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Sandhills Center announces rate increases

Sandhills Center announces rate increases

Publication Date: September 28, 2014

Sandhills Center, the organization responsible for the public mental health, intellectual/developmental disability and substance abuse services in Anson, Guilford, Hoke, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Montgomery, Randolph and Richmond counties, announced tat it is increasing reimbursement rates for several community-based services.

Rimbursement for community Outpatient services and for the evidence-based services of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) will increase on October 1, 2014.

“One of the benefits of Sandhills Center becoming a 1915 (b)/(c) waiver site for managing services was that we could reinvest savings back into our local communities. Today, we have the opportunity to do that. We are pleased to increase these rates to assist our provider network to offer high quality services to our members”, said Victoria Whitt, Chief Executive Officer for Sandhills Center.

Community Outpatient services are available throughout Sandhills Center’s nine-county service area to provide members with thorough assessments and high-quality treatment by licensed practitioners. The specific outpatient services listed on the attached spreadsheet will be increased by 10 percent, effective with dates of service on and after October 1, 2014, for all licensed providers.

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) The Assertive Community Teatment (ACT) Team service is an evidenced based model of community treatment for members with severe and persistent mental illness. ACT Teams employ a multi-disciplinary model of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and employment specialists. ACT Services (H0040) will increase by 15 percent, effective with dates of service on and after October 1, 2014, from $295.32 to $339.62 per billable event.

Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Multi-Systemic Therapy is a family-focused, community-based treatment option that focuses on the mulitple systems that impact the member’s life – families, homes, schools, neighborhoods and others, with a clinician on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. MST Services (H2033) will increase by 20 percent, effective with dates of service on and after October 1, 2014, from $36.57 to $43.88 per 15 minute unit.

“Sandhills Center is focused on serving our members with the highest quality evidence-based services available and by the highest quality clinical staff available.”, said Dr. Anthony Carraway, Sandhills Center's medical director and chief clinical officer. “By offering these rate increases, we hope to continue to strengthen our provider network to support our members.”