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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2017

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Julie Naughton, Public Information Officer, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202, julie.naughton@nebraska.gov

Medicaid Dental Provider Meetings Begin Statewide Aug. 28

LINCOLN - On October 1, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) is launching a new program that will transition the state’s current fee-for-service dental program to a managed care delivery system.

The new program will be administered by Managed Care of North America (MCNA), a dental benefits manager (DBM), that has contracted with MLTC for the delivery of Medicaid dental benefits and services. In the new managed care system, dental providers contract with MCNA as part of its network and MCNA handles claims payment and prior authorizations and works with providers and Medicaid clients to coordinate the client’s dental care.

MLTC expects the proposed contract to result in a net-neutral budgetary impact through enhanced care management and the ability to invest in value-added services. The goal is for long-term sustainability by reining in future expenses and allowing for predictable and stable budgetary planning.

“The public will be better served with a dental benefits manager that increases utilization without increasing costs,” said Thomas “Rocky” Thompson, interim director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.

The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) recommends that all Medicaid dental providers and their billing or administrative staff attend one of these sessions.

  • Omaha - Aug. 28 and Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Home2 Suites Omaha West, 17889 Chicago St.
  • Lincoln - Aug. 28 and Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Country Inn & Suites 5353 N. 27th St.
  • Beatrice - Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4005 N. 6th St.
  • Norfolk - Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Divots Conference Center, 4200 W. Norfolk Ave.
  • O’Neill - Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Inn Express O’Neill, 1020 East Douglas
  • Grand Island - Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hotel Grand Conference Center 2503 S. Locust St.
  • Columbus - Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Express & Suites 524 E. 23rd St.
  • South Sioux City - Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Marina Inn Hotel Conference Center, 385 East 4th Street
  • Scottsbluff Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites Conference Center, 301 W. Hwy 26
  • Kearney - Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 110 Second Ave.
  • McCook - Sept. 12 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 1301 N. Hwy 83
  • Sidney - Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Comfort Inn & Suites Sidney 825 Hoffies Dr.
  • Chadron - Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Best Western West Hills Inn, 1100 West 10th St
  • North Platte - Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hampton Inn North Platte, 200 Platte Oasis Pkwy.
  • Valentine - Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m., The Niobrara Lodge, 803 US-20

Online webinars will be made available at http://mcnadental.webex.com  on Sept. 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. All online webinars will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Webinar access information will be emailed to providers when they RSVP.

To RSVP, email NebraskaSeminars@MCNA.net with name, contact information, and desired session location, date, and time. For more information about these seminars, please contact the MCNA provider hotline at 1-844-353-6262.

DHHS posts Medicaid provider bulletins, such as this one, at http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Pages/med_pb_index.aspx.  The “recent web updates” page will help providers monitor changes to the Medicaid pages. MLTC will also post this Provider Bulletin at http://dhhs.ne.gov/DBM, which is the dedicated DBM website. Please check that website regularly to keep current with the DBM’s progress. 

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