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    May 18, 2006
 
 
 
MEDICAID INFORMATION RELEASE 2006-12
 
 
TO:                 Indian Health/638 Clinics
 
FROM:           Leslie M. Clement, Deputy Administrator
 
SUBJECT:     PROVIDER QUALIFICATIONS
 
Effective May 1, 2006, an Indian Health or Tribal 638 Clinic may bill a mental health encounter for services provided to a Medicaid participant with a substance abuse diagnosis when provided by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with an Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification (IBADCC).
Substance Abuse Counselor Certifications from other states will be allowed when the certification requirements are equal to the requirements of the IBADCC.
This change in policy does not apply to mental health services provided under a FQHC or Mental Health Clinic provider agreement.
 
Questions regarding this change in policy may be directed to Pam Mason at (208) 364-1863 or Jamie Simpson at (208) 364-1842.
 
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