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Arizona Comments to Medicaid Managed Care Proposed RulesNew

July 27, 2015

On July 27, 2015, AHCCCS submitted comments to CMS regarding its proposed rules to modernize Medicaid managed care. The proposed federal rules, which were published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2015, represent the most comprehensive revision of the Medicaid managed care delivery system in more than a decade. Arizona’s comments focus on the many opportunities to improve the proposed rules, including those which will encourage high quality and efficient delivery of care to members, improve health outcomes, extend beneficiary protections, and provide States with greater flexibility to achieve these goals.

Arizona comments to CMS 7/27/15

The Case for InclusionNew

July 27, 2015

Every year since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) produces The Case for Inclusion, an annual ranking of how well State Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families. The Case for Inclusion is a tool that gives us glimpses at how well each individual State is performing overall; how each State matches up against other States regarding key data measures; and, most importantly, the policies and practices of top performing States that may be considered as best practices.

With that in mind, States were ranked based on four key aspects, for which Arizona was ranked #1 overall: promoting independence, promoting productivity, keeping families together and reaching those in need, and tracking health, safety, and quality of life.

For more information, please visit The Case for Inclusion: United Cerebral Palsy’s 2015 Report

Viewpoints: Arizona leads the nation in prioviding care for those that need ongoing skilled health services

June 30, 2015
Home is where the health is

May 23, 2015
A new analysis provided by Moody’s Investors Services indicates Arizona has controlled Medicaid spending on long-term care for the 65-and-up population. According to the analysis, the national average for long-term care spending increased an average of 6.5 percent a year from 1999-2009, while Arizona contained its costs at a rate below 4 percent. For more information, please see the link below.

Moody’s Investor Services

Results of AHCCCS Provider Rate Analysis

June 5, 2015
The Legislature enacted Laws 2015, Chapter 14 (SB 1475) on March 12, 2015, which authorized AHCCCS to reduce rates for providers up to 5% in aggregate for dates of service October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. In this process, the Legislature also authorized the agency to account for changes in utilization that were less than the amounts appropriated, as long as the fiscal impact of final decisions on provider rates did not exceed the amount appropriated for capitation rates for fiscal year 2015-2016.

On April 1, the agency opened up a public comment period seeking feedback on the impact a potential 5% rate reduction could have on providers. The agency reviewed comments submitted from 145 different providers and associations representing thousands of providers statewide. Based on the data and information provided through these public comments, along with lower than forecasted utilization and other available funding, AHCCCS has, working with the Governor's Office, determined that no provider rate reductions are required at this time. The agency will continue to monitor access to care, as well as state budgetary issues and utilization trends. The agency appreciates the time and effort taken by the many providers and organizations that submitted comments. These comments were critical to informing the agency’s final decision.

April 6, 2015
In an effort to address Arizona’s significant funding shortfall, the Legislature enacted Laws 2015, Chapter 14 (SB 1475) on March 12, 2015, which authorizes AHCCCS to reduce rates for providers up to 5% in aggregate for dates of service October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. More information, including information about the public comment process, is available on the AHCCCS Provider Rate Analysis website.


Director Betlach appointed to serve on CBO Panel of Health Advisors.

May 29, 2015
On May 29, 2015 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) appointed Director Betlach to serve on its panel of Health Advisors. CBO’s Health Advisors represent a wide range of expertise to best advise the agency on its analyses. Since 1975, CBO has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, the agency’s economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation.


Change in Ownership Public Comment - Care1st Health Plan Arizona

May 1, 2015
AHCCCS is seeking public comment on Blue Shield of California’s proposed acquisition of Care1st Health Plan Arizona and the transition plan as it relates to Care1st, an AHCCCS contracted health plan currently serving approximately 100,000 members across Arizona. The comment period is scheduled to end May 15, 2015.

Comments can be submitted to:

For more information please access the following link:


Governor Ducey's Administrative Simplification

April 22, 2015
The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) and AHCCCS have been partners in an effort to improve care for Arizonans receiving behavioral health services. Governor Ducey recommended formalizing the partnership by bringing DBHS and AHCCCS together. This administrative simplification does not change services members can receive, nor does it change how members receive services. It also will not disrupt the important services DBHS provides to members, including employment and housing supports or the Office of Individual and Family Affairs, which will all transition to AHCCCS. The merger will become effective July 1, 2016.

For more information regarding Governor Ducey’s administrative simplification initiative, please see the presentation below as presented in the Joint Health and Human Services Committee, as well as member correspondence from the Division of Behavioral Health Services Office of Individual and Family Affairs:

Administrative Simplification 3/26/15

OIFA Letter to Members 4/21/15


ASD Advisory Committee

April 14, 2015
On April 14, 2015, the Governor’s Office established the statewide ASD Advisory Committee representing a broad range of stakeholders to address and provide recommendations to strengthen services for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Information about the Committee membership, workgroups, goals, meeting dates and minutes and final recommendations will be posted as they become available on the ASD Advisory Committee page available on the link below:

ASD Advisory Committee

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