Michael A. Goldberg, Ph.D., Director of Professional Affairs
April 2, 2015
Following my public comments at the recent meeting of the Center for Healthcare Information Analysis regarding barriers to accessing outpatient behavioral health services, I communicated with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) Vice President for Network Management about our concerns regarding their policies that negatively impact access to services. In response to those communications MBHP informed me today that they will no longer require psychologists to submit a written letter of affiliation from a prescriber for network membership. Likewise, MBHP stated that their network is currently open to psychologists.
MPA is also advocating for MBHP to review their rate setting policies to ensure reimbursement consistent with the relative values set by CMS for services delivered to more complex patients (e.g. CPT 90875, 90837, 90839/40). MBHP has agreed to review these policies and follow up with MPA regarding our concerns in the near future.