MHLA Newsletter – March 2022

MHLA Newsletter – March 2022

MHLA Newsletter – March 2022 150 150 My Health LA

MHLA Community Partner Connection Newsletter

Community Partners,

Happy Spring to you all. With just one month until the Older Adult Expansion takes effect, we are working to ensure a smooth transition for our participants aged 50 and older. We plan to send you a list of your 50+ participants, along with the Medi-Cal status for each one, in early April. Please continue encouraging them to sign up for Medi-Cal. And as a reminder, you will need to guide them through the Health Care Options process to help them stay with your clinic.  We will provide more details on specialty care as they become available.

We also wanted to provide a few program updates and changes:

  • The MHLA Mental Health Prevention Services will become voluntary in Fiscal Year 22-23. Over the past nearly two years, many CPs have successfully provided prevention services to their participants. However, the data show that the project has not always worked as intended. That, along with feedback from CPs, has prompted DMH and DHS to conclude that it makes more sense for the project to be voluntary moving forward. We will send you an email asking whether or not you want to continue the project for FY 22-23 and describing next steps with the contract amendment, finance, and more.
  • As we shared with you earlier, Alluma will be sunsetting the One-e-App enrollment and eligibility system. The organization just announced that it will not be replacing the system as planned.  We are exploring with our IT department options for how to proceed after One-e-App ends, likely in early 2023. We will engage you all in the process as it moves forward.
  • We will be holding a webinar entitled “Annual Clinical Audits: Guidance for Improved Outcomes on the Medical Record Review” in April. The webinar, for audit leads and providers, will be on Thursday, April 14 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The nurse auditors will describe objectives of the Medical Record Review, offer tips on improving audit performance and review frequent deficiencies. Click here to join the meeting or call in +1 323-776-6996 Code: 478524505#
  • One quick reminder on DHS Central Pharmacy: It is a mail order pharmacy and participants should not be directed downtown to pick up medications.

Finally, our longtime colleague, Ray Plaza, is retiring this month, after 32+ years working for LA County. You all know him well as a MHLA program advocate since the very first days of My Health LA. We will miss him very much and know you all will too. Read more about his career below and join us in wishing him the very best!  —- Anna Gorman, COO, Community Programs

Contract Amendments

Contract Amendments 1024 680 My Health LA

My Health LA will be making amendments to the Community Partner Contract to reflect recent and upcoming developments regarding the state of healthcare coverage in Los Angeles County.

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MHLA at Care Harbor Event

MHLA at Care Harbor Event 1024 869 My Health LA

The Care Harbor event was held on March 4-6 in Los Angeles. The annual event provides free medical, dental and vision services to those in need.

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MHLA Holds First Community Council Meeting

MHLA Holds First Community Council Meeting 1024 683 My Health LA

We held the first ever MHLA Community Council meeting on March 17. Seven council members joined the remote meeting which was led by our own Cynthia Lopez and Francia Nava.

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Ray Plaza Retires

Ray Plaza Retires 525 296 My Health LA

My Health LA Program Advocate Ray Plaza, who has spent more than 32 years working for the LA County Department of Health Services, is retiring this month. Ray has had a long and impactful career at the department, tirelessly working on behalf of vulnerable populations and increasing access to care.

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Medical Coverage Gap Prevention

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Community Partners are asked to ensure MHLA participants’ access to medical care will never be disrupted. Active outreach with telephone, text, and letter reminders will help eliminate these two foreseeable gaps in coverage before they occur.

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DMH Discharge Reports

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As a reminder, Community Partners are required to submit a monthly Mental Health Prevention Service (MHPS) discharge report by the 15th of the following month.

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Medi-Cal Older Adult Expansion

Medi-Cal Older Adult Expansion 1024 683 My Health LA

MHLA continues to prepare for the transition of our participants who are 50 years and older. We have a few updates on the transition that we wanted to share with you all:

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Breathe: LA County’s Guaranteed Income Program

Breathe: LA County’s Guaranteed Income Program 779 203 My Health LA

Los Angeles County is launching Breathe to provide its residents the chance to “breathe” easier knowing they are more financially secure. Please help your patients apply! This is an amazing opportunity for guaranteed income.

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