Clinical Advisor is an online records management system intended to streamline inter-clinic communications and the mechanism through which clinics submit Medicaid claims. It's not working. As a result, providers — many of which, like the Guidance Center, serve Medicaid clients — haven't been able to submit Medicaid claims. What's more, they say, the newly formed Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership (LBHP) between the state and the private contractor is denying certain types of claims that used to be paid. [Gambit, 3/20/2012]
Q: For our inpatient unit, I was requesting authorizations practically every day, for different patients. I would get multiple authorizations of two days or three days or four days. If a patient comes in to this short-term unit, am I going to have to get an authorization every day?
A: You do not have to obtain an authorization every day, but the authorizations will be for short periods of time. We want to be sure first of all that the person still clinically needs the inpatient level of care and could not be safely returned to services in their community. Secondly, we want to have a discussion at every review about the discharge plan. Discharge planning, in our view, begins at the time of admission. We want to make sure that members have a well-established plan for aftercare services in place when they are discharged. So we are going to be reviewing every two to three days depending on the status of the person’s clinical condition and the plan for discharge.