurer. They decide which drugs are covered, and they decide how much to reimburse pharmacies in a non-transparent system. The biggest three, CVS Caremark, OptumRx, and Express Scripts, are estimated to control access to 80% of all insured patients in the United States.


New MACC Executive Director Announced

The Board of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) recently named Erica C. Crawley to the position of Executive Director.

Ms. Crawley, a Franklin County Commissioner, will begin her tenure with the MACC on June 24, 2024.  See the full press release here.


OhioMHAS has Released the 2024 Annual Data Brief!

This is the 2024 edition of this annual publication of behavioral health (including mental health and addiction) data trends and indicators. This information can be used by legislators, officials, and stakeholders at the state and local levels, as well as the general public, to better understand the current state of behavioral health in Ohio. It may also assist policy-makers in tailoring prevention and intervention efforts across the state.

Click HERE to download the 2024 Annual Data Brief.

Contact Luke Werhan ([email protected]) if you have any questions.


The OhioMHAS County Assessment Data Profiles are Updated!

The County Assessment Data Profiles have been updated with the most recently available data. The profiles include demographic data from the Census, behavioral health treatment services claims data, national-level survey data on mental health and substance use, and mortality data. The profiles provide a snapshot of behavioral health in each county.

Click HERE to download the profiles.

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